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In the past few weeks, I’ve shared several posts related to the launch of Diana Waring Presents’ Experience History Through Music. There’s an awesome $700+ value giveaway(which you can still enter!). I hosted a short interview with Diana Waring with some of her background for this particular project. And, I am hosting a giveaway for her Encouragement for the Homeschool Mama set right now. Finally, though, I am eager to share more about Experiencing History Through Music and how we have enjoyed this set in our house.
About Experience History Through Music
The Experience History Through Music series has 3 components: America, Westward Ho!, and Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder. Inside the print book you will find stories behind the songs as well as sheet music (melody line and chords) for each selection. The CD has professionally done recordings of each musical selection.
A listing of each volume’s contents is below. Individual components are priced at $18.99 for the print book and CD (contained in a plastic sleeve on the inside back cover.) Or, you can purchase the entire set for $50 during the month of July.
America – Heart of a New Nation
From the French and Indian War to the first transcontinental railroad, America is a chronological tour of American history through its music. Enjoy the songs and stories of our past that have been shared from generation to generation—songs that make you laugh, make you cry, and make your patriotic spirit soar.
Star Spangled Banner
Sweet Betsy From Pike
All Night, All Day
Old Dan Tucker
Wade In The Water
Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier
When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Git Along L’il Dogies
Drill Ye Tarriers
Polly Wolly Doodle
She’ll Be Coming Round The Mountain
Old Joe Clark
Westward Ho! – Heart of the Old West
America’s westward expansion is amazingly rich in stories and songs. In Westward Ho!, you will find the pioneer spirit that stirred the hearts of thousands of Americans to leave the safety and comfort of home expressed in folk songs of or about that time. Now you can experience the pioneers’ adventures, dangers, joys, sorrows and hopes as you join in and sing along.
Apple Picker’s Reel
Ho! For California
San Juan Pig War
Home On The Range
Little Old Sod Shanty
Little Cabin in the Cascade Mountains
The well-loved stories of Laura Ingalls Wilder will come to life all over again as you listen to the songs that were a part of life for the Ingalls and thousands of other pioneering families. Written by William Anderson, noted Laura Ingalls Wilder biographer, the book also includes beautiful photos by internationally known Little House photographer, Leslie A. Kelly.
Wait for the Wagon
Green Grows the Laurel
The Old Chariot
Buy a Broom
Sweet By and By
Rock Me to Sleep
A Railroad Man for Me
Pop! Goes the Weasel
Oft in the Stilly Night
The Girl I left Behind Me
My Sabbath Home
Curious about the sound of the music? Listen to
John Standefer, one of the main studio musicians for these productions.
About Diana Waring, Author of Experience History Through Music
Author of Beyond Survival, Reaping the Harvest and Diana Waring’s History Revealed world history curriculum, Diana discovered years ago that “the key to education is relationship.” Beginning in the early ’80s, Diana homeschooled her children through high-school—the real life opportunities to learn how kids learn. Mentored by educators whose focus was honoring Him who created all learners, and with an international background (born in Germany, university degree in French, lifelong student of world history), Diana cares about how people learn as well as what they learn. Audiences on four continents have enthusiastically received her energetic speaking style.
Our Thoughts on Experience History Through Music
As this is summertime and this particular resource is not something you need to pick up, start on page 1 and move through in an orderly fashion, we went for a more delight directed approach for checking it all out. Basically, that meant a LOT of listening to the CDs in vehicles while driving here and there.
Beyond the well done audio CD, I really like the print materials. The stories behind the songs really helps to give a glimpse into times far removed from our current life.
In the Musical Memories of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the stories are tied into her life. I’d say that particular volume is a must have for lovers of the Little House on the Prairie series, especially if you are working through them in your homeschool.
The other aspect of the print books that I like is the inclusion of sheet music.
While I might have liked full sheet music for piano, having the melody line, lyrics and chords is sufficient for me to sit at the keyboard and enjoy making the music myself. My hope is to eventually get the boys comfortable with the idea of a sing-a-long around the piano. It might be a ‘pipe dream’, but it is still something I envision for our family life.
Of the three components to this set, America – Heart of a New Nation is our favorite. I think part of the reason it was the favorite for the boys is that some of the songs were familiar to them. That doesn’t mean they are not warming up to the other selections. It is just taking multiple exposures to gain that familiarity.
All in all, I can do nothing but applaud Diana for putting so much effort into this particular resource and hope that being available on CD will encourage more parents to introduce their children to the folk songs of long ago. And I think ANY family could enjoy this, not just homeschool families!
Do you teach Folk Songs to your kids as part of learning American History?
What are some of your favorite American folk songs?