Guys, I’m super excited to introduce you to my friend and fellow CC mom, Christy Lindsay. Christy has five lovely littles and one adoring husband. The class she taught at our local practicum was inspiring and encouraging. It left me wanting to think and talk about the arts even more. More importantly, it left me in awe of our Creator, the author of beauty and value. So, please read along and enjoy what Christy shares in this post, as the beginning of a 3 part series of posts on teaching the arts in the home.
At our local practicum a couple of weeks ago I taught an afternoon class on the arts — on how and why I teach them in our home. I am not a professional public speaker, but it is a passion of mine, and I do very much enjoy teaching the orchestra segment at our CC group the last 6 weeks of the year. It just warms my heart watching the kids sit with rapt attention as they listen to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, Debussy’s La Mer, or watch Lang Lang play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1.
I do not have a college degree in music or art, but I have learned the importance of making the arts a priority in our home school and not relegated to the “if we have time” section of our lesson plan. I have seen their value and place and I have learned how simple it can be to add poetry, music and art appreciation to our day. To truly have a liberal arts education, as we classical educators are seeking to give our children, we should not elevate one area of study over another, but learn to integrate them and show how they all point us to God.
To start my talk the first day I showed the inspiring TED talk by Benjamin Zander entitled, “The Transformative Power of Classical Music.” I got so much positive feedback about this video and it led to some great discussion, so I wanted to share it with you as well.
It is a 20 minute video and I know your time is valuable, but I promise you that this talk is well worth your time! It will inspire you and we all need inspiration this time of the year as we begin planning for next year.
The following quote is referring to poetry, but it is true of the visual arts and classical music as well. I love how the author mentioned the “eye sparkle”, similar to the “shining eyes” that Benjamin Zander spoke about.
“The power of poetry is noble. It fills the heart with tender feelings; it writes high thoughts in our memory; it makes the eye sparkle with desire to do things that are fair and just. The poet is a friend who teaches us concerning all beautiful things – sunsets, sea, blue sky, and the dreams in the minds of heroes.”
In part 2 I want to talk about why I decided to make arts higher on the priority list than they had previously been, and in part 3 I will share with you how I simply go about doing that in our home.
I hope you will all feel inspired and encouraged!