Are you familiar with Charlotte Mason homeschooling? It’s based on an English educator of the 1800s who made a huge impact on both the students she taught and thousands of students since! It’s one of the first methods I read about, and we have included many Charlotte Mason ideas in our homeschooling throughout the years.
Here are some of her tenets that we have incorporated at various times:
- Living Books (real stories, not textbooks, for all subjects)
- Nature Study
- Artist and Composer Study
- Shakespeare Study
- Copywork, Dictation, and Narration
- Short Lessons
Today, I’ll be share about how to do music the Charlotte Mason way.
How to Do Music the Charlotte Mason Way
“It is a pity that we like our music as our pictures and our poetry mixed so that there are few opportunities of going through as a listener a course of the works of a single composer . . . Let young people study as far as possible under one master until they have received some of this teaching and know its style.”
Charlotte Mason wanted her students to be immersed in one composer’s style at a time. Many proponents of her method suggest taking a composer and listening to only his or her music for an entire semester.
There are several ways to do this. The internet has certainly made it easy for us. You can simply go to Amazon Prime Music or YouTube, choose a composer, and listen away!
If you do want to go more in-depth, you can use one of many fabulous curricula to read living books about the composer and do some short lessons to learn more about him, his style, his music, or musical theory in general.
- Composer Biographies by Opal Wheeler (we love these!)
- Maestro Classics CDs
- Enrichment Studies
- You can combine copywork with composer study with the Composers Copywork Set.
Another thing I have done was to focus on one composer per month (instead of the semester). My upper-level online courses make this really easy for you!
- Music Appreciation: Middle Ages Thru Classical Period for High School online course
- 20th Century Music Appreciation for High School online course
My 15-Minute Music Lessons for Elementary online course was written so that a homeschooling family (or school class) could do some easy, short lessons and not neglect music as part of the students’ education.
Hymn and Folk Song Study
Another thing that Charlotte Mason did was teach her students 3 hymns and 3 folk songs per semester. Again, you can check YouTube for videos to listen to different hymns or folk songs. Or, pick up one of these books that include CDs:
- Hymns for a Kid’s Heart by Wolgamuth and Tada
- Hymn Unit Study Bundle
- Experience History Through Music: America, Westward Ho!, and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Diana Waring
**I’ll also be writing online courses about hymns and folk songs ~ coming soon!
To learn more about Charlotte Mason’s method, I recommend:
- Charlotte Mason Homeschooling in 18 Easy Lessons by Cindy West
- The Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
- Ambleside Online website
- Simply Charlotte Mason website
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