Well, we're about a week late getting started, but at least we're on our way! I didn't expect 2013 to start off with colds and coughs and more rainy days than I care to think about, but it did and we had to just roll with it. But, I think we're finally on the mend and ready to head into our Spring Semester.
I'm really excited about what we're doing over the next few months! I've been holding on to this study for over a year now; waiting for the right time to take Collin on a little journey into classical music. I think NOW is the perfect time!
Beautiful Feet has so many great topics and time periods to cover, but this one caught my attention a few years ago and I knew that we would put it to use, one day.
Whereas, some moms may dream of kids who can recall the Periodic Table, or know Algebra at the ripe old age of 10, I dream of my kids hearing a piece of music (even modern day) and knowing the name of the piece, what instruments are playing, and the name of the artist. It's just something I've always considered important! I'm sure other families do this with sports or literary works. We do it with music.
I often drill my youngest son in the car......"Who sings this?" It may be Country music, 80's Pop, or Contemporary Christian, but I expect him to know who it is. I want him to recognize voices and make distinctions between one artist and another. I want Classical to be no different. I want him to hear a piece being played, even if it's just in a commercial, and know who penned such great pieces of work.
So, this week Collin and I will begin studying these great men who gave their lives over to their passion. We will make a Timeline of their lives, follow their stories of hardship and success, listen to their masterpieces, learn when they lived and learn what was going on in other parts of the world during their lifetime.
Many of these great composers lived for the Lord and that endears them to me, even more; to know they devoted their lives to the gift placed inside them, by their Creator.
All in all, we will both come out appreciating them more for the hard work they did and the great gift they gave the world - Classical Music.
You can find this study and many other great topics at Beautiful Feet