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Elementary Music Appreciation Course (Crew Review)

Music Appreciation Review
When we first started homeschooling one of the things that drew me to the Charlotte Mason method of education was the attention paid to composer study.  Classical music has been a part of my life since childhood, and I want my children to be familiar with and appreciate it as well.  I’ve had my eye on the Great Composers books from Zeezok Publishing LLC for quite a while and was SO excited to get a chance to review the entire Music Appreciation: Book 1 for the Elementary Grades collection, starting with one of my children’s favorite composers: Beethoven.

About the Music Appreciation Book 1 Collection

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This collection is an incredibly rich resource, providing materials for seven 4-week unit studies based on the lives of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini, and Schubert:

  • 7 biographical novels by Opal Wheeler, one for each composer, all softcover except the one Schubert (not sure why we received a hardcover since I know they do publish it in softcover)
  • 1 Student Activity Book (softcover with perforated pages)
  • Set of 5 Audio CDs
  • CD-ROM with files for making a lapbook for each composer
  • (Coordinating coloring book available for separate purchase)

Each of these items is available for individual purchase, but unless you already own something, the you’ll want everything that comes in the collection to complete the lessons.

The heart of this curriculum is the Wheeler books, which focus on the composers’ lives and childhood musical background.  Although the book occasionally references topics covered when studying other composers, for the most part each unit study is self-contained, so they don’t necessarily need to be done in the order they are presented.

BeethovenI chose Beethoven for our first study.  Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells starts with Beethoven as a very young boy and tells about his musical career all the way through his moving 9th Symphony, composed when he could no longer hear.  While the book does talk about Ludwig being forced to practice in the middle of the night as a child and his father’s desire to see him become a musician like Mozart, it is very appropriate for children and doesn’t mention his father’s abusive nature.  Instead the focus is on Ludwig’s relationships with other members of his family, his various teachers and his many musical experiences growing up.

The book also includes music for several of Beethoven’s compositions, which are simple enough for intermediate piano players to be able to play and enjoy as they go through the book.  (These selections are also on the audio CDs.)  Some are interspersed with the text to experience as you go through the book, and there are also several at the end for further enjoyment.

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After you have read the chapter for the week, the Student Activity Book is full of questions, activities, and ideas for further study.  Each unit starts with a Weekly Lesson Outline that lists all the reading assignments and activities that will be covered, making note of those required to meet national music appreciation standards.

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Each week’s assignments include:

  • reading a chapter in the Wheeler book
  • a page of comprehension questions
  • study of character qualities demonstrated in the chapter
  • listening assignments from the Music Appreciation CDs
  • “Tidbits of Interest” expounding upon specific information in the chapter
  • Lapbook activities
  • Extras like geography, history, or music theory

The Student Activity Book functions as both a workbook and a textbook, with some pages having activities to complete and others containing additional reading material.

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The CD-ROM contains the pieces needed for each composer’s lapbooks as well as pictures of completed lapbooks.  These pages include instructions about how to assemble each piece, but to find out where to place it, you have to look up the examples or read the directions in the Student Activity Book.

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Our Experience

I chose the Beethoven unit because most of my children are already somewhat familiar with his life story and his music, but there was still a lot for everyone to learn.  This curriculum is designed for K-6th grade, so I planned to include Ian (2nd grade) and Elijah (Kindergarten) as well as seeing how much Arianna (preschool) could participate.

We started each week’s work reading a few pages from Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells while the kids colored.  The boys probably would have been able to read the Wheeler book themselves, but it would have been laborious, so I used it as a read aloud instead.  (An audio version is also available both on CD and as an mp3 download.)

I bought two copies of the coordinating coloring book for the younger two to use since Ian would be using the Student Activity Book.  I was thankful that there were multiple coloring pages for each chapter, because I found Ian had an easier time listening when he was coloring (and my 2-year old wanted to do what everyone else was doing as well).  The pictures directly related to the chapters in the book, so they were a great way to include everyone.  I was a little surprised when the coloring books arrived and they were just stapled together rather than being actual bound books, but that ended up making it easy to take them apart and share the quality coloring pages from 2 books among 4 children.  I don’t know that we would have enjoyed the study nearly as much if I hadn’t gone ahead and gotten the coloring pages.

DSCN1249xThere was so much material in the Student Activity Book, I ended up taking almost twice as long as the suggested four weeks to get through it.  Even though the curriculum is intended for all elementary grades, I felt like much of it was too difficult for my Kindergartner and 2nd grader, though it would be perfect for upper elementary students.  We adapted things and often just went through the material conversationally.

The boys enjoyed working on the lapbook together after we had finished reading and dismissed the little ones.  I struggled a little bit with figuring out exactly what went where,  confused that some of the instructions were in the Student Activity Book while others were on the pages with the lapbook materials themselves.  I think when we go through the next unit I’ll be able to figure it out better, but since this was the first lapbook we’d ever created, I would have felt a little more confident if all the information I needed were in one place.

My Thoughts on Zeezok Publishing’s Music Appreciation

20160317_094524xI am in awe of how much work went into putting together this curriculum.  There is SO much to do and learn about in each study!  Even though we found it to be a bit overwhelming at this point, I think we’ll get a lot more out of it as my children get older.  I’ll probably get the audio books for future studies so we can get through the books as we drive and save our time at home for all the other activities.

Music Appreication Book 1_zpsu33n9px8The only change I would like to see would be separating the Student Activity Book into a textbook and separate workbook.  It is designed to be consumable, with one needed for each student, but so much of it is extra reading material or instructions for lapbook activities that could easily be reused, so it felt a bit wasteful to me.  Since I have multiple children, it would be nice to only be purchasing extra copies of the pages that actually get written in rather than the entire book.

There’s definitely more in the weekly lesson outline than I can get done in the time I usually allot to composer study each week.  In the future I will probably stretch out each unit more intentionally.  Or if I do want to keep to the schedule, I might even use it as a traditional unit study, where it’s the main focus of the school day with other subjects coming out of it (since history, geography, reading, writing, and of course fine arts are all included.  However we end up using it, I am thankful for such a well-designed, detailed curriculum for studying the lives and music of so many great composers.

Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades {Zeezok Publishing LLC Review}
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Composer Study: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with ballet.  One of the first cassettes I ever remember purchasing was music from Tchaikovsky’s three ballets: Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Nutcracker.  Even people without a connection to ballet are probably familiar with these musical works, but they were a part of my very being.  In my piano lessons I worked harder on Tchaikovsky pieces than anything else, just because he had composed those three ballets.   I no longer eat, sleep, and breathe all things ballet, but even so, there is something magical for me about this music, so I really enjoyed our composer study this past month on Piotr (Peter) Illyich Tchaikovsky.

Audio Resources

Tchaikovsky wrote a lot more than just ballet music, so we had plenty of listening options this month.  The boys were already familiar with a lot of his music from Nutcracker, so we mostly focused on the 1812 overture (what boy wouldn’t love the idea of a cannon being fired as part of an orchestral piece?) and the music from Swan Lake.  Here’s what was on our composer playlist for the month:

Video Resources  

As usual, the boys knew many of the themes we were listening to from watching Little Einsteins episodes that feature music by Tchaikovsky:

The boys loved watching the part of Fantasia that contains the Nutcracker Suite, and we were all amazed by a YouTube video of the Great Chinese State Circus doing a scene from Swan Lake (not pure ballet, but SO worth watching just to see the main dancer’s incredible balance).  Ian also enjoyed watching an entire performance(in two sittings) put on by the Kirov Ballet.

Books

To help Ian understand what we were watching and listening to, I got a copy of Margot Fonteyn’s retelling of Swan Lake.  The illustrations are by Trina Schart Hyman (who also illustrated the Caldecott award-winning St. George and the Dragon, one of the boys’ favorite books).  He loved this book and brought it to me to read over and over throughout the month.  We also read Tchaikovsky Discovers America, which tells the same story as the Classical Kids CD from a different perspective.

Once again, a month flew by and we were saying good-bye to Tchaikovsky just as we felt like we were starting to get to know him.  We’re getting ready to move so we’ll be taking a break.  I think we’ll use this next month or so to go back and revisit some of the composers we’ve already learned about.

Composer Study: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

We recently spent two months focusing on the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  The core of our composer study this first “introductory” year has been the Classical Kids CDs, and since there were two on Mozart I just decided to spend a little extra time on him.  (Or at least that made a nice excuse for enjoying my favorite composer for a little longer.)  I also wanted the boys to become familiar with the music from The Magic Flute in preparation for a children’s theater presentation by the LA Opera called The Magic Dream (which featured much of the opera’s music).  Although we also listened to plenty of Mozart’s other creations, most of our time was spent with The Magic Flute.

Audio Resources

It would be easy to listen to Mozart for at least a week without repeating any music, but I kept our selection limited. Here’s what was on our composer playlist:

Video Resources

Because my children are still so young, one of their favorite ways of learning about classical music is watching Little Einsteins.  There are several episodes that feature music by Mozart:

The Magic Flute is really a wonderful way to introduce children to opera.  The characters and other elements of the story capture their imaginations, and the productions are often colorful and visually intriguing.  I was amazed at how fascinated Ian was by YouTube videos of various performances of The Magic Flute. He especially enjoyed one by the Opéra National de Paris that showed the complete opera. (He sat watching for an hour!)  We also checked out a DVD from the library and watched the whole opera in segments as we folded laundry together.

Books and Other Reading

For some biographical information we read Mozart by Ann Rachlin from the Famous Children series.  Both boys really enjoyed The Magic Flute: An Opera by Mozart adapted by Kyra Teis, which tells the story just like a fairy tale book.  The author also has some interesting information on her website.

Additional Resources

If you and your children enjoy The Magic Flute check out the HUGE study guide from Boston Lyric Opera.  Most of it was way over my preschoolers’ heads (though they did enjoy the maze on page 65), but I’m sure we’ll come back to it in the future when Mozart pops up again in the Ambleside Online composer study schedule.  I also found many wonderful ideas for composer study on Mozart that we’ll use when the kids get a bit older here.

Christmas Music for the Whole Family

Last year at Christmas I found myself in a bit of a dilemma when it came to music.  I wanted to listen to traditional Christmas carols, and I wanted my children to become familiar with them, but most of the Christmas music in my collection just wasn’t great listening for children.  The albums I did have that were kid-friendly either threw in lots of songs about Santa and other non-Christ-centered elements of our cultural Christmas celebration, or else featured cartoonish voices that grated on my nerves rather quickly.  I knew there had to be something out there with children’s voices singing the classics, but Arianna was a newborn and I wasn’t really up to searching.

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This year I started early, found a few resources I really liked, and took December off from our usual composer study in favor of focusing on Christmas carols.  My favorite Christmas CD comes with a book: Christmas Carols for a Kid’s Heart.  We didn’t read the stories of the carols this year, but probably will go through next year during Advent.  In addition to using mostly children’s voices on the CD, it also includes all the verses, which I really appreciate.

Christmas CarolsAnother good album that has LOTS of great songs on it is the Christmas Carols CD from Cedarmont  Kids (also available as an MP3 download on Amazon, so you can listen to samples.)  This one sounds a little more like a stereotypical children’s recording, but I still find it enjoyable.

Classical Kids ChristmasThe last CD we used was A Classical Kids Christmas (also available as an MP3 download).  I haven’t fully made up my mind about this album.  It attempts to tell a story (I think) which I really couldn’t follow.  I love the rest of the Classical Kids CDs, so I was a little disappointed with this album.  Still, the production quality is excellent, and the music is beautiful. That’s really all I was looking for, so it’s still worth listening to (for us, anyway).

While I played everything on these CDs, I selected 4 carols that I wanted the boys to really feel like they knew, and then I put those at the beginning of our iPod playlist.

  1. Joy to the World
  2. O Come, All Ye Faithful
  3. Away in a Manger (I also had Ian learn this on the piano.)
  4. Silent Night

I figure these are songs they are guaranteed to hear throughout the season, especially at church, and I want them to recognize them and sing along.  Next year we’ll add a few more to learn intentionally, and I’m sure they’ll be picking up others along the way.  Hope you and your family are having a merry Christmas season!

Composer Study: George Frideric Handel

As we approached the holidays, I knew we’d soon be hearing strains of Handel’s Messiah.  I wanted my children to recognize it when they heard it, so last month we focused on George Frideric Handel for our composer study.  Handel must have had a rich faith. His settings of the Scriptures in Messiah are beautiful, and once you become familiar with the music, it’s almost impossible to read the book of Isaiah without his melodies running through your head.  He also had a heart for the orphans of London, where the German-born composer chose to live much of his life, and Messiah, which he wrote in just twenty-four days, was performed annually at a benefit concert to support the Foundling Hospital (orphanage).

Audio Resources

The main thing we listened to was Hallelujah Handel by Classical Kids, which tells the story of Handel and an orphan boy.  Ian was fascinated by the story, as he has been with all the Classical Kids CDs.  They’re really the core of our composer study this year.  Here are a few other things we listened to (in order of relative interest to my kids):

Video Resources (for children)

Two Little Einsteins episodes have music by Handel: “Annie, Get Your Microphone”  and “Rocket the Bug” (both feature Water Music).

Books and Other Reading

The book Hallelujah Handel tells the same story as the Classical Kids CD, but from a totally different perspective.  I enjoyed it just as much, especially the illustrations.  Ian and I both enjoyed Handel (from the Famous Children series), and he got a kick out of Handel and the Famous Sword Swallower of Halle, which weaves biographical information around a fascinating incident from Handel’s hometown.

And for grown-ups (or older children):

I found a couple interesting videos on YouTube: Handel’s Messiah: The Biblical Message Behind the Musical Masterpiece and Musical Contexts: All About Handel.  Also, if your library has videos available from Films On Demand like ours, there are three documentaries on Handel.

I opted not to attend a performance of Messiah this year, but hopefully as the children get older we’ll have a chance to enjoy it together.  One year I’d like to go through the Handel’s Messiah Family Advent Reader, which I discovered a few years ago and am looking forward to using someday when everyone will understand.

Composer Study: Antonio Vivaldi

There is an amazing amount of kid-friendly resources related to Antonio Vivaldi.  I thought I possessed a basic knowledge of Vivaldi before we began our composer study on him last month, but by the time we got through October, I had learned an incredible amount.  Ian enjoyed our time with Vivaldi so much he was reluctant to leave him behind, but since he felt the same way about Beethoven, I know it will pass.

Audio Resources

Of course the main part of any composer study is music.  We listened to a few pieces on their own, but mostly I just let the boys enjoy the pieces in the background to stories about the composer.  Here’s what was on our composer playlist:

  • Vivaldi’s Ring of Mystery from Classical Kids (This is a fictional story that incorporates many historical details, with lots of beautiful music accompanying the story.  Ian requested this at least once a day for the first week, and continued asking for it frequently the rest of the month.)
  • The Stories of Vivaldi and Corelli CD from our library (This one was a little dry for the boys, but it had lots of great music.  They never asked for it, but neither did they ask to turn it off.  It made great background listening while they played.)
  • Classics for Kids episodes on Vivaldi
  • “It’s Spring!” from Beethoven’s Wig 2: More Sing Along Symphonies

Video Resources

 Little Einsteins episodes that have music by Vivaldi (Elijah’s favorite show):

Books and Other Reading

Vivaldi spent several years working with the girls at an orphanage in Venice.  This setting has inspired numerous fictional works, both for children and adults.  Here are the children’s books we read about Vivaldi and some of the young musicians at the Pieta:

And for grown-ups:

I had so much fun this month doing my own study!  I read several novels about girls at the Pieta or just set in Venice around Vivaldi’s time. A few years ago the BBC produced a documentary called Vivaldi and the Women of the Pieta featuring a choir of all female voices (including the basses!), which I really enjoyed watching (preview first being watching with older kids–some sensitive content).  I also discovered a wonderful resource on our library’s website: documentaries you can watch online free just by entering your library card number!  I enjoyed watching two on Vivaldi and one on Venice (though I couldn’t find them on Amazon).  See if your library has videos available from Films On Demand.

As we entered into Vivaldi’s world through these books we wanted to find out more about the fascinating city of Venice.  So we “rowed” Papa Piccolo which is about a cat who lives in Venice.  I listed some of the movies and books we watched about the city in this post.  I think Venice will forever be in Ian’s mind, and I hope someday he’ll get a chance to visit Vivaldi’s city himself!

Composer Study: Claude Debussy

Last month we started becoming familiar with the music of French composer Claude Debussy.  There weren’t a lot of extras to go along with our study, but that didn’t lessen our enjoyment.  I’m realizing that one composer a month is rather a quick pace, for I’m finding myself surprised when we come to the end of a month and move on.  This first year I’m really only trying to introduce the whole idea of composer study, so I think we’ll keep with my original plan.  However, next year will be Ian’s official “Kindergarten” year, and I think then we’ll slow down a little and just do one composer per term, probably sticking with the suggested schedule from Ambleside Online.  (Actually, I included their composers for this year in our own schedule because I knew we wouldn’t be doing a full study and I wanted to hit all the major composers this year as an introduction.)

Here’s what we listened to in our month with Debussy:

Composer Study: Ludwig van Beethoven

Adding “composer study” to our school subjects was really a no pressure way to expand our learning simply by being intentional.  I enjoy listening to classical music, and it’s so easy to help my children become familiar with great composers just by choosing a composer for the month and listening to his music at least once a week.  I tell them the composer’s name, and then we listen to the music and occasionally talk about what it sounds like.  If that’s all we do, great.  However, for some of the uber-famous composers, there are lots of other great ways to help all of us learn more about the composers’ lives and music, so I like to take advantage of those as well.

Last month we studied one of the “giants” of classical music: Ludwig van Beethoven, and there were a LOT of resources available.  Here’s a list of some of the things we enjoyed as we learned about this incredible artist.

Audio Resources

The boys got a kick out of several pieces from the Beethoven’s Wig series, where silly lyrics are put to the tune of famous classical pieces. (There’s also a book that goes along with the title song, but we didn’t manage to get our hands on it.) All the albums are available on Amazon either on CD or for download.  Each album also contains the original song without words, so I recommend buying the whole album rather than individual songs, though I’ve also included links for each one.  There are pieces by many different composers, but these are the songs by Beethoven the we listened to:

Video Resources

  • Beethoven Lives Upstairs DVD (also available for purchase from Amazon Instant Video)
  • Pastoral Symphony (6th) from Fantasia (I don’t recommend this one if your family is extremely sensitive to nudity.  I don’t have a problem with it since it is animated and not graphic.  My kids didn’t even notice.)

Little Einsteins episodes that have music by Beethoven (always a favorite in our house):

  • “Brand New Outfit” and “The Missing Invitation” both feature “Ode to Joy” from the 9th Symphony
  • “Brothers and Sisters to the Rescue” and “Annie and the Beanstalk” both feature the theme from the 5th Symphony.  (Every time Elijah hears the opening of the 5th Symphony he shouts, “That’s the Forte Giant!”)
  • There are also 2 other episodes “The Christmas Wish” and “A Galactic Goodnight” (both feature “Fur Elise”) that we didn’t have on our DVR so we haven’t gotten to watch them yet.

Books and Other Reading

And for grown-ups:

Homeschooling is not just for the kids.  I try to did a little deeper and learn new things myself about the subjects we’re studying.  So I started practicing a piano Sonata I’d never learned before.  I may not do this for every composer (even the ones that wrote piano music), but after learning so much about Beethoven over the course of the month, it made the piece feel very personal.

I also enjoyed watching a couple videos about Beethoven online:

As always, if you have any suggestions of other resources, please comment!  I love collecting ideas!

Composer Study: Igor Stravinsky

In July we made our first venture into the world of classical composers.  My kids are no strangers to classical music, but it was first time we’ve discussed the person who wrote what we were listening to.  This first unit was much simpler than what I plan to do through the next school year, mostly because I wasn’t planning to do a true composer study.  We only did it because Grandma had just come from Russia and Stravinsky fit into the conversation, though he wouldn’t normally be one of my first choices for composers.

We started off by reading through the first section of My First Classical Music Book, which is about “When and Where” we hear classical music (in movies, at weddings, for dancing, etc.).  It’s a great introduction, and it comes with a CD that has clips to listen to for each page.  Then we turned to the second section of the book, which discusses a number of composers.  We read the page on Stravinsky as we played the “Russian Dance” from Petrushka on the CD.

Mostly we just listened to The Firebird, music the boys are already familiar with (thanks to Little Einsteins: Rocket’s Firebird Rescue) and talked about the fact that Stravinsky wrote it.  We also found some interesting information on the Classics for Kids website.  I love their podcasts because they’re really short (about 6 minutes) but have good information specifically presented to children.  There were four episodes specifically about Stravinsky and the Firebird.  Every time the boys heard the music they’d start talking about the characters from the story on Little Einsteins.  I’m glad the music has stuck in their heads!

The only other piece of music we spent any significant amount of with was The Soldier’s Tale from Maestro Classics.  I love the biographical information on these CDs.  The story was a little mature for my boys, so it wasn’t their favorite thing we’ve listened to, but after I had played it a few times Ian started requesting it.  My main goal in listening to this CD was to provide some exposure to the main piece and to hear the information about Stravinsky’s life, so I’d say it was a success.  We’ll come back to Stravinsky in a few years and then I think they’ll get even more out of it.

Although I have some background in classical music, Stravinsky was not terribly familiar to me.  I really enjoyed finding out more about his life and listening to his music more purposefully throughout the month.  Someday we’ll dig a little deeper into our composers, but for now a gentle introduction is just right for both the kids and myself.

More Classical Music My Kids Love

One of the subjects I’d like to be a part of our children’s education is music appreciation.  Ian’s already learning to play piano and enjoy making music through a Yamaha course, but I also want to help them all become familiar with some of the beautiful music that has been enjoyed for centuries through a little composer study à la Charlotte Mason.  Our children are still so young, but my plan for the next few years until we are “officially” homeschooling is to gradually add in the subjects that I want to be a part of our curriculum.  Otherwise it would be pretty overwhelming when Ian turns six if I suddenly try to jump into everything at once.  So since I have a fairly extensive background in music (not to mention an absurdly large collection of classical music CDs), I’ve decided now is a good time to start being a little more intentional in this area. (I tend to think in terms of the schoolyear starting in August, even though I intend to homeschool year round, taking breaks as we need them rather than a big summer holiday)

Last year I shared about some of the music we started listening to when they were quite little in the post “Music My Preschoolers Love.”  They still enjoy all those pieces, but now they’re also ready for a few more mature findings.  Yes, they’re SO mature now that the oldest is 4 1/2.  Seriously though, having been exposed to it early has made them more open to hearing things not necessarily meant for children so young.  I especially like finding CDs or other audio files that explain a bit about the music and give the kids something specific to be listening for.  For example, after hearing the composer tell about using tubas to portray the big boats in Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel, Elijah started asking, “Mommy, is that the big tubas?” every time they played.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam ShovelThat CD is the first one we bought from the Maestro Classics series.  It was such a hit, both with the boys and with me, that I also decided to get Peter and the Wolf, even though we already have another recording of this piece. I just really like all the extras that come on their albums–(plus the Peter and the Wolf (MP3) was just $5 thanks to a coupon from HomeschoolShare–they’re also sponsoring a giveaway until the end of July so check it out!)  And we just got The Soldier’s Tale to include in the last week of our July composer study on Stravinsky (post coming soon).  I’ve put the rest on the kids’ wishlists for gift ideas and I hope we can eventually collect the whole set.  Here are all the titles available:

The Maestro Classics website also has homeschool curriculum guides with lots of great suggestions for integrating different subjects with the music from each CD.Beethoven Lives Upstairs

Another great resource for exposing your children to the works of the great composers is the Classical Kids series.  A fellow homeschooler shared these with us, and while I haven’t yet listened to all of them yet, they get great reviews.  They tell a story about the composers’ lives, using various pieces of their music throughout the CD.  What a great way to help your kids become familiar with the unique musical “voice” of different composers!  Over the next school year I’ll be using these as the framework for our composer study, choosing one CD a month and supplementing with podcasts from Classics for Kids (lots of great resources there!), music from my own collection and kid-friendly biographies from the library.

There are two additional Classical Kids CDs that are thematic rather than being about a particular composer.

And just in case you needed any more ideas, I’ve recently added to our music library a couple other albums combining classical music (or classical style) with engaging stories.  We’ll be listening to Ferdinand the Bull and Friends when we “row” The Story of Ferdinand.   And although our listening schedule looks pretty packed this year, I’m really looking forward to queezing in some time for the award-winning Baroque Adventure: The Quest for Arundo Donax

Wow!  That’s a lot of music!  I hope you’ll try out some of our suggestions and share some of your family’s favorites in the comments. 🙂

(If you’re interested in implementing Charlotte Mason-style composer study in your home, check out Ultimate Guide to Composer Study over at Homegrown Learners for lots of great information and ideas!)

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