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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Classical Music Study Plan

I purchased Themes to Remember: Volume 1, Themes to Remember: Volume 2 and Classical Karaoke for Kids by Marjorie Kiel Persons, detailed at because I want to use their Six Year schedule. There are teacher's manuals for the books but I've been told that they are for classroom use which I don't need. This doesn't break my heart becaue the teacher's manuals are $23.95 each and that's pretty expensive when you may want to purchase enrichments on top of that.

Through the wonderful world of online book trading via Book Mooch, I have acquired Bach, Beethoven and the Boys by David Barber, The Encyclopedia of Music (which you could use any encyclopedia of music), and other various books for the K-3 reading level.

Stories of the Great Composers Book 1 by June Montgomery and Great Composers Book 2 by Hinson (these provides activities and additional readings).
Vox Music Masters cds which have narratives of the composers biography along with compositions they've written
Then library books as they are needed or desired.

You do not need to have the same items I have, you can make this schedule your own - use any encyclopedia, use any enrichments you have handy.

Our chosen starting place with the six year schedule


Vivaldi - Spring from The Four Seasons
Week 1: Read pg 6, vocabulary, learn song on pg. 7
Week 2: Review song, Read about Vivaldi in BBTB, Encyclopedia of Music, Vox

Bach - Toccata & Fugue in Dm (Theme 1)
Week 1: Read pg. 8, vocabulary p.10, GC1 Unit 1, Learn song
Week 2: Review, Read pg. 45 BBTB, Encyclopedia, Bach (home library), Vox

Haydn - Surprise Symphony
Week 1: pg. 24, vocabulary, learn song p.25, GC1 Unit 2
Week 2: Review song, BBTB pg. 65, Encyclopedia, Vox

Boccherini - Minuet
Week 1: Read pg. 26, vocabulary, song pg. 27
Week 2: Review, Encyclopedia

Mozart - Symphony No. 40
Week 1: Read pg. 28, song pg. 29
Week 2: Review, BBTB p70, Encyclopedia, Mozart (home library), Vox

Beethoven - Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 1
Week 1: Read pg. 30, vocabulary, song pg. 31, GC1 Unit 3
Week 2: Review, BBTB p79, Encyclopedia, Beethoven (home library)

Beethoven - Symphony No. 9
Week 1: Read pg. 30, review vocabulary, song p 32, Beethoven Lives Upstairs
Week 2: Review, Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Vox

Schubert - Unfinished Symphony
Week 1: Read pg. 34, vocabulary, song p. 35, GC1 Unit 4
Week 2: Review, BBTB p. 97, Encyclopedia

Schubert - Trout Quintet
Week 1: Read pg. 34, review vocabulary, song p. 36, GC2 Unit 3
Week 2: Review, library book, Vox

Schumann - The Happy Farmer
Week 1: Read p. 36, vocabulary, song p. 47, GC2 Unit 6
Week 2: Review, BBTB p. 101, Encyclopedia, Vox

Brahms - Lullaby
Week 1: Read pg. 52, vocabulary, song pg. 53
Week 2: Review, BBTB p. 90, Encyclopedia, Vox, Venezia

Souza - Stars and Stripes Forever
Week 1: Read pg. 85, vocabulary, song p. 86
Week 2: Review, Encyclopedia, Vox, Venezia


Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Story and Music
Week 1: Read pg. 76-87, vocabulary, play full length song, GC2 Unit 8 Week 2: Review, play song again, BBTB p. 114

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - Overture
Week 1: Read pg. 74, vocabulary, song pg. 75
Week 2: Review, Encyclopedia, Venezia

Tchaikovsky - The Nutcracker - March of the Toy Soldiers
Week 1: Tchaikovsky (home library), vocabulary, song pg. 79
Week 2: Review, Vox, rent The Nutcracker


In Lives of the Musicians by Kathleen Krull: Vivaldi* . Bach* . Mozart* . Beethoven* . Chopin . Verdi . Schumann* . Foster . Brahms* . Tchaikovsky* . Gilbert & Sullivan . Satie . Joplin . Ives . Stravinsky . Boulanger . Prokofiev . Gershwin . Guthrie

Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers Series; by Mike Venezia

* George Gershwin, Children's Press (Chicago, IL), 1994.
* Peter Tchaikovsky, Children's Press (Chicago, IL), 1994. *
* George Handel, Children's Press (Chicago, IL), 1995.
* Aaron Copland, Children's Press (Chicago, IL), 1995.
* Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Children's Press (Chicago, IL), 1995. *
* Duke Ellington, Children's Press (Chicago, IL), 1995.
* Igor Stravinsky, Children's Press (Chicago, IL), 1996.
* Ludwig Van Beethoven, Children's Press (New York, NY), 1996. *
* The Beatles, Children's Press (New York, NY), 1997.
* Leonard Bernstein, Children's Press (New York, NY), 1997.
* Johann Sebastian Bach, Children's Press (New York, NY), 1998. *
* John Philip Sousa, Children's Press (New York, NY), 1998. *
* Frédéric Chopin, Children's Press (New York, NY), 1999.
* Johannes Brahms, Children's Press (New York, NY), 1999. *

Opal Wheeler composer biographical fiction:

Adventures of Richard Wagner by Wheeler
Curtain Calls for Franz Schubert by Wheeler and Deucher *
Curtain Calls for Joseph Haydn and Sebastian Bach by Wheeler and Deucher *
Curtain Calls for Wolfgang Mozart by Wheeler and Deucher *
Edvard Grieg, Boy of the Northland by Deucher
Edward MacDowell, and His Cabin in the Pines by Wheeler and Deucher
Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends by Wheeler and Deucher *
Frederic Chopin: Son of Poland - Early Years by Wheeler
Frederic Chopin, Son of Poland: Later Years by Wheeler
Handel at the Court of Kings by Wheeler
Joseph Haydn, the Merry Little Peasant by Wheeler and Deucher *
Ludwig Beethoven and the Chiming Tower Bells by Wheeler *
Mozart, the Wonder Boy by Wheeler and Deucher *
Paganini: Master of Strings by Wheeler
Peter Tschaikowsky and the Nutcracker Ballet by Wheeler
Robert Schumann and Mascot Ziff by Wheeler
Sebastian Bach, the Boy from Thuringia by Wheeler and Deucher *
Stephen Foster and His Little Dog Tray by Wheeler
Story of Peter Tchaikowsky, The (Part I) by Wheeler *
Young Brahms, The by Deucher *


Baroque Composers
Music & Music History
Classics for Kids
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids
Play Music Interactive site
Different Classical Music links
Classical Archives

You can also purchase a Composers coloring book if you wish at Lamp Post Publishing or any other vendor that carries Bellerophron Coloring books. You could also photocopy the pages in Themes to Remember and color those


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