Stefan von Trapp agrees. “Performing and homeschooling united us as a family,” he says. “Our children want to learn. They realize how fun it is.” Stefan shouldered most of the teaching responsibilities.

Sophia says that singing and learning merged into a family style. “We discovered that music is more a part of us than we ever knew,” she says. Justin, Melanie, Amanda, and Sophia each have non-musical career plans. Even so, Melanie is certain that  “we’ll be singing the rest of our lives, just like the original Trapp Family Singers.” And homeschooling, as it has past and present, will harmonize right along with the von Trapps’ own sound of music!

Author and educator William Anderson has written or edited more than twenty books, including V Is for Von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press) and The World of the Trapp Family ( Some of his other titles for children include M Is for Mount Rushmore (Sleeping Bear), River Boy: The Story of Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder Country, A Little House Guidebook, and Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography (all published by Harper Collins). He is a frequent presenter at schools, libraries, historical events, and homeschool conferences. Visit his website at

Publication date: July 23, 2012