Welcome to Homeschool Music History and Theory Books and Curriculum at Lamp Post Homeschool.
What’s a well rounded homeschool program without music?
Basically there are two major types of music courses.
First, there are the technical music courses where one learns to sing or to play an instrument (such as Piano for Life or Jean Welles Worship Guitar) or learns music theory (Essentials of Music Theory.)
Then, there are the music appreciation and music history courses. Most non-music majors take this type of music course for their necessary music credits. Some of our favorites for teaching music history and appreciation at home are Stories of the Great Composers, Meet the Great Composers, and Accent on Composers. They cover elementary grades through high school. The Gift of Music and the Spiritual Lives of Great Composers also cover famous composers.
Another choice for music history that uses a literature approach is the History of Classical Music Study Guide from Beautiful Feet Books.
If your child likes to learn about composers, listen to samples of their music, and color at the same time, the he will like Color the Classics. You can check out the Composer Coloring Books if you want to supplement your music curriculum.
An Overview of Music History
Alfred’s Great Music and Musicians Book with CD
In Alfred’s Great Music and Musicians, your students will study the history of music from the Greco-Roman era to the present.
Listening examples on the CD will help your student understand the music of each of the time periods studied. In additions, the illustrations are based on art from each era.
Instructions for listening to music and an overview of the musical instruments and the orchestra will prepare the student for the course.
Presenting a music history overview, the Great Music and Musicians studies these eight time periods through the musical styles and composers of each one.
- The Greco-Roman Era
- The Middle Ages
- The Renaissance
- The Baroque Period
- The Classical Period
- The Romantic Period
- The Turn of the 20th Century
- 1945 to the Present
An answer key is found in the back of the book.
In each unit there is an overview and historical background, a look at important musical developments, art that shows life in the era, a short summary, listening suggestions, and review activity such as a crossword or fill-in-the-blank.
A sample from the book is available on the publisher’s website
Grade Level: Upper elementary
Homeschool Books about Teaching Music
Here are some basic resources to help you teach music in your homeschool.
How to Grow a Young Music Lover
How to Grow a Young Music Lover is a tool for parents and grandparents who want to teach their children to love music.
Gift of Music
In the Gift of Music, learn about the great classical music composers and their influence. Each interesting story follows the life and contributions of the composer to the world of music. It is followed with Recommended Reading suggestions (to learn more about that composer) and a Recommended Listening list (to encourage you to listen to the works.)
Reading Level is grade 6-12.
Spiritual Lives of Great Composers
“Patrick Kavanaugh uncovers the spirituality of twenty of music’s timeless giants, revealing legacies of the soul as diverse as the masterpieces they created. Warmly written, beautifully illustrated, and complete with listening recommendations for each composer, Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers is a fascinating look at the inner flame that lit the works of these masters.”
History of Classical Music Study Guide
A Literature Approach to the History of Classical Music Guide
The History of Classical Music Study Guide 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 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. Using the highly acclaimed Music Masters CD collection, students will learn how to identify music by the great composers, as well as name instruments by sound. A combination of music and biography makes A Literature Approach to the History of Classical Music enjoyable as well as educational.
In addition to A Literature Approach to the History of Classical Music Guide, you will need the following items:
- History of Classical Music Timeline
- The Farewell Symphony
- Spiritual Lives of Great Composers
- Musical Genius
- The Story of the Orchestra
- Great Composers Volume 2 Coloring Book
- Great Composers Volume 3 Coloring Book (not available at this time)
- Composers Card Deck
We do not carry the following items that are called for in this guide:
- Music Masters 18 CD collection
Classical Music Timeline
History of Classical Music Timeline
The newest edition to the Beautiful Feet timeline collection, the History of Classical Music Timeline charts the course of musical development from Baroque composer Corelli up to modem composers 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.
For use in conjunction with A Literature Approach to the History of Classical Music.
“Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is perhaps the most important and most recognized composer of all time. Playing the keyboard when he was just three years old and composing at age four, Mozart spent much of his youth touring European courts with his family. although he died at the age of thirty-five, he created a huge volume of musical works. among them are the famed operas The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni.”
The Farewell Symphony
The Farewell Symphony
“In 1772, with summer long gone and winter fast approaching, Joseph Haydn, court musician to Prince Nicholas of Esterhazy, creates a symphony that finally persuades his oblivious employer to close up his summer palace and allow the staff to return home.”
Great Composers 2 Coloring Book
Great Composers Volume 2 Coloring Book
This coloring book covers composer from Chopin to Tchaikovsky
The Story of the Orchestra
The Story of the Orchestra
Listen while you learn about the instruments, the music, and the composers who wrote the music.
The Story of the Orchestra is divided into three sections. The first section introduces each instrument in an orchestra. Stories of famous composers are found in the second section. The last section explains the different musical styles from Baroque to Modern.
With over 100 original drawings and photographs and a 70-minute audio CD, your children will enjoy learning about the orchestra.
Hardcover with CD
Composers Card Game
Composers Card Deck
This is a game similar to the famous authors game, but with composers. Each Composers Card Deck includes color portraits of 13 composers and highlights their achievements.