One would think, that having homeschooled my children for as many years as I have I would have already met Bright Ideas Press, but the truth is that our acquaintance is quite new.
As a member of The Old Schoolhouse homeschool crew, I was recently given the opportunity to use and review A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers, written by Melissa E. Craig and Maggie S. Hogan, and published by Bright Ideas Press.
This is set up as a full year’s curriculum in 32 lessons. It is likely, we will stretch it into 2 year’s. Our house is a Kindergarten-to adult house. We are using A Young Scholar’s Guide to Composers at a more relaxed pace, because we are using it as a family course and including everyone. This tends to lead to longer discussions about each composer, his life and music. It is designed for 4th through 8th grades, but all of us have learned something and want to continue this study.
…Composers, begins with ancient music, moves through the Middle Ages and The Renaissance, then flows into Classical and Modern music. The authors cover composers and their music from The Baroque Period, The Classical Period, The Romantic Period and The Contemporary Period. 26 biographies in all, including the life and times of each composer, from a Christian perspective, as well as appreciation of their music.
There is nearly no teacher prep time and, since I never seem to have enough time in a day, I appreciate the thoroughness of the authors. The only thing not included to complete this study, is the music, but Craig and Hogan have compiled a section of Listening Suggestions with YouTube links that correlate with each composer. Our local library offered many of the suggested selections, too.
You can view sample pages before you decide to purchase this curriculum. I can recommend this investment. $29.95 for the book on CD-Rom or $34.95 for a 298 page paperback. I chose the paperback. I still favor holding a real book in my hands. I did take my nicely bound book to a local printer and had it gently taken apart, and hole-punched. Personally, I would still choose the paperback over the CD-Rom, but I found it inconvenient to copy the student pages from the bound book. I now have easy access, from a three-ring binder, to the note taking and student review pages, time lines & maps, games and detailed coloring sheets.
If you’re still not convinced to look at this curriculum, consider this –
Why even teach an appreciation of Classical music in this age? The website lists these reasons:
- 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.
Bright Ideas Press is also the publisher of Illuminations, The Mystery of History (World) volumes 1-3, All American History volumes 1&2, and Christian Kids Explore (Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Space; Biology); Hands-on Geography. These are covered in review by my TOS crew mates.
Bright Ideas Press
P.O. Box 333
Cheswold, DE 19936
This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog. The opinions expressed are my own.