Famous Musicians

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We follow Charlotte Mason’s approach to studying famous composers and their music.  We select one famous composer for each month and listen to one of his most famous works each week.  We display his portrait on our Composer of the Month Wall Chart.  The children listen to a simple biography of his life and enjoy a symphony or specific composition each week.  In this way, the children begin to recognize the composers’ style and music and make personal connections to the person and his music.

Here are some of the famous musicians we have studied ~

  • 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

Famous Musical Composer of Month Wall Chart

Wallchart with portrait & biography

This updated 21-page download Famous Musical Composer of Month Wall Chart includes all the composers listed above and includes a background wall chart, individual pages of each composer with a large colour image as well as a simple personal biography with links to other websites. Laminate the background wall chart and each composer picture. Display your composer of each month and let your children fill in the basic information with a whiteboard marker.  (Please be patient as this is a large download.)

Biography Pages for Famous Composers ~ (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

We use this Music Appreciation Log Sheet for music our 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 the 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.

Famous Musicians Notebook and Minibook page

Here is a wonderful little free download  Famous Musicians Notebook with Minibook page featuring 4 famous classical composers~

  • Handel, Bach, Mozart & Beethoven

Notebook page with minibooks

This download includes a biography page for each composer with lines for biography notes and space for interesting facts or illustrations about each composer. The minibooks include a petal minibook and a hotdog minibook which can be used for each composer.  Click here to view the original post.

Fabulous Fine Arts Fridays

We set aside most of our Fridays for Fine Arts – art, music, and poetry, and sometimes Shakespeare.  The simplest way to do all the “extras” was using our Theme of the Day. Theme of the day 2016

It is my kids favourite day of the week! I played Classical music CDs from our collection or we streamed or listened to classical music online as we did our art. (See resources listed below.)  My advice to moms is to keep it simple and fairly informal.  The best lessons were those where we each connected individually and personally to the art and music. Read the rest in my original post.

New Music and Art Timeline

This is a helpful Fine Arts tool, identifying both famous musicians and their music styles, as well as famous artists and their masterpieces displayed in parallel.  Here is the free download ~Art and Music Timeline. Read all the details on my post Music and Art Timeline.Music & Art Timeline Cover

Other posts on Famous Musicians and composers ~

Surround your children with rich, beautiful music and art and cultivate a wonderful fine arts appreciation in your homeschooling! Display your monthly artist and composer on a notice board.  See the original post with details.


Other Classical Music & Composer Resources ~

  • Classics for kids.com is an excellent online music and composer resource!
  • We used the Vox Music Masters 6 CD Set: An Introduction to the Classics with biography narrated over famous music pieces for each composer available on Amazon. (no affiliate).
  • Patti prepares a weekly art, music and poetry study with links & sources on All Things Bright and Beautiful.
  • Listen to classical 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, Nadene

45 thoughts on “Famous Musicians

  1. I haven’t been hear in a while. Couldn’t homeschool for 3 yrs. going to homeshool my 6th grader this year and praying for a job i can do from home (trying to get virtual teaching job) so i can bring the other 3 home as well. i see some updates and it will make my life simpler for art and music that we so much want to include. Thanks So much!


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


  3. 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.


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


  5. 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.


  6. 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~


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


  8. 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!


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


  10. 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!


  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. 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!


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  14. 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!!


  15. 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!


  16. 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!


  17. 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!


  18. 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.


  19. 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. 😀


  20. 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.


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