Disclosure: I received a copy of SQUILT free to review. All my opinions are my own.
Even though I played piano and clarinet as a kid, and sang in the choir all through high school, training my kids to appreciate and understand great musical pieces is a bit daunting. Because of the complexity of the pieces and the depth of knowledge required to truly enjoy the works, music appreciation falls off of my "must do" list. When we joined Classical Conversations, I was thrilled that a quarter of our fine arts study was devoted to orchestra and composers.
As I've grown and studied through the Challenge programs, I've come to see the beauty of the early studies in Foundations - tin whistle prepares students for music theory studied in Challenge I, and the composers and fine artists prepares students for history of music and philosophy studied in Challenge II. Knowing the direction we are going, my desire is to lay a sure foundation of the grammar of music in the early years.
SQUILT is the perfect solution. By spending Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time with my kids each week, I can ensure that we are building our music listening muscles for deeper studies in the future. Since my personal knowledge with the classics is limited, I really appreciate the simplicity of the lesson plans that equip me to successfully introduce my children to the greats.
So are you ready for the giveaway? Seriously, this 4 volume bundle is an awesome resource for any family seeking to increase their understanding of classical pieces. I would love to own them all!
What's included in SQUILT?
The music guides are PDF downloads with links to the music online. There are also links to aid in further studies if you so desire.
The PDF includes teacher instructions as well as notebooking pages for each composer. You can print the whole guide if you like, or just the pages that you want to use as you listen.
Since I'm not much of a notebooking girl, I'm planning on simply using my iPad or laptop to view the study materials together and discuss. My youngest and I listened to Pachelbel's Cannon in D the other day and loved discussing the concepts outlined in the guide. When we arrived at the section explaining the famous 8 note progression that has appeared in many modern songs, we found ourselves heading to the piano to try it out.
How am I going to use this material?
As I was researching this product, I discovered that Mary Prather, the creator of this material, is a fellow Classical Conversations mom! This always thrills my heart as I have found so many kindred spirits among fellow CCers. It is also exciting because the composers studied overlap with the composers we study in Foundations and then expand to add a few more to your family's repertoire.
Here's how SQUILT matches up with Classical Conversations:
In Cycle 1 we focus on Baroque and Classical composers. The first two volumes pair nicely with Cycle 1. Here's what you study:
- Cannon in D by Pachebel
- Chaconne for Organ in g minor by Couperin
- The Prince of Denmark's March by Clarke
- Spring” by Antonio Vivaldi
- Gloria in excelsis Deo by Antonio Vivaldi
- Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 by JS Bach
- Toccata & Fugue in D Minor by JS Bach
- Air on the G String by JS Bach
- Hornpipe by Handel
- Hallelujah Chorus by Handel
In CC our Baroque Era studies include:
- Water Music by Handel
- The Well-Tempered Clavier Prelude and Fugue in C Major by JS Bach
- Surprise Symphony/Haydn
- Piano Sonatina/Clementi
- The Magic Flute/Mozart
- Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle/Mozart
- Flute & Harp Concerto/Mozart
In CC our Classical Era study includes:
- Piano Concerto no. 22 in E-Flat, Third Movement by Mozart
So you see that the material covers the same composers, but adds a few additional pieces to become familiar with in their study.
In Cycle 2, we continue our study of the Classical Era and begin to look at the Romantic Era. Here's how Volumes 2 and 3 overlap with our CC studies:
- Symphony No. 5/Beethoven - also studied in CC
- Fur Elise/Beethoven
- Emperor Piano Concerto/Beethoven
- Symphony No. 4/Schubert
- Impromptu in G Flat by Schubert
- Dies Irae by Berlioz
- Minute Waltz by Chopin
- Libestraum No. 3 by Liszt
- Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner
- "La Donna e Mobile" from Rigoletto by Verdi
- Symphony No. 4, Third Movement by Brahms - also studied in CC
For Cycle 2, the pieces studied perfectly overlap within the two volumes, and then you get so much more!
Our music studies wrap up in Cycle 3 by transitioning from the Romantic Era to the Modern Era.
- "November" from Seasons by Tchaikovsky
- "Love Theme" from Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky
- Also Sprach Zarathustra by Strauss
In CC our Romantic Era studies conclude with:
- Symphony no. 6, Fourth Movement (Symphony Pathetique) by Tchaikovsky
- La Mer (The Sea) by Debussy - the only composer that does not overlap in the SQUILT curriculum
- The Entertainer by Scott Joplin
- Bolero by Maurice Ravel
- Evening in the Village by Bela Bartok
- Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky - also studied in CC
- I Got Rhythm by George and Ira Gershwin
- Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian
- Fanfare for the Common Man by Aaron Copland
- Mambo from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein
- Superman March by John Williams
- Overture from Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber
I am so excited to have a simple way to build a foundation of music appreciation in my family!
Back to the giveaway!
The raffle opens August 17th at 8am and closes August 22nd at 11pm (Central time). There are several ways to enter. If you're the lucky winner, you will receive the 4 Volume bundle of SQUILT and be set for lovely music learning for a long time! I will email the winner and they must respond within 24 hours, or I will choose a new winner. So what's stopping you? Enter already!
Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.