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Hey Kids, Meet Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven (Baptized Dec 16, 1770-1827) German Classical/Romantic Era Composer

Ludwig van Beethoven | Hey Kids, Meet the Composer Biography

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....


Meet Beethoven Video Introduction

Learn about Ludwig van Beethoven with this popsicle stick theater production from the MakingMusicFun.net Academy. It's perfect for K-3 students, providing a summary of his remarkable achievements. Print the Meet Beethoven | Free Video Music Lesson Study Guide to drill the facts.



Ludwig van Beethoven 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. 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?)


Beethoven's Symphony No.5 - First Movement


Sheet Music and Books

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

Piano Books for Kids

Beethoven | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 1
A Charlie Brown Christmas for Easy Piano

Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music

Beethoven | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 1
Moonlight Sonata Beginner-Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 2
Beethoven's Fifth Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 2
Beethoven's Fifth Play and Learn™ Edition
Ode to Joy Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 2
Ode to Joy for Easy Piano - Play and Learn™ Series
Für Elise Beginner Notes Piano Sheet Music/Primer
Für Elise Beginner Piano Sheet Music/Level 1
Für Elise Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Russian Folk Song, Op. 107, No. 3 Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Russian Folk Song, Op. 107, No. 7 Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Ode to Joy Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4
Ode to Joy for Easy/Intermediate Piano - Play and Learn™ Edition
Minuet in G Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 4
Symphony No. 5 in C Minor (1st Mvt.) Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Moonlight Sonata Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Moonlight Sonata for Easy Piano by Beethoven - Play and Learn™
Ecossaise Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Pathetique Sonata Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5
Rage Over a Lost Penny Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5


Free Online Piano Lesson for Kids

Ode to Joy | Beginner Piano Lesson for Kids
Russian Folk Song | Easy Piano Lesson for Kids
Für Elise | Beginner Piano Lesson for Kids
Für Elise | Easy Piano Lesson for Kids


Beginner and Easy Guitar Sheet Music

Beethoven's Fifth Easy Guitar Sheet Music (Tab)
Moonlight Sonata Easy Guitar Sheet Music (Tab)
Turkish March Easy Guitar Solo (Tab)


Beginner and Easy Band/Orchestra Instrument Sheet Music

Für Elise Easy Flute Sheet Music
Ode to Joy Beginner Flute Sheet Music
Für Elise Easy Clarinet Sheet Music
Ode to Joy Beginner Clarinet Sheet Music
Ode to Joy Beginner Trumpet Sheet Music
Ode to Joy Beginner Trombone Sheet Music
Ode to Joy Beginner Violin Sheet Music
Ode to Joy Beginner Viola Sheet Music
Ode to Joy Beginner Cello Sheet Music


Hey Kids, Meet the Composer Worksheets

Learn about Ludwig van Beethoven with a free printable famous composer worksheet.

Meet Beethoven | Free Video Lesson Study Guide
Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet
Beethoven | Word Search Worksheet
Beethoven | Crossword Worksheet
Beethoven | Multiplication-Connect-the-Dot Worksheet
Beethoven | Coloring Page Worksheet


Bulletin Board Posters for Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack


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 of Ludwig van Beethoven

Paint a watercolor portrait of Beethoven. Begin by printing a Ludwig van Beethoven Coloring Page. Next, place your cold press watercolor paper over the coloring page and hold it up to the window and trace the image. When you're masterpiece is painted, display it where all great works of art are shown - on the refridgerator!


Download a Famous Composer 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.