Are there any other good bios available other than the Opal Wheeler ones, that aren't twaddly like Venezia's?
We like Wheeler's, but we also like Venezia's. So, take my opinion for what it's worth.
Here are a couple other options to consider:
I feel the same way about the Wheelers. We do like the Venezia ones though. My boys will read them for fun which is fine by me! I have found a few good ones here and there by various authors, but not a series. While not a book, Classics For Kids, has a short bio plus a nice discussion of their music. We listen to it during lunch sometimes. Perhaps Lives of the Great Composers? I have that on my shelf....I should pull that out and read it.
Anna Harwell Celenza has some lovely books that mostly deal with a specific piece of music, but you learn about the composer as well. Whenever I see one of her books I check it out/buy it.
Classics for kids are great! We've enjoyed those.
Some other resources we've used are:
Vox Music Masters CDs The Story of --- in Words and Music series
The other title is escaping me. I'll check my shelf and post again.
I agree about the Classics for Kids; I use that resource online and the story cd's/tapes. I have the Bellepheron coloring books, too.
Are you talking about Lives of the Musicians? I've used that periodically; it's fun one.
Is the Gift of Music too old for them at ages 11/12?
The Vox cd's look awesome and cheap used. Aren't those the cd's used with Vision Forum's new music curriculum?
Are you familiar with these:
Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers
The Great Composers: The Lives and Music of the Great Classical Composers
Classical Composers: An Illustrated History
Stories of the Great Composers Vol. 1 & 2
I have tons of music cds and we listen to classical daily. Besides Messianic Jewish and Celtic, it's my children's favorite. My son especially likes the calming nature of it. So I don't have to fight with them over it.
Thanks, Christie. I'm going to download the Tapper ones for them to listen to during leisure time. I also like the Vox ones.
Perhaps I can preview some of the others from my library. In the Veritas catalog, The Gift of Music is for older middle/high ages, if my memory serves.
I feel much better now! I'm glad I'm not the only one who has had trouble w/the Wheeler bios. I should've accepted this last year and we would've gotten a whole lot further!
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