March 10, 2009
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning introduced me to the idea of classical music and art appreciation. I was intrigued and we tried a somewhat modified approach that first fall after I read the book. It hasn't seemed to stick.
Maybe you remember this little post on how successful we've been at classical music appreciation. I'll blame my husband's decidedly post-modern musical tastes (British pop, electronic, alternative, rock) for corrupting my children. It's safe to say I haven't done the best job at instilling a love for classic art and music in my children. But it's not too late and I'm revisiting this list of composers to see if I can try again, someday.
Before you call the homeschool culture police consider this: it's not as if we don't appreciate good art or music. The kids and I just happen to really like getting out into our community and enjoying the local art and music scene and maybe that's my excuse for letting the classical art and music slip. I think our approach could be called community art and music appreciation. And for this homeschooling season it's what works for us.
What exactly is community art and music appreciation?
Well, quite simply it's participating in and appreciating what is happening in your local area. Of course you won't find it in a curriculum somewhere because it's unique to your community. Here's what we've participated in since last November or so.
And here's a couple concerts coming up in the next week:
And in case you're wondering how we can afford all this great art and music - you'd be amazed at how much free stuff happens in your community. All of the activities I've listed here, except the film festivals were either free or really cheap. Check your local colleges, downtown galleries, museums and libraries for inexpensive community programs.
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