World’s Greatest Composers Vol. 1

Welcome to the World’s Greatest Composers Study Volume 1!


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What’s it all about?

In this series of studies, we will be taking a look at 8 of the world’s greatest composers through a study designed for elementary aged students.

The goal behind the World’s Greatest Composers curriculum is to immerse students in the work of each composer so that they are well familiar with their style, methods and music. Much of your time studying will be through open discussion with students and listening to compositions. Upon completion of this curriculum, your student should be able to easily recognize the pieces from each composer studied. They will also have learned several different styles of music, vocabulary, as well as have gained an appreciation for music in general.

Like the World’s Greatest Artists study, the composers study uses the World’s Greatest Composer Series by Mike Venezia.





What is included in the study?

For each day of listening there is an activity for students to complete while listening. This will help them focus on the music, and think critically about what they are hearing. By the end of the study, your student will have a completed composers notebook along with an orchestra and music lap book.

  • Introduction to Orchestra
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
  • George Handel
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Frederic Chopin
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • George Gershwin
  • Composer Reports
  • Instrument Word Scrambles
  • Music Bingo Cards


Here are some worksheet samples from the lessons for each composer:



Scheduling The Lessons:

Each composer unit has 10 lessons, I suggest scheduling 2-3 days per week for the composers study. The curriculum will take 1 full year to complete at this pace. However, the lessons can be easily adapted to fit your schedule as well.

Each lesson consists of a listening assignment along with an activity to help your student focus on what they are hearing. You will want to have your student materials ready prior to starting each lesson. An internet connection is required for the listening portion of the study, so I suggest setting up a laptop or computer near your student work area. An alternative would be to purchase CD’s or songs via iTunes from each composer.

Lap Book:

As you progress through each composer your student will be creating a fun lap book to help them remember what they’ve learned. You will need 2 file folders for each lap book you need to create. Instructions for assembling the lap book are included in the curriculum.



Students will learn about the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern eras of music, as well as create a composer timeline.



They will also learn about all of the different instruments, their sounds, roles, and seating positions within the orchestra.



As you progress through the composers, you will create mini-books for each composer along with notebook pages as well as a fun puzzle with a pocket to store your pieces in.



Sound like fun? Ready to get started?

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  1. Hi there
    Just wondering if you could ship this composer curr to New Zealand Many thnks Odelee

  2. Looks great…is the idea that I would also buy the amazon books for each composer? Also, is the actual music included somewhere on a cd or would I source that elsewhere?

    I’ve been wondering how to do this, beginning in fall, and there are some very tempting and helpful ideas here.

    Thanks Erica.


    • Brandi Crook says:

      Did you ever find out if you needed the books? I just came across this program and saw your comment!

  3. This looks fantastic. Thank you for making it!!

  4. This looks great and looks like a lot of fun! You are so creative Erica! I was wondering since you have done Expedition Earth in the past and are working through Road Trip USA this year. What history are you going to do with the kids next year? I didn’t know if you were working on another program or were going with something else. Thanks!

  5. This looks fantastic, can’t wait to use it !! I would love to win it for my little guy !!

  6. This is our first year homeschooling and there are so many ideas to choose from. Currently we are not doing any music, mainly because I had no clue what to do. I think this would be a great addition to our curriculum!! We have discovered that we really enjoy making lap books, so I think my girls would really enjoy this!

  7. Cassandra says:

    I Love your Artist Study, Can’t wait to try your Composer Study

  8. Would LOVE to win this set!

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  10. This looks like a great study. Just yesterday I was wondering how I can bring more Music to our studies this is a great Solution!

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  12. This looks awesome! I love music and would love to pass that on to my children, and this looks like a great resource to help do that. Thank you for all your hard work!

  13. shanon heil says:

    My son just started piano! I hope that I get picked for the free one! 🙂

  14. I would like very much to win, because my daughter likes to read and write about composers!
    Thank you!

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  16. Saw this on your FB. I’m gearing up to homeschool and would love to introduce my sons to all forms of music. This would be an amazing addition for our family.

  17. Emily Baker says:

    I’m not well versed in music or compsers but understand the great importance of studying about them. While living in Germany we did have the oppurtunity to take our family to Salzburg and visit Mozart’s home. My girls loved it! I know they would really enjoy learning more and I would love having all the guess work done for me, lol. Thank you for being such an awesome homesechool mom!!!

  18. YAY! I was hoping for a freebie! We love your artist study and were looking forward to this one.

  19. I love this! I am subscribed by email.

  20. Would love this curr. I’m already co-teaching music in a coop and we’ve used several of Venezia’s books. Our local symphony performed Stravinsky’s The Firebird and we spent a couple weeks studying that folk tale and Stravinsky. It is awesome how the kids respond to the music.

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  22. We need a lot of help integrating music study into our homeschool! Thanks for the opportunity. You are so generous!

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  23. Would love to win this!


  24. Melissa L says:

    My 6 yr old daughter does ballet, and asks to listen to classical music at home so she could practice ballet. This curriculum would be great for her to further appreciate the music and learnabout who composed what she is dancing to!

  25. I was a Musical Theater major in college and Music has always been a huge part of my life!! I would love to win this to help me teach about the composers to my kids!!

  26. This looks great! Very fun!!

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  28. This looks awesome! I know that each of my four kids, ages 3, 7, 12 and 13, would learn from this! Great job!

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  30. What a great idea. We currently pick one genre a week to listen too so my little ones (3yrs & 1yr) learn diffrent music.

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  34. Great idea to go along with listening to diffrent genres every week.

  35. Jennifer Martinez says:

    I was just talking to my daughter about this earlier this morning. We would love a chance to win a copy. Thank you so much!

  36. There are a lot of your curriculums that we are excited about using as the years progress. I would love to win this. We’ve enjoyed exhibition earth and your art studies thus far.

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  38. Heather Brandt says:

    I’d love to win because this looks like a great way to teach our children about composers! My husband talks about composers for a living (he’s a host/producer for our local classical radio station) but this would be an excellent tool for talking to our children in developmentally appropriate ways about the composers their daddy plays every day on the radio 🙂

  39. Oh this looks fantastic! We have just started piano lessons and I have been looking for something just like this to supplement our curriculum.

    I love your site! I follow on FB and twitter too

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  40. I am subscribed via e-mail

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  42. Hi,

    we will begin our homeschool journey this Fall as our oldest son enters Kindergarten. I am a huge fan of the classical approach and would love to expose our children as much as possible to the arts. This being our fist year I am still a bit lost to which curriculum is good and engaging. Hopefully, this will open a door into the music world for us. Thanks.

  43. Jennifer Martinez says:

    I already recurve the email updates.

  44. I have a little musician! My homeschooled 6 year old has a natural talent for music. He plays the violin and piano and has been able to identify composers by their music since he was 2. This would give me a good structure to further his love of classical music. Thanks, Erica!

  45. I would love this for my daughter. I want to add this or the Artist study to our curriculum next year. These both sound wonderful. Thank you.

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  47. I would like to win, beacuse my daughter likes to read and write about composers. Thank you!

  48. My kids love everything music. We would love to win this!

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