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Music History: The Lives & Works of Famous Composers (Middle Grades)

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Tim Stephens
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Students will learn about the lives of famous classical composers from various periods, listen to samples of their most popular works, and learn to identify characteristics of their styles. A great addition to any homeschool plan!

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
10 lessons//10 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Giovanni Palestrina
Students will learn about: *The life and works of Italian composer, Palestrina (1525-1594) *Renaissance music, including polyphonic songs *Many types of choral music composed by Palestrina
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Johann Sebastian Bach
Students will learn about: *The life and works of German composer and organist, Bach (1685-1750) *Baroque period instruments and music *Bach's development of counterpoint
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Students will learn about: *The life and works of Austrian composer, Mozart (1756-1791) *The music style of the Classical Period *Mozart's operas and concertos
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Ludwig van Beethoven
Students will learn about: *The life and works of German composer and pianist, Beethoven (1770-1827) *The Classical period music *Special emphasis on Beethoven's sonatas and symphonies
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Robert Schumann
Students will learn about: *The life and works of German composer, Schumann (1810-1856) *His wife, Clara *The Romantic Period style, with an emphasis on Schumann's songs and piano pieces
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Johannes Brahms
Students will learn about: *The life and works of German composer and pianist, Brahms (1833-1897) *His role in blending the structure of the Classical style with the emotion of the Romantic Period
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Students will learn about: *The life and works of Russian composer, Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) *The Romantic Period style, including his use of thematic melody *Special emphasis on his ballets and concertos
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Students will learn about: *The life and works of Russian composer, conductor and pianist, Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) *Late Romantic Music, with an emphasis on the technique of variation and the composer's triumphant 2nd piano concerto *His life and death in America
 Week 9
Lesson 9
Maurice Ravel
Students will learn about: *The life and works of French composer, Ravel (1875-1937) *Impressionistic music style and tone color *Special emphasis on Ravel's most famous piece, Boléro
 Week 10
Lesson 10
John Williams
Students will learn about: *The life and works of American composer, Williams (1932 - ) *His memorable film scores, including "Star Wars" *The Neo-Romantic style
  • Students will learn to identify and appreciate the works of various composers throughout history.
  • Students will learn about the styles and characteristics of periods of musical history.
Fine Arts Studies at LSU, Commercial Art Certificate, Professional experience in a variety of commercial and graphic arts fields. Lifelong interest in classical music, astronomy, and animal classifications.
0 hours per week outside of class
Mastery Evaluation
Frequency: 1-2 per week
Feedback: included
Details: Students will receive a weekly worksheet that can be filled out in class, providing reinforcement of facts about the composers and musical terminology.
Certificate of Completion
Frequency: included
Details: Parents may contact me for a Certificate of Completion as needed.
Joined December, 2020
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Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree from Baptist Bible College
Hello there! I'm Tim and I'm glad you're here! I'm excited about teaching young learners to love the various subjects that have always interested me. 

My classes will focus largely on art, music, and some basic science. Having worked in... 

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Group Class

$14

weekly or $140 for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
40 min

Completed by 51 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
2-10 learners per class

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