EricaB Posted July 24, 2008 Share Posted July 24, 2008 I have just read a listening list from another website that had scheduled works for 6-12 year olds. I can't help but to rant bit and hopefully add to your fine arts appreciation agendas. First, music appreciation should go beyond Western Civilizations. When ever you go on a historical journey, or visit geographical regions within your studies outside of western civilizations, explore the music, art and food associated with that area. Please don't limit your kiddos to ONLY classical music. Second, this particular list didn't exactly include ANY programmatic music like Peter and Wolf, or educational music such as Young People's Guide to the Orchestra. We want our DC to appreciate music and have fun with it, especially in the earliest years. My DS was singing the opening to Beethoven's 5th the other day in the car. How? Well, he simply picked it up from Disney's Little Einstein's, an incredible art/music theory and history program for he little ones. He doesn't remember that it was Beethoven, when he lived or that he was one of the greatest composers ever to put notes on a page, but the music is in his head for later conversations. Sorry for the rant........ One last thing: Take advantage of your community resources with your art, music and food appreciation. Universities are the best place to start. For instance, find a percussion professor that will give you a graduate student for the afternoon to teach your DC about ethnic percussion instruments. Let them touch, play and hear these instruments. University concerts are typically free, so check it out. OK, now I am done. Respectfully, Erica Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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