Music of Christmas online course:
New for 2020: There are now 3 year's worth of Christmas music lessons included in this one course!
- Year 1: Christmas Music Lessons (15 lessons)
- Year 2: Christmas Traditions From Around the World (12 lessons)
- Year 3: Traditional Lessons & Carols (9 lessons)
Each lesson will only take 15 minutes, because who has more time than that during the busy holiday season?
**Although there are some secular Christmas songs included in this course, the vast majority is focused on Christmas as a Christian holiday, celebrating the coming of the Savior Jesus into the world.
Year 1: Christmas Music Lessons:
- White Christmas
- The Nutcracker
- Joy to the World
- O Holy Night
- Silver Bells
- Sleigh Ride
- Mary, Did You Know?
- Frosty the Snowman
- In the Bleak Midwinter
- Handel and his "Messiah"
- Amahl and the Night Visitors
- Silent Night
- Carol of the Bells
- Santa Lucia
- Epiphany/Day of the Kings
Each lesson includes a text lesson, videos, at least one printable, and an online quiz.
Year 2: Christmas Traditions From Around the World
- Christmas in Australia
- Christmas in China
- Christmas in Russia
- Christmas in Scotland
- Christmas in Germany
- Christmas in Italy
- Christmas in Spain
- Christmas in Sweden
- Christmas in Egypt
- Christmas in Israel
- Christmas in Brazil
- Christmas in Mexico
Each lesson includes Scripture to memorize, a lesson about the celebration of Christmas in the country being studied, picture book suggestions, and a craft or art project. (Doing the art or craft project will increase the music lesson time beyond 15 minutes.)
Christmas Traditions From Around the World was written by Kathy L. Gossen.
Year 3: Traditional Lessons and Carols
The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was first celebrated at King's College, Cambridge on Christmas Eve, 1918. The lessons included here in this course are an adaptation for kids that can be done in 15 minutes per lesson and include reading the "lesson" (from Scripture) and listening to and/or singing the Christmas songs and carols. Additionally, there is a piece of famous artwork included with every lesson related to the Scripture that can be used for Picture Study!
See "Inside" the course here:
By the way, are you looking for a music membership experience?
The Music in Our Homeschool Plus (MIOH+) elementary membership experience will open for enrollment August 8, 2021.
The Fine Arts in Our Homeschool Plus (FIOH+) high school membership experience will be open for enrollment August 8, 2021.
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!
"Music of Christmas" has been such a fun addition to our Christmas homeschooling this year! We snuggle up on the couch in the evenings and use our smart tv to make it easier for all 11 of us to see the videos. It has been so neat to learn the history behind our favorite Christmas tunes. We are definitely making sweet holiday memories!
~ Amy Roberts, homeschool mom of 9 - RaisingArrows.net
The "Music of Christmas" course is a great resource for changing things up as we homeschool through the holidays. Instead of our regular music course, we've had the opportunity to learn some fun information about our favorite Christmas carols. And it's great that the whole family can do it together!
~ Leah, blogger and homeschool mom of four
StartJoy to the World
StartO Holy Night
StartMary, Did You Know?
StartFrosty the Snowman
StartIn the Bleak Midwinter (from 15-Minute Music Lessons)
StartHandel and his "Messiah" (from 15-Minute Music Lessons)
StartAmahl and the Night Visitors (from 20th Century Music Appreciation)
StartSilent Night (from Music for Holidays & Special Days)
StartCarol of the Bells (from Music for Holidays & Special Days)
StartSanta Lucia ~ December 13 (from Music for Holidays & Special Days)
StartEpiphany/ Day of the Kings ~ January 6 (from Music for Holidays & Special Days)
PreviewDetails about "Christmas Traditions from Around the World"
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PreviewLesson A: Christmas in Australia
StartLesson B: Christmas in China
StartLesson C: Christmas in Russia
StartLesson D: Christmas in Scotland
StartLesson E: Christmas in Germany
StartLesson F: Christmas in Italy
StartLesson G: Christmas in Spain
StartLesson H: Christmas in Sweden
StartLesson I: Christmas in Egypt
StartLesson J: Christmas in Israel
StartLesson K: Christmas in Brazil
StartLesson L: Christmas in Mexico
My family is loving the "Music of Christmas" course! The lessons are short and no prep work is necessary, so it is the perfect way to expose my children to a variety of quality Christmas music (and the history behind it!) during this especially hectic time of year. And because the selections are from various writers, countries, and time periods, it is easy to coordinate our music studies with history, geography, or cultural Christmas lessons. This has been an excellent addition to our holiday homeschool studies this year!”
~ Jane M., No Greater Joy Homeschool
My kids are really enjoying the "Music of Christmas" course. My kids find the background information on the carols interesting. I like how there are a couple variations of the songs to listen to. Such a great resource for the holiday season.
~Sharon, Homeschool Mom and blogger