Composer study has been a simple addition to our homeschool over the years. We don’t spend a ton of time learning about composers, but still get some basic knowledge while we learn to appreciate the incredible music.
Our plan is easy. Spend one day per week over the course of a month focusing on a particular composer. So, four times during the month, we are casually listening to a composer’s music during school work and learning a little bit about his or her biography via living literature, audio books or webpages.
As I’m preparing to embark on composer study for the 2nd round, I decided to pull together all our previous resources in one handy list to make my planning easier. I hope you’ll benefit from the list, too! I’ve kept it quite simple: just a few quick website links and a visual reminder of the books and CD’s on our shelves.
Adding a little composer study to homeschooling doesn’t have to be difficult at all!
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Johann Sebastian Bach
Sebastian Bach, The Boy from ThuringiaJohann Sebastian Bach (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers)Mr. Bach Comes To CallBach’s Goldberg Variations w/CD(Gr.2-4) by Celenza Anna Harwell (Feb 1 2005)
Ludwig van Beethoven
George Frederick Handel
Franz Joseph Haydn
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart, The Wonder Boy (Great Musicians Series)Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers)Mozart’s Magnificent VoyageMozart’s Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through ‘The Magic Flute’The Best Of Mozart
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Additional Musical Resources That Have Been Worthy of Our Time:
These don’t cover one composer particularly, but they are fabulous audio resources for learning more about classical music in general.