Help Your High Schooler Earn a Full Credit for Music Appreciation With This Resource

I have to admit that, when it comes to the fine arts, I’m not a great homeschool teacher. I don’t know that much about either art or music. But I want my kids to have the opportunity to learn about both.

So what’s a homeschool mom to do?

Fortunately there are some awesome online learning options. I love that I can find teachers who actually have knowledge and passion about the arts to teach my children what I can’t. 
I’ve been excited to watch the development of some online homeschool music classes by a fellow homeschool mom. Gena Mayo at has a variety of classes for elementary and high school students. She’s just released her brand new class- Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era. And I’ve had the opportunity to take a look at it. I’m super excited and planning to use it with my younger girls this year.

Music appreciation for homeschool high school

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What is Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era?

Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era is an online music appreciation class. Students cover over thirty-six composers of the era in weekly lessons. There is a bibliography with additional books and websites with information as well as a lesson about Beethoven from the Music Appreciation: Middle Ages Through Classical Period class. And there is a section with printables that the students will need to complete the course.
In the class introduction, Gena gives several ways in which high schoolers can use the class to earn either a half credit or a full credit. She also explains how the class can be used for younger students as well. The class can be used for the whole family. If you would like to use the class in a co-op, Gena has information about that option as well.

How does the class work?

The class consists of thirty-six lessons. Each lesson contains written information about the composer and then links to many of the composer’s pieces of music from YouTube. As students learn about each composer, there are printable sheets for them to complete. As they listen to each piece of music, there is a Music Listening Sheet for them to complete. 
The thirty-six lessons in the course are to be completed by doing one lesson each week. From the pieces of music given in the YouTube videos, students can pick and choose based on how many hours they are giving to the course. (2 1.2 hours each week will equal a half credit for music appreciation. 5 hours a week will equal a full credit for music appreciation.) 
There are additional suggested activities for each lesson. And Gena includes a sheet to log hours spent on the course and to record what the student has completed in those hours. As each lesson is completed, the student can mark it complete. So at any time, you can check up on a student working independently and see how many lessons are marked complete and how many hours have been logged.

Why is it awesome?

I was really excited to have the opportunity to see Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era for High School because I think it will be an excellent resource for me to use in teaching my younger girls this coming year. There are several things that I particularly love about this course.

~ It can be adapted and used in a variety of ways.

Flexibility is one of the awesome things about homeschooling. And this course offers it. The course can be used for a 1/2 credit or for a full credit or adapted for younger kids (My girls are middle school aged.). With the hour log that Gena includes, you can easily keep a record of time spent on the course to meet the needs you have for a music appreciation class.

~ It requires no planning on my part.

I like lesson planning. I know that might sound odd, but I really do. But when it comes to preparing for the school year, I have three kids to plan for- and a student in college to think about, three online classes that I’m teaching, and a literature class for our local co-op that I’m teaching. It’s nice to have one fewer thing to plan- especially when the subject is one I’m not familiar with anyway.
I can hear an objection coming. “Well, couldn’t I just hunt up the information about the composers in books and online? And couldn’t I find all the YouTube videos so that we could watch and listen to all the music? And then I wouldn’t have to buy a course.” Well, yes, you could do that. But, do you have any idea how many hours it would take you to plan? I do because I’ve tried to do music appreciation that way before. Trust me. It’s not worth it. 
This course is more than worth the cost because all of the planning is already done. All of the information has been found and presented in a very clear, concise, and easy to understand way. All of the videos have been chosen and previewed and are presented with comments about their content. The printable pages have already been created and are ready to be used. It’s all done for me. All I have to do is give the kids the computer and check up on their work later. That’s awesome, my friend!

~ It is very easy to use.

Previously in homeschooling, I’ve signed up for some online course programs that are difficult to figure out. The platform isn’t intuitive. There aren’t clear instructions. It ends up being very frustrating, and I feel lost before I even get to the information we’re supposed to learn.
Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era for High School isn’t like that. There are instructions for the teacher/parent before the course begins. The printables are easy to find and clearly labeled. The platform is very intuitive, and it is easy for the student to know how to complete each lesson and move on in the course. 

How can you sign up?

I’m glad you asked. You can find Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era for High School here at the Music in Our Homeschool class site. There are other great classes you can find out about and sign up for as well. 

Music appreciation for homeschool high school

So…there’s hope for even mamas like me who aren’t very literate in the fine arts. If you, like me, need a little help in the music appreciation realm, check out the Music in Our Homeschool courses.

Review disclosure

If you’re reading this right after this music course launches, there’s great news!
On Saturday and Sunday (August 5 and 6, 2017) , you can get 40% off of the course with code LAUNCHWEEKEND.
On Monday through Friday (August 7-11, 2017), you can get 25% off of the course with code LAUNCH25.

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