A classical music or composer study has always been on my list as things I wanted to do with my children. Some how it was always really great in theory but actually doing it was another thing.
Have you been thinking about adding a classical composers study but are not quite sure where to start?
There is a ton of information out there and it is so easy to get bogged down by all that information.
My prayers were answered when I was given the opportunity to review Bright Idea Press “A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers”.
I was so excited with this product before I ever received it in the mail. I hoped each day I went to the mailbox. I wanted to hurry up time because it felt like it took the product forever to arrive in my mailbox.
However, the day finally came that I was able to pull it out of my mailbox. I was not disappointed in the least.
This is a wonderful product!
“A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers” is a full years curriculum designed for grades 4-8. The curriculum is easily adaptable to older or younger children.
This curriculum is written from a christian worldview and was well researched so that truth and accuracy are at the center of this curriculum. I enjoyed knowing this because it is so hard to find good wholesome curriculum when it comes to studying composers, as their lifestyles were not always pure or even clean.
The curriculum starts out describing the time period in which you will start studying and then moves on to the actual composers of that time period. So basically you get an overview and then an in depth description broken down into easy to manage weekly lessons.
The only thing this curriculum lacks is the music of each time period. I would love to see Bright Ideas Press develop a musical CD to accompany this curriculum. I say this because we live in a rural area and our library is a blessing but doesn’t provide us with a lot of choices or options. So a lot of this music we were unable to borrow from our library.
Here is a sneak peak of the Table of Contents….
- Dear Teachers
- Student Introduction
- Ancient Music to the Middle Ages
- Music in the Renaissance
- The Baroque Period
- Antonio Vivaldi
- George Frideric Handel
- Johann Sebastian Bach
- The CLassical Period
- (Franz) Joseph Haydn
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Ludwig van Beethoven
- Franz Schubert
- The Romantic Period
- Felix Mendelssohn
- Frederic (Fryderyk) Chopin
- Robert Schumann
- Franz Liszt
- Giuseppe Verdi
- Anton Bruckner
- Stephen Foster
- Johannes Brahms
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Antonin Dvorak
- Gabriel Urbain Faure
- Sir Edward Elgar
- Claude Debussy
- Richard Strauss
- The Contemporary Period
- Scott Joplin
- Charles Ives
- George Gershwin
- Aaron Copland
- John Williams
- Composer Info Card
- Reproducible Composer Illustrations
- Listening Suggestions
- Reproducible Timeline
- Mapping Exercise
- Reproducible Europe Map – Baroque & Classical Periods
- Reproducible Europe Map – Romantic Period
- Reproducible USA Map – Contemporary Period
- Game Forms
- Composer Bingo Game Form
- Composer Jeopardy Game Forms
- Coloring Pages
- Folderbook Directions (with pictures)
- Composers Resource List
- Useful Websites
- Lesson Answer Keys
- Certificate of Completion
The book is chocked full of learning and fun.
All three of my children have been enjoying this study of composers and are learning so much about musical history.
I could never have come up with a product so wonderful or even this informational for my children and am so thankful that Bright Ideas Press has! This is a fun, engaging study but not overwhelming to the parent or the student.
If you are interested in looking through some sample pages just click on the link.
The CD Rom version of this book can be purchased for $29.95 or you can purchase the paperback version for $34.95. They even have a co-op licensing purchase offer for those interested in that.
Overall, this product ROCKS!!!!
Our family is so impressed with this study that we have told all of our homeschooling friends and we are now telling you, how much we love this study.
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**I received a complimentary copy of A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers in exchange for my honest opinion of the product. My experience will differ from yours. This is part of the terms of my agreement with TOS and no other compensation was given.**
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