A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers by Orange Marmalade Mama

Platforms: Book
Release Date: 2009
Genre(s): Music
Publisher(s): Bright Ideas Press
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A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers by Orange Marmalade Mama

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Review by Orange Marmalade Mama

A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers

We have been thrilled to be able to review A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers for the Timberdoodle Blogger review team that is published by Bright Ideas Press over the last few weeks.  This huge 300+ page book contains 32 lessons and can be completed in one school year.  The program is meant for 4th-8th grades, but my younger guy is happy to follow along with the older two kids.  I received the downloadable PDF version of this book.  This eBook is formatted the best of any eBook I’ve used in the past.  It has easy to use navigation buttons so you can quickly get to your place and find what you are looking for.  I did choose to print out the main part of the book so I could have it handy for reference.  I didn’t print out all of the supplementary materials, choosing instead to print those as we need them.  Like the wonderful Composer Info Cards shown below!

“A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers” starts with an introduction and note to the teacher.  This has clearly laid out lesson plans and ideas on how to best use this resource.  Next, there is a note to the student explaining what they will be learning about through the course.  The rest of the book explains the 6 eras of music – Ancients to the Middle Ages, Music in the Renaissance and then four sections on the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Periods.  Within each of those 4 sections 26 major composers are studied.  There are Composer Info Cards with pictures of each of the 26 composers, timeline activities as well as map activities, note taking pages and beautiful coloring pages.  I really appreciate that each of the biographies discuss the faith of the composer.

Our main curriculum is studying 3 major composers this year so we chose to complete those particular lessons first.  We studied Vivaldi, Bach and Handel.  The introduction to the composer took about 15 – 20 minutes to read aloud and then we answered the student review questions orally.  Later in the week we would listen to several of the pieces of music again and color the coloring page.   I had copied the Composer Info Cards onto cardstock and pasted on the picture of Vivaldi and then my oldest filled out the biographical information for each of the composers.  We kept the current composer card on our morning board for review.  In the Appendix there is a “Listening Suggestion” section with links to the works online as well as a list of resource books to further your studies.  I already had these particular composers works in our CD library, but for some of the other composers this list was very helpful.  It would be wonderful if Bright Ideas Press ever decided to release a supplementary audio CD so all of the best works were in one place, but I can see how that might be cost prohibitive.  I have really loved this resource and will use it often in our homeschool.  I have always loved classical music, so it has been wonderful to share that with my children and learn about the people behind the music.  I had no idea that Johann Pachelbel was Johann Sebastian Bach’s organ teacher, so there have been many things we’ve learned about Vivaldi, Back and Handel that make hearing the music that much more special.  The lessons were easy to complete and didn’t take up a lot of time, so it has been an easy addition to our homeschool.  I don’t think I will complete this all in one year, but will use it as our main resource as we introduce new composers with our main curriculum because it add so many wonderful extra resources like the timeline and mapping activities.
I am so thankful that we were given this to review as it has really enriched our composer studies in a way that I would have had a hard time putting together on my own!

** Any products reviewed by me as a member of Timberdoodle’s Blogger Review Team have been given to me free of charge in order for me to provide you with an honest review of Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers and/or how we used it within our family.  I do not receive any other form of compensation for the reviews posted on this blog.  I received a free copy of A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers in exchange for a frank and unbiased review.


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