A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers


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A User-Friendly, One-Year Curriculum for Grades 4-8

Christian, Creative, Chronological

Why take the time to Crack the Code of Classical Music?

Music is from the Lord. He created it, and He created us with the ability to both make and appreciate music.

Classical music is uniquely part of our Western civilization. Research suggests that both listening to and playing classical music aids brain development. Even rudimentary exposure increases one’s level of enjoyment and understanding. This course provides a close-up look at famous composers, their music, and their times, with special attention to character traits and Christian testimony (or lack thereof). Even the musically challenged will enjoy this course! It’s perfect for grades 4-8 but is easily adaptable for younger and older students. Minimal teacher prep will return maximum enjoyment!

This book includes:

  • 32 weekly lessons
  • 26 bios of famous composers
  • 6 eras of music explained
  • Easy-to-use timeline and maps
  • Composer info cards & game directions
  • Notebooking pages
  • Student reviews
  • Answer keys
  • Listening suggestions
  • Coloring pages
  • List of resource books

Note: Download the Timeline answer key here

What is in A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers? What other resources do I need for this course?

To keep things simple, all 32 lessons and their review questions are combined into one book, along with everything else like easy-to-use maps, note-taking pages, listening suggestions, intricate coloring pages, and more. Everything you need is contained in this one book!

Why should I spend a whole year on music?

By studying the history of the arts, we can develop an appreciation for this unique portion of Western civilization that still remains with us today. Music is from the Lord. He created it, and He created us with the ability to both make and appreciate music. Students will learn to recognize music and get a close-up look at famous composers from six musical eras, their music, and their times.

I can’t download the Companion Guide. The code isn’t working.

Please refer to the code on page 161 of A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers.

Almost all the pieces of music discussed in the book are freely available to listen to on multiple platforms. Here are two playlists you might find useful during your studies:

1) Youtube

2) Spotify (curated by our friends Luke & Trisha Gilkerson).


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Additional information

Weight .5 lbs
Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x .6 in

Bright Ideas Press

License Type

Single Family Use Only, Co-op / Classroom license


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