Tuesday, June 03, 2008

PGM Homeschool Choir & CM Education

Part of providing a Charlotte Mason style education is the implementation of a music into the curriculum. Well, I am not musical though music runs in our family. My grandfather is a Julliard trained pianist, my sister and mother both sang professionally. I stopped played piano after one year and I still regret that to this day. I want the kids to both appreciate and to play musical instruments. So we participate in the PGM (Part of the Greater Multitude) Homeschool Choir directed by Mrs Patricia Lassiter. The children learn how to read sheet music, keep time, follow the conductor and how to perform in front of an audience.

Speaking of performing for the audience while little Peyton was ringing her heart out, Parker was apparently at some sort of dance recital we were all unaware of. I do not think I have ever laughed so hard in my life...with out letting the kids know I was laughing because it was so cute. She's 4 what are you gonna do, when a 4 year old has to dance she just has to dance...even if everyone else is standing as stiff as a board ringing a bell...She did not care what they were doing...too cute. I wish we had a video...Okay, I have digressed the aforementioned was free....

This year's end of year concert was a salute to the Masters so the children played the work of Handel, Mozart etc... It was wonderful. This was another wonderful year in the PGM Choir though we were all sad to hear that next year will be Mrs. Lassister last year.

Thanks to the PGM Chior and Charlotte Mason my children recognize and enjoy classical music. This year we hope to fix our piano so the kids can start to take lessons (as in me teaching them from a book because you know I'm too cheap for "real lessons" until talent/desire is established) this year.

Another, item I would like to mention to help develop a love of classical music in children (and adults) are the Classical Kids Cd's. They play the musicians music while telling the story of his life in a very engaging and informative way. We love them and we are in the process of collecting them for our school. We have studied Bach using these Cd's and books (of course) and it was indeed a great success.

1 comment:

Samira said...

Oh my gosh, Mrs. Lassiter is a awesome person, teacher, and friend to all. Wish her well.
~Samira
P.S. I know her daughters (Grace, Michelle, Emily, Mary.)

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