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  • Learn About Aaron Copland

    A pioneer of American Modern-Era music was Aaron Copland. Copland used traditional American themes and stylized them into a unique brand of American "classical" music. A study of Aaron Copland is the perfect introduction to the Modern Era of music. Copland's new and inventive style of music depicts the vast American landscape of the early-mid 1...
  • The Classical Era of Music

    Classical Music (with a capital C) is defined as music composed specifically between the years of 1750-1820. The era falls between the Baroque and Romantic eras and is characterized by elegant, stylized forms. If you hear music spoken about in more general terms - "classical" music can then be any music that is in opposition to pop or folk music...
  • Favorite Audiobooks to Teach Children About Composers & Culture

    I've written before about the many beautiful picture books for children about composers and music. Having a variety of books in your home builds a sense of curiosity and interest in your children. What happens, however, when our children get older? Finding quality literature (in any subject area) can be a bit of a challenge. You need to look a b...
  • 5 Pieces Children Should Know From the Classical Era

    The Classical Era of music (1750-1820) contains pieces by the musical giants Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.  The music of this time period reflects a sense of order and precision in the world at that time. Reason and logic began to shape thinking. It was The Age of Enlightenment. Specific forms of music became prevalent; the concerto, symphony, a...
  • Learn About Beethoven

    “Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.” ~ Ludwig van Beethoven The music of Beethoven has spoken to listeners for nearly 250 years. His symphonies, sonatas, concertos, chamber music, and MORE have gained him the reputation as one of the most important composers in history - if not THE most important composer in history. Giving our chi...
  • Learn About Charles Ives: What Charlie Heard

    Let's add to our growing list of music and book pairings! Our subject is Charles Ives, the American composer who changed the landscape of music in the Modern Era.  Through the book, What Charlie Heard, (along with another picture book about Ives), and the music lesson presented in this post, your children can learn about this musical pioneer ...