Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Now Playing...our Music Appreciation Program

In my kitchen there is a neon orange card labelled "NOW PLAYING" taped to the front of one cupboard.  The card is actually a 3x5 index card folded lengthwise and taped at the short sides.  This card is critical to our study of music appreciation.


Here's how it works:  I put a CD into the kitchen CD player.  The boys listen to it for a few minutes and then they try to guess who composed the piece being played.  After they've guessed a few times, or if they guess correctly, I put an index card  with the composer's name written on it into the "NOW PLAYING" holder.  As we listen to the balance of the CD, the boys have a reminder of who composed the pieces being played.


Sometimes we don't play our guessing game.  But I try to put the composer's name in the "NOW PLAYING" sign whenever I play a classic instrumental CD.  By seeing the composer's name on our sign as they listen to that composer's CD the boys are beginning to identify composers from their pieces.


It is so much fun to hear a piece of music and have one of the boys say, "Mommy, listen.  It's Mozart!"  Lately that has happened in public places (not just in our kitchen), and I get so tickled.  I love music and there are many classic pieces that can almost bring me to tears.  I enjoy having various composers playing while we are about our daily duties.  Having the boys learn to recognize these pieces and composers is a great way to round out their education.


This is an easy and painless way for us to have music appreciation on a regular basis.  It is normal for the boys to have music playing in the background at all times of the day.  By making a game out of identification the boys are learning and they don't even know it!


Enjoy the music on the ride!


  1. This is a great idea. I may have to borrow it! Thanks

  2. I am trying to integrate a "music class" for my kiddos next year, and this is a fantastic way to do it. Thanks for the great idea!