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Sue Bee

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I know this is well-suited for late middle school/early high school and older, but I am having so much success using bits and pieces with my sixth grader.  He is currently studying the early middle ages, and it goes so well with his history curriculum.  We just listen to small bits and the performances, and then I can supplement by looking up another recording of the same piece, or a similar piece by the same composer.

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I know this is well-suited for late middle school/early high school and older, but I am having so much success using bits and pieces with my sixth grader.  He is currently studying the early middle ages, and it goes so well with his history curriculum.  We just listen to small bits and the performances, and then I can supplement by looking up another recording of the same piece, or a similar piece by the same composer.

Thanks for a great tool!!
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I'm delighted to hear this!  And that's a marvelous age (6th grade) for discovering this repertoire, opening the ear (and eye and mind!).  It's fantastic, is it not, how the technology allows us to expand our scope on this music, find other performances, beautiful Youtube material.  Thank you for your observations.

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Thanks for the info. My daughter is 13 and in 7th grade and will be studying the ancients soon. So I was wondering if it would be early for her to use this material. How many weeks should I plan for this material? I also like to use later Discovering music. We do a 6 year history rotation in our homeschool program. Thanks. Also does all of the material include any to the time area specific music harmony? Thanks, Your program looks really great.
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Your daughter would be able to gain many things from the course, I believe.  She would be at the younger end of the scale. so some parental input, or input from a tutor, would be helpful.  You can pick and choose the parts of the assignments that seem most relevant, or create your own tailored to her interests.  You could also work either in chronological order, as the course goes, or pick and choose units.  We have students working all kinds of ways with the course. 

Insofar as the length of the course, there is so much flexibility.  You may wish to integrate a unit at the point it matches up with your history cycle.  Or you may wish to keep it separate.  At her age, a unit could be viewed as an enrichment exercise, and whatever material sticks, sticks.  Or, you could go more slowly through each unit, and try to cover it all.  The "enrichment" approach does seem to work well for middle-schoolers.

High-schoolers tend to do the course in a semester or across an academic year. But you wouldn't be under that pressure to complete a HS credit in a set period of time.

If your time allows, we'd  love to hear more about the experience you will have with your daughter, should you use the course.  What parts of the music, the live footage sequences, the commentaries by the specialists, historians, monks, etc., engaged her the most?  What was her response to the art?  Which assignments did she find most fruitful?  Let me know your additional questions.
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I just joined this forum and it is so nice to see kindred spirits! [smile]

I have two 13 year old girls in eighth grade. I have not yet done the Sacred Music course but if it is anything like Discovering Music, you are in for a treat. I think with 13 year olds it is great to just pull out what you have time for and to focus on exposure to the music and getting comfortable with the names, dates, and places. It has made such a huge impact on my girls, I hope you will jump into it and enjoy watching those connections take hold. When we discuss history and literature (we are studying the renaissance and reading Pride and Prejudice right now) there are so many cultural relationships going every which way, it just makes everything so much richer and so much more fun! Example: we decided to have a look at the BBC Pride & Prejudice miniseries, and one of my girls was aghast at the fashions. She thought the hats were horrible--until she realized that many of the ladies wore turbans. "Turbans! Remember Professor Carol talking about the Turkish craze of the 1800s?" Moments like that are just fantastic! So yes, I think 13 year olds would benefit from any of these courses alongside your regular homeschooling (or regular schooling for that matter), with your help. Enjoy!
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