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  • Item #: 041601
    ISBN: 9789626343104
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    Spanning over 1000 years of classical music history, this CD set is a wonderful look at the development of classical music from the earliest Gregorian chants to the huge orchestras we enjoy today. The narrator, Marin Alsop, walks listeners through each time period, offering historical information as well as glimpses into the lives of the over 90 different composers featured throughout the set. Each composer is mentioned along with excerpts from his/her most famous works. The CDs contain samplings of the songs but none of the complete works. A small booklet outlines the contents of each of the 4 CDs, and the fourth CD doubles as a CD-ROM holding composer biographies, information about music and instruments, quizzes and games, the text that is read on the CDs, and more. The CDs feature numerous tracks so it's easy to split up the listening into daily assignments or keep track of where you left off. Total running time is 4½ hours. – Melissa

  • Item #: 011952
    ISBN: 9781928860082
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    Over 60 composers from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century eras listed in color coded fashion. Major works listed.

  • Item #: 061893
    ISBN: 9782923163895
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      Subtitled, An Introduction to Classical Music, all the included musical selections have a common theme: birds. The music on CD (all performed by world class orchestras) is really the main component of this book. Several included tools help students understand and listen to this music: discover the melodies, the instruments, the stories behind the music, and the composers themselves. First, you start with brief descriptions to introduce each of the 20 classical music selections. Composers range from perhaps obscure to more well known, from longstanding to modern: Janequin in the 15th century, Vivaldi and Mozart in the 18th century to Rautavaara and Messiaen in the 20th century, for example. Additional tools follow: a listening guide, a brief biography of composers, glossary of musical terms, and a timeline of composers and periods. 8 1/8” X 8”, 48 pp, hc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 003957
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  • Item #: 028794
    ISBN: 9782924217214
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    I’ll admit it – as a young music student, I thought classical music was boooring without lyrics to tell a story. It wasn’t until many years later in a collegiate music appreciation class when I began to hear pieces like Peter and the Wolf and other classic story pieces that I realized how wrong I was!

    This book contains 20 pieces of classical music and an accompanying CD. The book goes through each song individually, explaining the literature it is based on, the ballet it is derived from, or any other information beneficial for giving context. Each page also has a few illustrations to go along, but the real key to the story is in the text. After the section explaining each story, there is a listening guide to show what instruments or pitches are used to indicate different voices or actions. Additionally, there is a short biography of each conductor and a glossary of musical terms used throughout the book. This is a unique, kid-friendly approach to classical music that I wish I had owned as a child! What a great foundation to music appreciation! Parents, as are often found in Shakespeare or other tales of that era, many of the pieces contain stories about elves, witches, fairies, and two pieces in particular mention the Devil. 68 hardcover pages. – Laura

  • Item #: 030252
    ISBN: 9781402211980
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    Although we can enjoy classical music by casually listening, the carefully constructed symphonies, concertos, fugues, quintets and countless other types of musical works are best appreciated and understood with some background knowledge of music history and the composers that wrote them. Although most of us think it is important to give our young students a taste of classical music appreciation, this often gets lost in the shuffle for older students (and even us adults!) This book was written for the older student or adult to give them a taste of the important composers in classical music history, their lives and their most important compositions. The substantial book covers a long history of composers in chronological order, from Giovanni da Palestrina (1525-1594) through Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) and including all the "biggies" like Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and many more. Each chapter features a composer, and includes information about their life and personality, as well as details about their works and most famous musical pieces. Several selections of each composer's music are noted throughout along with a "Hear it Online" icon. Login and registration information is provided at the beginning of the book, and once you register, you can listen to the pieces online at your convenience. Although previous editions of this book came with music CDs, the online music content has replaced the CDs. An excellent introduction to classical composers and music, this book is designed to leave you craving more, offering additional musical pieces for listening as well. Can you become hooked on the classics? 360 pgs, pb. - Jess

  • Item #: 014454
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    You can always trust Calvert School to give you a comprehensive course packaged with all the bells and whistles. In this case, it's a lap harp, triangle, and flutophone. Intending the student's musical education to go beyond "textbook" learning and to experience the joy of music-making, everything is provided: instructional DVDs, an easy-to-use teacher's manual, and instruments. Short (about 10 minutes), instructional video segments – 32 in all – cover the basics of music: each family of instruments and the orchestra, introduction to the various components of music – rhythm, melody, tempo, and dynamics – and an introduction to several important composers as well as introductory instructions for playing the included instruments. All instruction is interlaced with enjoyable music – sometimes classical, sometimes folk tunes, sometimes instrumental, sometimes vocal. Students are encouraged and empowered to sing and play along. The well-designed teacher's manual makes it easy – even for the non-musical parent – to incorporate a fun, musical element into school days. Each lesson (one per week) lists objectives, provides words for sing-along songs, introduces the video segment, and follows this up with teaching instruction (well delineated but not scripted). Instrument instruction and practice is labeled "Performance Activities" and accompanies each lesson, as does an Activity Sheet. [Although the copyright does not allow for the reproduction of these sheets, it would be easy to complete them orally or to cover with a clear sheet protector and complete with dry erase marker in order to keep the manual as a non-consumable.] Sheet music is provided for the lap harp. The teacher's manual includes instructions for the flutophone. Musical scores for the various songs are also included.

    This course is so complete and thorough (not to mention a fun and enjoyable introduction to music) that I hate to include any caveats, but I feel compelled to present a complete and accurate picture of the course. The Melody Lane setting - reminiscent of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood – has a slightly dated appearance. Likewise, there are little reminders that video production has greatly improved in recent years. For instance, the vocal music instructor has a lovely voice and engaging manner and obviously knows her material thoroughly. However, I personally found it distracting to realize that she was not actually playing the piano accompaniment (only "playing" the air above the keys). Young children are much more forgiving on these types of idiosyncrasies and would probably just be focused on making music! [Wooden Lap Harp dimensions: 12" bottom; 7" top. Flutophone is 11," plastic, with seven holes. Metal Triangle is 6".] ~ Janice

  • Item #: 017452
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    This great timeline was made to be used in conjunction with A Literature Approach to the History of Classical Music. It charts the course of musical development from Corelli up to modern composers such as Mahler and Stravinsky. Featuring key composers such as Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, and many others, students will enjoy coloring the beautiful pictures that make up this visual history of music.
  • Item #: 050020
    ISBN: 9780981999029
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    What a treasure! I'm mourning the fact that I no longer have students in my home. I would love to go through this course with them. If there was anything even remotely like it "back then," I was unaware of it. This course combines music history (learning about composers) with music appreciation (learning about their music) and shows how they interweave with as well as impact the intricate fabric of western culture. The scope of the course is breathtaking a survey of 300 years (right before 1600 to the edge of WWI) of Western Music and Arts. The author, Carol Reynolds, is a well-loved professor of music history who supplies students with an abundance of primary and secondary sources and encourages her students to learn from them. The course she's provided is professionally well-done, comprehensive in its depth and scope, amazing in its use of musicians and cultural backdrops and, in short, magnificent. In her words, "the history of music makes sense only when it is combined with the history of science, politics, conquests, religious movements, and the other arts. . . . . Music has the ability to enlighten, enliven, and enshrine in our memory the interaction of history, science, and art."

    Just to whet your appetite, here's what's provided in the unit on Mozart: a lecture that includes pictures from the Big Band era and rock and roll (to illustrate the similarity in terms of musical change between the Baroque and the following period), examples of music played on a piano that merge into orchestral presentations, pictures of political figures, art, architecture, places, clothing, a "sub-lecture" that shows how a grand piano works, vocabulary defined, dozens of musical examples. Through all of this, Mrs. Reynolds' sweeping commentary takes us from Mozart throughout Europe and even colonial America showing us relationships and a continual historical perspective. While the workbook provides "notes" (dates, places, definitions, etc.), the student will need to pay attention to the lecture in order to fill in all the blanks. Questions involve extrapolation from the lecture rather than just a regurgitation of it. The lecture introduces many musical compositions; listening to required and recommended works will provide others, but it's expected that the student continues to learn by drawing on provided internet sources.

    There are 17 units:

    • Using music history to unlock western culture
    • Music entwined with great events in western history
    • Technology, terminology, and cultural perspective
    • Fanfare and power: the court of Louis XIV
    • Sweeping away the Renaissance into the Baroque
    • Liturgical calendar, street parties, and the new church music
    • A lively journey through the life of Johann Sebastian Bach
    • Enlightenment, classicism and the astonishing Mozart
    • In the abyss: the century struggles with unfettered imagination
    • Beethoven as hero and revolutionary
    • Salons, poetry, and the power of the song
    • A tale of four virtuosi and the birth of the tone poem
    • Nationalism and explosion of romantic opera
    • The absolutely new world of Wagner
    • Imperial Russia a cultural odyssey
    • Load up the wagons: the story of American music
    • Turning the page on western tradition with the explosion of war

    Course components include a set of DVDs (lively lectures that include "on location" film clips, interviews, and a wealth of information; professionally done) and a student Resource Book that will ultimately become a resource/reference for the student when the course is completed. Recently revised, the audio CDs that were previously included have been replaced by links on the publisher's website (www.professorcarol.com) to required and recommended musical works. The spiral-bound student Resource Book provides the student's path through the course. The pages for each unit provide a list of Key Figures and Places, Vocabulary, Notable Dates, suggestions for Listening (some of which are included on the CDs), and a listing of Websites for further research. The Putting It All Together section provides study projects for the student and the Viewing Guide provides a place for note-taking through the lecture series. Also included in the Workbook is a set of Quizzes for each unit, texts and translations for the music provided, and an answer key for both the Quizzes and the Viewing Guide pages.

    Although it doesn't say so, this course seems like it was developed with homeschoolers in mind all instruction is directed toward the student so a motivated student could work somewhat independently (although in my home, I would have wanted to be learning these things right along with my student). Easily a full high school credit in Music History/Appreciation, it might be more properly called by an old-fashioned name Humanities.

    The Teacher's Manual on CD-ROM is available separately and includes PDF files for the following: Syllabus, a unit-by-unit Course Plan, four Exams with Answer Keys, and a Listening Plan. Appendices include a Listening Selection Chart and a Listening Progress Form. Although not absolutely necessary, this does provide some nice features and gives the course a little more cohesive "feel." The publisher recommends the addition of the Teacher's Manual especially if taking the course for credit. ~ Janice

  • Item #: 074058
    ISBN: 9781600513442
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  • Item #: 004046
    ISBN: 9781576361610
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    By Penny Gardner, author of Charlotte Mason Study Guide, this book is an excellent introduction to the recorder. Created for children, and non-musically-inclined adults, Penny presents the nine-note recorder method in an easy to learn, step-by-step approach. In the front of the book are the finger positions, instruction on how to read music, and tips for playing the recorder comfortably. To start with, only the three notes B, A, and G are introduced, along with thirteen songs to practice on before the next notes are brought into play. From there, you proceed to learn the rest of the notes, while practicing various songs along the way. In all, students learn 147 songs and over 50 duets and rounds, with a mix of children's songs, folk songs, early music, classics, Native American music, multicultural pieces, and Christmas songs. As an added bonus, the back cover pops into a stand, so you can easily display the music. - Stephanie

  • Item #: 062147
    ISBN: 9781843791188
    Retail: $12.99
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    As a kid, it can be easy to think classical music is boring, but this book is a great way to show children that it is, in fact, quite exciting! This book comes with a CD of carefully selected pieces that will excite and engage your children. As they read, they will see how classical music sets the tone for movies and TV, weddings, theatre, dance, and much more. As they listen to tracks such as Peter and the Wolf , they will read and learn how each instrument indicates a different animal. Soon you’ll be able to “see” the story as the music plays! There are also sections that point out famous composers as well as different instruments in an orchestra. Colorful illustrations accompany the pieces as well to make this a complete auditory and visual experience. 64 hardcover pages with a 28 track CD. – Laura

  • Item #: 010663
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  • Item #: 067902
    ISBN: 9780794537531
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    Introduce the history of classical music to kids in a colorful and informative book with loads of illustrations (Usborne style!) The text is short and easy to understand; you will learn the essence of a rich and lengthy history in a simplified form. Topics include an explanation of classical music, writing music, music & religion, music for entertainment/operas/ballet, orchestra, concerts, music & monarchy/painting/nature, words & music, and music & science/technology. A timeline from about 2000 BC to late 19th century reviews the book (and those mentioned previously). On every other page is a QR code to scan and hear samples of the music presented on the page. Perfect for the musically inclined or not. 8x11”, 33pp, hc. ~ Sara

  • Item #: 055695
    Retail: $99.75
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    This course is for those who want an independent, one-semester music course to cover the basics. Students will study an introduction to music, music history, world music, and classical music. They will learn the elements of music and scales and available careers in the music field.

  • Item #: 060665
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    Check out this deck of real playing cards with a musical enhancement. The four suits each represent a different musical style period: Renaissance (spades), Baroque (clubs), Classical (diamond) and Romantic (hearts, of course). Each of the 13 cards of a suit highlights a different composer from that musical era, including an image, birth/death dates, cities, and a brief description of their lives and major compositions. The Jokers contain a brief outline of each musical period. A fun way to learn while you wait for your turn! 2.5" x 3.5". ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 014114
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    This 930-page book contains an alphabetized list of great classical composers. Details about the different works of each composer are included in a brief biography. From Aaltoila to Zwilich, major composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky are covered, as are the less well known but equally fascinating composers like Hildegard Von Bingen, Dubussy, Respighi, and Orff. Color illustrations in the book portray some of the composers. Most composer entries are accompanied by recommended listening of their music from the included set of two CDs. The CDs with over 2 1/2 hours of playing time are great for corresponding to the booklet or for recreational listening at any time. Also included is an extensive glossary of musical terms, a list of classical music in over 450 films, and a bonus area with 150 tracks to stream (and 25 to download). And a great price for all of that! - Rachel S.

  • Item #: 002470
    ISBN: 9780794531256
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    What is classical music? What inspired the great composers? What role does technology play in classical music? Learn about the history of playing and writing classical music, how it evolved through religion and then entertainment, operas, ballet, orchestra and more! There are loads of images, both illustrations and photos to engage the reader's interest – and one more thing…stickers! Over 90 of them! As you read, there are pale versions of the sticker images (various artwork, instruments, portraits, etc.) to show where to place them. When you are done with your "stickering," you have a lovely book of interesting facts about classical music! As you find in all Usborne books, it is colorful throughout and really pulls the reader along to discover what is inside. Sc, 32pp plus 10pp of stickers. ~Sara

  • Item #: 049586
    ISBN: 9781893103542
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    This study guide by Beautiful Feet is a musical journey from the Baroque age of composition to the Modern era. Beginning with Corelli, the father of modern violin playing, and tracing the development of composition up to the time of Igor Stravinsky, students will learn of the lives of the great composers, many of whom were devoted Christians. The formation of the orchestra as well as a study of each type of musical instrument is included. Much of the practical use students will get from the study guide will come with also using the Music Masters CD collection (also available in our music section) so students learn how to identify music by great composers, as well as name instruments by sound. A combination of music and biography makes this study enjoyable.

  • Item #: 002959
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  • Item #: 016653
    ISBN: 9781575835723
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    This enjoyable CD pack provides hours of fun listening. Set includes three CDs, which together includes 102 full-length songs that should be part of every childhood. Examples include The ABC Song, B-I-N-G-O, John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, If You're Happy and You Know It, The Wheels on the Bus, Yankee Doodle, Hickory Dickory Dock, and more. Classic and newer songs are included in the set, and the music is lively and cheerful. Background music usually includes guitar, with some piano and other instruments, and lyrics are sung by young children in an animated yet professional way. Perfect for sing-alongs in the car or at home. As an added bonus, lyrics are included in .pdf format on the CD, and one CD includes a printable 48-page activity book too! ~ Rachel

  • Item #: 064475
    ISBN: 9781465436047
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       Don’t let the title fool you! This wide-breadth visual guide from DK will be useful for individual students, supplementing music courses, and just learning a lot. Detailed visuals (diagrams, music notation and photos) and concise descriptions provide a systematic and methodical approach to music instruction encompassing pitch, rhythm, intervals, melody, chords and harmony, and form. The text identifies with a “sound” symbol which one of the over 90 tracks on the accompanying music CD will demonstrate a particular term or concept studied. Strewn throughout are also mini biographies of famous composers. Additional handy reference pages provide a quick tool to access note and rest values, time and key signatures, chords and scales, and musical terms. A glossary and index are included. 256 pp, sc. ~ Ruth

  • Item #: 002967
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  • Item #: 040309
    ISBN: 9780739087619
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    Book 2 covers early keyboards, Baroque/Classical/Romantic (early and late) composers, French and 20th century composers, and music of the Americas.

  • Item #: 039205
    ISBN: 9781575056371
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  • Item #: 049585
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  • Item #: 013373
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    This one-year course spans the history of music and its composers from ancient times to the 20th century. The comprehensive study guide employs familiar music history books such as The Usborne Story of Music, The Gift of Music, and The Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers as reference materials. This study consists of 30 lessons and 5 tests. In order to cover the course in one year, students devote approximately 30 minutes per week (more if optional activities are completed) to study. One lesson is assigned each Monday, to be completed during the week. Each lesson begins with required reading from one of the reference books listed above. Students must then complete writing activities and answer a series of questions pertaining to the sections they have read. Some of the questions are strictly objective, such as "How was a troubadour different from a minstrel?" Students should be able to find the answers to these questions within the text of the required reading. Other study questions have more subjective answers. Questions such as "What do you think Confucius meant by the quote 'If you want to understand a nation, listen to its music'?" will require more thinking on the part of the student. Complete answer key and test solutions are in the back of the manual. Optional activities are suggested which greatly enhance the course. One of these activities utilizes a permanent exhibit found on the Internet Public Library. (Text includes complete web addresses for all Internet pages cited.) Other optional supplemental materials include the Music Masters and Classical Kids audio series. The author also recommends attending live symphonies in your area if possible. Though written for students aged 13-15, this guide may be modified for younger students by substituting the reading material with books like Famous Composers or the Getting to Know the World's Greatest Composers series. Older students may be assigned a major paper for extra work. - Rachel

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  • Item #: 063957
    ISBN: 9780739038741
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