CONVERSATIONS WITH COMPOSERS is a Composer study of 12 inspirational Composers spanning the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th century era's.
This curriculum for ages 4-12 covers the life, history, style and famous works of 12 dynamic musicians.
About CONVERSATIONS WITH COMPOSERS
Each lesson in 'Conversations with Composers' is educational and filled with creative ways to teach children about the lives of 12 famous composers including: J.S Bach, L.V Beethoven, George Gershwin, Clara Schumann and John Williams just to name a few!
'Conversations with Composers' features detailed hand drawn illustrations throughout, including a set of custom cut-out paper dolls! The curriculum is 77 pages and includes 3 exclusive supplemental videos to accompany the lessons.
Accompanying each lesson is a craft or activity, as well as a handful of reading and listening suggestions. All suggestions are hand picked and pre-screened to correlate with the theme of the lesson. This unit even includes the opportunity to learn how to dance Tchaikovsky's "Trepak" and how to waltz!
Designed to be completed in 20-40 minutes, each lesson includes:
- focused teaching on the composer
- a hands on activity or craft
- a selection of listening suggestions
- a selection of reading suggestions
- composer colouring pages for busy hands OR to display as a timeline
Each lesson in the curriculum offers an alternative activity for your Young Learners (ages 4-8) and for Older Learners (ages 8-12) so you can teach the whole family together!
What a blessing to be able to give our children a lifelong love and appreciation of music and the lives that created such great masterpieces!
- J.S Bach
- A. Vivaldi
- W.A Mozart
- L.V Beethoven
- Pytor Tchaikovsky
- Clara Schumann
- Frederick Chopin
- Johann Strauss
- Camille Saint-Saens
- George Gershwin
- Scott Joplin
- John Williams
Additional supplies needed:
Activities are designed to be done at home with regular household supplies. Once in a while, there may be additional supplies needed (for example, watercolour paints in Lesson 7.)
A listening platform and the use of the internet (mainly for YouTube video clips) is highly recommended! If you prefer to make the most use of your time, the Listening Suggestions can be played during the activity time. All suggestions can be found on YouTube or on your favourite listening platform.
About the hard copy version:
This physical guide will help you, the teacher or parent, open up a world of fascinating composers for your children with a profound sense of wonder and curiosity.
The print copy of CONVERSATIONS WITH COMPOSERS is easy to use with simple instructions, a clear list of materials often found in your home to use in lessons and an appendix of reproducible resources.
By using your phone’s camera you will be able to click on the QR codes and be linked directly to some inspiring performances.
Purchase the digital copy of 'Conversations with Composers' here.
I have known Sonja for several years, she was one of my conductors when I sang in the Pacific Mennonite Children’s Choir as a child. I’ve always looked up to her as a role model and influence in my life, especially in music! So, when I first learned about her newest musical venture a couple of years ago, I was very excited to get my hands on a copy of each of her books.
For the last many years, I have been a Babysitter & Nanny for several families, with children of all ages. I love that these curriculum books have activities I can bring with me wherever I go. I look forward to teaching the kids I look after and my children one day all about music with these incredible resources!
I now own all three of her books; Prelude, Conversations with Composers & Step into Singing. Sonja’s books are beautifully organized into easy-to-grasp sections and are full of countless reading & listening suggestions. Each lesson is flexible depending on your child’s age and attention span. The QR codes found throughout are a wonderful touch as they make the books interactive and fun! I definitely recommend My Homegrown Symphony!!