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Everest Academy is a ministry of Everest Family Church in Hayden. We offer freedom along with quality resources, information, activities and support to those homeschooling in Alabama. We believe that the parent has the best interests of their children at heart. We believe that the parent is the first and only teacher that a child needs. In keeping with this philosophy, we wish to be a very hands-off church "cover" school and allow the parent to lead and guide their children in the direction and at the pace they feel is best suited to their children. We ask only for what the law requires while offering support along with quality resources to aid families in their efforts.

End of May, Pinson: End of the Year Picnic & Swim!!!


Wow! It's time to celebrate all things "summer"!!! Let's celebrate together at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. This nature preserve offers a beautiful area to picnic, swim, and hiking trails.   There is a very shallow area for the littles to play in, plenty of area to just splash around, and an AWESOME natural water slide to slide down.  Don't forget to bring floats for the water slide!!!  

Click here for park information and directions
Time: 1:00 - ????
What: End of the Year Picnic & Swim
Who: All homeschoolers welcome!
Cost: FREE

Teens: Special shout to all homeschooling teens!!!  We always have lots of teens at our events, so please don't leave your teens at home for this event! 

Picnic Lunch - Please bring a picnic and drinks for your family. 

Buy/Sell/Trade - Bring your gently-used curriculum, clothes, books, toys etc. that would benefit other families.  We will have a Freecycle area set up.  If you are selling or trading, please DO NOT put your for sale/trade items near the Freecycle area.  Please take any of your left over items home with you when you leave.  

Things to bring:
  • picnic lunch and drinks for your family
  • chairs
  • sunscreen
  • floats
  • socks*
  • Freecycle items
  • Friends 
  • Please note that the rocks at Turkey Creek are very slippery.  The best thing I have found to prevent falls is wearing socks.  The socks work MUCH, much better than water shoes.  Don't say I didn't warn you! 
Questions?  Contact Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com.  

Student Spotlight: Malik Kofi (Deemed a Child Prodigy)

Malik Kofi has been enrolled with Everest Academy since 2009.

By Michael Huebner | mhuebner@al.com 
malik.jpgMalik Kofi
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama --Malik Kofi, the 11-year-old cello prodigy from Birmingham has been featured in the Huffington Post, The Grio and several other national publications.

"Little Music Manchild: The Malik Kofi Story," which was recently completed after four months of filming, takes viewers inside Malik's world -- including homeschooling with his grandmother, lessons with Alabama Symphony cellist Craig Hultgren, and testimony from jazz musician Frank Adams and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar David.

In addition to his cello studies, Malik is a public speaker who, at 7 years, addressed a Boutwell Auditorium at the occasion of President Obama's inauguration. He was speaking in sentences at 8 months, reading fluently at 2 years old and has has been studying cello for six years. He has his sights on studying at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore or the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, two of the nation's finest music schools.

Malena Cunningham, an Emmy award-winning former news anchor, wrote and produced the film.

"Birmingham is known for its rich musical heritage," Cunningham wrote in a statement. "Malik is an amazing talent destined to put a new focus on the The Magic City in the classical music arena."

Organizers plan to submit the documentary to various film festivals.

See the trailer:

If you have an Everest Academy student you would like to see spotlighted, please send a brief write up along with a picture to everestacademy1@gmail.com .  

B'ham: Violin, Viola, or Cello Lessons

Sent in by Ann Sargent - If you're looking for violin, viola, or cello lessons for your child, check out STEP Birmingham located in Forest Park. The teachers are world-class musicians and excellent teachers. Here's a website for more information: http://www.stepbirmingham.com/index.html or feel free to contact me with questions.

Madison: Voice or Piano Teacher

This is a recommendation for anyone looking for a voice or piano teacher. Vanessa Miller Mantis teaches at the Musicology School of Music in Madison. She specializes in “teaching singers of varying skill and ability as well as beginning piano.” My teenage daughter loves taking voice lessons with her and doesn’t mind driving from South Huntsville to do it. My daughter tells me that Mrs. Mantis is interested in getting more homeschooled students, so I am posting my recommendation. Previously, my daughter wouldn’t even sing in front of her own family. After a few months of weekly lessons with Mrs. Mantis, she sang solo in front of an audience at Musicology’s Spring Piano and Voice Recital, and she happily does her daily practice at home (with the help of recordings made during her lessons and emailed to her by Mrs. Mantis, as well as a songbook and accompanying CD). http://vanessamillerstudio.com/

Music Appreciation Curriculum

A course covering the essentials of How Music Works and The History of Music, appropriate for a two-semester (1 credit) study.
  • Contained on four disks, minimal internet connection helpful but not required.
  • Complete with over 100 musical examples illustrating every principle discussed.
  • All examples directly linked to each discussion for ease of access.
  • Includes interactive study-quizzes for each unit, along with four major exams with printable answer sheets and answer keys, and a link to an online score calculator.
  • Help and support with all aspects of the course permanently available.
Topics Covered:
How Music Works
  • Properties of Sound
  • Rhythm
  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Texture
  • Musical Form
The History of Music
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Renaissance
  • The Baroque Era
  • The Classical Era
  • The Romantic Era
  • Musical “Impressionism”
  • “Modern” Music

Hello, and welcome to Music Appreciation for Home-Schoolers! I have designed this course specifically with the home-school student in mind, but anyone who loves music and wants to know a little more about it will benefit. I hope you’ll take a few minutes and read through the paragraphs below to see what it’s all about!

This course is the result of 36 years’ experience teaching music at all levels from middle school through university, and hundreds of hours spent developing the materials contained in it. It is suitable for students from middle school age to adults. Even though a lot of material is covered, each new concept presented is done so in a simple, easy-to-understand manner, using lots of visual aids and musical examples.

The course is presented in two sections: How Music Works and The History of Music. This approach presents the material an educated person in today’s world needs to know in order to fully enjoy the musical experiences open to him or her. The student will be exposed to the major musical eras in our Western heritage, and representative masterworks from each era. The material is appropriate for a two-semester (1 credit) course at either the high-school or middle-school level.

A Little Bit About the Compiler of Music Appreciation for Home-Schoolers:Everett Johnson, Jr. is a professional music educator with undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Music Education from the Troy State University School of Music. He has been teaching for 36 years and has taught many different courses in music, but specifically Music Appreciation at the middle school, high school, community college, and university levels. Most importantly, however, he is a home-school Dad who believes very strongly in the benefits of home-education. His daughter, after attending Christian schools for several years, was home-schooled starting in the Fourth Grade. It was a decision he and his wife have never regretted. Noticing that there was a definite lack of comprehensive materials for teaching the basics of music and music history to home-schoolers, he decided to create this course to meet that need. He is not a web-designer (as should be obvious!), nor an internet expert, marketer, or salesman…..just a Dad and a music teacher wanting to be of service to other home-school families, and to support his family in doing so.

This course is being offered for $40.00 complete. Compared to other music courses and considering the amount of material included, this seems a reasonable price, and hopefully within the means of most families. I hope you will consider purchasing it. We are happy to accept checks, money orders, or you may purchase using PayPal by clicking the “Buy Now” button below. If you use PayPal, please also send me an email stating this, and specifying if you will be using a PC or Mac for the course.

To order, or if you have any questions about the course, please email us athome.school.music.course
@gmail.com and we will quickly get back to you.

Thank you so much!!!