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The Magic of Music








I try to incorporate music into almost every unit study we do, so my children gain exposure to all kinds of styles and instruments. For this list, I intentionally went more general. My elder daughter is working on learning to read music, and I wanted to give her and my younger child an overview of common musical instruments, key concepts in music appreciation and composition, and the role of music in storytelling. Some of these resources are technically suited to children younger than mine (ages 6 and 3), but we found them beneficial. It’s been exciting to watch them play orchestra, to value the role of a conductor, and to bring music into their play more frequently after this unit. While I’ve limited the list to only 14 items, this unit definitely illustrates for me the incredible power of music to shape all of our stories!

  1. Watch Baby Einstein’s Meet the Orchestra: First Instruments
  2. Watch Cathy & Marcy’s Song Shop’s Meet the Instruments: Things with Strings
  3. Do Re Mi: If You Can Read Music, Thank Guido d’Arezzo by Susan L. Roth and Angelo Mafucci
  4. Watch Disney’s Fantasia/Fantasia 2000
  5. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle and Rafael López
  6. Watch Sesame Street’s Elmo’s Musical Adventure and Sing Yourself Silly
  7. Watch Keep Christmas with You Featuring Santino Fontana and the Muppets® from Sesame Street®
  8. Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates
  9. M is for Melody: A Musical Alphabet by Kathy-jo Wargin and Katherine Larson
  10. M is for Music by Kathleen Krull and Stacy Innerst
  11. Watch Disney’s Make Mine Music
  12. Watch Disney’s Melody Time
  13. Meet the Orchestra by Ann Hayes and Karmen Thompson
  14. The Usborne Internet-Linked Introduction to Music by Eileen O’Brien