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Have any of you used SQUILT? I just found out about it and wonder if any of you use it/like it? We’ve mainly kept things simple for composers’ studies….read a living book about the composer and listen to works by each. I’m curious to know whether those of you who use this really find advantages to adding notebook pages to your study. I’m not sure we want/need to add this to our routine, but it does look like a nice resource for those who like such activities. Thought I’d find out about it….maybe someone else is looking for something like this, too.Kelly BondParticipant
Bump! Would love to know if anyone has used this and if it is CM friendly.
I have Volume 1 of SQUILT, I was given it free to review in 2013. Honestly, it depends on what you want. Basically, you turn to a lesson and there is a short paragraph about the composer or the musical piece and notes for you about the tempo (speed), dynamics (louds and softs), and instruments. There are links to YouTube videos of the music and occasionally to other things.
Then there is a notebooking page or a few pages for each piece where your child can write about the composer, or a particular instrument, or the musical piece.
She does start off the volume with a few pages about the musical period and instruments, so you could take time to make up your own lessons on those or simply print those pages and show them to the kids.
In the end we DON’T use it. When we’re learning about a composer we want a living retelling of their life and SQUILT just doesn’t offer that. It’s just a basic paragraph about the piece with a fact or two about the composer (Mary, the author of SQUILT, is a classical homeschool mom and in that tradition tends to teach bare facts first instead of living ideas, the opposite of the Charlotte Mason order of giving the children living ideas and letting them gather the facts themselves after forming a relationship.) To each their own!Kelly BondParticipant
Just what I wanted to know – thank you, Tristan!crazy4boysParticipant
We will be trying it this semester. I plan on adding a biography to each composer though. I’m all over the place studying all sorts of obscure people so this is helping me focus down on a few of the composers and pieces that are ‘more important’. I also appreciate the musical information. I don’t speak music and I like that it talks about the technical side. We’ll see how this next semester goes and if we’ll keep using it.lettucepatchkidsParticipant
I used it last year and plan to use it again this year.
I had tried to hit three composer studies each year but for me it just felt like a rush of trying to get the biography information in (mind you this was before SCM came out with their composer studies) and no time to really dwell on the music.
So last year I did a SCM composer study for part of the year (we did it in term 3) and then supplemented with SQUILT and just listening to to classical music. I don’t use the SQUILT notebooking pages but I do use a lot of her info on each piece and I love music terms are taught and pointed out. Basically we just read a bit of info on the piece and listen. I’ve found this is a good blend for us.
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