By June Montgomery Maurice Hinson. Explore short sessions on the lives, times, and music of 17 great composers (Baroque to Contemporary). Includes book, reproducible student activity sheets, and CD. Each composer unit contains the composer's picture, fact box and suggested listening, story of the composer's life, study of his music or something about the time in which he lived, and question & answer page for review in the form of a puzzle or matching game. Each unit is a 20 to 30 minute session. Included CD has piano performances of suggested listening examples. For grades 4 to 6. 72 pages.
I want to focus on composers more each month, even if it's 1-2 short lesson every other month-it doesn't matter as long as I can expose students to various composers. They are after all responsible for influence the direction of our music we listen to today, something our students don't understand.
Best Answer:I used it with my 5th grade general music classes in my unit on famous composers. I chose 7 composers that I wanted the kids to learn about, and I hung the "poster"-type pages around the room and they had to go from poster to poster writing down three facts about each composer. Then I divided the class into composer groups and they had to read the article about their specific composer and complete the crossword/word/scramble etc. that matches their composer. then each group had to do a class presentation because they were now the "experts" on that composer. Their job was to walk the class through the crossword puzzle/word scramble, etc. that they completed about their composer. After all groups had presented, each person then had a complete packet of information about 7 famous composers. You could definitely use this with middle school or high school students as well.