Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Fun at Music Class!

So, one of the challenges in homeschooling is to keep things interesting. Mixed up. Constantly trying to make SOMETHING in each unit, class, week, etc. fun, and educational in a DIFFERENT way.

Yesterday we hit the nail on the head in music class. I had heard from the homeschool group that the House of Blues put on educational shows/seminars for children. It's the Blues Schoolhouse and one happened yesterday. It was an entire production on the History of the Blues...and how it affects music today.

So, we're up early and off to downtown Dallas with my giddy little boy (he was stoked about going to the H.O.B.'s mostly). We get there, get seated and I don't know how to express how fantastic this event was.

They had a timeline and a woman talking...about the 1700's and the slave trade. Then they opened up the curtains to an entire band and took the blues through slavery, through the Jim Crow law, through country blues into suburban blues into rock, rap, gospel, all of it. They'd talk, then play an example. Then talk about what the artists were going through when they wrote the songs.

AMAZING. My little guy sat there spellbound the entire time. Listening to the info, then clapping, singing or tapping his foot while the band (who was extraordinary) played the blues, rock, etc.

Days like yesterday make me soooo happy. Make me feel like "yep, we're all good, this is the right path. Everyone is happy, educated,'s all good."

Then we came rockin' little guy all happy...and daddy had to shave off his mohawk for football.

DANG IT! At least he got to go out with a rockin' good time!


Catirina Bonet Designs - Fun! Funky! Hand Knitting Patterns said...

WOW! I'm so utterly jealous of your son. My music class was 12 kids crammed into an 8' x 12' closet turned music room all playing random broken violins and un-tuned horns. I wanna go to school with YOU!

Scott Bulger Photography said...

Robin, are you part of a local home schooling group? I know that sometimes home schoolers band together. I was thinking about approaching some local groups about providing photography classes for home schooled children.

Valerie said...

That is exactly the kind of field trip I would have loved to go on when I was in school. You're an awesome mom and teacher to bring your son there !

Angela Catirina & Bonnie said...

Tag you're it!
You need to update your blog anyway.