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 or art lessons – whether learning about the orchestra and composers or learning to sing or play an instrument or learning about Great Artists or learning how to draw or paint.
Here are my recommendations of music and art gifts and courses with special Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday deals.
For Elementary / Middle School
Jus’ Classical Music and Art Courses
Jus’ Classical music and art courses are 30% off through December 1 for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Use the code BFROCKS22.
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. Use the code BFROCKS22 for 30% off.
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. Use the code BFROCKS22 for 30% off.
Or check out the composer units and use the code BFROCKS22 for 30% off of individual units too.
Does your child want to learn to play an instrument? Making Music with Handel is an easy-to-use, all-in-one online course, designed to help you lead your children in becoming familiar with music terminology, training the ear with basic rhythm and tonal patterns, and learning to play the tin whistle. Use the code BFROCKS22 for 30% off.
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. Use the code BFROCKS22 for 30% off.
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! Use the code BFROCKS22 for 30% off.
An easy-to-use, all-in-one online art appreciation course for families, The Artist Detective is designed to help you lead your children in investigating Great Artists and their art works, where you don’t have to be the expert but can feel confident your children are learning the essentials, you can enjoy art together as a family (and grow your brains!) through engaging lessons which can be adapted in length, you and your children are not only learning art but also history, geography, and culture through the lessons and worksheets, and you and your children are being exposed to Great Artists and their art works in a fun and engaging way through a curated portfolio. The Artist Detective Volume 1 contains six Renaissance Era artist unit studies. Use the code BFROCKS22 for 30% off.
Drawing with Rembrandt is an easy-to-use, all-in-one online course for elementary students, designed to help beginners discover that “you CAN learn to draw!” History and art come to life as Rembrandt guides your child through simple projects. Your child will quickly learn the basics from a Dutch Master but also find that even a Master erases and tries again. Volume 1 includes an ancient history focus, and Volume 2 includes a medieval history focus. Use the code BFROCKS22 for 30% off.
For Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Week, the Jus’ Classical Fine Arts Membership deal is $9 off the first month and then $19 a month after that.
Jus’ Classical Fine Arts Membersthip is a monthly membership for elementary and middle school students of guided access through Jus’ Classical courses plus one live class a month.
This includes guided access* each month through units from Jus’ Classical music and art online courses, including The Composer Detective, The Artist Detective, Making Music with Handel, and Drawing with Rembrandt. Units contain videos, worksheets, notebooking pages, and lesson plans.
*Guided access means you and your child get new, fresh content so that you are never bored! This means you get access to different units from Jus’ Classical courses each month as long you remain in the membership.
Music in Your Homeschool Courses
Music in our Homeschool is offering 30% off all courses with the code THANKS2022 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 30% 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!
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 $8.98 for a single MP3 ($11.95 for a CD) or $79.98 for all 12 stories on MP3 ($99.95 for the 12 CD collection). Wowzer!
Masterpiece Society Art Courses
Masterpiece Society is offering 30% off all courses with the code MASTERPIECE30 for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Masterpiece Society has a variety of art courses to learn painting and or make mixed media projects or study artists.
Early Elementary Art Courses include themed courses like Backyard Nature, Dinosaurs, Down on the Farm, Space Explorers, Under the Sea and Featherly Friends.
Your child may also enjoy Seasonal Art Courses, such as Watercolor Whimsies: Christmas Edition, Winter Wonderland, and A Nutcracker Christmas.
In Mixing with the Masters Courses, students will connect with art masters in a hands-on, multi-media experience, while learning about their lives, art styles, techniques, mediums, and genres.
If your child is reading a particular classic book, he or she may enjoy combining it with an art project in the LiterARTure projects. Some of the books with LiterARTure projects are Anne of Green Gables, Wind in the Willows, Winnie the Pooh, Little House on the Prairie, Peter Pan, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Hobbit, and more.
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 and is offering 30% off all courses with the code THANKS2022 through November 30.
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.
Masterpiece Society also has art courses for middle and high school students, and is offering 30% off all courses with the code MASTERPIECE30 for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
The Art Through the Ages series includes Ancient Art, Medieval, Art, Classical Art, Eastern Art, and Tribal Art.
Middle and high school students will also enjoy the courses focusing on one type of medium in Art School, which has courses in drawing, acrylics, watercolor and pastels.
The Nature Journaling Series for middle and high schoolers consists of Amphibians and Reptiles, Trees, Mammals, Birds, Insects, and Wild Plants and Fungi.
Other art courses include Playful Pet Portraits, Hand Lettering, and Art Appreciation.