Music Study

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

Antonio Vivaldi
Domenico Scarlatti
Telemann
Johann Sebastian Bach
George Frideric Handel
Joseph Haydn
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ludwig von Beethoven
Niccolo Paganini
Franz Schubert

1800s to 1900s

Gioachino Rossini
Felix Mendelssohn
Frederic Chopin
Robert Schumann
Giuseppe Verdi
Richard Wagner
Franz Liszt
Johann Strauss II
Stephen Foster
Johannes Brahms
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Antonin Dvorak
Edvard Grieg
John Philip Sousa
Claude Debussy
Scott Joplin
Maurice Ravel
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Igor Stravinsky
Bela Bartok
George Gershwin
Dmitry Shostakovich
Aaron Copland

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.