Thursday, September 18, 2014

School Days: Week 2 Music Explosion

Week one was all about maps.  Week two saw an explosion of work with the music materials.

Both boys became very interested in reviewing the building of major scales.  They can play the violin in the keys of G, D, A, Bb, d minor, and a minor.  Me Too liked to use the resonator bells and major scale strip to build the G, D, and A scales and then play Suzuki violin songs he knows by ear.

Kal-El went a little further and built major scales starting on every pitch possible.  Whenever he built a scale he plays on violin, he brought out the letter charts we sing Suzuki songs from  and played the songs on the bells.

When he ran out of music he became super involved in writing his own music (again) and working on taking his notational skills to the next level.  He is now interested in learning about minor scales with the bells so that he can expand his repertoire.

Me Too wanted to start learning to read pitches on the staff and so started working his way through the traditional montessori bells/bars exercises.


  1. I LOVE your blog! It has been so helpful! I was wondering where you found the music materials? They look great!

    1. Thank you Jessica! That makes my day :)

      I have written a few music posts that talk about our materials. At the top of the blog under the header there is a tab label "Montessori Music." You can choose the materials you like and read about them there.

      Or you can use this link:

  2. What are your sources for the music activities? It looks like the boys know so much, it's impressive!

    1. Hi Elsa,

      I have two Montessori music albums. The first one I have I wrote about here:

      The other album I own is from Keys of the Universe. It covers the same material as the Miller book and more. (further into elementary)

  3. I don't know how I missed this! :) Just wanted to say that I am glad school is going well for you all! :)