Famous Musicians

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Blessings, Nadene

We follow Charlotte Mason’s approach to studying famous composers and their music.

We select one famous composer for each month and listen to his most famous works.  We display his portrait on our Composer of the Month Wall Chart.  The children learn a simple biography of his life and listen to his music.  We focus on a specific symphony or composition each week and the children begin to recognise the composers’ style and music.

Each month we feature one of the following famous musicians:

  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
  • Edvard Hagerup Grieg
  • Frans Schubert
  • Felix Mendelssohn
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Frederic Chopin
  • (Franz) Joseph Haydn
  • George Frederic Handel
  • Johannes Brahms
  • Wilhelm Richard Wagner
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Sir Edward William Elgar
  • Jean Sibelius
  • Joseph-Maurice Ravel
  • Hector Berlioz
Wall chart with picture and biography
Musician’s pictures

Composer of Month Update 2011

(Click the title above for your download)

This  download includes a picture and a short biography of each musician.  (Cut out and laminate the portraits and the wall chart page and file the biographies.)

Biography Pages for Famous Composer Studies ~

(click on the titles below)

These unlined biography pages are ideal for your child’s own notes, minibooks, pictures and musical appreciation notes.

These lined biography pages have black lines and space for illustrations, pictures and extra notes.

  • Famous Musician Biography Red_Blue 

    These biography pages are excellent for primary children as they have the blue, red and dotted grey lines widely spaced for beginner writers.

Music Appreciation Log Sheet

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We use this page for music appreciation.  It has a basic form at the top to log the composer, music title and orchestra or artist who plays the music.  There is a lined section for writing of images or stories that come to mind as they listen to the music piece.  A blank area is for illustrations, colours, patterns or doodles the child draws as they listen to the music.

Other recommended sites:

  • Listen to classic music online with Naxos and Classical Archive (you need to register and pay an annual subscription to listen to full scores, but it is well worth it)
  • Free mp3 of Classic Cat
  • Famous Musicians of the World by Henriette Brower (A Gutenberg public domain e-book – an excellent summary of each composer to read online or print out)

Blessings,

39 thoughts on “Famous Musicians

  1. Thanks so much for creating these pages. I’ve struggled with finding a unique way to include art & music into our curriculum. I’ve wanted to include information about the artist not just their work. But it’s hard to know what to include. You’re pages will be a great help.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing these. I too struggle with adding these wonderful subjects to our schooling. These will give me a great start. I appreciate your hard work. :-D

  3. Thank you! This is what I needed to be able to organize this information to make it fun to learn.
    May the Lord bless and multiply your efforts back to you.

  4. Thank you so much for this wonderful resource! It’s so great of you to offer to share your hard work with others!
    God’s Blessings!

  5. These are wonderful! It sounds like quite a few people know about these already ;) I am going to include a link to your blog in my Yahoo! Group AO-HEO-ComposerStudy so that others that don’t know will come to know :)
    Thanks so much for sharing such a great resource!

  6. Love your pages! Love your website! I featured you recently on my blog as one great website! Thanks for all your hard work and all the pages you have created!

  7. Thank you very much! This was really helpful for a new home schooler trying to figure out how to make the artist/composer study interesting for my bright 8 yr old son. It is so kind of you to share your strengths with us–you are definitely filling a need in the home school community!

  8. Thank you So much….My daughter of age 2.5 has been watching Little Ensteins and has asked for a Birthday Party themed with them…..It said it would be good to to pics of the great composers….the great works of art and the wonderous buildings in the world. taj mahal, the eiffel tower, you get the idea….The pics of the composers here are Wonderful!! God Bless You for sharing!!

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  10. You are an amazing encouragement and help to so many others! We are a new homeschooling family, and came across your site researching lapbooks. We don’t know you personally, but feel like we do now! Your beautiful resources are a goldmine for families such as mine. Thank you, precious sister for making this available to us..may God continue to bless you and yours!

  11. Thanks so much Nadene! These came at the perfect time as I sat down today to plan for 2012 and was feeling quite overwhelmed! I love visiting your blog for inspiration! Any chance of a planning post? Would love to see how you put a year together.

    Blessings in Christ
    Shirley Ann

  12. I have just stumbled upon your blog and I must say, I love it! I don’t know why I haven’t seen it before in all my searchings, but you are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this, and all the other wonderful things I’ve seen here. You are such an inspiration. And I too would love to know how you plan your year. Thanks again!

  13. As I’m downloading all of these wonderful resources and blessing your name, I thought I should let you know that :) Thank you

  14. thanks for all this goodness!!
    I am on the hunt for clip art of famous musicians heads for our time line. Do you know of any that are in one place? thanks!

    • @Mli, I use Wikipedia for almost all my research images. I suggest that you copy and paste them into a Word table to format them small and a regular size.

  15. Thanks for posting this. We’re doing eclectic classical education and I had this very idea! Thanks for giving us the resources FREE!!!

  16. Your farm life is fascinating! Would love to see your sheep and the trees you sell but I don’t think I’ll ever get to South Africa (I’m in US). But enjoyed all the photos. The link for “Famous Musicians of the World by Henriette Brower” leads to Classic Cat. I tried to google for the book and couldn’t find. Any suggestions? Thanks for the wonderful printables on composers–love the listening log pages. Blessings~

  17. Thank You Thank You Thank You! You made my job of teaching my son who loves music at 4 years old so much easier! I’ve so been wanting to do activities like these but haven’t had the time to create something like this. Much appreciation for your willingness to share your hardwork. I hope someday I can give back so generously. Did you also know about http://nethymnal.org/? It is a great resource that includes some biographical information about hymn writers.

  18. I teach students with intellectual disabilities. I have used your ideas to create worksheets with visuals to introduce “Australian music”. Thank You.

  19. Have you ever thought about publishing an e-book or guest authoring on other sites?
    I have a blog based on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you
    share some stories/information. I know my audience would appreciate your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an e-mail.

  20. This is exactly what I was looking for! Thank you so much for posting! Now my curriculum is complete! You are a God-Send! :)))

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