My daughter has always had a love for music. When she was little we bought her DVDs that played classic music and to this day she still loves listening to it. I am happy to say that with her love for classical music we have been able to do composer studies using Music Appreciation Book 1: Elementary Grades by Zeezok Publishing LLC. This really has been a great addition to our music curriculum in our homeschool. This is great for children in grades 1 – 6.
The Music Appreciation Book 1: Elementary Grades introduces your child to seven different composers during the dates of 1685 to 1821. The seven composers are: Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini, and Shubert. The biographies that come with this set give you a look into their lives from childhood to adult hood. Each book has pictures, as well as music in it. The biographies are true stories.
The student book that comes along with it breaks each composter down nicely. At the beginner of each composer study it lays it out the suggested plan on what to work on each week and what chapter or chapters you will need to read. There are comprehension questions with each reading, geography lessons, history lessons, recipes, instrument studies, music vocabulary, handwriting, musical facts of the Classical period, timelines, character trait studies, and much more.
In the Music Appreciation Book 1: Elementary Grades Collection you get:
- Student Activity Book
- Music Disks
- 7 biographies of the composers
How We Used This:
I used this collection with my daughter because of her interest in music. I am really thankful and blessed to have been able to try this set out. We started out with Mozart. We started out doing a lesson a week but it was taking us about an hour and half to complete so as we proceed I split our time into 45 minutes each week to complete the lesson. The reason I did that was to keep my daughters interest. I was afraid that if I went that long every week she would not want to do these wonderful studies anymore.
Mozart was an amazing composer to start with. He actually started playing the piano at the age of 3 with his father. He just blossomed after that. He was the age of 5 when he composed his first piece. At the age of 12 he had written his first opera. Mozart didn’t live that long as he died at the age of I believe it was 35. He really had the most interesting life.
Mozart and his family travelled all around to play concerts for important people as well as Royal Families. The children received very nice things but it never made them act spoiled. They still acted the same. I guess what I am saying is that it didn’t change them. The interesting thing was that Mozart knew some of the composers that were in this study. He knew Beethoven, whom wanted to take lessons from him but he had said no but told people that he knew he would make noise in the world some day. His good friend was Haydn who was 20 some years older then him. They didn’t compete when they wrote or played music. In fact they inspired each other. I thought that was pretty amazing. Bach was even mentioned in his biography.
My daughter asked me how old Mozarts music was and we calculated 250 years. She was super excited that she had to tell everybody about it. She seen the music sheets in the student book and asked if she could play it. I told her someday she would be able to play it if she kept on learning piano. The next best thing for her was being able to hear the different pieces. The smile on her face and her finger going like a conductor was a sight to see. She never got tired of listening to the music. There were pieces she wanted to hear again and again.
I really liked the fact that the lessons were laid. We followed them in order as we did them. There were many things that I liked about the student book. One of course was the comprehension questions. We would do them as we read the story. I loved the fact that each week you looked into the character qualities of the composer and that it referenced pages from the book so you could get examples to relate. I also really enjoyed the Tidbits of Interest, and again their were page references from the book. I absolutely loved incorporating the lap book into our studies as well. The only thing I did a little differently was I didn’t use folders, instead I used a notebook to put our pieces into. I feel that way everything is in one place if she ever wants to go back and look anything up. In the Mozart lesson she had a chance to learn a few German words, which I thought was really cool.
In this study we learned some musical vocabulary such as the different types of pieces, such as: sonata, rondo, and primo which is first player and so on. I liked that she didn’t have to write it out that she just had to match the definition with the word in her lap book. Learning about the different opera that Mozart did was interesting as well. I loved the timeline on Mozart too. Those were
The studies are in depth but they are amazing studies. We started working on Bach as our second composer. The nice thing about this is you don’t have to study the composers in order. You can do any order you want to do. I like being able to do that. After Bach we plan on doing Haydn and Beethoven right away. I look forward to seeing what composers Bach new and how music was inspired through his life.
If there is a second book you can count on my purchasing it. My daughter absolutely loved the studies. I think if I continue at her pace she will continue to enjoy learning about the composer and enjoying the music as well. This has inspired her to practice piano every day. She really wants to learn how to play these songs. I think it’s amazing.
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