How to use the course
There are three sections as part of the course. This top section contains the FAQ and three printables called Composer Sheet, Music Listening Sheet, and Log of Hours Sheet. The second section contains all 36 lessons, and the third some additional resources. As you work on the course, it automatically keeps track of where you are. When finished with a lesson, click "Complete and Continue" to move on. You can always come back to past lessons, though.
How does a student earn high school credit with this course?
There are 36 lessons in the course. To earn 1/2 credit Fine Arts elective, do one lesson a week for 36 weeks (two semesters), spending 2 1/2 hours a week on it. To earn a full credit Fine Arts elective, do one lesson a week for 36 weeks (two semesters), spending 5 hours a week on it.
What exactly will the student be doing for those hours each week?
First, the student will read the lesson and watch the embedded videos. Each lesson has at least several hours worth of music to listen to. The student has some freedom to pick and choose what to listen to. Also, on subsequent days, he or she may listen to new selections in new lessons or repeat those already heard. Both are beneficial for a music appreciation course, because repeated hearings of a piece of music will allow the student to hear new things and maybe truly learn to appreciate and love it!
While listening to the music, the student should fill out at least one Music Listening Sheet a day. Many will find it easier to listen to and focus if they fill out a Music Listening Sheet for each piece they listen to. They should also fill out a Composer Sheet for each composer studied. These are to be kept in a three-ring Music Appreciation Binder.
Keep track of how much time is spent on the lesson with the Log of Hours sheet. There are suggestions for various other activities to do for each lesson. Write in the time spent listening, writing, reading, etc. and try to average 5 hours per lesson if earning a full credit and 2 1/2 hours for a half-credit. An example sheet is included with the printables.
Here are some additional activities that are optional but encouraged:
What prep work should be done before beginning the course?
All that is needed is to print about 50 Composer Sheets, 100 Music Listening Sheets, a Log of Hours Sheet. Put those in a three-ring binder with some loose-leaf paper (for taking notes to be used in essays), and you're ready to begin.
What do I do if a link is broken or video is no longer available?
Simply leave a comment right there at the lesson or email Gena at [email protected], and I'll get it fixed ASAP! Thank you for your help and taking the extra time to let me know about any broken links.
What to do if you are seeing inappropriate ads with the YouTube videos?
We are thankful for the "free" resource of YouTube, but we do occasionally have to let their ads run. If you are noticing that you are seeing some inappropriate ads, see this link which will give you ways to block advertisers. https://support.google.com/ads/answer/2662850?hl=e... You might also need to clear your cookies/history. And be sure YouTube is set to restricted mode. (Look at the bottom of the Youtube page to set restricted mode.)
What is the Copyright information?
© 2016 Gena Mayo | I Choose Joy! Publishing | ichoosejoy.org
All rights reserved. No portion of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted outside immediate household in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, or other—except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
How many copies can I make?
Photocopies of lessons and notebooking pages may be made for only one household or one classroom of children.
Can I use the course to teach at a school or co-op?
Purchase of the course is only for one classroom at a school, one classroom at a co-op, or one family in a household. To obtain a license to use in multiple classes at school or a homeschool co-op, contact Gena Mayo at [email protected]
Is this course only for junior high or high school students?
No! Use the course to teach grades K-6 at home, school, or at a homeschool co-op. Look for coloring sheets online for the non-writing kids to color while listening to the music or have them draw what they hear.
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