|Johann Sebastian Bach | Homeschool Music Lesson Plans
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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) German Baroque Era Composer
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Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685. As a child, Bach's father taught him to play violin and harpsichord. His uncles were all musicians, serving as church organists and court chamber musicians. One of his uncles, Johann Christoph Bach, introduced him to the art of organ playing. Read more...
Create a Writing Assignment
Write a few paragraphs on Johann Sebastian Bach that includes facts about his life and music. Then ask your child to complete the project by watching a recorded performance of Bach's Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor on YouTube.com. The following questions will help to guide their critique.
1) Does the music have a dark or bright sound? (They should say that it has a dark sound as it is in a minor key.)
2) Is the music being played on the instrument for which it was originally written? (Bach originally composed this work for the organ.) If the music is being played by an orchestra, as it is in Walt Disney's Fantasia, describe how it is different.
Print a Worksheet
Learn about Johann Sebastian Bach with a free printable worksheet.
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Play Bach's Music
Give your kids a hands-on music making experience. Ask your child's piano teacher about including the study of one of these pieces in their music lesson.
Minuet in G for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
May the Sheep Freely Graze for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Rent Walt Disney's Fantasia
Watch Walt Disney's 1940 masterpiece, Fantasia, featuring Johann Sebastian Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor. The visual experience will make the music come alive for them.
Download a New Ringtone
Download Johann Sebastian Bach's Tocatta and Fugue in D Minor or Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.2 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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