Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Calvert Music Class

Calvert makes a video based music theory class for homeschoolers entitled Melody Lane, that we have recently been using. My children have really been enjoying this class. Each lesson is only 8 to 10 minutes long and explains musical concepts in a very engaging clear manner. I think it is well worth at least a once a week time slot in the curriculum. It always amazes me how much we can accomplish in all of these little ten minute time slots, added up together they make up a very well rounded education with afternoons still free. Of course, everyone familiar with Charlotte Mason has read about the delight the children bring to their work when the lessons are kept short along with the greater level of attention paid to the work. I have seen it again with this course. The children really enjoy the class as it teaches songs, but also real musical ideas such as intervals, beat, melody and rythm, so that the children have to pay complete attention and think a little bit to grasp all of the concepts. They always ask for one more class, but I have noticed that the attention span diminishes with each consecutive episode. It is better to do no more than one a day. I think ideally we will use this class every other year from 1st through 6th grade. It doesn't appear that they sell it seperately, but you can see it with instruments here,


Sue said...

Melissa, I loved reading about how you use Melody Lane. I plan to use it this year with my 5-year-old. Thanks for the tip about keeping it to one at a time! Question: I have the tapes, but not the guidebook. Do you think I'll be missing out on much?

Melissa said...

I do not have the guidebook and have not felt like I missed anything.