Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers

This year I wanted to spend time focusing on music history and appreciation with my children, so I was really excited when offered the opportunity by Timberdoodle to review A Young Scholar's Guide to Composers, published by Bright Ideas Press.

We received a PDF version of this 298 page study. We have been enjoying learning about different periods of music:
  • Ancient music to music in the Middle Ages
  • Music in the Renaissance
  • The  Baroque period
  • The Classical period
  • The Romantic period
  • The Contemporary period

Since we already keep timelines, we have been marking each of the composers on our timelines as we go, as well as filling in the worksheets provided in The Young Scholar's Guide to Composers. I am also having Little Bit color the coloring pages, which are included, too. We especially enjoy listening to samples of the various types of music, and pieces by each of the composers we study individually, found under the listening suggestions.

Although we are not Catholic, I find the Gregorian chants quite lovely, even peaceful.

This lively piece is fun to listen to, as well. It fits well with our study of Sarah, Plain and Tall Botanist Boy just completed. :)

The target age range is 9-13, but I am also having my high schooler study along with us, as an introduction to the composers, and plan to have her expand more on her biographies, etc.

Among the features included, you'll find 32 weekly lesson plans, bios of 26 famous composers, maps, timeline, composer info-cards, games, coloring pages, listening suggestions, and resource list.

You can purchase your copy from Timberdoodle, for $31.50.

Contact information:

Website: Timberdoodle


1510 E Spencer Lake Rd
Shelton, WA 98584

Phone: 800-478-0672 or 360-426-0672
Fax: 360-427-5625



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