Ludwig van Beethoven | Homeschool Music Lesson Plans
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Ludwig van Beethoven (Baptized Dec 16, 1770-1827) German Classical/Romantic Era Composer
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Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770, to Johann van Beethoven and Maria Magdalena Keverich. Although Beethoven's exact birth date is not known, his family celebrated it on December 16th. Beethoven's first music instruction came from his father Johann who was said to have been a harsh instructor. Johann later asked his friend, Tobias Pfeiffer, to teach young Beethoven. Although it seems that the harsh treatment continued as Johann and his friend would come home late on occasion to pull young Ludwig from his bed to practice until morning. Read more....
Create a Writing Assignment
Write a few paragraphs on Ludwig van Beethoven that includes facts about his life and music. Then ask your child to complete the project by watching and describing a recorded performance of Beethoven's Symphony No.5, First Movement 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) How many notes compose the opening motive? (Beethoven's music is motivic, where as Mozart's music is melodic. Motives are short melodic ideas that are 3 to 7 notes long. Beethoven's Symphony No.5: First Movement begins with two statements of a four note motive.)
2) Is Beethoven's Symphony No.5: First Movement best described as light and joyful or strong and dark? (This work is best described as strong and dark?)
Print a Worksheet
Learn about Ludwig van Beethoven with a free printable worksheet.
Beethoven Word Search
Beethoven Coloring Page
Play Beethoven's 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.
Beethoven's Fifth for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Ode to Joy for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Für Elise for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Ode to Joy for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Minuet in G for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Moonlight Sonata for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Ecossaise for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Pathetique Sonata for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Rage Over a Lost Penny for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Für Elise for Easy Flute Solo
Ode to Joy for Beginner Flute Solo
Für Elise for Easy Clarinet Solo
Ode to Joy for Beginner Clarinet Solo
Ode to Joy for Beginner Trumpet Solo
Ode to Joy for Beginner Trombone Solo
Ode to Joy for Beginner Violin Solo
Ode to Joy for Beginner Viola Solo
Ode to Joy for Beginner Cello Solo
Watch Beethoven Lives Upstairs DVD
Watch Beethoven Lives Upstairs DVD to bring the power of Beethoven music to life. Check Amazon.com for great deals on used copies, or find it on Netflix.com.
Paint a Watercolor
Paint a watercolor portrait of Beethoven. Begin by printing a Ludwig van Beethoven Coloring Page. Next, place your watercolor paper over the coloring page and hold it up to the window to trace the image. Need a few tips to help make your experience with watercolor painting great? Visit our art website, MakingArtFun.com, for beginning watercolor lessons that will make your efforts a great success.
Download a New Ringtone
Download the first movement from Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No.5 or Für Elise 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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