A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers, Review by Created for Home

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2009
Genre(s): Music
Publisher(s): Bright Ideas Press
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A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers, Review by Created for Home

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Review by Created for Home

A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers, Review

My husband has his degree in Music and Worship. As such, he is extremely…um…picky in regards to what we expose our children to musically. For instance, HubbaHubba won’t permit most of what is passed off as children’s music in our home due to the quality, or lack thereof. As such, we find ourselves listening to quite a bit of the different styles of music, everything from classical, chants, contemporary Christian, praise and worship music and soundtracks.

With our love of music (we normally have some playing in the background as we go about our day), we want our girls to have an understanding of music history. I know, that sounds utterly boring to most people, doesn’t it? I mean, yeah, let’s learn about dead people, like in history (sorry, for the sarcasm, I personally am a HUGE history buff and excel at it, and my daughter’s seem to be loving it too, which of course makes me happy). How can you make the study of what is a very boring subject for most people fun? Well, let me tell you about A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers offered by Timberdoodle and produced by Bright Ideas Press.

A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers is a year long (32 weeks) curriculum covering the history of music and various composers through the different periods of music with a Christian world view. You start with Ancient music and go to about 1350 BC and cover the Psalms, chants and cover what a Mass is. Then you move on through the music of the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and then the Contemporary period.  This curriculum was designed for children in middle elementary school on up basically, but I used it with my K/1st grader (5 y.o.) and my 3 y.o. preschooler with some adaptions with no problem and I intend to keep using it and then repeating it in a year or so and going more in depth with it.

There is a suggested method of use for the curriculum for during the week. And we tweaked that somewhat. We wound up playing the music more during the day as the Classical music did make the girls more peaceful and mellow (hey, that’s an added benefit! They were also more diligent with their other school work if I left the music to play). They also love to dance to it. So, they would flit around the living room dancing when they felt the need to. I also would have them color in coloring pages I found in the Appendix while listening. Bugs has been great about staying in the lines for a while now, but she was way more careful while the music was playing to do so. And the Beans is finally figuring out how to stay in the lines now while she is listening to the the music while coloring. And she colored longer than she normally would as long as the music was playing (I really appreciated that one. Her Wednesday night Bible class teacher had to take to bribing her to get her to color in class like the other children. Beans just isn’t fond of crayons, she much prefers markers as her medium of choice).

The girls really liked learning about Bach, Joplin and already recognized the music of John Williams (the study goes up through him. Daddy plays Star Wars soundtracks quite a bit as he loves the music of John Williams so the girls are well acquainted with it). They loved the faces for the composer cards, but didn’t like filling out the cards yet (still mastering writing and copywork) so we did dictation and question and answer sessions instead of filling out the papers (which we will do a notebook the next time we go through the curriculum since they will be able to handle that better).  They loved learning about the lives of the various composers from long ago and getting to hear what they wrote. Bugs now asks me what is playing whenever we have the classical radio station playing.

HubbaHubba was even impressed with how well researched this curriculum is and with how it is laid out for study. He loves how easy it is to adapt for littles all the way up to high school level work. And let me tell you, in regards to music curriculum of any sort, it takes a lot to impress him.

I like how easy it is to teach. Music selections are all hyperlinked in the appendix. They tell you what to teach and have the information right there at your finger tips. Print off the notebooking pages you need and just go with it. You could easily adapt the notebooking pages into lapbooks if you so choose. You can look up extra books in the children’s section of the library to supplement with more info on the composer’s lives for some read aloud incorporation even. I know our library has a section of picture books about various composers that would add so much to the studies.

Again, this is very well put together for an easy over view of the composers who shaped music history. It is easy to use, takes little time to add three times a week to your schooling (or more or less depending on how you tweak it for your needs) and is one of the easiest homeschooling products to adapt to your children. I look forward to more wonderful products form Bright Ideas Press and will be checking them out when it comes time to find our school curriculum for next year. To see what others had to say, go visit Because Mom Said.

For more Music for Homeschoolers ideas and curriculum, go here. And for a free homeschooling catalog from Timberdoodle, go here (believe me, the first time I got one in the mail, I drooled over it for weeks…) and they have even more online.

As a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team I received a free copy of A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers in exchange for a frank and unbiased review. All opinions are mine (and HubbaHubba’s)  alone,  and no other compensation was received.


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