Famous Composers: Year 1 Study
Composer Study How-To
- In the Famous Composers Study your students will study 3 composers. 1 per 12 week term.
- Week 1 will introduce the composer with a picture and short biography video.
- After each video let your child narrate what they learned about the composer. (Younger students will narrate orally, older students will do written narration.
- Each week after there will be a piece or two from the term’s composer. Some pieces are long, and may take all week to listen to.
If you wish, you can create a composer study notebook of all your child’s narrations.
When to Do Composer Study
- During morning time.
- During breakfast.
- At lunch.
- In the car.
- At tea-time.
Anytime you can fit it in. Make listening to great composers a natural thing you do in your home!
Charlotte Mason on Music Study
Music, the Great Joy we owe to Hearing.––Hearing should tell us a great many interesting things, but the great and perfect joy which we owe to him is Music. Many great men have put their beautiful thoughts, not into books, or pictures, or buildings, but into musical score, to be sung with the voice or played on instruments, and so full are these musical compositions of the minds of their makers, that people who care for music can always tell who has composed the music they hear, even if they have never heard the particular movement before. Thus, in a manner, the composer speaks to them, and they are perfectly happy in listening to what he has to say. Quite little children can sometimes get a good deal of this power; indeed, I knew a boy of three years old who knew when his mother was playing ‘Wagner,’ for example. She played to him a great deal, and he listened. Some people have more power in this way than others, but we might all have far more than we possess if we listened.
How to get the Hearing Ear.––Use every chance you get of hearing music (I do not mean only tunes, though these are very nice), and ask whose music has been played, and, by degrees, you will find out that one composer has one sort of thing to say to you, and another speaks other things; these messages of the musicians cannot be put into words, so there is no way of hearing them if we do not train our ear to listen. A great help towards learning to hear music is to know the notes, to be able to tell with one’s eyes shut any note or chord that is struck on the piano or sung with the voice. This is as entertaining as a puzzle, and if we find that we are rather dull of hearing at first we need not be discouraged. The hearing ear comes, like good batting, with much practice; and the time will come when in a whole chorus of birds you will be able to distinguish between the different voices, and say which is the thrush, which is the blackbird, which the white-throat, which the black-cap, which the wren, which the chaffinch. Think how happy the person must be for whom every bird’s note is the voice of a friend whom he knows!
Charlotte Mason, Home Education