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Back to School Prep: Don’t Forget the Music!

As you’re preparing your homeschool and curriculum for the new school year, don’t forget the music! Today I’m sharing easy and fun ideas to make sure music is a part of your homeschool this year. Includes 25 free lessons!

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Sampler Music Appreciation

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Have some fun taking the Sampler Music Appreciation online course that contains 25 lessons great for ALL ages! It’s a $27 value — for FREE!

Composer Study

From the Music Appreciation: Middle Ages Thru Classical Era for High School online course, you’ll learn about
George Frideric Handel. The course consists of 18 lessons about the music, genres, styles, and composers of Western Music from 450-1800. You’ll learn about Gregorian Chant, the beginnings of musical notation, organum, Medieval church modes, Hildegard von Bingen, Guido d’Arezzo, Josquin des Prez, madrigals, motets, the beginnings of opera, music of the Reformation, Buxtehude, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and many more!
Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era self-paced online course, great for High School credit in Fine Arts, 36 lessons, can be used for grades K-12,
From the Music of the Romantic Era for High School online course, you’ll learn about the hilarious British composing team Gilbert and Sullivan. The course consists of 36 lessons about the music, genres, styles, and composers of Western Music from about 1800-1900. You’ll learn about Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rossini, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Stephen Foster, Gilbert & Sullivan, Edward MacDowell, Amy Beach and many more!
From the American Music for Elementary online course, learn about the modern American composing duo Pasek and Paul. This course is a really fun, click-and-go, super easy-to-use online course where your students will be introduced to composers and styles of American Music. Learn about composers from Stephen Foster (“Camptown Races) to Pasek and Paul (“Greatest Showman”).
American Music for Elementary online course
The popular course called A Year of Charlotte Mason Music Lessons has a lesson called the May Composer Study for your to try out for free. This course provides you with a gentle way to do music in your homeschool, the Charlotte Mason way! Two Year’s Worth of Lessons are Now Included! Each month, you’ll focus on two things: Composer Study and either a Folk Song or a Hymn. You’ll actually listen to the same composer for three months in a row (one term) and hear a different piece each week so that your child can “study as far as possible under one master until they have received some of this teaching and know its style,” as Charlotte Mason encouraged us to do. Sing the same hymn or folk song for a full month. So, that means three composers with twelve pieces/songs each, plus four hymns and five folk songs for the school year!

Beginning Music Theory

From the Music in Our Homeschool Plus: Elementary Membership Experience try out the Beginning Music Theory course lesson called “Notes of Treble & Bass Clef Manipulatives.” Each month as a member you receive new content! What’s included?Music in Our Homeschool Plus:

  1. Full Access to ALL Elementary Music Courses at (including new elementary courses added during the time you are a member)
  2. Beginning Music Theory Lessons! A highly sought-after course that is only found here in the Membership.
  3. Music Printable Pack Library
  4. A brand new Exclusive 15-Minute Music Lesson from Gena each month
  5. Monthly Calendar of Music ActivitiesGames, and Lessons to do each week day.
  6. Community of Like-Minded Educators to share ideas, ask questions, and post “wins”!
  7. 25% Discount to every other course available at
From the Fine Arts in Our Homeschool Plus: High School Membership Experience, see a lesson from the Advanced Music Theory course called “Staff, Clefs, Note Names.” If you are struggling with finding a way to include Fine Arts on your Homeschool High School transcript, we have you covered with this membership. It’s the only place you can get the Advanced Music Theory course!

Musical Styles

Take a look at the 20th Century Music Appreciation for High School online course to find an exciting lesson about Blues and Jazz. Everything you need to earn a 1/2 credit in fine arts (in 20th Century Music Appreciation) is included right here in the self-paced online course. Go through 36 lessons and earn credit by spending a semester or year on the course. There are printables to print out to keep track of all you’ve learned. Read the lesson and watch the videos of the music you’re learning about. A wide variety of styles from all decades of the 20th century from America, Europe, and South America are included: ragtime, big band, jazz, opera, ballet, impressionism, expressionism, atonal, serialism (tone row), chance music, guitar, piano, symphony, film music, folk music, rock and roll, and more! The course is easily adaptable to ages as young as kindergarten and is perfect for the homeschool co-op setting.
15-Minute Music Lessons self-paced online course for elementary students. 15 separate lessons with printables at

From the 15-Minute Music Lessons for Elementary Students online course, you’ll enjoy the Patriotic Music lesson.The full course contains fifteen 15-Minute Music Lessons especially suited for elementary-aged students. Everything you need is included right in the course:

  • Lessons to read
  • Videos to watch
  • Printables
  • Online quizzes
  • Sometimes links to other sites to enrich your learning on the subject.

You can complete each lesson in 15 minutes, but more material is included if you’d like to expand the time or the days on a particular lesson.

From the fun Intro to Musicals online course, learn about James and the Giant Peach the Musical. This course includes ten lessons on ten different musicals. Read about the story and background, watch video clips, work on one printable per lesson, take an online quiz, and explore links to outside sites with other materials to enrich your study. The ten musicals are Annie, Seussical, Cats, James and the Giant Peach, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, and The Wizard of Oz.
Fall Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days online course

Holiday and Special Day Music

From the FALL Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days online course, see the Veterans Day Music Lesson. Music is such a part of our lives and can really help us prepare for the holidays we want to celebrate throughout the year. Learn about, listen to, and do activities with various songs and music which relate to holidays such as New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Also included are fun music lessons for special days such as Star Wars Day/May the Fourth, Talk Like a Pirate Day, and Dr. Seuss Day!
From the WINTER Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days online course, you’ll find the Chinese New Year music lesson. Learn about, listen to, and do activities with various songs and music which relate to winter holidays such as St. Lucia Day, Chinese New Year, and President’s Day (not to mention Christmas and Hanukkah!). Also included are fun music lessons for special days such as Groundhog Day and First Day of Winter!
From the SPRING Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days online course, you’ll enjoy the International Jazz Day music lesson. Learn about, listen to, and do activities with various songs and music which relate to spring holidays such as Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and Mother’s Day. Also included are fun music lessons for special days such as April Fool’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Dr. Seuss Day!
Music of Christmas online course, an online course to get you in the holiday Christmas spirit with 15-Minute Music Lessons from #Christmas #Christmasmusic #musiclesson #homeschoolmusic

From the popular Music of Christmas online course, have fun with The Nutcracker music lesson. There are now 3 year’s worth of Christmas music lessons included in this one course!

  1. Year 1: Christmas Music Lessons (15 lessons)
  2. Year 2: Christmas Traditions From Around the World (12 lessons)
  3. Year 3: Traditional Lessons & Carols (9 lessons)

Each lesson will only take 15 minutes, because who has more time than that during the busy holiday season?

Also Included in the Sampler Music Appreciation Course

There are more lessons, too! “Amazing Grace,” Renaissance Music, State Songs of the 50 U.S. States: Kentucky, Music of New Zealand, the folk song “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” the preschool song “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” and the song “Hot Cross Buns.”

There are even some non-music lessons such as Shakespeare and an elementary geography lesson about Australia!

Get the Sampler course for FREE here.


Back to Homeschool Freebies, Activities, and Resources

Back to Homeschool Freebies, Activities, and Resources

Is Summertime is winding down for you? Homeschool days will soon be in full swing. As I write this, the first day of our 16th day of homeschool is coming this next Monday!

This week, I’m teaming up with some of my fellow homeschool bloggers to bring you some great Back to Homeschool tips and resources. Be sure to check them all out below!

Top Back to School Worksheets for Your Homeschool from In All You Do

Who loves back-to-school worksheets? There are notebooking pages, journaling pages, and “I Spy” games!

Back to school freebie printables roundup from Hess UnAcademy
This collection of back-to-school freebies includes a Bingo game–fun!

Back to Homeschool Ideas to both Celebrate and Prepare for the Coming Year from This Bit of Life
Sample Text: It’s time to get back to homeschool and This Bit of Life has everything you need to help you both prepare and celebrate the occasion! From fun ideas for a back to homeschool party to planning your homeschool day, check out this post full of information to help you get the year started off right.

How to Get Back into Homeschooling After a Break from 4 One More
We always take a break from homeschool in the summer, but it’s hard to get back into it! Love these tips from Abby.

How and Why to Use an Eclectic Approach to Homeschooling from The WOLFe Pack
What’s your homeschool approach? Mine has always been eclectic.

First Day of Homeschool Tips from Homeschooling 4 Him
Which tip do you like the best?

Ways to Help Your Kids Focus (ADHD) from Whole Child Homeschool
Anyone have a student with ADHD? It can certainly be a challenge. You’ll love these tips!

Top Ten Ways to Smoothly Transition Back to Homeschool from Homeschool On the Range
A smooth transition is what we’re all searching for, right? 

Start Your New Homeschool Year On The Right Foot from Hope In The Chaos
Transitioning to back-to-school can be difficult. Here are some tips.

Homeschool Room Essentials from Some Call It Destiny
Some great resources for every homeschool are included here.

The Mega List of Free Homeschool Resources from With the Huddlestons
More freebies? Woo-hoo!

Fun First Day of Homeschool Ideas from Simple Living Mama
Oh, I love fun first day ideas! Which is your favorite?

Top Ten Tips – Help For Your Homeschool Journey from Geez, Gwen!
 Encouragement and insight for homeschool families is what you’ll find here!

Make A Fun Tradition Around Pancakes To Celebrate from Our Crazy Adventures In Autismland
Pancake fun? Oh, yes! Find it here.

How to Plan Your Homeschool Year in One Day from Heart and Soul Homeschooling
There are some great tips here to help you plan simply, efficiently, and flexibly.

My List of Favorite Homeschool Math Resources from Julie Naturally
Oh, math, it can be the bane of the homeschool mom’s existence, but doesn’t have to be!

Back to School Deals from The Homeschool Cafe
We homeschool moms all love a good deal!

Homeschool Organization Without a Homeschool Room from An Off Grid Life
You don’t need a homeschool room? Really? Yes!

The Pros and Cons of Open-and-Go Curriculum from Thrive at Home
Have you tried an open-and-go curriculum? There are some good and bad things about it–learn more here!

Meal Planning for Homeschool Moms from My Joy-Filled Life
Meal Planning is essential for a peaceful homeschool life.


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Music Lessons for Holidays and Special Days self-paced online course for elementary students. Learn about some great music associated with holidays throughout the year, plus fun days such as Star Wars Day, Dr. Seuss Day, and Talk Like a Pirate Day!