My family had the pleasure of reviewing Music Appreciation Book 1: for the Elementary Grades by Zeezok Publishing LLC. Book 1 covers seven composers: Schubert, Mozart, Paganini, Bach, Hayden, Handel, and Beethoven. The package includes a student activity book, music discs, lapbook CD, and biographies for all seven composers.
When I saw this review come up I was thrilled! I believe that music education is important! I grew up playing multiple instruments from elementary through college, and have continued to play the flute some since. I don’t remember studying composers in school. If we did it was very little. I know there are college classes that cover this information but I never took any of those. Sweet Pea is showing interest in music and then this review became available! Perfect timing!
The biographies about the composers are very well written and make perfect read a louds for the entire family. The book that we read was ‘Joseph Haydn the Merry Little Peasant’. There are 118 pages in this book. The font size is large and had wide margins. Just about every page had a beautiful illustration and/or a music score. Also included with the music score is the location of where you can find it on the CD. I loved that it allowed us to play the music and read along on the score! Sweet Pea enjoyed being able to follow along and look at all of the illustrations as we were reading the book together.
The student activity book contains the activities for all seven composers. The consumable book comes with perforated pages and is already hole punched for easy removal and storage in a notebook. Every composer has their own section and every page is tagged with which composer is being studied. Every composer has a suggested four week schedule but it is easily adapted to fit your schedule and the ages that you are teaching. An answer key is available at the end of every composer study.
A sample of what you may find yourself doing during a week while studying Haydn:
- read a chapter from the book
- answer comprehensive questions
- listen to music
- studying character qualities
- games and puzzles
- lapbook activities
- & much more!!
While learning about Haydn Sweet Pea also learned about the orchestra and instruments in the orchestra and the families within an orchestra. During week 2 of the Haydn study there are pictures of the instruments in an orchestra along with a short description of each one. Being a flutist I noticed right away that an alto flute was chosen to represent the flute family. So if you are wondering why the keys and/or head joint looks different, this is why. The alto flute (picture below) was also used throughout the student activity book when referencing the flute. There is a matching game where Sweet Pea is able to take the cards with the instrument’s name and match them up with their picture.
There are five music CD’s included in the package. Throughout the student activity book and the composer biographies will let you know which disc you need and the track number. The CD’s are also great for listening in the car and throughout the day. One of the five CD’s covers the individual instruments of an orchestra and you will get to hear them play individually.
The lapbook CD has pdf files of the lapbook pages for all seven composers. You may print as many copies as you need for your family only. In our house, instead of using file folders to create lap books, our girls prefer to comb bind colored card stock and make their books this way. I gave Sweet Pea the option of either one and as usual she chose to make it with the colored card stock. Sweet Pea’s favorite item in her Haydn lap book is the wheel from, “The Life of a Wheelwright”. Haydn was a master wheelwright and one of the activities was to cut out a wheel graphic, put some information behind the flaps, and adhere it to the lap book with a brad. You can spin the wheel around.
I am thankful that our family had the opportunity to review this product. I am looking forward to completing the remaining units in this Music Appreciation book!
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