SQUILT: Amazing Resource and Give Away for Teaching Music and Music Appreciation at Home

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Need some help incorporating the arts into your home education routine, but don’t know how or where to start?

Think SQUILT!  Music Appreciation Made Simple!

I am so excited to review this new resource for our Heart of the Matter readership. For years I have looked for a resource that I could recommend to parents for their use at home…a resource that was user-friendly for parents who were seasoned musicians and also for those who have never had any music instruction at all…a resource that didn’t make assumptions, but rather, took the time to explain musical concepts in such a way that music came alive to the parent and to the student.

If you have been looking for help in this area…help that is both informational and inspirational while being user friendly, well, I’m thrilled to say, I’ve found that resource.

SQUILT (Super Quiet UnInterrupted Listening Time) is a resource developed by Mary McLaughlin Prather for use in both classroom and homeschool settings.  Mary is a seasoned classroom and private music teacher and a dedicated homeschool mom. This new resource is available on the new SQUILT website. But, before you rush over there, let me give you some of my thoughts regarding this great addition to your home education plan.

This first volume of SQUILT focuses on composers and music from the Baroque period. Mary doesn’t assume that the reader knows how to use SQUILT or that the reader has a music background.  Instead, she  begins with an easy-to-understand overview of how to use this all-inclusive resource. Mary provides internet links, printables, notebook pages and other information that makes this resource a one-stop shop for at home music appreciation. Step by step instructions on how to prepare to set up a SQUILT notebook, followed by step by step instructions on how to present a lesson. The lesson format? Think a Charlotte Mason Composer Study with a bit more focus on musical concepts…that’s SQUILT.


Easy to understand information is provided on the Baroque time period and its musical concepts.  Dynamics, instrumentation, tempo and more are explained in easy to understand terms so that the music listener know what to listen for and what those concepts mean. I LOVE these explanations because so many arts related resources assume we all have the same level of musical understanding.  Too often this assumption leads to discouragement and eventually, the resource is put aside to gather dust.

Once you’ve read through the preface material, you are ready to begin Lesson #1: Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel. The lesson begins with information about the piece complete with links to extra resources and to a recording of the piece itself. For the benefit of both parent and student information about what the student will hear in the areas of rhythm/tempo, instrumentation and mood is included to help the student to listen carefully and intelligently…something we could ALL use some practice doing. Notebook pages are included to help the student and parent put together an historically based musical notebook. What a perfect supplement to history study!

Each lesson has a slightly different and individual approach to the composer and his music. Unexpected treats are provided along the way to help the student relate and internalize the music to an even great extent. For example, in the lesson on Pachelbel, Mary includes information on how parts of Canon in D can be found in familiar modern day music.  This makes the information more applicable and interesting to the listener.
As a music and arts educator for thirty years, I can’t recommend this resource highly enough.  I can’t wait to get the word out about this resource. I plan on promoting it to the families involved with my ministry through Artios Academies. It’s perfect since we are studying the Baroque music this year in the Academy of Arts and History.

Be sure to zip over to the SQUILT site and get this resource in preparation for the start of you new school year.

Want to win a copy of SQUILT?  Leave a comment below and let us know if and how you incorporate music in your home school.  Comments close Friday, June 14th at midnight.  Winner will be announced and notified Monday, June 17th.

Faith and Courage,



Lori and John Lane have been married 29 years and live on a ranch in the beautiful Colorado Rockies where John coaches the local high school baseball team, runs the ranch, and works with Artios Academies. They have four sons ranging in age from twenty-six down to fourteen, two beautiful daughter-in-loves, and a precious granddaughter. Lori is the author of the book, Beginning With The End In Mind, and the founder and executive director of Artios Academies, an arts program for home educated students, K-12.  The Lane family oversees the ministry of Heart of the Matter Online. You can follow Lori at www.theendinmind.net where she blogs about a variety of topics including life on the ranch, arts education, a Biblical worldview of education, home education and more. Her blog also offers many free resources to encourage you on your journey.

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  1. We read books about musicians and listen to music and watch videos pertaining to the musicians or their music. We all learn together and really enjoy it!

  2. We listen to music, especially the baroque and classical composers during school. I would love to teach more systematically through this curriculum!!

  3. In past years, we’ve done group and individual lessons on various musical composers, styles, terms and musical pieces. I’m still trying to figure out what to do this year…would love to win this curriculum. :)

  4. Well, this resource is amazing. Anxious to announce the results of the give away! Stay tuned…and help spread the word!

  5. Great job! You are going to love this resource. Wish it had been available years ago! So important for our children to be culturally literate. Looking forward to announcing the winner! Be sure to spread the word!

  6. Well, this curriculum will you give you the structure you desire…but yet is flexible and user friendly. Can’t wait to announce the give away winner. Be sure to spread the word.

  7. This resource is a real gem and I’m so excited about announcing the give away winner on Monday. Stay tuned…and help us spread the word.

  8. We’ve just begun introducing classical music to our young boys and would love to have something like this to guide us s little more systematically.

  9. I strongly believe in music has a part in therapy and have used it in our home with our three homeschooled boys. We have three two of which have special needs. The oldest has high functioning autism and music plays a huge role in his mood. My second son had open heart surgery and during his recovery I made a disc of calming selections that I thought would help sooth him during that time. We play music often during our school days to set the mood for our class room. I would LOVE to have a more structured study rather than just pulling things together myself!

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Jen Brown

  10. We’ve enjoyed using the books about composers by Opal Wheeler, and listening to that composer’s music. We’ve also enjoyed the resource “The Story of the Orchestra”. This giveaway sounds really interesting!

  11. Music appreciation in our home comes in the form of listening to mommy practice piano while kids play, little ones “playing” the piano and making up songs amid encouragement and shouts of, “fingers only!” from mommy, dancing to 80’s cds in the living room, and occassionally listening to Piano Guys during silent independant work.

  12. My children are receiving a great music education in their piano lessons, but I would love a resource to help them learn more about the pieces they play and the composers.

  13. We are not doing any music education in our home. I’ve been wanting to, but I didn’t know where to start. My children are still relatively young (entering 3rd grade, 1st grade, and preschool). What age range does SQUILT target? Are my children too young?

  14. Hi Gloria! This is Mary, the author of SQUILT — I have used this with my children and also when I taught. We used it in as young as Kindergarten classes. My second grade son does VERY well with this. I would say your children are the perfect age. There are notebooking pages geared for the little ones (coloring pages and drawing pages for while they listen) and activities that are appropriate for them, too.

    Hope this answer helps!

  15. Good idea Martha! Knowing this historical setting of the compositions and composers that you are playing and understanding WHY the pieces sound like they do are critically important to musical literacy. Looking forward to announcing the winner!

  16. I can so relate to this comment. Just yesterday, we had a “name that tune” to 70’s music. HA! And this, from a classically trained pianist!

  17. You are so right about music being therapeutic. Interesting research and statistics have been gathered on this very subject over the years. I’ll look forward to announcing the winner on Monday.

  18. We sometime incorporate music with our history studies. My daughter, who is taking piano lessons, often checks out books from the library about a famous composer if she’s working on a particular piece of music of his.

  19. Wow! This sounds like a great curriculum! We have hymn studies, composer studies, and piano lessons only for our music enrichment…would love to use this curriculum though!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!!

  20. We do composer study Charlotte Mason style this would be a nice addition to our curriculum.

  21. WOW! This looks like an amazing way to incorporate music into our homeschool! My son LOVES music and we use youtube to listen to certain composers and look up info online. Sadly to say, not enough though. SQUILT looks like it is the answer I need to make it a part of our curriculum!

  22. We listen to different types of music almost every day like Christian, Classical, R&B, Funk, Pop, Rock, Country. Sometimes we dance, march or have it in the background (like classical) while we eat dinner or draw pictures. We were able to see Peter and the Wolf at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and the kids still talk about it. We all enjoy listening to music, but don’t have discussions about it. I think this curriculum would help me in this area.

  23. Kudos to you for taking your children to a classical concert. SO much to be gained from that experience.
    Looking forward to the give away!

  24. You will LOVE Squilt. It gives just enough direction and focus while maintaining the wonder and excitement of music.

  25. Well, as I said in the review…this is like a Charlotte Mason composer study but with a bit more focus and meat. You are going to love it.

  26. That’s perfect! Integrating any topic or subject with history is a powerful concept in education. Much study and many statistics are available proving how much this type of approach to learning aides the learner.
    Can’t wait until the give away on Monday. Help us spread the word.

  27. My kids always want to listen to music. We also have daddy who plays multiple instruments and my oldest who was in band this year. We are a very musical group and would benefit greatly will a deeper, richer curriculum in our home. This may just inspire a future career…you never know. :)

  28. Would love to use this at home with our four precious gifts from Heaven! Very excited about his curriculum!


  29. We used to have classical music on all the time. But more kids and a busier schedule reduced any real listening time. As for what we do now, we sing together every day. I am teaching my children to harmonize and most of them are doing well. We have done only a minimal amount of music theory. I think this program would be an asset to us.

  30. The homeschool group that we are a part of study composers throughout the year, and the kids learn how to play the tin whistle. At home, we have a variety of instruments that the kids can play or learn to play (guitar, piano, ukulele, bass guitar, violin, various drums…).

  31. I am very interested to try this program. We started Suzuki with our children at ages 3, 5, and 6 (now 14-17). We also have had some piano lessons and the kids have picked up different instruments – cello, bass, banjo, guitar, mandolin throughout the years teaching themselves on Youtube and videos as well as some lessons here and there. They all are part of a bluegrass/celtic band now. Through the years I tried to incorporate some music theory and history using books. My son wants to major in music so this could be a good music history class for college prep.

  32. I’m looking for something like this! This year we have read/listened to Story of the Orchestra.

  33. What a wonderful resource! So far, we have been reading about different instruments and then listening to various musical pieces which highlight the range or different ways of playing that instrument. This SQUILT book would be a big help!

  34. This looks like a wonderful program. We have not incorporated any art or music study in our 5 years of homeschooling. My children do take occasional art classes and have piano lessons weekly, but I have done nothing at home. I am not artistic in any way, although my kids are!

  35. We’ve never used a formal curriculum per se, but listen to classical CDs. I’d love to see the SQUILT way of teaching music.

  36. I have made it a point to incorporate many types of music into our homeschooling day. We have never used a formal curriculum, but I’ve always wanted my children to learn more about the history and technicality of music!

  37. I would love to win a copy of SQUILT to use with my kindergartner next year. I think he’s ready to start quiet listening, both for music and books on tape. This is such a fun giveaway, thanks!

  38. Incorporating music into my homeschool was easy for my oldest and youngest children. My oldest daughter took guitar briefly and has joined the homeschool choir for several years now. My youngest has been taking guitar lessons for many years now. My middle child is a tougher nut when it comes to music. He has been using a video that teaches how to play piano, but he has been playing the same three or four songs for like two years now. I have been looking for a way to incorporate music into his curriculum in a new way. SQUILT is definitely a possibility.

  39. This past year we took our kids to many, if not all, of the musical performances at the local Christian college, Grove City College. They were able to see orchestra concerts, jazz concerts, musicals and some other performances. Before we attended each performance we discussed music styles, composers, instruments…my kids are 4 and 7. We tried to keep it simple and fun! We will definitely be doing that again next year, but I would love to have curriculum to add more structure.

  40. Congratulations! You are the winner of our SQUILT give away. Mary, the author of SQUILT will be contacting you shortly to be sure that you have this ebook in your hands and ready to use in your home school.
    Congratulations and thanks for participating.