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Johannes Brahms | Homeschool Music Lesson Plans
from the Hey Kid's Meet the Composer Index


Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) German Romantic Era Composer

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Preview and print this free printable composer biography by clicking on the green button.


Biography
Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany on May 7, 1833. Johannes' father, a town musican, gave him his first musical instruction. At the age of seven he studied piano with Otto Friedrich Willibald Cossel. Young Brahms gave concerts in Hamburg and worked playing piano in restaurants and theaters to help support his family. Read more....


Create a Writing Assignment
Write a few paragraphs on Johannes Brahms that includes facts about his life and music. Then ask your child to complete the project by watching and describing a recorded performance of Brahms' Lullaby on YouTube.com. Ask them to begin with a list of adjectives and then follow with paragraph form. The following questions will help to guide their critique.

1) What instrument is performing Brahms' Lullaby? (Harp)

2) What is the tempo of this performance of Brahms' Lullaby:

1) Adagio (Slow)
2) Andante (Walking Speed)
3) Moderato (Moderate)
4) Allegro (Fast)

(Adagio or Andante are acceptable answers.)

3) What is the dynamics level of this performance of Brahms' Lullaby:

1) Piano (Soft)
2) Mezzo Piano (Medium Soft)
3) Mezzo Forte (Medium Loud)
4) Forte (Loud)

(Piano or Mezzo Piano are acceptable answers.)

4) Is Brahms' Lullaby best described as lyric (expressive, gentle, flowing) or majestic (dignified, nobile, stately)? (Lyric) Why? (Because it is being played softly, at a slow to moderate tempo, and in a smooth and connected style).


Print a Worksheet
Learn about Johannes Brahms with a free printable worksheet.

Brahms | Free Word Search Worksheet
Brahms | Free Coloring Page


Play Brahms' Music
Give your kids a hands-on music making experience. Ask your child's music teacher about including the study of one of these pieces in their music lesson.

Lullaby (Cradle Song) for Piano Solo by Johannes Brahms
Waltz in Ab for Piano Solo by Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dance No. 5 for Piano Solo by Johannes Brahms
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Flute Solo
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Clarinet Solo
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Alto Saxophone Solo
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Trumpet Solo
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Violin Solo


Download a New Ringtone
Download the first movement from Johannes Brahms' Lullaby or Hungarian Dance No.5 as your cell phone's new ringtone. Ask your kids who the composer is, or facts about the composer, when the phone rings. You may find yourself asking, "Is that my phone" often because you don't remember the ringtone, but your kids will be enriched.


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