Tip Tuesday: World's Greatest Composers

Tip Tuesday: World's Greatest Composers

everyone and welcome back to my channel today I wanted to do a review of my world's greatest composers units for you I can't believe I haven't put up a video of this before but I had someone request it and then I realized I'd never done it so I'm going to just show you what the units look like what supplies you need what the kind of finished product is gonna look like when you're done for your kids and then of course if you have any questions you're always welcome to email me as well so let's take a closer look at the world's greatest artists curriculum alright so here's kind of what the world's greatest composers setup is gonna look like and I have a Volume one and two of these available this is my Volume one I believe and I did outline this to go with the mic Venezia world's greatest artists composers book I have had some questions on whether or not you can use this curriculum without these books and yes you can you can just do an online search you know just a biography for each one of the musicians as you go through there's also links in the curriculum to listen to the music selections as well so you can do a lot of this online you just kind of have to do your own research but my teachers menu will tell you what you're going to be discussing each day and what you should be listening to and that kind of thing so you could potentially get away with it without using these I do like these they're great for younger students they have lots of colorful pictures and whatnot in them and they also have these fun little cartoons that my kids really really liked these but they just have kind of an overview of each artists or musicians life and just details interesting facts and that kind of thing so if you can get a hold of these I would suggest that there are links in the teachers manual to them on Amazon that's where I got mine from I think they range six to seven dollars a piece something like that so like I said you don't absolutely have to use these you can do an internet search for each one as well so this particular unit covers Czech Tchaikovsky sorry I always have a hard time saying that Stravinsky Bach Chopin Mozart Beethoven and George Handel so that's who's gonna be covered in this one I'll put a link for volume 2 as well so you can see that also all that information is on my website as well so when you purchase it what you're actually going to be getting is your teachers manual and your student notebook and these are available in either download or CD format and then you can print them off I just had these spiral-bound at Office Depot or whatever and I printed them off at home now I would probably not necessarily spiral buying the student manual I did this for a curriculum fair that we went out just to show people but just because they're going to be using those worksheets and cutting them out and whatnot this comes with a binder like a cover if you want to put it on a binder as well as a spine label you can stick in there as well and then it goes through the table of contents what it covers any additional resources that you'll need it has links to all of those books as well and then for the curriculum the greatest composers curriculum like I said this is available in C CD or download and the most questions I get is whether or not the CD is a music CD it is not the CD is actually the documents that I'm showing you here there are links in the teachers manual to listen to everything online so you don't order a CD or anything like that now you can listen to each of the songs in a clip format for free on Nexus comm or you can do a one-year subscription for 1995 if you want to listen to entire clips you can also do kind of some online searching and find other music as well but Naxos was just a great place that had kind of all of the selections in one spot and like I said you can listen to clips for free so I thought that was kind of nice there's also an introduction to composers section on there and then a scheduling you know recommendation as well I normally would schedule this maybe twice a week or so there are each composer has ten lessons and so if you do it at that pace you can get through all of them in one year you can also do it once a week you can do it four times a week you can stretch it out over a couple years you can do you know kind of however you want this is super flexible I would say each of the lessons take it between fifteen and twenty minutes or so to complete so just you can kind of factor that in on your scheduling but otherwise it really doesn't matter how many days a week you do this since it's an elective you can kind of just do whatever fits best with your needs now there's also some games and whatnot but here's some tabs for my students I actually put them in a binder and then I put these little tabs in between them so they could kind of do it as like a note King section and I just got those plastic dividers from you know just your office supply store and then you can just kind of stick these in those so that's kind of a nice thing to have now the first thing it starts out with is an orchestra introduction it talks about different stages that music has gone through and then of course there's a lap book activity as well and then in each of the lap book activities there's kind of a picture of the layout there's also instructions on how to create the lap book as well and it just kind of shows you where to place each of your you know items as you're creating it so this one is just more introduction to the orchestra I'll show you the lap book in just a second and then again there's a picture on where to add them and whatnot so you go through and just learn kind of overall musical information you know you are going to learn about the different sections you know the brass percussion whatever woodwind string sections that kind of thing so by the time you're done you kind of understand the seating of the orchestra and what you've heard all the different instruments and you kind of can identify them based on their sounds and what they look like and that kind of thing and then you'll get into the actual lessons themselves and you'll be taking again each composer and doing about ten different lessons on each one now there is a little bit of information biography on them kind of what genre they were in their primary style of music their life span you know where they were from and that kind of information before you get started and then each lesson will refer to a reading out of these books but like I said you can actually just find a biography online and just kind of go over that as well alright so once you've done the reading there's usually some vocabulary information the lessons can vary a little bit I try and do you know more introductory at the beginning and then you'll get into deeper to conversations as you go there will also be a listening section and then these blue underlined items are linked to the Naxos website where you can listen to that selection but it does tell you what you're listening to so you could also do an online search or if you have these musicians at home you can also listen to them on a CD or or however it works best for you then there's going to be your lap book activity and then there's some discussion questions and these are really more conversational I like to let the kids do a lot more of you know the talking than I do I try and ask them critical thinking questions about the music you know how does it make you feel what are some of the things that you hear in there you know what kind of a tone is it setting and that kind of thing but anyways they're all kind of the questions are all kind of led in here by you and then your students can kind of discuss and just talk about the music as they're listening to it there are also activities as well so there might be you know things for them to do while they're listening so you know for example if they're they might be coloring a sheet where they're having to color the instruments that they're hearing in a selection or you know things like that so there's critical thinking worksheets that kind of go with that and I'll show you this student workbook in a minute but as you can see there are ten lessons each one has a listening section and then some discussion questions and an activity to fill out while you are going through the lesson so then here is the student notebook and this is basically the lap booking pages so they have their lap book cover that they can cut out and put on the front of their lap book and then of course they have anything that they need to add to their lap book and there's also pictures in here showing your students where to add each item and what to do with it and you know what to write on it and that kind of thing so this is just basically gonna be your activities and all of that and they are in order here so for example let's get to the first lesson Bach alright here we go okay so the first lesson you're gonna the students are going to be listening to something and then as they're listening to a selection they're gonna fill out the different instruments that they can hear in that composition so that just has them kind of doing something but at the same time they're critically listening to the music and actually trying to find out and pick out what kind of instruments that they can hear there's also a description while they're listening to something and they need to figure out words to describe the music that they're listening to and that's just kind of a it's a good activity to go through to be able to kind of pick out things like you know whether it's kind of you know upbeat or make more melancholy melancholy or whatever so they can kind of do that and then they're also going to be adding their composer to their timeline piece as they go and those instructions like I said are in your teachers manual they're here and then there's also instructions on where to put that one of them is a coloring page that they can kind of color as they're listening today selection and I wanted them to have activities to do while they were listening because I think it helps their mind focus on what they're listening on I found that you know if you have somebody just listening to a random you know selection of music then sometimes they can just kind of wander off and not they're not really suddenly paying attention to it but if they're doing an activity that's directly correlating to what they're listening to I think that kind of helps if you have a student who has a hard time doing that you can have them just maybe close their eyes and listen to the selection and then maybe do the activity afterwards just kind of whatever works best for your student there's always a free drawing worksheet where they can kind of use colors to convey the mood of the music and maybe an image of how it makes them feel or what they're thinking about that kind of thing here's some worksheet on where they're writing down different instruments that they hear if you have a younger child you can just do this or you know verbally you don't have to have them writing words if they can't write words or whatever but they can certainly color it and you can help write them down for them and then there's always a little mini book that goes into their overall lap book which again I'll show you in a second for each one and it goes in on top of this pocket there's instructions for all of this and then they can cut up the puzzle which is on the next page and keep those pieces inside this pocket in their lap book so it's all kind of nice and in one location so there's a puzzle and you can either just kind of cut these out and laminate them sometimes I'll have the kids color them and they just leave them as paper obviously they're not very durable that way but you know you can kind of just do whatever works for you and then they are gonna just fill out a basic artist page on each one you know where they're from what was their life span what was you know what were they most famous for what was your favorite thing maybe they can do a portrait or drawing of them as well and then there's a composer timeline where they can add just significant events that happened in each composers life and then it kind of starts all over with doing some more activities based on you know the composer's as you go through so the student workbook looks like that it's fairly similar activities for each one I mean the coloring pages change and like that and if there was something specific or whatever you know then then you know that would be also put in here so it just kind of depended upon the composer set this student workbook and then this is what the lap book looks like so this is a trifold lap book with a flip up and there's instructions on how to create this I also have a lap booking video tutorial on YouTube as well you can check out but we basically just took a lap book folded in the edges and then I glue it the cover to one side and then flip it over and cut along this and then glue the other side down so that's just how I do that this one looks like we taped it because it was starting to come apart and then this little flap is just one piece of this cut off and then I just taped it right up here at the top with some clear packing tape so pretty easy to put together but it just makes it kind of more of a fun little keepsake to have and to work on as you're going through so this this is just how it's going to be laid out there's information all the different music periods that music has gone through there's the composer timeline here where you're going to be adding your composers and it'll tell you when and where to add them and then you open it up in here you're gonna have somebody's puzzle fell out okay so down here you've got some information on just all of the different stringed instruments and that your students will be writing what they are wind instruments percussion bass and then here's their vocabulary library and this is just a little flip chart of all of the different kind of common terms and what Knight and then they can write the definitions form and those are in your teachers manual as well and then here's a little thing they'll be cutting out in just this way that most orchestras are set up they're obviously different orchestras out there so this is just kind of a general overall setup if you're gonna have an orchestra of course you know there's different setups if you have less instruments and and that kind of thing but this is just an overall seating arrangement and then up here there's a little bit more detailed seating arrangements for different styles and different periods and that kind of thing so this is just a fun little this is kind of the overview section of what Orchestra is and music and that kind of thing then on the inside of the top flap I just have all of the musicians they have their little mini book where your students will be writing it for me about each one of them in there and then this is also a pocket that houses the puzzle pieces that your students have cut out so they can kind of keep them all in one location and I just have those going sideways because this pocket folds this way and if you had them going up they would all fold out when you um you know fold it upside down you could also kind of do them the opposite way but I think it's just easiest to reach in from the side so you know you can kinda do whatever works for you on those but that way they have like a little reminder of each one of the musicians that they looked at and learned about they can just quickly flip and just get some quick information on each one and that kind of thing so when they're done they'll have this and then I don't think I did it to this one but I didn't if you want you could also add a little pocket back here just cut one of these in half and just tape it on these three sides and then they can put any of their worksheets or anything like that they worked on you can also keep those worksheets in more of a notebook kind of type of setting that they can you know add to or whatever as they're learning or you can spiral bind them and keep them in there that way as well so however you know you want to do it as best I tried to make this as flexible as I could you know just so that people could kind of use these units however fit their needs the best so that's basically what the download looks like this is what you're getting again the teachers manual the student workbook and this is full of all of the information you'll need for these so the only extra thing you have to buy for that is these file folders and I just get these in bulk from my office supply store and then let the kids pick fun colors and and whatever and then again you can do the books but you don't necessarily have to alright guys so that was my review of the world's greatest artist curriculum I hope that you enjoyed this I have a volume 1 & 2 available right now if you have any specific musicians you'd like to see covered let me know and I'll see what I can do to get another unit created but in the meantime I hope you enjoy these studies and I will see you next time you


  • Joy Guidera says:

    Is there a supply list for this? My daughter and I just got to lesson 4 and she’s bummed we don’t have any nylon string to make a stringed instrument. I didn’t see a supply list. I should have looked ahead more. This mama is going to have to run out to get supplies tomorrow. 😁

  • Jenniffer R. says:

    I just purchased both volumes over thanksgivihg break. i love how these are laid out. We alraedy planned a field trip to see the Nutcracker in a couple of weeks so this is perfect timing ( althought we're going slightly out of order to cover Peter first). I'm so excited to get started on such a fun curriculum.

  • Krista Coughlan says:

    Just started this with my two third graders this year..we love it and our local library carries the books! Thank you for designing this curriculum!

  • Janelle Knutson says:

    This looks like a great curriculum! What ages is this geared towards?

  • Indigo Moon says:

    yay! i was just searching for this video 2 days ago! sooo happy! thx.

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