Are you looking for a gift that will last a lifetime?
Wouldn’t it be nice to find a gift that will keep your child’s attention longer than just a few days after your child opens it this Christmas?
Music is the gift that keeps on giving! This year, consider giving your child music lessons – whether learning about the orchestra and composers or learning to sing or play an instrument.
Here are my recommendations of music gifts and courses with special Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals.
For Babies to Early Elementary
For many years, I taught early childhood music classes, and though I never recorded my classes and put them online, I can offer you the same thing I taught through my friend Kathryn Brunner of Musik at Home.
For your little ones through age 7 (yes, even babies), music classes will enhance every stage of development. You will love singing and playing with your children as Kathryn leads you in fun songs, movement and listening activities. The Musik at Home Membership is a steal at only $24.99 a month or $199 yearly.
With my discount code though (use JUSCLASSICALJOY), you can get a 3-day free trial and your first month for only $5, and this month includes Family Music for Christmas, which celebrates the wonder of the Advent Season with songs that take your family on a journey to Bethlehem.
Or get $50 off the annual subscription using the code JUSCLASSICALANNUAL.
For Elementary / Middle School
For elementary and older, you will love Musik at Home Academy and the classes Ukelele Adventures and Play Together Percussion. Use the code JUSCLASSICAL to save 20% off of these courses (through December 31) and get an extra three months free if you enroll between 11/23 and 11/30!
Music in Your Homeschool
Music in our Homeschool is offering 25% off all courses with the code THANKFULFORMUSIC2021 through November 30.
Singing Made Easy
Does your child want to learn to sing? My friend Gena Mayo (of Music in Your Homeschool) has a six-course bundle called Singing Made Easy which is on sale for 25% off through November 30!
Music Lessons for Holidays and Special Days
In this course, you and your child will learn about, listen to, and do activities with various songs and music which relate to holidays such as New Year’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Also included are fun music lessons for special days such as Star Wars Day/May the Fourth, Talk Like a Pirate Day, and Dr. Seuss Day!
World Music for Elementary
A perfect complement to world geography and history, each lesson of World Music for Elementary is about the music of a different country or area of the world. Your child will learn about unique instruments, folk dances, songs, and styles.
Learn Classical Music with Cartoons
Oh yeah! We all love cartoons, so this is a fun way for your child to learn all about classical music and composers by watching cartoons!
Jus’ Classical Music Courses
Jus’ Classical music and art courses are 50% off through December 3 for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Use the code BLACKFRIDAY2021.
The Composer Detective is an easy-to-use, all-in-one online music appreciation course, designed to help you lead your children in investigating orchestra instruments, music and composers, where you don’t have to be the expert but can feel confident your children are learning the essentials, you can enjoy music together as a family (and grow your brains!) through short, engaging lessons which can be adapted in length, you and your children are not only learning music but also history, geography, and culture through the lessons and worksheets, and you and your children are being exposed to great performers, conductors and orchestras in a fun and engaging way through curated video performances. This is a year-long course with 10 units but can be used over several years as smaller unit studies on composers.
Investigating the Orchestra is an instruments unit study (and the first unit of the bigger course The Composer Detective), designed to help you lead your children in investigating orchestra instruments and eras. It includes videos of Investigating Instruments of the Orchestra, The Orchestra Song and Investigating Eras of the Orchestra, a playlist of curated performances, Teacher Notes and Student Activity Pack. This is a perfect place to start if you want a taste of the fun of classical music but are not ready to commit to a year-long course.
Or check out the composer units and use the code BLACKFRIDAY2021 for 50% off of individual units too.
America the Beautiful: Songs of America is a music and history course which covers thirteen important patriotic songs of America. Students will read about the history of each song and learn the songs with a curated playlist of videos. Song sheets are also included. The course covers eight important songs like The Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, God Bless America and Yankee Doodle plus the five songs of the United States Armed Forces.
Christ-focused Christmas carols for the budding musician and coloring pages for the budding artist! Get your carol book with melodies and tablature for tin whistle in D and with melodies, chords and lyrics for guitar or piano. Coloring pages accompany each carol!
Audio CDs or MP3s from Maestro Classics
Maestro Classics is one of our favorite audio story and classical music series. Their mission is to cultivate a love of music through education and joyful performances, to expand and develop listening skills and encourage adults and children to listen together. They have a series of CDs (also available as MP3s) of narrated classics, including Peter and the Wolf, Carnival of the Animals, Mike Muliigan and His Steam Shovel, The Tortoise and the Hare, Casey at the Bat, The Nutcracker, The Story of Swan Lake, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Juanita the Spanish Lobster, and more.
Maestro Classics is having a fabulous Black Friday sale with prices as low as $7.50 for a single MP3 ($11.50 for a CD) or $70.50 for all 12 stories on MP3 ($89.50 for the 12 CD collection). Wowzer!
For Middle / High School
Music in Our Homeschool offers three classes for middle and high school students for a credit of high school fine arts:
Music Appreciation: Middle Ages Thru Classical Era, which consists of 36 lessons about the music, genres, styles, and composers of Western Music from 450-1800. Students will learn about Gregorian Chant, the beginnings of musical notation, and musical terms and people like madrigals, motets, and Mozart.
Music Appreciation of the Romantic Era consists of 36 lessons about the music, genres, styles, and composers of Western Music from about 1800-1900. Students will learn about the music of composers like Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Rossini, Wagner, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak, Stephen Foster, Gilbert & Sullivan, Edward MacDowell, Amy Beach and many more!
20th Century Music Appreciation course consists of 36 lessons about the music, genres, styles, composers, and performers of the 20th century to the present day. This includes a variety of styles such as ragtime, big band, jazz, opera, ballet, impressionism, serialism (tone row), symphony, film music, folk music, rock and roll, musical theater, and more.
Other Homeschool Deals: Coupon Grab Bag
Looking for other gifts? Be sure to look at the deals in Coupon Grab Bag! A new product from Digital Grab Bag, it contains the best homeschool deals (over 50 deals!) from companies and bloggers you know and love! We’ve got you covered for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and a few extra days to give you plenty of time to make your choices!
Coupon Grab Bag is completely free, so be sure to grab it now. Support the small businesses of other homeschool moms like yourself! We appreciate you!
You can check out the Jus’ Classical deals in the music section on p. 17 (but I do offer art and holiday resources too.)