I am currently working on putting together a survey for homeschooling parents. Here is a list of questions that I have come up with so far:
- What are the ages/grades of the children you are homeschooling?
- What types of music lessons (piano, violin, guitar) are your children currently taking?
- How much time do they spend practicing music every day?
- What other musical experiences (choir, orchestra, family devotions) are they involved in?
- How often during the day are the children exposed to music at home?
- What musical styles would characterize the music they listen to?
- What types of musical activities do your children seem to enjoy?
- What style of homeschooling do you prefer? (school-at-home, unit studies, relaxed or eclectic, unschooling, classical homeschooling, Charlotte Mason method, Waldorf method, Montessori, Multiple intelligences, DVD/Video schooling, internet homeschooling)
- How do you typically search for homeschool materials for your children? (word of mouth, internet, homeschool convention, magazine, publisher’s catalogs, etc.)
- Who makes the purchasing decision for educational materials?
- What is his/her age?
- What homeschool magazines, if any, do you subscribe to?
- What homeschool conventions/expos/support groups have you attended, or plan to attend?
- What homeschooling websites/blogs do you read?
- Do your children typically do “homework?” If so, how much time do you feel is reasonable?
- How many days per week, and how much time each day, would you be willing to spend with your children learning music?
- What types of information would you expect to find, or like to find on our website?
- What types of music education materials would you like to be provided for free on our website?
- What types of materials would you like for us to have available for purchase? (music CD’s, songbooks, inexpensive instruments, workbooks, games, music manipulatives, DVD, subscription website)
- What type of musical training would you like for us to provide? (general music theory, singing technique, music history, learn hymns, hymnplaying, classical music appreciation, instrument lessons, composition/song writing, solfege/Do-Re-Mi, harmony)
- Does a 36 weeks per year program, consisting of 2 thirty-minute lessons per week sound reasonable?
- We are considering producing a curriculum for grades K5 through 4th grade. By 4th grade, the student should be able to demonstrate good singing technique, be able to read complex rhythms, sight sing simple melodies, compose original music, play the Precorder well, identify notes in treble or bass clef, identify the instruments of the orchestra, explain key signatures and time signatures, etc. What would you expect to pay for such a program?
- What other suggestions would have for us?
If anyone reading this blog would be interested in our program and would like to answer our survey questions, please leave a comment below.