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  1. As a classical educator of my kids and a piano teacher, my teaching methodology is shifting to classical. Does anyone know of a piano teaching series or book from the classical perspective?
  2. I have a junior in high school who is a musician and composer. She'll probably be applying next year to music composition programs. I am trying to help her put together a portfolio to take with her when she visits colleges. It would contain a resume of her music work, along with printouts of all her compositions. I would also like to include programs of some of her more important choral performances, e.g. the ones in Carnegie Hall. I tried putting the programs in sheet protectors, but they are too flimsy for the weight of the programs. What have other people done to display performance program
  3. Registration for Summer, Fall, and Full-Year 2017-18 courses is now open! New courses include: • Summer Reading Club for Logic Stage Students • Counting and Probability & AoPS Pre-Calculus • Latin I, French II, & German II • Physics for the Logic Stage • Kinesiology & Nutrition I • Science of Writing Grammar Series, from Foundational to Advanced Grammar • Socratic Discussion for the Rhetoric Stage Our unmatched refund policy is very simple and aims to benefit our students and families. If a student withdraws from a course before the end of the withdrawal p
  4. Dear Forum Folk, Note: WTMA Fall registration has closed, so subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Facebook to receive announcements for spring registration! Did you know that our Well-Educated Minds program offers courses for adult learners year-round as an Independent Learning Module? This provides the opportunity for independent learning at your own pace. The Well-Trained Mind has been in the classical education business for over 15 years, providing homeschooling families with high-quality, ground-breaking resources that combine the best of the classical tradition with in
  5. My 7yo has enjoyed plunking around on our digital piano, composing his own songs and learning some tunes via the built-in program. Without instruction, he has poor technique and isn't learning music theory this way, so I'd like to be intentional with his piano and music theory instruction. For this kid, I suspect it will be a hobby and not a life-long pursuit. Maybe he'll join a homeschool band or something if interest and opportunity presents itself. I inquired about some private lessons, but my husband thinks at this age and stage, it is an unnecessary expense. He questions whether we ca
  6. I have zero experience with the piano or reading music, but I would like to teach my kids to play. (And I'd like to learn too!) What have you used and liked? Anything you'd recommend I steer clear of? My guys are pre-k, k, and 2nd. Also, we can't fit a piano in our home atm, so I'm looking at keyboards. They all seem to have a different number of keys, and none with what I think is the actual number on a piano...? Does it matter how many keys are on the keyboard I buy?
  7. If anyone is looking for some little games to improve kids' musical literacy and knowledge, have a look at this list: http://cornerstoneconfessions.com/2012/08/the-ultimate-list-of-online-music.html I haven't looked at all the links, but from what I have seen it looks like the list is mostly geared toward younger students.
  8. DS11 plans to take the Advanced Placement Music Theory exam in May 2016. I called the College Board and asked where this test is offered. They told me to call around to local schools. I have reached out to our local high school, but have not heard back yet. Can anyone help? We live in Colorado Springs. I doubt any of the schools here will offer the test. We're willing to travel in order to take the test.
  9. Dear Forum Folk, We hope you have found The Well-Trained Mind and these forums to be excellent resources for your home schooling efforts! We’ve been in the classical education business for over 15 years, providing homeschooling families with high-quality, ground-breaking resources that combine the best of the classical tradition with innovative teaching methods. In fact, more than half a million parents have successfully used the curricula, book lists, and methods of The Well-Trained Mind to teach their children at home. Now, we’re excited to bring you the second academic year
  10. When Dorothy Sayers advocated for a return to the traditional methods of Medieval Education in her public speech "The Lost Tools of Learning." (1943) , she was referring to a tradition steeped in the works of the 6th century Scholar and Roman Statesman Anicius Manlius Seuerinus Boethius. Boethius is the most significant figure in the transmission of the Classical Learning into the Latin West. For over a 1,000 year span, his works were the most widely disseminated and utilized as authoritative texts in Classical Education. This is in large part due to the efforts of the 10th century schola
  11. I am sharing the three (3) 100+ page number of music history study guides and audio examples (covering 2000 years of music) which I wrote for the Minnesota High School Music Listening contest between the years 2004-2008. These were designed to be written in a casual easy to read manner at a 13 year old reading level. I am also making many of my study guides, audio examples, and video playlists for my own private students and college students freely available to anyone interested. You may access them here: http://www.christianmcguire.com/p/music-education.html In addition, I am the
  12. Good morning! This cute book is free today. My kids and my music students enjoy these. http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Composers-Musical-Masters-Palaces-ebook/dp/B00M3PB41O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1429099681&sr=8-2&keywords=desiree+scarambone And this one is new - it's much bigger and full of colorful pictures. I think I'll use it as a history supplement. http://www.amazon.com/Sticks-Stones-Hammers-Bows-Antiquity-ebook/dp/B00W42OLBG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429099681&sr=8-1&keywords=desiree+scarambone
  13. Someday, around the time our daughter applies to college, my husband will retire. We'll have to leave this expensive state and move somewhere with low property taxes. But we are looking for a place near reasonably priced colleges where our daughter could study music. Any ideas? We were first thinking of the Lafayette, Indiana area, where I have relatives. But then we found out that Purdue does not have a music major. Now we need a new plan. My daughter is well above average in music abilities so far. However, we are thinking we need a safety school (not pricey) that she could commute to, in ca
  14. Welcome suggestions on free (and purchasable) memory tools set to music. Youtube? Thanks!
  15. It was Kiddie Records weekly and I found it forever ago. I listened to a fair few of these as a kid. Wanted to share because it is awesome!! http://www.kiddierecords.com/2005/index.htm
  16. Once, some time ago, I posted about a really FUN and helpful book for learning classical composers, their eras and some of their famous compositions. The book covers (best of all?) how to construct memory palaces to apply to any other kind of learning. The ebook is on sale today and thought I would share again. http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Composers-Musical-Masters-Palaces-ebook/dp/B00M3PB41O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408972141&sr=8-1&keywords=classical+composers
  17. Looking for suggestions for music instruction for my 3rd and 4th graders. Not able to do insturument lessons this year but it would be nice to maybe try an online music program for music theory and or appreciation. What aobu keyboarding? Anyoone have any reviews of the usb keyboard devices?
  18. Looking for suggestions for music instruction for my 3rd and 4th graders. Not able to do insturument lessons this year but it would be nice to maybe try an online music program for music theory and or appreciation. What aobu keyboarding? Anyoone have any reviews of the usb keyboard devices?
  19. Looking for suggestions for music instruction for my 3rd and 4th graders. Not able to do insturument lessons this year but it would be nice to maybe try an online music program for music theory and or appreciation. What aobu keyboarding? Anyoone have any reviews of the usb keyboard devices?
  20. My son has been playing for almost 8 years and is now thinking of taking music even more seriously. He would like a portable model, something he can easily bring into our minivan. Good sound, headphone capability etc. His favorite genre is jazz. I'm almost completely illiterate when it comes to pianos other than knowing that analogs/ uprights need tuning and digitals probably don't. Would love suggestions. This digital one might also completely replace our analog piano. Our budget is around $750-$1000. Many thanks!
  21. Any Harmony Fine Arts Users out there? My children have never done any serious art or music appreciation studies before. I know, sad, since they are going to be in 7th and 4th this year. But I've found Harmony Fine Arts and think this is something we can handle. My question is where do I start? Should I put them in at grade level, at where we are in the history cycle, or should I do the introductory year. I know it's for first grade, so maybe not the 7th grader, but perhaps the 4th grader who struggles with hand-eye coordination? Then where would I start the 7th grader (she love
  22. Emma MacDonald, a 16 year old homeschool teen, released her new CD by a teen for teens that homeschool families made possible through Kickstarter!! Lyrics and snippets for each song are on her website to make sure it's right for your family. To buy a CD or download a digital copy, go to http://www.emmamac.com and we'd LOVE it if you'd share her website with ALL your friends!
  23. Can you help me list all my options for music appreciation in the logic stage? Since DS was tiny we have played classical music, and since he started homeschooling we have gone through Mike Venezia's composer books, and in fifth this year we're studying the orchestra. In sixth we're going through Usborne's Introduction to Music to see music from the beginning (we're covering ancients anyway) to the current period. I don't think there is enough in ancient music to keep us occupied even for a semester! What shall I do for seventh? Ideally, I would love a program that is: colorful pretty
  24. My DD has been taking piano for a few years now. She loves to play but has had a great deal of trouble progressing through the books. She started learning with the Bastien Method but after almost 2 years she was still trudging through the Primer. We started with a new teacher in January which has been a wonderful change! The previous teacher was very understandably impatient when DD didn't know note names etc. I know nothing about piano so I didn't realize that a typical student would have mastered that by now and there was no communication from the teacher. The teacher would ask DD to play th
  25. what do I need besides a recorder and a beginning recorder book like Nine Note Recorder Method by Gardner or Recorder from the Beginning by Pitts? Do I need a resource for beginning music theory to teach how to read music too? Anything else needed to properly care for the recorder? This is for myself with limited music reading ability and my 1st grader next year. Thanks!
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