Zeezok Music Appreciation Curriculum

Sometimes I’ll catch myself becoming deeply aware of a single moment.  It can be a look, a phrase, or just a particular event that sucks me into a sort of slow motion reverie where I just know a lifelong memory is being made.  So it was the first time I took my 6 year old daughter Mira to the symphony.  Although my recollection for most of that night is vague, I can vividly conjure up Mira’s face after she heard– NO!- felt the climatic 4th movement of Beethoven’s 9th performed for the first time.  I told her to close her eyes and try to experience the music with her other senses.  After a few moments, her eyes popped open, her mouth formed a perfect little ‘o’ and she breathlessly explained “Oh! It’s like riding a roller coaster!”  And BAM! The moment seared itself into my brain; and just like that I KNEW music would play an integral part of our homeschool.

. . . Which is why I’m so excited to have found Zeezok!

I’ve always enjoyed classical music and have already been including it in our life in one form or another.  I follow these simple tips for fostering a love of classical music.  However, having no background in music myself, I wasn’t really sure how to teach music aside from instrument lessons.  And I knew I wanted more.

Thankfully, Zeezok’s Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades Book 1 is giving me much more. It’s a comprehensive music appreciation curriculum geared for elementary students but easily adaptable for older children as well.  Book 1 covers 7 composers: Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini and Schubert.

What’s Included in Zeezok’s Music Appreciation Collection:

  • Student Activity Book
  • Opal Wheeler Biographies on the composers
  • 5Disc Music CD set 
  • Lapbook CDrom

Zeezok’s Music Appreciation collection is centered around the beautiful biographies of Opal Wheeler.

“Each composer’s childhood and adult life are vividly described in individual biographies. Every important incident is mentioned and every detail of the stories is true. . . It is more than the human side of these books that will make them live, for in the music the great masters breathe.” Zeezok.com

Along with the endearing biographies you’ll receive a Lapbook CD that comes complete with all the bells and whistles you’ll need to create your own colorful and educational lapbooks.  I’ll be the first to admit that I never appreciated lapbooks before- it always felt like busy work to me.  But I also never wanted to spend the time or energy researching materials, images, and text to use.  With Zeezok’s Lap Book CD everything is there ready to go.  I printed out a couple sections to add to our lapbook each day and let my children have at it.  There’s something soothing about watching your young children make their own interactive book.  My daughters took immense pride in their lapbooks and still love to proudly show them off and share all the things they’ve learned.

*My review and photos will focus on the Schubert biography and accompanying resources.

Why I Love Zeezok’s Music Appreciation Collection

  • 28 weeks of comprehensive (yet flexible) lessons. I was able to easily cater these lessons for my family’s needs. Lessons are rich and detailed and children will learn not only about music but the history, geography, and character traits of the composers.  The workbook is filled with hands-on activities like the lapbook exercises, tasty recipes, and handwriting practice.
  • Pre-planned weekly lessons  so I can ‘open and go’ with minimal prepping. The longer I homeschool, the more I appreciate quality planned resources.
  • Easily adaptable for a wide range of children *not limited to elementary*- A blessing for homeschooling families with multiple kids! I look forward to reusing parts of this curriculum with my children as they get older and we can delve deeper into the stories together.
  • Opal Wheeler’s beautiful and entertaining living books -the spine of the program.  Can I just say I totally ♥ these books!!!

Opal Wheeler’s biographies are captivating living books.  The stories are engaging and fun, the illustrations beautiful and charming, and the addition of the composer’s music lends another layer to the lessons.  My girls have been taking piano lessons this year and loved looking over the music and attempting to read it for themselves.  Zeezok includes a 5 disc CD set of all the music from all the biographies so you can literally stop and experience the music for yourselves.  Indeed- it’s quite instrumental to the program. ;)

Since my kiddos are young (with only one daughter officially elementary aged) we ended up breaking the chapters into two or three separate readings.  This worked better for the short attention spans I was dealing with from my 3, 5, and 7 year old children.  Even by stretching our reading out like this I was still easily able to incorporate our lessons and activities with ease.

In fact, by spending more time with each composer, our appreciation for them only grew stronger.  We seem to run into classical music everywhere and my girls’ awareness of it sometimes exceeds my own!

Expand Your Zeezok Music Appreciation Experience

  • Be sure to look up local symphonies, orchestras, and opera houses near you.  You’d be surprised how often these composers’ works are performed and you might just be able to tie together a live performance into your studies.
  • Pick up the optional Coloring Pages and Bingo Game available through Zeezok.
  • Add to your collection of Opal Wheeler’s composer books by downloading the audio MP3s from Zeezok.
  • Supplement with the fabulous audio collection “In Words and Music” -an informative series of CDs that brings to life the lives of notable composers by interspersing their stories with snippets of their music.
  • Give your child the gift of their ‘very own’ symphony for their next birthday.
  • Add Classical Coloring to your routine.  It’s fun AND easy!

Music; it’s everywhere!

And now you can help turn your children on to music by utilizing Zeezok’s all-in-one Music Appreciation curriculum.  Be sure to check out the rest of Zeezok’s amazing lineup of educational resources to enhance your homeschool experience.

* * * There is a 10% discount on all orders until March 21, 2014 with the coupon code ihomeschool.

Get to Know Zeezok:

Zeezok Music Appreciation Giveaway

One lucky reader will win one music appreciation curriculum ($169.99 value!).  This giveaway is hosted on multiple blogs – one winner will selected from all entries.

Please note the following about the giveaway:

  • If a customer purchases the set during the giveaway, and subsequently wins it, Zeezok will issue a refund of the purchase price.
  • Prize shipped only to US mailing addresses.
  • Giveaway open until March 20, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Winner will be chosen and notified Friday, March 21.

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30 Responses to Zeezok Music Appreciation Curriculum

  1. Erin says:

    This seems perfect for us! Been looking to add more intentional classical music instruction/appreciation. Thanks!

  2. Katie says:

    I have been searching for a music appreciation program for our homeschool and this looks great! Thank you for the review!

  3. Wendy Clark says:

    This looks so perfect! My son is seven and he loves all kinds of music. I would love to win this for him. He would love all the different activities that are provided with this curriculum as he is a hands-on learner.

  4. danielle drown says:

    We have been looking for a music appreciation curriculum for awhile now, and I haven’t found anything that I really like. This one looks like it has everything we have been looking for! If I don’t win we will definitely be looking into purchasing this. My boys (7 and 4) love classical music!

  5. ellen says:

    This is great. I have been doing something like this but finding all the info myself. Having it allready put together would be great.

  6. Patricia says:

    This looks like the perfect thing to help us incorporate more music into our homeschool!

  7. Karen G says:

    Looks wonderful!

  8. Shannon says:

    I am musically challenged. I don’t know the first thing about teaching music anything. So far we haven’t done any this year with our 6 year old, but I would love to start!

  9. Sara R. says:

    As a child I really loved the classical music CDs with the stories (cannot remember what the series is called…I’m sure it’s everywhere)…Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery was my favorite!

  10. Cathy says:

    Looks awesome! I’m sure my daughter will enjoy it.

  11. Heather Kirchhefer says:

    This would be fabulous! I’m a musician, but music hardly ever gets done because I’m way too busy and if it’s not already planned for me, forget it. This curriculum looks both engaging and thorough–wonderful!

  12. Cassie C. says:

    I’m a music teacher always looking for new material. I teach several homeschoolers and would love to build my list of recommended materials for these guys!

  13. Sarah J. says:

    This looks great! My daughters would love it!

  14. Kelley Maki says:

    Thanks for the great review.

  15. Spring K. says:

    This set looks perfect for our classical music loving family. A definite must have! Thank you for the great review and the opportunity to win!

  16. Amy says:

    Thanks! I will be checking into this.

  17. Rachel Reynolds says:

    This looks wonderful!

  18. robin says:

    I want my children to study all the composers!! they love music.

  19. Melissa says:

    Open and go and includes lapbook material? Yes, please! Thank you for bringing the curriculum to my attention. It sounds like a great fit for my family!

  20. Heather says:

    This looks so nice…and all planned out.

  21. Kristiana says:

    This is great! I am a musician and I still struggle with how to teach music appreciation to my children.

  22. RejoicedOver says:

    This would be wonderful! I need direction and tools for this area of study!

  23. Kathleen says:

    I love the idea of living books about the composers. This sounds and looks like a great program. Thanks for reviewing it!

  24. MATHY says:

    Our kids would love it.Perfect curriculum for us.

  25. Sarah says:

    When I was considering homeschooling, music and composer studies were one of the subjects that made me excited to homeschool. Well I never realized just how hard it is to fit everything in. I would love to have a comprehensive, open-and-go-type of curriculum for composer study! Thanks for the review.

  26. Susan says:

    I’d study Mozart because I find him personally fascinating and I love his music. I teach piano lessons in my home to 14 students. I think this would be a wonderful resource for helping my kids develop a greater appreciation for the masters. Thanks for the opportunity and for alerting me to a great product!

  27. becky says:

    I would love to use this with my kids!

  28. Logan says:

    I love the lapbooking and how thorough/informative it is! What a great set!

  29. Mrs. Warde says:

    Wow, this looks awesome!

  30. Jody says:

    This was a great read for me. I don’t have the same love of classical music that you do and I struggle with how to incorporate music appreciation into our homeschool. I’m planning to add in something like your classical coloring next year – I hate to admit that I don’t even own any classical music!! If that goes well this might be a very good fit for us (myself included). Thank you for sharing – I love reading your music posts – your passion really shines through and the opening of this post, about Mira’s first symphony, is so beautiful. What a wonderful moment to share with your daughter.

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