As we have prayed and pondered ways to help our children have a broad education that spreads the feast of noble, living ideas and increases their testimony of the Savior, we came across this:
“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
I love this quote!
It literally gives depth to some of the subjects we have chosen to do in our education for life – including Picture Study, Music Study, Nature Study, Hymn Study, Poetry, and Shakespeare.
Why Music Study?
Charlotte Mason talks about the importance of learning to play the piano (or other instrument) and singing in her writings. In Home Education (volume 1), she explains that children should learn from artists first – lovers of their work – so that they can learn to appreciate it as beautiful. By doing this, the motivation for learning is increased.
Listening to beautiful uplifting music can open our hearts and minds to the Spirit, which leads us on the path to better things…it helps us to learn to cultivate a sensitive awareness of our surroundings. Once we have learned to appreciate awareness, we literally can take it and share it with others in our own talents and personality.
We are doing two types of Music Study in our home.
1. The mechanical learning of playing a note, learning to read music, and singing.
2. Composer Study where we listen to a CD of the world’s most well-known classical music for a 6-8 week period, learning to recognize the composer’s signature pieces and style.
An added bonus to Music Study is that studies have conclusively shown that classical music can take an over-stimulated brain and bring it to a resting state where a person is able to function in a more normal manner. In other words, for my daughter with the Auditory Processing Disorder, listening to this music is theraputic, relaxing, and allows her to calmly access and process information in her brain – giving her much higher chances of retaining that information.
We play deliberately choose to play classical music during math for that reason. 😉 And who doesn’t need to feel peace and calm in their day???
This is the first in a series of posts covering Music Study…stayed tuned!