Thursday, September 15, 2011

A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers: Review


We are musical people in our house. I play the piano, and I'm teaching Jellyfish to play also (although he never lets me forget how badly he wants to play the violin). My little one sits at the piano and "plays" and sings to the top of her lungs. Still, we've never done a true music history curriculum . I've always wondered if there was a curriculum out there to introduce kids to composers. 

Bright Ideas Press sent us a download of A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers to review. We have tried out some of their products before and have never been disappointed. Here are some thoughts about the curriculum.
  • The lessons begin with a student introduction  followed by a guide to music in the Middle Ages. 
  • The lessons are grouped according to the periods of music such as classical, modern, etc. Each lesson covers composers popular during that period.
  • Each lesson is between 3 to 5 pages of reading followed by some note taking pages. 
  • It is working out for us to do one lesson per week, because we only do music on Fridays.
  •  We listen to the composer's music on YouTube throughout the week. 
  • Scripture references use the NIV version...not our preference.
  • We both give it 5 stars!!!
There's lots of extras with this curriculum, such as memory cards, timeline work, coloring pages, and map activities. You could easily stretch each lesson into a full week. The curriculum is recommended for grades 4 through 8, and I really think this is ideal. This curriculum gets raving reviews from us, and is definitely worth the price. 

Check out some of the other products we've used from this company!




Here's our curriculum list for this year (2011-12) (2013-14).
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I received a free download via email from the company to review this product. All opinions are honest and sincere and totally mine! Thanks for listening!


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