Meet the Great Composers Book 1 w/ CD

Meet the Great Composers Book 1 w/ CD

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ISBN: 9780882848556
Grades: 3-12

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There are people who are musically inclined, have time to spend in music studies, and really enjoy classical music - then there's me. I guess I wasn't born an auditory person and I can't carry a tune in a bucket. I played the piano when I was young and really enjoyed it, but didn't have a "gift" for it. My very young children begged me to stop when I sang to them...and I mean simple songs like "Itsy, Bitsy, Spider". I don't know a whole note from a quarter note, and don't know a sonata from a fugue. Also, after teaching three levels (thank goodness two of my five school-age children are twins!) the "basics", there's little time left for the arts. But, all this said, I appreciate classical music, think it's important to have more than a name-recognition acquaintance with the great composers, and encourage my children to sing, play instruments and enjoy music. This course seems designed for people like me, who want to expose their children to the composers and their music, but don't have all day to do it. Each book has 17 units which cover composers from the Baroque to Contemporary period in chronological order. Lessons include a picture and short fact sheet about the composer, a suggested listening, a story of the composer's life, a study of his music or something about the time in which he lived and a review in the form of a puzzle or game. All this takes only 20-30 minutes. Listening selections are ample for appreciating the composer's style and genius, but not overly lengthy. They are high-quality piano recordings. Listening to them, it strikes me that it would be a nice exercise to have children listen through the selection once, then "compose" a drawing along with listening a second time. Book 1 covers Bach, Scarlatti, Handel, Haydn, Clementi, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, Debussy, Joplin, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Bartók and Kabalevsky. Book 2 includes Couperin, Kuhlau, Schubert, Hensel, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Foster, Tchaikovsky, Dvo?ák, Grieg, MacDowell, Beach, Granados, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Gershwin and Barber.

The activity sheets from the book are now available for separate purchase. One side of each reproducible page includes important facts about the composer with a picture and a reference to a track on the CD found in the actual book. The other side has a puzzle or questions to answer using these facts. Classroom kits include Book 1 or 2 with CD and the corresponding set of 17 reproducible activity sheets.

This survey course will give your children a decent overview of the great composers, the time period in which they played, and an idea of what their music was like. And, if they really enjoy particular selections, you'll know which classical music to invest more time and money in. After listening to the CD through I've gotta say it's growing on me (especially Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag")...this could be the beginning of a brand new interest...




Primary Subject
Music
Grade Start
3
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780882848556
EAN
038081124513
Binding
Compact Disc; Trade Paper
Language
English
Author
June Montgomery
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Alfred Publishing
Weight
0.6 (lbs.)
Dimensions
12.0" x 9.0" x 0.5"
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basic information, self learning
Josette S on Aug 12, 2019
I wanted something to accompany what I had created with my children through Homeschool in the Woods website.
Elizabeth T on Jun 20, 2019
basic information, self learning
Josette S on Aug 12, 2019
Purchased as a recommended resource for use in our homeschool coop composer study.
Heather L on Aug 1, 2019
I wanted something to accompany what I had created with my children through Homeschool in the Woods website.
Elizabeth T on Jun 20, 2019
for homeschool music study
Melissa K on Mar 15, 2019
for Piano lesson
Yamin L on Jan 2, 2019
We wanted short but good lessons for music and decided to go with Composers this year.
Angie H on Aug 21, 2016
music for my 2nd, 3rd, and 7th graders
Jennifer L on Jul 24, 2016
Purchased as a recommended resource for use in our homeschool coop composer study.
Heather L on Aug 1, 2019
for homeschool music study
Melissa K on Mar 15, 2019
Does the CD contain full tracks or snippits of the composer pieces?
User on May 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm pretty sure they are complete. I couldn't find anything in the book that confirms this, so I'm not 100% certain. The lengths vary from just under a minute to over 4 minutes. We usually place each track in repeat mode as we read about each composer. Hope this helps.
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Our family really enjoyed these stories Little or no teacher preparation is required Each lesson is brief and interesting The mom doesn't need a music background to use this material but it's also very good for musical families interested in classical musicThe book is designed for individual student use but all four of my children ages 7 9 12 and 15 did these lessons together We put the appropriate track of the CD on repeat and played it softly in the background while reading the composer's story outloud We then quizzed each other using the questions on the activity page included for each composer We took it a step further and made up additional questions to quiz each other Some lessons also include snippets of printed music that you can try if you have a pianist in the family Book 2 includes studies of two women composers
October 13, 2006

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