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Johann Sebastian Bach | Homeschool Music Lesson Plans

from the Hey Kid's Meet the Composer Index




Hey Kids, Meet Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) German Baroque Era Composer

Johann Sebastian Bach | Hey Kids, Meet the Composer Biography

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...


Johann Sebastian Bach 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.


Music Lesson Plan Worksheets

Learn about Johann Sebastian Bach with a printable famous composer worksheet.

Johann Sebastian Bach | Word Search Worksheet
Johann Sebastian Bach | Multiplication Connect-the-Dot Worksheet
Johann Sebastian Bach | Coloring Page


Beginner and Easy Piano 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 one of the following pieces in their music lesson.

Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4
Minuet in G Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Musette in D Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Aria from Suite in D Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Toccata in D Minor Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
May the Sheep Freely Graze Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Minuet in D Minor Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Minuet in G (1) Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Minuet in G (2) Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Minuet in G Minor Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Musette in D Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Siciliano Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Toccata in D Minor Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5


Rent the Fantasia DVD

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 Famous Composer 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.