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Tchai-whov-sky? Resources For Exploring Great Composers

Let's face it; sometimes, classical music has a bad reputation with young students. After all, why listen to Beethoven when you've got Beyonce? My experience, though, is that if students know more about the people behind the music, their attitude towards classic music begins to change. This collection contains some great resources for teaching your kids about the men (and women) behind the music!
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Tchai-whov-sky? Resources For Exploring Great Composers
  • Peter Gipson says:
    A staple in elementary music classrooms for over 20 years, this mini-movie exposes students to one of the great composers through the eyes of a young boy. Filled with both humor and drama, (and tons of great music!) this production will delight young students of all ages.
  • Peter Gipson says:
    Great video for an introduction to a Classical Music Unit! See how many pieces your students recognize on their first viewing!
  • DSO Kids

    Webtool
    dsokids.com
    dsokids.com
    Peter Gipson says:
    If you have the opportunity to expose your students to a wide variety of composers, this game will test their ability to sort the composers into the five different musical time periods. Very challenging!
  • Peter Gipson says:
    Putting together a monthly "Composer of the Month" lesson into your curriculum is a great way to expose kids to a variety of great composers, as well as give them something to look forward to every month. This lesson plan provides a teacher-friendly template for starting such a program in your classroom.
  • Peter Gipson says:
    For those teachers that would like their students to "dive deep" into learning about a great composer, this lesson plan provides a great template for setting up your own project. With some tweaks, it is adaptable to either small group or individual work.
  • Peter Gipson says:
    My elementary choir loved learning this piece of music! Set to the famous Beethoven melody, "Ode To Joy," this song teaches students how to say the names of almost 40 famous composers.
  • Classics For Kids

    Website
    classicsforkids.com
    classicsforkids.com
    Peter Gipson says:
    A great site for both teachers and students! Featuring games, podcasts, listening samples, and tons of information, my students enjoy having a kid-friendly site that is easy and fun to navigate.
  • Peter Gipson says:
    Affectionately referred to by students as the "Big-Headed Composer Book," (due to the hysterical illustrations) this book contains short biographies (and loads of funny and unusual facts!) about 16 great composers. Very adaptable to any grade level!
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