Do you have a favorite musical composer? Can you hum along with popular classical pieces like Beethoven’s Fur Elise, Handel’s Messiah or Bach’s Minuet in G? It has been said that “A love of classical music is only partially a natural response to hearing the works performed, it also must come about by a decision to listen carefully, [and] to pay close attention...” The heart of this series is to introduce children to classical music, and begin to instill within them a love and appreciation for this unique genre. We desire not only to encourage children to appreciate music, but to also motivate them to pursue music for themselves. Throughout this study, your student will meet the men who devoted their lives to composing and performing amazing pieces of music. They will be introduced to multiple songs by each composer, and learn to recognize these well-loved pieces. This two-year series is structured to be a thorough music appreciation program, with an introduction to music theory. It has been written to meet all of the national benchmarks required for music appreciation for kindergarten through sixth grade. It not only meets the national academic requirements, it opens up a new world of art and entertainment for your students.
Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades: Book 1 will introduce children to seven different composers, dating from 1685 to 1828 (Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Paganini and Schubert). Each composer’s childhood and adult life are vividly described in individual biographies. Every important incident is mentioned and every detail of the stories is true. Each book contains written music and delightful pictures throughout. It is more than the human side of these books that will make them live, for in the music the great masters breathe.
This book includes a variety of hands-on activities such as: geography lessons, history lessons, recipes, instrument studies, music vocabulary, hand writing, musical facts of the Classical period, timelines, character trait studies, and so much more. Geared for a variety of learners—auditory, kinesthetic, visual, and just plain “active”—the Student Activity Book is an excellent companion to your reading experience. (We recommend you purchase an Activity Book for each student.)
Exceeds all of the national standards required for music appreciation (kindergarten - sixth grade.)
User- friendly for multi-age groups
Geared for a variety of learners— visual, auditory and kinesthetic
Incorporates activities from across the curriculum
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