My daughter Anna loves music. She just started piano lessons, sings in the church choir, and we are studying music history during our homeschool day. I use several different resources, mostly free. The only resource I paid for was only $5.50, and is a downloadable lapbook study on Orchestra and the Great Composers. I bought it from Confessions of a Homeschooler. In this study, kids learn about different instruments, the different periods of music, great composers, and much more. During this lesson, Anna must describe how certain pieces of music make her feel, and tries to identify instruments in the song. There are also links within the curriculum, sending you to songs from the different musical periods. I leave them all up on the computer, and play one after the other so Anna can hear the differences.
I think my most treasured freebie is the LibriVox series on the great composers. You download audio books on each composer, and read along with a free downloadable E book on the composers. The best thing is, these are specifically for children. The drawings in the book are very sweet, and I love that Anna can read along while listening to the book. I have Anna write a summary of the book using free notebooking pages produced by www.homeschoolnotebooking.com. There you will find notebooking pages you can purchase, and download some for free on various subjects. The music notebooking pages includes a segmented sheet where your child can write about the composers’ birthplace, which musical period he hails from, famous works, etc . . .
Anna likes to write her own piano pieces, and we print free blank music sheets from here: http://www.musicaneo.com/blank_sheet_music.html
Here are also three other music notebooking freebies to help with your music study:
I have one more for you – – free music flash cards. Anna is having trouble remembering music notes, so I asked her piano teacher if anyone makes music flashcards. She said “yes, but they are expensive.” So this budget minded homeschool mom did a little research, and eureka! I found free music flashcards which I laminated after writing the answer on the back.