Choose three composers to study: one per term during the year. You can either select composers who correspond to your history time period or choose somewhat diverse styles and time periods so the composers won’t become confused in the children’s minds. The links will take you to the CM Bookfinder.
1600s to 1700s
1800s to 1900s
Johann Strauss II
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
John Philip Sousa
Notes on Music Study
Music appreciation is done in much the same way as art appreciation. Simply listen to the music of one composer at various times throughout the week. Tell children which composer you’re listening to. You could play the music in the vehicle while running errands or play it at home in the background during a meal. Be sure to begin the album at different songs to make sure the children have a chance to hear more than just the first selection.
Continue to listen to pieces by the same composer for several weeks until the children become familiar with that composer’s style. If possible, read or listen to a short biography about that composer sometime during your study of his or her work.
Be sure to enter each composer you study into your Book of Centuries.
Check the CM Bookfinder for resource suggestions on any composer.