The Journey Begins


Suzuki Precorder

I am excited to begin the process of developing a music education program specifically designed for homeschooling families. I absolutely love teaching small children how to read music, how to sing well, and how to make music a fun part of their lives.

I am using the name FundaMusic because it implies the teaching of the fundamentals of music, and highlights the aspect of music being a fun, enjoyable activity. If you like the name, or if you have a better suggestion, I’d like to know about it.

I envision the FundaMusic program to include many different types of engaging educational materials. I like to use music manipulatives, flash cards and drill cards, Precorders, etc., and I would like to develop a series of DVD’s/online videos accompanied by workbooks.

Music Manipulatives

Music Manipulatives

The program will be designed to teach K5 students to sing on pitch, and to read basic rhythms and melodies. By 4th grade, my students will be able to read music in treble and bass clefs and be able to perform complex songs on the Precorder.

I look forward to the process. Any comments or suggestions along the way would be greatly appreciated.

About Curtis Hollembeak

Psalm 118:14, "The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation." Curtis currently lives in Rockford, IL with his wife and three children. Curtis works as church and school music director at the Berean Baptist Church. He has been a music educator and director for over 15 years.
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2 Responses to The Journey Begins

  1. Ivan Bickett says:

    Curtis! Way to get started! I’m very encouraged by your progress. One thing I REALLY recommend, commit to doing blogging for a set time period of somewhere between six months and one year, regardless of reader ship.

    I say this b/c I am the owner of several failed blogs. I’d have an idea, blog on it for a few weeks, have no readers, get discouraged, and quit.

    With A Better Way of Business I told myself I would keep at it for 9 months. Even if I was the only reader.

    Why? B/c building an audience, and more importantly, a community takes time. And if you don’t give it the time to grow it WON’T! So commit NOW to keep FundaMusic going for a certain period of time.

    As always, let me know how I can help!


    • Ivan, thanks for the encouragement. I’m planning on keeping this blog up and running unless my direction gets changed as I work through the courses at Free Agent Academy. I pretty pleased with the name and tagline so far. I don’t know about how to build a community here though. I’ll have to figure out what kind of content would be interesting to people who want their children to learn music.

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