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I can't find much discussion on this topic online. The one I found on the well-trained mind forum lean toward not counting it. I am glad to see there is a different opinion. Thank you.
Good job doing your research and making up your own mind. It's good to find more information when you need it, but you get to make decisions for your child, not a forum. A forum is just a group of opinions, right? But you are the person in charge of the education of your children. It sounds like you knew what the right answer should be for your family. I love to see parents take charge of the education of their children, as you are doing.
My daughter accompanies for church and our younger homeschool choir. In addition, she has given informal performances at recitals, coffee houses, and at church (special music). I've listed it as "Piano 1 with Performance and Accompaniment" (for freshman year...2, 3, and 4 for subsequent years). I felt that more accurately reflected her experience and skills.
My daughter, Julia, is a Strings player, Double Bass and Violin. When she needed to understand music theory basics in middle school she took Piano lessons. We later counted these on her High School transcript as "Applied Music Theory 1", 2, 3, and 4.
She is primarily a Bass player so even mentioning piano wouldn't have given her any "creds". She was admitted to UW Seattle Music department and received the largest strings scholarship they have given out in 20 years. She is graduating this summer with a double major after 7 quarters at UW. Her love is her private Suzuki studio where she teaches violin and bass to young children.
That was REALLY smart! You described was covered in a way that didn't limit the benefits of the education!! Well done.
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My sophomore daughter has a love for, and a collection of, Nancy Drew computer games. In fact, she has "solved" 29 of the mysteries, and is currently working through the newest, #30, that arrived in the mail today. Over the last few years, we have become accustomed to hearing, "Oh, I learned about that from Nancy Drew." A while back, she commented that it was too bad that she could not receive credit for all of the time she spent playing the games, especially since she had learned so much! I didn't give it much thought until a few days ago, when she was discussing the brain-teaser puzzles that must be solved in order to advance through the game. Then it hit me; critical thinking! I only intend to use 1 elective credit, even though she has put in enough hours for way more than that. Those who have not been exposed to the games may not realize how amazingly educational they are, so I'm still trying to figure out how it should be listed on transcripts.
The most creative course title I came up with was "Equine and Canine Management." She didn't really read enough books to do each as a separate course, she wrote only one essay, and she didn't earn any certificates or win any competitions. We own the dog, she only gets to work with horses once a week. So I smooshed everything she did with animals together, and lo and behold, she had a credit.