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The joyful Grammar of Music Curriculum:
An Engaging, Classical Introduction to Music
The Student Workbook
The Joyful Grammar of Music is a unique program designed to be used to teach music concepts to children from 1st through 3rd grades. American folksongs and games are used to help children internalize and discover concepts before they are presented to them. The lessons provide visual, aural, and kinesthetic activities to prepare students for each concept, and the concepts are then practiced through a variety of musical activities. A QR code is provided to give teachers access to recordings of all the folk songs used in the book.
A unique music catechism and music recitation program have also been developed and are scheduled throughout the curriculum. Optional projects, instrumental activities, composer stories, and classical music listening activities are also scheduled in the program. One teacher could use this book to teach several children of varying ages (approximately 6-10 years old).
The Joyful Grammar of Music Student Workbook is a necessary component to the program and provides extra practice activities to accompany the lessons in the Teacher Guide. The music catechism and recitation questions are also included in the student workbook. The workbook includes 24 front and back worksheets to accompany the 24 weeks of lessons in the teacher guide, as well as assessments every 6 weeks.
Virtues of the Great Composers Storybook
The Virtues of the Great Composers for Children is a collection of 31 short stories about composers from ancient times through the 20th century. Each composer has a character trait that is highlighted in their story, as well as lists of suggested listening examples easily accessed online. The stories are scheduled in The Joyful Grammar of Music Teacher Guide as optional activities.
Examples of the 31 unique character traits highlighted in the book are diligence, loyalty, perseverance, and leadership.
The book makes an excellent read aloud for younger children or can be read independently approximately ages 8 and up.