Resources We Are Using for Music

For Music-

I’ll help Norah work through The Usborne First Book of the Recorder. This book came with a recorder for Norah and I still have the recorder that I used in grade school, so she and I should both have a recorder to play on.

We’ll also start reading and listening through these printed and audio books:

The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine

The Orchestra by Ann Haynes

She’ll listen to the audio recordings called:

A Child’s Introduction to the Orchestra

Pan the Piper: The Reed That Grew Into an Orchestra


We will go see an orchestra play.

We will learn about the composers.

Available free of charge, I’ve found the audio and the text and illustrations of all Thomas Tapper’s books in the series Stories of the Great Composers for Children.

We will listen to classical music.

After we listen to a composer’s story, we will listen to a compilation of his most famous works while we do the rest of our school work.

For some of the composers, we have an extra book or audio recording that we will read or listen to. In addition to what we do for Beethoven, for example, we will also listen to “Beethoven Lives Upstairs.” We don’t have extra resources like this for every composer on our list, but we will use them for the composer’s we have them for.

If we finish all the composer’s in Stories of the Great Composers and listen to their works, etc. by the end of second grade, I’ll have to think of something else. But, with learning the recorder and reading and listening to all of the above, we have enough content to work through for now and make a solid start for this year.

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