Our son has always loved music.  At the age of 2 ½, he asked for a pipe organ for Christmas.  He took music classes at our church with our pipe organist and participated in the children’s choir since he was little.  He took more general music classes at Gymboree as a toddler and then Fundamentally Music until he was 4 ½.  We had trouble finding teachers who would take a young student for private piano lessons which is why it wasn’t until he was 5 that he had formal private lessons.  He participated in the Fort Bend Boys Choir for 2 years.  He chose to stop choir completely and only do piano.  It took a couple teachers before we found the perfect teacher.  He has had his current teacher for almost 5 years.  He truly has a great teacher who understands his perfect pitch and that our son enjoys music theory even more than playing.  He is still doing weekly piano lessons.  Due to his piano lessons covering piano playing, music reading, and music theory I came up with additional resources to use in order for him to earn his 1 year of high school fine art credit for Music Appreciation & Theory.

Here is what I am currently using or have already finished using:

  • How Music and Mathematics Relate from the Great Courses (12 45-minute lectures from Dr. David Kung) 
  • Khan Academy Music (23 video lessons) 
  • Defining the String Quartet: Hayden (6 lessons, free online course from Stanford University) 
  • Attended a 3 hour Pipe Organ Workshop from Dr. Jeong-Suk Bae at the University of St. Thomas (this was a workshop open to any piano student with 5 years or more experience regardless of age)
  • Attending performances of the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet, a variety of musicals at the theaters in the Houston area, and concerts or recitals held at our church.
  • Weekly piano lessons at Calliope School of Music
  • In addition to using a piano, also using a Lyons Diatonic Soprano Xylophone with Mallets
  • Alfred Alfred’s Basic Piano Course Lesson Book 4 & Book 5
  • Alfred’s Basic Piano Library Theory, Book 4 & Book 5
  • Alfred’s Complete Color-Coded Flash Cards for All Beginning Music Students


Here are some book titles that were available from our public library:

  • “This Jazz Man” by Karen Ehrhardt
  • “Young Musicians in World History by Irene Earls
  • “Leonard Bernstein: all-American Musician” by Marlene Toby
  • “African American Musicians” by Eleanora E. Tate
  • “Great Musicians” by Robert Ziegler
  • “The Deaf Musicians” by Pete Seeger
  • “A Horn for Louis” by Eric A. Kimmel
  • “Honky-tonk Heroes & Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western Music by Holly George-Warren
  • “Shake, Rattle & Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll” by Holly George-Warren
  • “The Really Awful Musicians” by John Manders
  • “Lives of the Musicians: Good Times, Bad Times (and what the neighbors thought)” by Kathleen Krull
  • “The School of Music” by Meurig Bowen
  • The Great Composers: the Lives and Music of the Great Classical Composers” by Jeremy Nicholas
  • “The Carnival of the Animals” by Jack Prelutsky


Here are additional resources on music theory or music appreciation: