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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. I would love to have a copy of your curriculum. How far are you willing to ship? I am in Canada but would love to use your curriculum with the kids. We were about to start researching composers individually to complement their music lessons but this would be perfect.

  2. We just purchased this and started using it and my daughter is loving it! The lapbook activity is really fun for her, and she loves dancing to the music. I like that it combines the lapbooking with learning from books — it keeps it from being dry and boring. We’re looking forward to getting to the portions that focus on each of the composers — so far, so good! Thanks!

  3. Dear Erica,
    I love your composer choices and the activities involved. Would you recommend this to an 8th grader? I am considering using your curriculum as a music history/aapreciation component to my piano lesson time. If this is too elementary for that age, what do you recommend?

    Thank you!

  4. Question…do you think I could adapt this to a simple summer program? Just hitting 1 composer per week? Kids aged 10, 8, 5, 3. Just wanting something to work through during this summer.

    Ashley Hedberg
    1. Yes, of course! The curriculum is super flexible and can be adjusted to do as much/little as you want and as often. I think a composer a week would be a fun summer activity!


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