Paganini went on to be one of the worlds finest composers, focusing his work on the string family of instruments. He even had ties to Napoleon when Napoleon's sister hired him! We would have never known any of this if not for Zeezok Publishing LLC and their fantastic Music Appreciation: Book 1 for the Elementary Grades.
As you can see, the pages in the student workbook are very colorful! And I had no idea there were different kinds of violins!
The lapbook activities are a great resource to have. They really work to tie in everything from the reading and the workbook. Some pages of the workbook are used in the lapbook, so it really works well together.
This is the most comprehensive music appreciation study I've ever seen. It is truly one of the best academic curriculum sets we own. The intended schedule of one composer every 4 weeks will give you a full year's worth of work, or you could work slower or faster depending on your student. I plan to personally go a little slower to fully explore everything included and stretch this to last through his 6th grade year. We love the accompanying music disks, and use them throughout our daily work. I do with the disks were labeled on the outside with the composers that are included on each disk. There's only 2 songs from Paganini included with many more songs for other composers. Other than that, the program is pretty much perfect!
Does Zeezok Publishing LLC Music Appreciation: Book 1 for the Elementary Grades Pass My 4 Ingredient Test?
1.) Customization: Is it easily adaptable? Can we customize it to fit “us?” Can we modify or set our own schedule? Can we take breaks, jump ahead, or flat out skip?
The composer studies are independent of one another, so you can go in any order you wish. Since this is a physical product there is no time constraint so you can work at your own leisure. You can work faster and finish it all sooner, or your can take your time and go slower. There is a suggested schedule in the student workbook that will break the entire program down to 28 weeks.
3.) Attention span: Is it boring? Is it engaging? Is it varied enough for ADHD? Does it last too long?
It's not boring! The activities are hands on, fun, and the workbook pages are colorful. The actual activities are pretty fast.
4.) Does it tie into other things we already have.