In our efforts to become a more Charlotte Mason (CM) styled homeschool, we eventually added composer study into our routine. Like all things CM, composer study relies on the principle of a little studied often.
Each term (6-12 weeks) you should study a single composer. The bulk of this study is simply listening to the composer’s music so that you become familiar with his style and sound. You can supplement the listening with optional activities such as notebooking or reading a biography. To read a more detailed explanation of what a CM composer study can be, read Charlotte Mason Style Composer Study. It is a general overview filled with links and resources.
Feel free to glean ideas from our past composer studies.
- Bach Composer Study
- Tchaikovsky Composer Study
- Mozart Composer Study
- Verdi Composer Study
- Chopin Composer Study
I use and recommend NotebookingPages.com. Their composer pages are a wonderful addition to Charlotte Mason composer studies.
I also urge you to try Mary Prather’s Squilt lessons. This curriculum with a funny sounding name is a very easy to implement plan for exposing your children to the classics of music even if you know nothing about it yourself.
And finally, I have a board at Pinterest devoted exclusively to composer study. Follow me there.