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Harmony fine Arts – My YouTube Playlists

Many of you may not be aware that on my YouTube channel you can watch and listen to playlists created to use along with my Harmony Fine Arts plans.

What kinds of videos are included in the playlists?

  • Practical art tutorials
  • Artist biographies, often with slideshows of their artwork
  • Composer selections

Note: Every grade’s playlist is created to supplement the lesson plans in Harmony Fine Arts. But, you can use them as a supplement to any art and history plans you use with your family.

Harmony Fine Arts What is in each plan

You can view the sample and materials list for each grade by clicking the link above.

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Have you looked into the benefits of having a premade plan for art and music appreciation?

Organizing Your Classical Music CDs

Organizing My Classical Music with Colored Dots – From My Archives

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As you can imagine, I own a large number of classical music CDs. Between homeschooling my four children and researching and preparing the plans for Harmony Fine Arts, I have quite the collection.

Back in 2008 when I originally shared my tips for organizing music CDs, I had not yet made the leap to listening to music online using streaming or playlists. Things have changed! But, I thought I would repost this organizing idea just in case there are families that find themselves with a growing classical music CD collection.

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As far as storage, I use the GNEDBY shelf from IKEA. It is large enough to hold even my huge collection of music! It historically sat right next to my science shelf (also from IKEA). Now I have it close to my desk so I can pop in a CD while I work.

Using Colored Dots to Organize Your Classical Music Collections

I tried organizing the CDs alphabetically but that soon fell apart as CDs were quickly re-shelved at the end of the week.

I came up with the idea for organizing the music into the four year cycles of history as explained in The Well-Trained Mind. I took my CDs and divided them up by composer time period. I took some colored dots that I had from the office supply store and gave each time period a different color.

Here is my colored dot system:
Medieval-early Renaissance 400-1600 =red dot
Late Renaissance-early Modern 1600-1850 =green dot
Modern -blue dot

Now all I had to do was to go through and look at the composer’s dates, adhere a dot to the outside spine of the CD case, and then group like colors on the shelf.

Sometimes the dots don’t stick very well so I go back with a colored Sharpie and just make a dot on the spine of the CD case.

This has saved me loads of time over the years. I could usually remember a composer’s time period and then scan the CDs with the appropriate dot on the spine. It’s a simple system that works for our family. Even if the CDs get mixed up on the shelf, I can easily shuffle them around back into some sort of order within a minute or two.

Note I use Amazon affiliate links in this entry to products I use and recommend.

More Classical Music Tips

Build Your Classical Music LibraryThis page shares my tips for building a basic classical music library for your family.

Learn About Composers the Easy Way – This post shares a valuable music appreciation resource that I have used in my own family and in the Harmony Fine Arts plans.

 

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Are you looking for premade plans for listening to composers by time period? I invite you to take a look at my Harmony Fine Arts program to see if it’s a good fit for your family. There are sample weeks under the “sample” tab on the website. You can also download a chart that gives you more details about composers included in each year plan.

Overview Chart -grades 1-12 general descriptions
Artist & Composer List – Grades 1-4 – specific artists and composers
Artist & Composer List – Grades 5-8 – specific artists and composers

Music Monday is Retiring

Music Monday on Harmony Fine Arts @harmonyfinearts.org Join us every Monday for a new musical selection.

After much thought and deliberation, I have decided to no longer offer Music Monday here on the Harmony Art Mom blog. I have enjoyed sharing music each week with you over the years but because of reduced time available for my online work, I will be eliminating it from my weekly postings.

I will be continuing to host the Sketch Tuesday assignments and slideshows though so please feel welcome to join that at any time!

If you are looking for a plan for listening to great music, you may wish to check out the Harmony Fine Arts plans available for grades 1-8 and even for high school!

You can look at a sample of a Harmony Fine Arts music appreciation plan by clicking this link and then scrolling down to page 9: Harmony Fine Arts Grade 1 Sample.

 

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