O Come O Come Emmanuel

Hymn Story:  O Come O Come Emmanuel is the translation of a ninth-century Latin hymn, Veni Veni Immanuel. It recreates O Antiphons that are sung in many churches around the world during the last few days before Christmas. Each verse represents a different Antiphon with the refrain, “Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel shall come to thee, O … Continue reading O Come O Come Emmanuel

Nature Study: Microscopic Things

Nature study can be as simple as a short walk in the neighborhood or as elaborate as a week in a National Park. Don’t make it hard. Just go outside. This month, let’s look at the tiniest creatures and plants. Do you have a microscope? If so, pull it out for the month and look … Continue reading Nature Study: Microscopic Things

We Gather Together

Hymns are beautiful truths poetically told, hung on a rhythm, and held in a melody. This makes them memorable. Hymn study is extremely simple. Sing the hymn once a day. We’ve provided you links to different versions to “Be Thou My Vision” enjoy as well as a link to download the sheet music for the … Continue reading We Gather Together

George Frideric Handel

Biography George Frederick Handel was born in Halle, Germany on February 32, 1685 (which is the same year that Johann Sebastian Bach was born. His father was a barber and surgeon who planned for his son to be a lawyer. George practiced the harpsichord in the attic, hidden from his father, who believe that music … Continue reading George Frideric Handel

Be Thou My Vision

Hymns are beautiful truths poetically told, hung on a rhythm, and held in a melody. This makes them memorable. Hymn study is extremely simple. Sing the hymn once a day. We’ve provided you links to different versions to enjoy as well as a link to download the sheet music for the hymn. Some of this … Continue reading Be Thou My Vision

Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina 1525-1594

Composer Study is simple. Pick a composer to listen to over a period of time. Every once in a  while, play a composition by him or her. Listen to it. Think and talk about it. This month, we are listening to compositions by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, who composed for church choirs and orchestras. Biography: … Continue reading Giovanni Pierluigi de Palestrina 1525-1594

Nature Study: Wild Herbs

Nature study can be as simple as a short walk in the neighborhood or as elaborate as a week in a National Park. Don’t make it hard. Just go outside. This month, we suggest you spend some time outside every day that is reasonable and observe what wild herbs you can find in your own … Continue reading Nature Study: Wild Herbs

Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen was a composer, poet, and saint who lived from 1098 until 1179 AD. She was a nun who wrote mostly liturgical music, but her Ordo virtutum is the oldest musical drama that was NOT written for church use. Her music was virtually undiscovered for hundreds of years; she was first recognized as … Continue reading Hildegard von Bingen