Spring Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days
Fun & quick music lessons for the spring season of March through May (taken from the full course "Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days")
SPRING Music Lessons for Holidays & Special Days online course:
Music is such a part of our lives and can really help us prepare for the holidays we want to celebrate throughout the year. Learn about, listen to, and do activities with various songs and music which relate to spring holidays such as Easter, St. Patrick's Day, and Mother's Day. Also included are fun music lessons for special days such as April Fool's Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Dr. Seuss Day!
Each of the 11 lessons includes:
- Information about the holiday or special day
- Videos of the music to listen to/ watch
- At least one printable
- An online quiz
Note: Spring Music for Holidays & Special Days is aimed mostly toward Americans since many of the holidays and special days included are uniquely American. All lessons are taken from the full course Music for Holidays & Special Days. If you already own it, you don't need this one.
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 in April 2021.
The Fine Arts in Our Homeschool Plus (FIOH+) high school membership experience will be open for enrollment in April 2021.
So how does it work? Simple! Gena has done all the work for us. You read the lesson and push the play button for the music and video, and that is pretty much it. The time it takes to listen to each lesson varies greatly. Some take just a few minutes to complete, but a few run an hour or more depending on the length of the compositions.
I personally went through the entire year of lessons and tried out two of them with the kids. The first was the SPRING lesson where six of my grandchildren joined in with the six children who are still at home. I'm telling you, if a lesson can hold the attention of TWELVE kids, ages two through fifteen, it is GOOD. We also did the Dr. Seuss lesson with just my four younger kids and they enjoyed it a lot.
I'm looking forward to using this on the relevant days during our Morning Time throughout the next year. What a low stress and easy way to add musical enrichment, learning about the instruments and musical concepts, AND holidays and special days all wrapped into one easy lesson. Thank you, Gena!
~ R.L., homeschool mom and grandmother
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!
StartDr. Seuss Day ~ March 2
StartSt. Patrick's Day ~ March 17
StartSpring ~ Between March 19-22 (March 20, 2021)
StartApril Fools Day ~ April 1
StartEaster ~ Between March 22 and April 25 (April 4, 2021)
StartEarth Day ~ April 22
PreviewInternational Jazz Day ~ April 30
StartStar Wars Day ~ May 4
StartCinco de Mayo ~ May 5
StartMother's Day ~ Second Sunday of May
StartMemorial Day ~ Last Monday in May
Music for Holidays and Special Days is a delight! I love the variety of music that is presented in this course! From sacred to silly, it was fun to introduce my kids to old favorites as well as new songs and arrangements I had never heard. Just enough background info to make it interesting without being overwhelming. I highly recommend this course if you're looking to add a little fun to your school year!
~ S. B., piano teacher and homeschool mom of 6
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I am new to homeschooling, so it was awesome to find a resource that has so much already pulled together for me. We do a lot of school work featuring holidays and I had honestly never thought of pulling music into a lot of them. . . .
Multiple songs/videos for each holiday lent itself to different styles of music, instruments, and time periods. All of which easily segued into other area of learning. We love notebooking, so the pages for copywork, writing thoughts and ideas, or drawing how the music makes you feel were so welcome. Pages like for Spring with the compare and contrast were great.
~ K.I., homeschool mom
Wow! There is a ton of information in this course! My son, Seth, asked me to not mark each section as complete as "he wants to do it when it's all his turn."
Dr. Seuss Day had Seth putting on his "Seuss" hat and we spent the day watching all of the videos we could find, rereading the beloved books, and with Seth sharing his newly found knowledge with the medial staff at the hospital.
The April Fool's parodies had us both giggling.
Overall, my conclusion is that this is a great course for all ages. A parent can choose how much information from each holiday to teach their child depending on their level and add more to it each year, especially with the resources provided.
~ K. H., homeschool mom
As a homeschooling mother of five, that isn’t very musically inclined, I love that Gena Mayo has taken special days throughout the year and connected it to music. I can cover social studies, with reading and writing, all while making it fun and meaningful by diving into the world of music. It’s an awesome feeling to hear my kids say they really enjoyed what we just listened to or when they hear something and they excitedly tell me what it means.
~ K. J., homeschool mom of 5
My entire family enjoys Gena's music lessons! My 1 ½ year old and their grandfather all joined in as we celebrated Dr. Seuss' birthday with great music and fun videos. We have done several of her 15-minute lesson and I love how easy to teach and engaging they are.
They fit well with other unit study resources or as a stand-alone activity. Most of all they help foster music appreciation and spark interesting conversations within our homeschool while keeping learning fun!
~ R. J., homeschool mom of 6