What is a composer? A composer can be defined as “one who forms by putting together.” In the case of musical composers, the composer puts notes and instruments together to create something new and beautiful. The first composer in our series is Johann Sebastian Bach, one of the greatest composers of all time. We’ve rounded up free printables, resources, and ideas to help you form your own Bach Composer Study.
One of my favorite things about homeschooling is being able to incorporate the fine arts into our home. Studying about specific composers and listening to their music throughout the day has been such a fun and relaxing time in our homeschool. I thought it would be fun to do a series on some favorite composers!
The basic idea of composer study is this:
Pick a composer to study, read great books about him and listen to the music often! I also like to incorporate coloring sheets, worksheets and even notebooking while they are listening the the music. The Charlotte Mason way of composer study is usually to take an entire term to study one composer. That would be one composer every 9-12 weeks. I prefer to do one a month or one every 6 weeks, that’s just my preference.
Let’s start this week with Bach! Below is a list of printables, resources and ideas for you to use to create your own Bach Composer Study!
Bach Biography and Bach Quiz from Enchanted Learning
About Johann Sebastian Bach – an audio story about Bach with music samples from Classics for Kids.
DSO Kids has a Listen and Learn Composer section with a biography and music samples.
Lesson Plans, Printables and Unit Studies:
Johann Sebastian Bach Homeschool Music Lesson Plans from Making Music Fun – There is a free printable music biography, create a writing assignment, word searches and other worksheets, and lots of free printable sheet music so your children can try to play Bach!
Bach’s Big Adventure Unit and Printables from Homeschool Share
Download a printable Bach Activity Sheet from Classics for Kids
TLSBooks has a Music Worksheet page with tons of free printables! Scroll down to Printable Music Books and you can instantly download a Bach composer book composer book which includes a quiz and writing exercise. Instructions for printing and binding your book are in the file.
Patterns in Bach is a lesson plan for highschoolers to use an experiment to Determine the mathematical patterns in JS Bach’s two movement preludes and fugues. Looks interesting!
Music to listen to:
J.S. Bach’s Youtube channel – this is free! Just turn it on and let it play all the time, during your weeks of studying Bach.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!