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Music Appreciation for Home-Schoolers*** $29.99*** Totally Revised in 2016*** Appropriate for Middle or High School

  • A course covering the essentials of How Music Works and The History of Music, appropriate for a two-semester (1 credit) study.

  • Contained on one USB flash drive.   Minimal internet connection useful but not a necessity.  

  • 200 pages of instructional material (in PDF form) with over 350 self-contained musical examples illustrating every principle discussed.  Printed textbooks covering this material sell anywhere from $50 to $100 or more.

  • All examples directly hyperlinked to each discussion for ease of access.

  • Includes interactive study-quizzes for each unit (58 in all), along with five major exams with printable answer sheets and answer keys, and a link to an online score calculator.

  • Help and support with all aspects of the course permanently available.

Topics Covered:

How Music Works

  • Properties of Sound
  • Rhythm
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Texture
  • Musical Form

The History of Music

  • The Middle Ages
  • The Renaissance
  • The Baroque Era
  • The Classical Era
  • The Romantic Era and Impressionism
  • Twentieth-Century Music

Hello, and welcome to Music Appreciation for Home-Schoolers! I have designed this course specifically with the home-school student in mind, but anyone who loves music and wants to know a little more about it will benefit. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and read through the paragraphs below to see what it’s all about!

This course is the result of 41 years’ experience teaching music at all levels from middle school through university, and hundreds of hours spent developing and compiling the materials contained in it. It is suitable for students from middle school age to adults. Even though a lot of material is covered, each new concept presented is done so in a simple, easy-to-understand manner, using lots of visual aids and musical examples.  The course was totally revised, expanded, and put into PDF format in 2016 to make it easier to use with all types of computers!

The course is presented in two sections: How Music Works and The History of Music. This approach presents the material that an educated person in today’s world needs to know in order to fully enjoy the musical experiences open to him or her. The student will be exposed to the major musical eras in our Western heritage, and will hear representative masterworks from each era. The material is appropriate for a two-semester (1 credit) course at either the high-school or middle-school level.

A Little Bit About the Compiler of Music Appreciation for Home-Schoolers: Everett Johnson, Jr. is a professional music educator with undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Music Education from Troy State University . He has been teaching for 41 years and has taught many different courses in music, but specifically Music Appreciation at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels. Most importantly, however, he is a home-school Dad who believes very strongly in the benefits of home-education. His daughter, after attending Christian schools for several years, was home-schooled starting in the Fourth Grade. It was a decision he and his wife have never regretted. Noticing that there was a definite lack of comprehensive materials for teaching the basics of music and music history to home-schoolers, he decided to create this course to meet that need. He is not a web-designer (as should be obvious!), nor an internet expert, marketer, or salesman…..just a Dad and a music teacher wanting to be of service to other home-school families, and to support his family in doing so.

The cost of the course is $29.99, plus $2.00 shipping, for a total of $31.99.   Compared to other music courses and considering the amount of material included (200 pages of instruction, 350+ musical examples), this seems a reasonable price, and hopefully within the means of most families. I hope you will consider purchasing it!

To order, or if you have any questions about the course, please email us at and we will quickly get back to you. 

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Thank you so much!!!


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