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We start having twice a week of music study in this new academic year. We have postponed this subject for three years as we felt that it was not as important as the formal or required academic subjects. We thought it was just music studies which were very trivial. It seems that we have been wrong.
Before I continue talking about music, the music I am talking about at the moment is the classical music. Although there are many “old aged” musics classified by the time, we just usually call them as classical music
We were faced into some option or choices of music studies curriculum which were very confusing. Finally, our decision came to SQUILT. Thank you Mary Prather from Homegrown Learners for providing us such beautiful music studies resources for us. SQUILT is the acronym of Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time. It should have urged learners that they need to be quiet while they are listening to the songs. Here are some reasons for us to choose SQUILT:
- Focus on music and composers in balance. Many other music studies focus on the composers and leaving out the music pieces. Meanwhile both of them cannot be separated each other.
- SQUILT can be used for multi aged children as it gives some freedom in showing appreciation towards music pieces that trains children to be able to express their feeling in opinion using reasons.
- SQUILT includes some musical terms to get kids love the music theory that is usually boring. All of the musical terms given were taught into practice. The musical terms included are various dynamics, rhythm, tempo, symbols and special kinds of songs. While learners listen to the song, they need to analyze the dynamics, rhythm, and tempo of the song.
- Beside the musical terms, learners were introduced into musical instruments in some different eras of music. Learners are expected to be able to analyze the sound of the instruments in pieces of musics.
- SQUILT has short lesson time. I thought music study would reduce our classroom time a lot, so that it would be a distraction. Well, using SQUILT we don't need to be worried about that. We just need 30 minutes lesson for the longest time in for lessons to finish 1 chapter or 1 music piece with the composer study.
- SQUILT has simple lesson structures with teaching manual that also teach myself to appreciate music more than I have done in my piano lessons. I have never thought that we can learn that much. Therefore, parents should not be worried teaching music if you don't have any music background or knowledge. There is some teacher page for each of the topic that will lead you helping your children to learn music.
- SQUILT involves learners to do some learning skills in fun and elegant ways. Learners are expected to do some research about the composers and music pieces. To present some information about the topic, learners are expected to find the information in many different ways, use the most appropriate information, recording the information, Present the information, and finally evaluate the topic to get useful message about the topic. I write an article about research with kids in the Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas that you might like to read
- SQUILT provides instant notebooking pages and some necessary printables to engages the learners better. You should know that we are the fans of notebooking activities. If you are not comfortable with notebooking, it is free for us to modify the activities suited to needs and ability.
- SQUILT is very easy to access since it is provided in electronic form. I can take it anywhere and print it anytime. The songs and composer biography are provided in forms of link. For reading material of composers, I often combine with Classical Composer Monthly