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Composers Rock! - Famous Classical Musicians + Art

In this ongoing course, students will listen to the teacher read about a classical composer and will share excerpts from their work while students respond artistically until it's time to share their creations with the class
Amy Gillispie
163 total reviews for this teacher
New class
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45 minutes
per class
Twice per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

How does anOngoingcourse work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Class Experience

Students will improve their listening skills as they keep their hands busy while they learn about various composers.
Students will learn to share their ideas with the class.
Students will learn to be supportive of their classmate's creations.
Students will make a connection between musical styles, time periods and the composers.
Students will learn musical styles.
Students will learn to make connections between the music and their own artistic responses.
Hi!  Mrs.  G. here :).

So, you want to know a little about me?  

My husband and I have been homeschooling our nine children through high school for over twenty years.  We have found homeschooling to be hard work, yet incredibly successful!  Homeschooling ROCKS!  Our children have done well.  Three of them graduated from high school just turning sixteen and are done (or almost done) with their college degrees.  Three of our children were adopted and have special needs. (Feel free to ask me questions about RAD and FASD:).  Miracles have happened for them!  (One is off to college and two have recently graduated from high school:).  Our youngest three give me job security as we've at least ten more years of homeschooling ahead.

I  graduated from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a B.S.  in Architecture in the 1990s.  For two and half years, I pursued a Master’s of Theological Studies with a concentration in Liturgical Architecture.  After graduating from college, I worked in two major architecture firms and as a freelance designer.  I was competitive in the academic and professional architectural settings  

I began teaching architecture to high school and homeschool students from around the world in 2009 when I created the company Building Brilliant Minds Online.  I enjoy teaching many of the "Arts" disciplines because the learning possibilities are endless!   Giving students the opportunity to explore the world of Architecture and The Arts   “Builds Brilliant Minds”.

So why create courses in the Arts"?  

Short Answer:  
My response to the gifts God has given me over the years!  
It is just what I was created to do.  

My Experience in "The Arts"

Entrenched in the field of photography during my late high school and early college days, I earned money for books and entertainment taking photos and developing negatives. I miss my darkroom days! 

Music has always been on my schedule.   Piano is my favorite, yet from the age of 12, I played the organ for our church weekly until after I graduated from college.   In my search as to how to teach my children to play, I learned about Simply Music!  Hands down.. best "learn to play piano" method EVER!  I have never been so exited to teach music.  It is all play based (not reading based) and WOW.. the results.... AMAZING!  

As a registered teacher for the Institute of Excellence in Writing, I have been blessed to help even the most reluctant writing students thrive.  So rewarding for all!

From the time I was four until I graduated high school, I was devoted to dance..  For seven years, I danced in a ballet/jazz dance company, on a scholarship.  We used to perform every Friday in the schools.  I developed a reputation for "dancing and musical architecture" because of the directions I took with college architectural design challenges.  

It wasn't until after high school that I stepped into the theatrical world.  I've been working with and directing children's musicals since 1990.  In the past ten years, I have directed homeschooled kids in musicals including: "The Enchanted Journey", "Willy Wonka", the "Wizard of Oz", "Annie Jr",  "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat" and "The Story of the Nutcracker".   This year we are rehearsing for "Aladdin JR".    Working with this troupe has been a dream come true! .  Watching them grow has been a huge blessing!

Blessed with personal experience with Architecture, Art, Design, Theater, Music, Dance, Photography, and Writing, I have used my experience to teach my children and many students from around the world many mediums of "The Arts".  Bringing it all together for students and providing them some of the tools which they will need for any of the design fields is one of my greatest joys. Supporting the method and concepts of Project Based Learning is a natural extension of my education and my teaching experience.

Most importantly, I thrive on using my artistic talents to bring Glory to Our Father in Heaven and teaching others how to do so as well.

To HIM be the Glory!

Current Professional Memberships held by Mrs. G.:
Registered Teacher for the Institute of Excellence in Writing
Licensed Simply Music Piano teacher
National Art Honor Society Chapter Sponsor
The National Art Education Association
Special Needs in Art Education (SNAE)
AAFT - American Association of French Teachers 
Junior French Honor Society Chapter Sponsor
The Ohio State University Alumni Society
The Design Issues Group 
Students may continue with their creations after class if they wish.  They may share their work in the next class.
Parents could purchase "A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers" by Melissa Craig and Maggie Hogan if they would like their own book to read along.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
This curriculum was written from a Christian perspective, but we will not be discussing religious beliefs in class. (Some of the Composers wrote for the Glory of God though and that part can't be ignored:).


Amy Gillispie(Mrs. G)
163 total reviews
109 completed classes

About Me

Hi!  Mrs.  G. here :).

So, you want to know a little about me?  

My husband and I have been homeschooling our nine children through high school for over twenty years.  We have found homeschooling to be hard work, yet incredibly successful! ... 
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