Monday, March 18, 2013

Introduce Your Students to Classical Composers!

Believe it or not, my Kindergarten students can name what a composer is and why they are important!  They also can tell you what classical music is and talk about how it makes you feel!  And the best part is... I haven't taught any lessons on either of those topics!!! 

I use a simple routine with my class that I call the "Composer of the Month."  Each morning while the students are unpacking, I put on classical music from a different composer each month.  When I turned off the music, I initially told them "The composer we were just listening to was ______.  He/She is important because composers write music."  After a few weeks, I asked "What composer are we listening to? What is a composer?"  It was so simple and made our unit on classic music far easier to teach!


13 cute signs to hang up to go along with this routine are included:
- Johann Sebastian Bach
- Ludwig Van Beethoven
- Johannes Brahms
- Frederic Chopin
- George Fredric Handel
- Joseph Haydn
- Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel
- Felix Mendelssohn
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
- Franz Schubert
- Clara Schumann
- Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
- Antonio Vivaldi

If you would like me to add any additional composers, just send me an email at aturntolearn@gmail.com and I'll be happy to do so!

5 comments:

  1. I love this idea! I might have to steal this idea to use in my classroom so thanks for sharing!

    Brie - Breezy Special Ed

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    1. The simple ways to teach different topics are always the best! :)

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  2. Where can we download the signs you made?

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    1. If you click the picture it will bring you to Teachers Pay Teachers to download it. Hope that helps!

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  3. I've been doing this for years in my music classes. Helps with the classroom to classroom transitions! Keeps them calm and focused.
    Two thumbs up!
    ♫Donna Marie♫

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