Get ready for an unforgettable learning adventure into the world of music with the Composers Download N Go™ unit study from Amanda Bennett! Your child will see performances of musical compositions from all over the world, along with science discoveries such as learning about the way we hear music. Children will also explore virtual composition, play different instruments online, and learn about some of the musical instruments mentioned in the Bible.
Designed for grades K-4, Composers combines both creativity and music in a way that will capture their curiosity and wonder. The composers included in this study are among the greatest in history:
The struggles and accomplishments of each of the composers will teach character lessons as well as allow the student to see the world from the perspective of people who were profoundly musically gifted. Their stories of trials, challenges, and successes offer unforgettable lessons and their music provides a fantastic base for learning.
Take some time to explore with your students. Take plenty of pictures, search the learning links, and let them playfully create their own music. God has great plans for them!
“This might just be one of my favorite “Amanda” studies. Composers can be a hard thing to study . . . music study, in general, is sometimes hard to fit into a busy homeschool schedule. This study combines everything, like all great unit studies do. You cover history when you talk about each of the five composers and when they lived in history. You cover geography and maps when you cover where these composers lived and compare it to where you live. You cover the science of music and how you hear it. You cover language arts and new vocabulary with different worksheets and lapbook activities. Of course you will cover music, learning some simple songs on the piano and basic lessons and you’ll listen to fabulous videos and music clips to go with your composer. If you feel like you need to dig deeper into your composer study, there are plenty of book lists, app ideas, and extra activities to do. You will love doing this study with your kids and you’ll love getting to know these Composers!”
Alicia in NC
“Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin, OH MY! Composers is filled with loads of information about some of history’s most famous musical masters. Learn about their trials, challenges and successes. This new DNG unit study covers not only these five composers lives and their music but it also covers information about how our ears work, rhythm, orchestras, sheet music and instruments. Children will even learn what an idiom is, now that’s “music to my ears”! My favorite sections in this unit study are where children listen to different pieces from each composer and then indicate how the music made them feel. There are lots of great resource recommendations including books, movies, video clips, apps and more. I loved the hands-on activities like the memory game and instrument making craft. And the field trip recommendations are fabulous too. Doesn’t an instrument petting zoo sound fun? This unit study is a great musical journey for the entire family!”
Kathy in GA
“The subject of composers can be a dull one if presented to children in the wrong way. As a former elementary music teacher, I’ve seen the topic of composers bore children to death. But I’ve also seen students become fascinated with musicians of old when the lessons were engaging and stimulating. That’s exactly what I found in Amanda Bennett’s Composers unit study—stimulating, fun lessons about music and composers that my children will really enjoy! The combination of music lessons and composer info provides a great introduction to the world of music bigger than the common play songs they may have learned at an early age.
We almost always have classical music playing during our homeschool time and the boys want to know the name and composer of each piece. Composers takes five well-known composers and gives us a great foundation of history, biography, and music to build upon for future music experiences!
As I’ve come to expect from Amanda Bennett, the book lists are fabulous and many, many videos and listening experiences are provided to enhance the study. And I love the suggestion of the children trying out some music of their own on a piano—or piano app, if needed! I say, “Brava!” to this newest unit study! Let the music play!”
Erin in NE
“AHH!’ It was music to this homeschool mother’s ears when I heard that Amanda Bennett had added Composers to her unit study library. Music holds such a big part of my family’s heart that when my children heard we would be studying about the greatest composers of all time they were literally dancing for joy.
Like Amanda’s other studies this was no let down. It caters to the music lovers in my family by introducing them into the world of composing. We have spent years listening to classical music, wondering how we could ever connect with the genius of these composers. Amanda’s list of amazing apps actually showed them that they too could compose music like the masters. This truly appealed to my budding Bachs and Beethovens.
Each day of Amanda’s unit study truly reflected the beat and melody in each of my children. While some were quickly going through the idioms of the day, others were slowly and methodically learning the hometown geography. The melody of this unit study flowed perfectly making each day transition harmoniously with the next, catering to the cornucopia of learning styles in my home. We were learning geography, creative thinking, spelling, vocabulary and the Scriptures in one grand symphony with each child learning within the style that suits them.
The most splendid part of this unit study was the making music section. This section was able to bring out the best and most creative parts of my children. It was so much fun to hear their different styles and what appealed to each. I was in awe by the amazing Biblical teachings that Amanda was able to bring in to remind my children what a gift God has given us with music and that He is the ultimate composer.
Lastly, the “just for fun” section of each day captured the attention of my younger children who love to hear lively music and were extremely entertained by the fireworks. They had so much fun learning about beats in music without even realizing it! I have done many of Amanda Bennett unit studies in the past, but none has brought this mom more joy than Composers.”
Sarah in AR
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