I enjoy classical music and I want to teach my daughters to appreciate it, too. I think introducing musical appreciation in the early years is key to building that foundation, as well as encouraging any interest they may have in music or playing musical instruments.
One part of our music appreciation studies includes learning about composers. I’ve found a few resources that have worked well for us.
Learning about Composers: Books, Activities, and Recommended Resources
Little Amadeus ~ PBS cartoon series on DVD about Mozart’s childhood. They take creative liberties with the stories, of course, but it does provide a good introduction to Mozart’s music and classical music appreciation in a fun way for kids. The DVDs have lesson plans and printables included with them as well.
SQUILT ~ I really can’t say enough about Super Quiet Uninterrupted Listening Time! This is an ingenius composer/classical music study by Mary Prather. She includes everything you need to introduce your children to different types of music, composers, musical instruments, and musical terms. Even if you’re not naturally musical (like me), you can easily teach your children to appreciate music with these great resources! There are four volumes: Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern.
The Usborne Classical Music sticker book is a fascinating pictorial introduction to the world of classical music. What is classical music? Who were the celebrity composers and musicians of their day? These questions and many more are answered in this beautifully illustrated information sticker book.
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