Professor Carol

Dr. Carol Reynolds became interested in homeschooling during her tenure as a professor of music history at Southern Methodist University from 1985 to 2006. After retiring to a ranch, she began designing fine arts curricula for high schoolers, particularly homeschoolers. In 2009, she published an unprecedented multimedia course entitled Discovering Music: 300 Years of Interaction in Western Music, Arts, History, and Culture. Her newest courses include America’s Artistic Legacy, Imperial Russia, and a landmark course on the roots of Christian music entitled Early Sacred Music. She works for The Smithsonian as a study leader and speaker in Russia, Eastern Europe, and the Rhine region. She is a popular speaker for arts organizations such as The Dallas Symphony and the Van Cliburn Series and particularly enjoys designing training workshops for teachers and parents. She and her husband, Hank, have two grown children and four grandchildren.


Why College Freshmen Fail: A Professor’s Perspective
Some students adjust easily to college, but others are derailed by predictable and avoidable circumstances. As a university professor who’s counseled struggling students, Carol Reynolds has seen what causes most failures and shares her strategies for success.

Beauty over Decadence: Winning the Battle Against Pop Culture
Many of today’s educators and curricula have abandoned the centuries-old quest for beauty in order to pursue contemporary fashions and decadence. The knowledge of true beauty provides the best defense, and the tools for cultivating this knowledge are closer and easier to implement than you might think.

The Digital Dulling of Our Children
It beeps, it flashes, and our kids love it! From toddler toys to work-place devices, we are surrounded by digital technology. Yet this same digital stimulus can strip a child’s creativity and hinder the development of a child’s talents and imagination. What can today’s parents do to find a healthy balance?

Teaching Your Children the Story of Christian Music
From the temple in Jerusalem to praise choruses today, singing has expressed our faith in worship. What is sacred music? Why do we sing in church? What did our Founding Fathers sing in church? What are ways to teach your students about these traditions, including Gregorian chant and the history of the hymn (starting in classical antiquity)? Come prepared for a lively session filled with beautiful images and singing!