Music Curriculum Recommendations

 

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Music Curriculum Recommendations
  • My favorite resource for teaching music appreciation to K-8 (and high school students who have little interest in music) is The Story of the Orchestra Book & CD by Robert Levine. This 96 page book comes with a CD. Students listen while they learn about the instruments, the music, and the composers who wrote the music. It covers composers from the Baroque Period, Classical Music Era, Romantic Era, and Modern Era. It covers strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, and keyboard. The illustrations are kid-friendly. Use this as a weekly or monthly music program. The book and CD will keep you busy for a year or more, depending on the interest of your children. Highly recommended for the reluctant music student. For students who enjoy music, this may only last a week or more! ISBN 1579121489.

  • Another resource I like is Spiritual Lives of Composers by Patrick Kavanaugh. Excellent for students in grades 6-12. Twelve composers are discussed: Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Wagner, Dvorak, Ives, and Stravinsky. The easy-to-read text provides a brief biography of the composer along with information about how his faith affected his music. Excellent. A highly recommended addition for your personal library. ISBN 0310208068.

  • Making Music by Ann Wiseman. Lots of fun for PreK - 5th+. Learn how to make musical instruments from milk jugs, coffee cans, coat hangers, cork and other things around the house. If you like to have fun and enjoy crafts or have a Kinesthetic Learner, you need this book.

  • Music Appreciation course for high school credit.

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