Alfred Publishing has some very nice music products especially suited for home educators. The various kits for studying the great composers could be used to accompany your history studies. In Stories of the Great Composers, you will study 12 composers and their music. Grades K to 6.
The Meet the Great Composers Series is for students in grades 3 to 9. There are two kits that cover famous composers from the Baroque period to the 20th century. Each kit includes a book, a listening CD, and reproducible activity sheets. Grades 3 to 9.
For serious upper level music students, you’ll want Accent on the Composers. Accent on the Composers covers the lives and music of 22 great composers from six eras of music from medieval to twentieth century. Age 11 to Adult.
Stories of the Great Hymns includes information about who wrote the hymns, why it was written, and a simplified piano arrangement for each hymn in the text. Upper Elementary to Intermediate.
Ten famous Christmas Carols are studied in Stories of the Great Christmas Carols. Learn the stories behind O Holy Night, The First Noel, and more for the upper elementary to early intermediate grades.
A study of seventeen different jazz musicians is found in Meet the Great Jazz Musicians.
In addition to their music history curriculum, we also carry music theory curriculum from Alfred’s.
Stories of the Great Composers
Stories of the Great Composers Book 1 and Compact Disc
“Stories of the Great Composers is designed to give elementary students a glimpse into the composer’s life, character and music.
There are 12 composer units in this book. Each unit is designed to be completed in a 15-20 minute session.
A compact disc recording of the suggested listening is included.”
Each unit in Stories of the Great Composers contains:
- A picture of the composer with a short biography.
- An imaginary story based on fact about an event in the composer’s life, family or music.
- A list of three important compositions by the composer, as well as a short description of the compositions.
- A question and answer page for review in the form of a puzzle or matching game.
Samples from Stories of the Great Composers
Stories of the Great Composers is recommended for Grades K through 6
Meet the Great Composers Series
“Each book contains a 17-unit study on famous composers from the Baroque period to the 20th century. The Meet the Great Composers series is a complete music history curriculum designed to give student as appreciation and understanding of the composers whose music they listen to and learn.” (Grade 3-9)
Each kit features:
- Important facts about the composer.
- The story of the composer’s life.
- An interesting essay about the composer’s music or about the times in which they lived.
- A fun, reproducible activity sheet which reinforces what the student has learned.
- A CD with the suggested listening examples.
Meet the Great Composers Series Book 1 Kit
The Meet the Great Composers Series Book 1 Kit includes Book 1, CD, and Reproducible Activity Sheets.
Meet the Great Composers 1 is recommended for Grades 3-9
Meet the Great Composers Series Book 2 Kit
The Meet the Great Composers Series Book 2 Kit includes Book 2, CD, and Reproducible Activity Sheets.
Meet the Great Composers2 is recommended for Grades 3-9
Accent on Composers
Accent on Composers Book and Compact Disc
“Accent on Composers is a 100% reproducible book with listening CD designed to introduce students to the lives and music of 22 great composers. For each composer, students will study the life of the composer, then listen to a well-known musical work by the composer. This is a must for your upper level students.”
“Also included are dozens of pages of supplementary materials including:
- A composer time line
- A map of the musical capitals of Europe
- A glossary of musical terms used in this book
- Background information of six eras of music, from Medieval to Twentieth Century, featuring the development of musical styles, forms, notation, and instruments, as well as a listing of other composers not listed in this book and famous world figures who lived during each era
- Additional student pages
- Answer keys
Samples of Accent on Composers
Recommended for ages 11 though adult
Stories of the Great Hymns
Stories of the Great Hymns
Learn the story behind great hymns. Recommended for upper elementary and early intermediate.
In Stories of the Great Hymns there is “information on the men and women who wrote the text and the music, a story about the creation of the hymn, a simplified piano arrangement (at the late elementary to early-intermediate level), and a fun activity page that reviews the information presented in the unit.” Titles include:
- Amazing Grace
- Brighten the Corner
- Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
- God Will Take Care of You
- Holy, Holy, Holy
- Jesus Loves Even Me
- Jesus Loves Me
- Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
- Take My Life and Let It Be
- This is My Father’s World
- Trust and Obey
Recommended for upper elementary and early intermediate.
Stories of the Great Christmas Carols
Stories of the Great Christmas Carols
Learn the story behind great Christmas Carols.
For each carol there is information on the authors who wrote the text and music; the story about the creation of the carol; a simplifies arrangement of the carol with text; and a fun activity page that reviews the information presented in the unit.
Scripture quotations are taken from the King James Version of the Bible (1611).
The carols included in Stories of the Great Christmas Carols are:
- Away in a Manger
- Angels from the Realms of Glory
- O Come, All Ye Faithful
- Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
- Silent Night
- While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
- The First Noel
- Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
- What Child is This?
- O Holy Night
Sample Pages from Stories of the Great Christmas Carols
Recommended for late elementary and early intermediate grades.
Meet the Great Jazz Legends
Meet the Great Jazz Legends Book
“Short Sessions on the Lives, Times and Music of the Great Jazz Legends”
Learn about famous jazz musicians of the twentieth century with stories of their lives, times and music. Meet the Great Jazz Legends includes 17 units on artists such as Louis Armstrong, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Ella Fitzgerald.
Sample from Meet the Great Jazz Legends
Meet the Great Jazz Legends Classroom Kit
This set includes Meet the Great Jazz Legends Book and the reproducible Activity Sheets
Meet the Great Jazz Legends Book and CD
This set includes Meet the Great Jazz Legends book and the Audio CD.