Fine Arts in Our Homeschool Plus: High School Membership Experience
Fine Arts Credit the Fun & Easy Way!
Fine Arts in Our Homeschool Plus:
the High School Membership Experience
Membership is closed for enrollment until August 2021.
Get on the waitlist here and get some freebies while you wait!
If you are struggling with finding a way to include Fine Arts on your Homeschool High School transcript, we have you covered!
This membership is for . . .
1. Students who are NOT too interested in Fine Arts, so they need something fun and easy to cover that Fine Arts credit on their transcript.
2. Students who ARE into Fine Arts and want to explore new topics such as music history, art appreciation, Shakespeare, and much more!
3. Students planning on going to college as music majors and want to get a head-start in Music Theory.
4. Students who love Theater, Dance, Music, and/or Art and can't get enough!
What You Get:
5 Full and Complete Online Courses
- Music Appreciation: Middle Ages Thru Classical Era course ($57 value)
- Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era course ($97 value)
- 20th Century Music Appreciation course ($97 value)
- 10 Weeks of Shakespeare introductory course ($37 value)
- Charlotte Mason Inspired High School Fine Arts course ($57 value)
Advanced Music Theory course
- Lessons will be posted throughout the year as each lesson is filmed. Planned to be fully complete by fall 2021.
- A new masterclass video will be posted in the middle of each month, created especially for you by a master teacher in their fine arts discipline!
Q&A Section to Answer Your Questions
- How to use the Membership to get a Fine Arts credit
- How to help you plan out a Fine Arts credit that fits your unique needs
- Gena is available to answer your Advanced Music Theory questions as you work through the course (see more about this below)
- Provide all your ideas to help form the Membership into what you want it to be
Gena Mayo is a homeschooling mom of 8 who has been teaching music in various forms for over 25 years. She has a Bachelors degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in Vocal Pedagogy (teaching voice lessons). It has been her joy to teach elementary and junior high choir, high school voice classes, private voice lessons for teens through adults, early childhood music and movement classes (babies through preschool), elementary general music, and music appreciation for elementary through high school. But, her favorite music teaching experience has been as musical director for stage musicals such as Seussical, Shrek, Singing in the Rain, Newsies, and Beauty and the Beast. It is Gena's desire to help all homeschoolers include music in their homeschools!
"Your courses are a life saver for us and have sparked an interest for my son when he had no interest before. Thank you for making fine arts easy for high school!"
StartHamilton the Musical: How and Why it Became a Sensation! by Gena Mayo
StartAfrican Dance by Elle Sahin
StartWatercolor Tips and Tricks by Alisha Gratehouse
StartHow We Sing: Vocal Anatomy and Production by Jonathan Cramer
StartHow Musical Key Relate & the Nashville Number System by Chris Brink
StartHow to do the Shim Sham Tap Dance Routine by Anna Brown
StartBeginning Guitar with "Amazing Grace" by Blayne Chastain
StartPen & Ink Techniques by Sally (Beyond the Stick Figure)
PreviewActing Technique, Warm-up, and Vocabulary 101 by Sophie Murk coming May 15
PreviewLatin Dance by Elle Sahin coming June 15
PreviewAffective Voices: Utilizing Resonance and Phrasing to Create Affect in the Listener by Jonathan Cramer coming July 15
PreviewSteps for Preparing & Auditioning for a College Degree in Theatre by Frank Caputo coming August 15
PreviewBeginning Ukulele Lesson by Alyssa Anderson coming September 15
StartIntro to Advanced Music Theory (book, printables, app)
PreviewLesson #1: Staff, Clefs, Note Names
StartLesson #2: Aspects of Sound
StartLesson #3: Other Clefs
StartLesson #4: Grand Staff, Ledger Lines, Piano Keyboard, Accidentals, Notating Stems & Flags
StartLesson #5: Note and Rest Names and Durations
StartLesson #6: Dotted Notes, Ties, and Metric Organization Terms
Courses Included with Purchase
Original Price: $345
Advanced Music Theory Course:
The brand new Advanced Music Theory Course will only be available inside the Homeschool High School Fine Arts Membership!
Gena Mayo is a music theory lover and has desired to teach this course for years!
In addition to the recorded video lessons, there is an inexpensive textbook/workbook required to be purchased to complete the course.
I'm not sure how long it will take me to film and teach each of the lessons, but at this point I don't plan to have the Advanced Music Theory course complete until the 2021-2022 school-year.
However, I will post each video lesson as soon as I film it, and I'll be available for any questions from members/students who are working through the course during the 2020-2021 school-year.
** This is not an official AP Music Theory course.
Monthly Fine Arts Masterclasses:
Each month a new masterclass (video) on a fine arts topic will be loaded into the membership dashboard around the middle of the month.
September's Masterclass 2020 is
"Hamilton the Musical ~ How and Why it Became a Sensation!"
by Gena Mayo
October's Masterclass 2020 is
"African Dance Styles"
by Elle Sahin
November's Masterclass 2020 is
"Watercolor Tips and Tricks"
by Alisha Gratehouse
December's Masterclass 2020 is
"How We Sing: Vocal Anatomy and Production"
by Jonathan Cramer
Want to learn more about Jonathan? See him here!
January's Masterclass 2021 is
"How Musical Key Relate & the Nashville Number System"
by Chris Brink
About your master teacher Chris Brink: “Growing up, my parents were the biggest supporters of music in my life. They cultivated in me a love for music that was already put inside me by God. My mom began teaching me piano at the age of 6, helping me really grow as a player. I believe my background in both classical styles of music as well as contemporary styles of music gives me a well-rounded base from which to teach.
During 2013, I also began playing with the Passion Band going on a World Tour where we played in 6 different countries, and getting to be a part of some of their tours in the Spring and Fall. I’ve learned so much from those incredible experiences and am excited to impart some of that knowledge to the students!”
Read more about Chris Brink and his offerings here.
February's Masterclass 2021 is
"How to do the Shim Sham Tap Dance Routine"
by Anna Brown
March's Masterclass 2021 is
"How to Play 'Amazing Grace' on the Guitar"
by Blayne Chastain
Learn more about Blayne Chastain and his Acoustic Hymns Guitar course here.
April's Masterclass 2021 is
"Pen & Ink Techniques"
by Sally of Beyond the Stick Figure
Sally of Beyond the Stick Figure will be showing you how to create two amazing Pen & Ink projects.
Ready to keep creating? Online Art for Kids offers unlimited access to an ever-growing library of art lessons, courses, and projects in pen & ink, watercolor, acrylic paint, 3D design, and drawing. Through step by step instruction and incremental lessons, you can nurture your inner art genius and become the accomplished artist that you have always wanted to be!
They have temporarily dropped the price of Online Art for Kids subscription to just $9 per month PLUS a two-week free trial! This offer is available only until April 6th, when doors for Online Art for Kids will close for a couple of months to spruce up and improve the membership. You will still have access to everything included in the subscription during that time, however, no new families will be able to join.
May's Masterclass 2021 is
"Acting Technique, Warm-up, and Vocabulary 101"
by Sophie Murk
June's Masterclass 2021 is
"Latin Dance Masterclass"
by Elle Sahin
July's Masterclass 2021 is
"Affective Voices: Utilizing Resonance and Phrasing to Create Affect in the Listener"
by Jonathan Cramer
August's Masterclass 2021 is
"Steps to Preparing for a College Degree in Theatre & Auditioning to Get into College"
by Frankie Caputo
In this new masterclass coming Frankie Caputo shares everything you need to know about preparing for a college degree in theatre and auditioning for acceptance into college!
Frankie Caputo is a local Chicago Artist who directs and teaches for Christian Youth Theater. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Theology. Outside of theatre he enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, cats, and family.
He recommends this audition guide in the video, so you can get it now for a head-start!
September's Masterclass 2021 is
"Beginning Ukulele Lesson"
by Alyssa Anderson
Masterclasses will be taught by Master teachers in their fields. I will be bringing in teachers of art, dance, theater, and music!
Other masterclass topic ideas include
- Beginning Comedy
- How to Master a Shakespeare Monologue
- What is Hip Hop Dance?
- How to Nail an Audition
- The Basics of Ballet
- Guitar Riffs You'll Want to Know
- How to Get Started in Songwriting
- Beginning Lesson in Cartoon Drawing
- Ways to Practice Improv at Home
(Are you interested in teaching a Masterclass for the Fine Arts in Our Homeschool Plus membership? Email Gena here: [email protected])
Testimonials from those who have used the High School Courses that are now a part of the Membership:
- "I was able to immerse myself in the 20th Century Music Appreciation for High School course--and I'll confess I lost myself in there for a little bit. Such a fun trail of links to listen to, and before I knew it an hour had gone by. (When you WANT your kid to spend time on Youtube, LOL.) The course is not only about classical music; there are lessons on jazz, rock & roll (this is where I got sucked in!), and even musical theater--in addition to lots of famous composers from Debussy (a huge fave of mine!) to Copland to John Williams (the composer for Star Wars and about a gazillion other movies) and more.
I also enjoyed spending time in the Charlotte Mason Inspired High School Fine Arts course, which covers not only music but art and poetry as well. It's a gentle exploration of truth, goodness, and beauty that is consistent with Charlotte Mason methods—but anyone can enjoy and learn from it.
These courses do not present a firehose of information that must. get. done. to the point of creating frustration or forcing a check-the-box mentality with no real depth of understanding; instead there is time to savor and re-listen and discover more each time.
Doesn't your kid need at least one subject each day that is a slower pace, a more relaxed learning, a chance to breathe in the content rather than have it shoved down their throat? Music in Our Homeschool provides that non-stressed learning experience that may be all the more effective due to the lack of pressure." ~ Ann Karako, homeschool mom and blogger at Annie & Everything
- "We've been using the 20th century music course and we are really enjoying it. It was exactly what I was looking for to go along with our study of the 20th century. I was trying to put all of the resources together myself, but it was a lot of work. So, this has been worth the money!" ~ Angela
- "As a music educator, I appreciate the depth and organization Gena has put into her music curriculum. She provides many interesting facts and resources comparable to my college music history classes for high school students to learn about different composers of 20th Century." ~Kathy Gossen, homeschooling mom of 2, music educator, and blogger at Cornerstone Confessions
- "If you're looking for a complete and easy-to-follow online class for your middle and high schoolers to take music appreciation, you'll love this! Gena has created a well-rounded program that makes it easy for students and their parents to follow along and learn about 20th century music in an organized and meaningful way. The videos are engaging and the use of the printouts is helpful and allows students to think more deeply about each piece, and to become familiar with musical terminology. Highly recommended!" ~Erica JohnsOwner of EnrichmentStudies.com; currently homeschooling 4 sons, grades 8-12, all taking this course!
- "My oldest (14,) is loving listening to the variety of different music in the Middle Ages Music Appreciation online course. She is especially enjoying the minstrel and medieval music. She's seen many of the songs in literature, but never heard them. The course is bringing a new level of understanding to other aspects of our homeschool, which make it extra enjoyable. Thank you!" ~ Shannan Swindler, homeschool mom and blogger at Captivating Compass
- "Big confession: I took this course for me! I've been wanting to teach my kids about Shakespeare for a long time but I felt completely unequipped to do it until I started Gena's new course: 10 Weeks of Shakespeare ~ Introductory Course for 7th-12th Grades. Although she called it an introductory course I was just blown away by the vast content, awesome videos, and tons of links to get deeper into every module. I always thought a course about Shakespeare could be boring but it is exactly the opposite! This course is very thorough and fascinating. I absolutely recommend it." ~Ana Willis, homeschool mom of 3 and blogger at TheyCallMeBlessed.org.
- "Since, I am teaching a single student, with profound dyslexia, I am reading Star Wars out loud, using different voices for each character. Even my college age son loves listening to it. Don't be afraid to still use the Star Wars book, even without enough students to perform it." ~Marilyn
- "I would totally use it with my teens and have them view on the iPad together. I like the simplicity and the ability to delve deeper or “skim” and the wide range of sources, that are all RIGHT THERE! Wonderful. I think, I might even be able to let my 7th grader join in and just expect a little less depth from the writing portions.This is a great value- the idea that I could revisit if my youngest ISN’T quite ready... wow! I think you’ve just planned our Fine Arts for 2020!" ~ Suzanne Gose, author of Flip Flop Spanish
- "I've spent time looking at this course and CANNOT wait to jump into it with my son. Just in my time planning for next year, I've been blown away by how thorough, flexible, and yet truly beautiful these lessons are. If you're homeschooling high school and need help teaching fine arts, this is your solution!" ~ Emily Copeland, homeschool mom of two and blogger at Table Life Blog
- Gena Mayo has done it again! "Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era for High School" offers students and parents a chance to learn about more than 40 different composers. Some musical selections were familiar, while others were completely new to me. Each lesson offers a brief biographical piece about the composer, followed by numerous samples of the composer's work to enjoy. I cannot think of a better way to learn about music!" ~Michelle Habrych, homeschool mom of 2 teens
- "Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era for High School is every bit as captivating as the other courses in the series. The written material that introduces the composers is as long as it needs to be and no longer. It motivates students (or should I say me?) to want to listen to all the musical selections. The videos embedded in the course have been carefully chosen so we don't have to wad through dozens of videos ourselves. The quotes by and about the composers are enlightening. The brief quizzes that follow each lesson help your student to focus. The curriculum is perfect for once-a-week course and is highly enjoyable for students and teachers alike." ~Melanie Wilson, homeschool mom of 6 and blogger at Psychowith6.com
- "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!" ~Leah Courtney, homeschool mom of 4 and blogger at As We Walk Along the Road
- "This course is just what I needed for my daughter's high school music credit this year! I love the easy to use course outline with all the necessary links and downloadable notebooking pages included. This saves me tons of time! My daughter is gaining a new appreciation for classical music and it integrates seamlessly into our homeschool days. Thank you, Gena, for creating this course!" ~Sara, homeschool mom, blogger at Heart and Soul Homeschooling
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