Thanks for your interest in the Kristi Hill Music Curriculum! Here are some frequently asked questions…
First, I’m wondering, who is Kristi Hill?
Hi – that’s me! I am a music teacher based out of Atlanta, Georgia. I teach at a Classical Christian school and have developed my own curriculum out of a desire to make learning about classical music more engaging and relatable. I’ve spent more than a decade developing and honing my methods, and now I am making my program available for families to use in a home setting.
Does it really matter if my child learns about classical music?
Yes! And here’s why…
First, classical music has stood the test of time. Anything that has remained in the cultural conscience for hundreds of years, whether art, music, literature, etc., is worth some attention.
Second, classical music is scientifically proven to be beneficial for a child’s physical body. Listening to classical music lowers cortisol and contributes to serotonin and dopamine production. Basically, listening to great music promotes the good stuff and lowers the bad stuff. Classical music is also proven to power-up up the right brain, where creativity, intuition, and insight live. Developing a robust, healthy right brain makes every subject easier.
Third, studying classical music places a child on a cultural continuum. Realizing we are all part of a larger cultural picture is important for understanding our place in God’s unfolding history of truth and beauty. Studying masters that excelled in their craft is important for establishing humility in the lives of our children.
Finally, training hearts to bend toward the good, true, and beautiful opens children up to appreciating the Lord’s creativity. We want our children to have trained senses that recognize beauty in the world, ultimately pointing them to the Creator.
Okay, I’m convinced! But what’s unique about your program?
The Kristi Hill Music Curriculum is built on two components which make it unique: an emphasis on storytelling and subject integration. Our brains are wired for narrative and story, and I believe the best way to get a child interested in a piece of music is to tell them the stories behind the music. I have also found that integrating music into other subjects makes it truly come alive for children. Studied alone, music can be abstract. But when it is worked into other subjects, music can be appreciated in fresh ways.
My child takes piano/violin/guitar/etc. lessons. Do I still need something like this?
That is fantastic, and my answer is YES.
The primary goal of the Kristi Hill Music Curriculum is to train the affections – but, unfortunately, instrument lessons can sometimes have the opposite effect. Studying an instrument is a challenging task for most students. Practice becomes difficult, children want to quit, and it’s hard to keep them engaged. This music curriculum is designed to cultivate music appreciation, to ensure children grow in a true love for music. This can go a long way in helping children persevere through instrument studies.
How will I access the lessons?
You will receive the curriculum via an online course. Once you purchase a curriculum series, you will receive access to a password-protected site where you will access the lessons.
What’s the age range for the curriculum?
The curriculum is designed to work across all age ranges. Suggestions are given for activities at all age levels. This is an activity all members of the family can do together and your tuition fee is the same no matter how many children are participating.
How long do the lessons take to complete?
The weekly lesson can be done in 15 minutes or less. This is by design so you never have to skip the music appreciation piece of your homeschool. Additional pieces and activities are offered for those who want to do more.
And what does the curriculum cover?
Each series covers six composers and the four main music history time periods. Each cycle is a mix of famous and lesser-known composers.
Why aren’t the composers grouped by time period?
Many music curriculums are broken down by the music history time periods: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern. While there is certainly benefit in this, I find children are more engaged when you move quickly through the different time periods and expose them to a wide variety of styles. They begin to be able to differentiate musical differences themselves, which is important for engagement. When music sounds similar, which it often does within a certain time period, it is harder for a child to remain interested and engaged.
So which composers will be covered?
I’ve never heard of some of those composers?
Exactly! Every semester will cover familiar names and composers who might be new to you. Many of the most engaging pieces of music for children are written by lesser-known composers.
I have a question you haven’t answered!
No problem. Email me at email@example.com — I am happy to help in any way I can!