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Teacher Jackie Shellabarger teaches students the fundamentals of music theory, note reading and to play the recorder (age 6 and up). The students also play many musical singing games that reinforce the musical concepts being taught. Classical music listening is part of each class as we learn about famous composers and become familiar with their music. A Thanksgiving Program is given at an area Nursing Home and a Spring Musical/Recital rounds out our exciting year.

Classes are offered for each grade level beginning with PreWindsongs (K/1st grade) and Windsongs 1 (1st/2nd grade) and then progressing through Windsongs 4 (4th/5th grade). Mrs. Jackie's program is 'one of a kind' in the Chattanooga area. She teaches all the music theory and singing skills your child needs to have a solid foundation in music - and we have a LOT of fun in class!

Jackie Shellabarger

I am a ‘retired’ Home School Educator who loves to teach homeschool music! It has been my privilege to teach Home School Music Class for more than 15 years. Before my children were born, I taught Elementary Music in the public schools. I wanted to give my own children and other Home School children the same enjoyment and academic enrichment that learning to sing, read music, and play the recorder can bring - so I developed Home School Music Class.

Beginning Classes are offered for Home School students starting with PreWindsongs (K/1st grade) and Windsongs 1 (1st/2nd grade). Students are accepted in other Windsongs levels upon approval.

  Comments: What parents have to say

"Your class has given my children a very reasonably priced opportunity to be involved in a classroom setting learning something I never could have taught them. They have learned the rewards of doing homework as well as the consequences of not completing it, and I believe music studies have helped my children comprehend math concepts such as fractions. I am very pleased with the progress my children have made in the homeschool music classes, and I highly recommend it... we love it"!  A.T

"I love Mrs. Jackie's emphasis on children honoring God by honoring their parents.  Both Spring performances that I have attended included a play with this key theme of obedience."  N.K.

"I love seeing my son learn to read music - something I can't do! I saw him gaining confidence in his abilities because, even though he's not yet a strong reader (books), he COULD read music. I know that my son has some auditory processing issues, so I felt that the ear training involved in learning to play some songs by ear was very beneficial for improving his auditory processing. Socially, I saw my son becoming more confident around his peers. Because my daughter took the Kindergarten class, I saw her develop skills such as listening to rhythm, that will make her experience in the the first grade class much more effective. She is already trying to pick out songs on the precorder that her brother played last year. I also felt that music class provided a great opportunity for my kids to have a different teacher - a different authority figure- besides Mom." K.B.


"I've always told my kids that music is a part of life and that they need to learn to read music just like they need to learn to read a book. There's enough to do in homeschooling without the mom having to take on that job too!" A.M.



"I love Music Class because it seems to help make the other school work go so much better. When we start school work before Music Class, K. really seems to struggle to get through it. After Music Class, the thinking process seems to work much better." K.S.


"You obviously love what you do and you love music. My child is enthusiastic about learning music because of your enthusiasm!" D.B.

"Our family loves Mrs. Jackie's Music Class." N.K.

"You don't know who happy I am that you are teaching....I think this class was the single most beneficial thing that K.L. and C. did this past year in school!! You are an excellent teacher!" C.T.

  Comments: What students have to say


"Mrs. Jackie's class is really fun because there are fun games we play and I like to play the precorder. I've met a lot of friends that I like there." C.K. (Windsongs 1)

"I like music class because you get to make new friends and learn new songs. I like learning how to play an instrument." J.B. (Windsongs 1)

"I get to make friends, learn and have fun all at the same time. AND Mrs. Jackie doesn't let the kids get wild. I had one class where the teacher let the kids ge t wild and I never liked to go to it. But Mrs. Jackie never lets that happen." K. M. (Windsongs 2)



"I love learning new things and getting to be with my friends at the same time." R.B. (Windsongs 3)

"I like playing the music games, listening to the dinosaur music, and listening to the So-Me stories." J.S. (Kindergarten class)


"I like playing the music games, listening to and learning about the band and orchestra instruments, karate belts, and the programs we do." K.S. (Windsongs 3)

"It is challenging and fun!" P.E. (Windsongs 2)




Frequently Asked Questions
About Recorder Class  |  Rhythmic Concepts  |  Melodic Concepts  |  Class Sizes  |  Prices  |  Additional Benefits

About Recorder Class:
Since 1998 I have taught a skill based music program to homeschoolers in the Chattanooga area. We meet once a week for 55 mins (45 min. for PreWindsongs) to sing, play musical games, play recorder/precorder and learn music. Musical skills are taught in grades K-4th through the use of traditional folk songs from America and around the world. We also do Classical music listening.

Rhythmic Concepts:
PreWindsongs students start out learning very basic concepts such as steady beat, high, low; short, long; same, different; and progress to reading simple rhythms. In Windsongs 1 simple rhythms such as are reviewed and expanded to more complex rhythms in Windsongs 2 such as ;to still yet more complex  ; ; by Windsongs 3 and 4. These skills are taught through singing and recorder playing of traditional folk songs and games.

Melodic Concepts:
PreWindsongs and Windsongs 1 start out with the basic concept of high - low by using so mi la songs. By that I mean songs like the familiar childhood chant that most children seem to naturally do - “ You can’t catch me”. Most children naturally sing those pitches on their own. I use that as a stepping stone to increase their awareness of other pitches as we also study mi re do (sounds like the beginning of Three Blind Mice) in the Windsongs 1 class. By the end of Windsongs 1, students are SIGHT SINGING and PLAYING on their precorders songs that have 3-5 pitches of the pentatonic scale: do re mi so la. By sight singing I mean they are singing songs from looking at the music that they have never heard or seen before! They are also composing and performing their own songs that they have written down on paper. THIS COMPLEX MUSICAL SKILL IS ONE OF THE RESULT OF SKILL BASED MUSIC CLASSES!!

Class Sizes:
Each student in the Windsongs classes receives instruction for 55 min. (45 for PreWindsongs) Music classes have a max of 12 students in each class. This makes learning efficient and individualized. By having small classes I can spend time with each student and still have a large enough group to play the musical games that reinforce the skills learned in class. Also, I am able to spend quality time helping and encouraging each child to be all they can be musically as well as socially.

Families pay $25 a month for the first child and $20 for a second child. There is a $15 registration fee and a small book and recorder fee of less than $10. The first semester is 3 months so the tuition is $75 and the 2nd semester is 4 months so the tuition is $100. Parents can pay all at once or monthly as they choose.

Additional Benefits:
Students learn fine and large motor coordination through the games, recorder playing and musical activities. Students benefit socially and academically by participating in music class. Listening skills are developed and enhanced through short listening activities. Math and Reading skills are improved by learning rhythms and decoding notes and symbols. Research shows that students taking the SAT who took part in music instruction outscored non music students by 63 points in verbal and 43 in math. Additionally, test results show that for every year of music instruction taken by the student, the level of test scores increased. There is indeed a strong connection between music education and academic success!