I grew up in a somewhat musical household. My father is a minister and also a "singer" while my mother is a pianist. Music was part of our home growing up. Every Saturday evening my parents would practice their music in preparation for church. As a young girl, I remember recognizing the "relaxing atmosphere" when music was played.
Questions for reflection...
1. What kind of music did you hear most often as a child? We heard mostly Hymns and Classical music
2. Have you reformed or broadened your taste in music since you have become a Christian? Not really. I mostly grew up in a Christian home and became a Christian as a child. I have reformed my taste in music since I began homeschooling. I love and appreciate Classical music much more!
3. Why is music appreciation one of the easier subjects to teach? We don't really have to teach music appreciation.
4. Why did Charlotte recommend listening to the music of one composer at a time? So the children were able to recognize it and really know it. ( I have found this to be absolutely true!)
5. Is it necessary to be musical in order to teach music appreciation? No, mothers can learn along with the children. (Karen Andreola's son is currently a wonderful pianist!)
6. What times of the day can music become part of your life? Our family listens to music throughout the day. I play purposeful composers during our school year. Mostly during art/handicrafts. ( The Enchanted Kindergarten is set up that way also)
7. Do you have an opinion about pop music? As a musician myself, I believe most modern music is not at all what music should be. Music should be uplifting, poetic and well orchestrated. I rarely find that in pop music today.
8. What benefits does a child derive from listening to Baroque music over pop music?
When I taught in a Classical school, we tried the "Mozart effect" a time or two. Although Mozart is from the Classical period, the children responded in very observable ways. When uplifting Mozart was played, the children painted differently and more "upbeat". Music profoundly affects all of us more than we realize. Baroque music has many benefits: A brain scan has revealed instant spontaneous lengthening of fibrous brain cells. These cells become active and stretch out. Baroque music is responsible for this kind of development. The purposely included at least 3 Baroque composers in the Enchanted Kindergarten this year...I am so excited to start!
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