The past few weeks we have been studying Chopin and we've enjoyed listening to his often fast tempo piano pieces.
Books we used:
"Frederic Chopin" written and illustrated by Mike Venezia (part of a series called "Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers). Venezia's books are always my children's favorites. Every other page has a funny cartoon that goes along with the reading and the children get a big kick out of the author's humor.
Resources we Used:
Grooveshark - I recently discovered Grooveshark. You can create a free online account and then design a playlist. For instance, I have a playlist for Chopin so we can only listen to his music. Pandora is a nice website, but if you search for Chopin you will only listen to music like Chopin, but it will not necessarily be one of his compositions every time you listen. I pull up our Chopin playlist on Grooveshark while we're at the table doing school work and a few times we even listened to it at dinner. Once I decide on our next composer, I will simply create a new playlist to make listening to the composer easier throughout our 6 week study.
Jimmie's Squidoo Lense - I found some helpful resources over at Jimmie's Squidoo lense all about Chopin. Have you visited Jimmie's blog called "Jimmie's Collage"?
What the children think about Chopin's music: Most of Chopin's pieces are very fast. My son jokingly calls him a show-off. However, my daughter points out that he really wasn't a show-off because we read about how he actually did not like to perform in front of large crowds.
What composers have you enjoyed studying? I'd love to have you share! Maybe you have never done a composer study before. I cannot communicate to you how easy this is. Well, the way I do it is easy. Ha! I go to the library check out a few books, I make a playlist on Grooveshark, and then we write a page or two for our composer notebook. See? That's easy!
I am linking up this week with Study the Composers over at A Teaching Heart.