Book Review: A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers by Amy’s Blog

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

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Review by Amy’s Blog

Book Review: A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers

From childhood the study of music has been very important to me. In fact, during my junior and senior high years music was centric to my life. I’m a firm believer in the value of music for a child’s life and the importance of music education for every child. I realize not every child will wish to study an instrument to mastery or perform in concerts around the world. However, every child can be given exposure to great music and learn to love great music through that exposure. Parents can provide that exposure and perhaps learn to love the great music themselves while opening up a whole new world to their children.

What Melissa E. Craig and Maggie S. Hogan from Bright Ideas Press have given us in A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers is a comprehensive way to provide exposure to great music and the people behind it. Through a weekly study plan your children will listen to music, study the composer, create visual and tactile reminders for that composer and his or her music, and gain a basic grasp of the flow of music history.

The book is arranged chronologically, and each period of music history begins with a brief overview followed by composer studies. Each composer has a few pages of reading material with an accompanying set of note-taking pages for the student to complete as the material is read. In addition, the child will complete a composer information card for each composers and listen to the works of that composer as they read and complete the work.

Coloring pages are included for students to color as they listen. It is suggested that you create a folderbook (simplified lapbook) for each composer. Timeline forms are included as well as a list of recommended listening, website links for further study, and a glossary.

One of my favorite things about this book is the inclusion of composer sketches. After two full years of Music History study at the college level, I still do not have a picture of each composer etched into my brain. Putting a face with a name is fun and helps us etch the new information we have learned into our brains. I also really love the Composer Information cards. and expect my children will enjoy collecting those over the course of the year.

I highly recommend you purchase a hard copy of this book rather then the ebook edition which is difficult to read and maneuver through. The font is especially difficult to read on a computer screen. I chose to print a complete copy of my ebook in order to study and use the material without struggling. If you choose a hard copy, you will only need to copy a few student pages each week and permission for this is granted for a family.

My Bottom Line: A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers is an excellent year long study of music and it’s history for the elementary age student. I am not aware of any other comprehensive composer study for the elementary ages. This book would work equally well in a homeschool or in a home where children are educated traditionally yet are eager for more information about the history of music and even in a traditional classroom.

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. Here you have it.

Timberdoodle has a wonderful catalog available with several great music resources for your homeschool.


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