We have started an introduction to music appreciation this school year. I wanted to introduce my children to the classical composers as well as modern artists. While they pick up on music listened to around the home, I put together a study that would help them recognize different classical composers as well as appreciate and identify modern artists. I purchased the Connect the Thoughts Music History – Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, and Mendelssohn curriculum through currclick for only $12. It introduced the concept of music appreciation and then proceeded to give a little information about different composers. It also provides YouTube links to listen to music from each composer. If you purchase the curriculum you will be able to download the PDF file.
I didn’t find much on modern artists so I put together my own study and meshed it with the classical one. I chose 4 different artists or groups and found a short biography of them at the library as well as plenty of YouTube links to hear and see them perform.
We are well on our way through this study and it has been fun. As we complete each artist we print out of picture of them from the internet and glue them into our timeline book. All the page numbers correspond to the Connect the Thoughts Music History – Vivaldi, Back, Handel, and Mendelssohn.
short bios of lots of performers in the past 50 years