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Hey Kids, Meet Pachelbel

Johann Pachelbel (Baptized 1653-1706) German Baroque Era Composer

Johann Pachelbel | Hey Kids, Meet the Composer Biography

Johann Pachelbel was born in Germany, in the city of Nurnberg in 1653. His father enrolled him in the St. Lorenz High School, though soon recognized Johann's musical potential, and arranged for outside musical training. Johann also showed such impressive academic abilities that he was allowed to attended various non-music classes at Nurnberg's Auditorium Aegidianum. These abilities also allowed him to gain entrance to the Universitat Altdorf in 1669, at the age of fifteen. In addition to his academic and musical studies, he served as organist at the Pfarrkirche. Read more....

Johann Pachelbel Writing Assignment

Write a few paragraphs on Johann Pachelbel that includes facts about his life and music. Then ask your child to complete the project by watching and comparing two recorded performances of Canon in D on YouTube.com. The following questions will help to guide their critique.

1) What instruments perform in each recording?
2) How are both performances the same and different? Begin by listing the similarities and differences on a Venn Diagram, and then explain in paragraph form.


Canon in D by Pachelbel - String Quartet


Canon Rock (Pachelbel) - Electric Guitar


Music Lesson Plan Worksheets

Learn about Johann Pachelbel with a printable famous composer worksheet.

Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Johann Pachelbel Word Search


Sheet Music

Appreciating the talent of a famous composer is never richer than when you're playing their music. Ask your child's music teacher about including the study of Pachelbel's Canon in D in their music lesson.

Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music

Canon in D Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Canon in D | Piano Solo - Play and Learn™ Series

Beginner and Easy Guitar Sheet Music

Canon in D Easy Guitar (Tab) Sheet Music
Canon in D | Easy/Intermediate Guitar Sheet Music


Download a Famous Composer Ringtone

Download Johann Pachelbel Canon in D 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.