Meet the Composer | Elementary Music Lesson Curriculum

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Need an awesome resource to teach students about our great composers? We've got 'em! You'll find stuff for general music classroom lessons, private/group music lessons, and some just for fun.


Play and Learn™ Editions

Our Meet the Composer Play and Learn™ editions give kids an opportunity to do more than just play the music of the great composers. This series includes a premium graded piano arrangement, our Hey Kids, Meet the Composer biography, and activity worksheets.

Canon in D (Pachelbel) | Easy Piano | Play and Learn™ Edition
Tarentelle (Chaminade) | Easy Piano Play and Learn™ Edition
Che si può fare (Barbara Strozzi) | Easy Piano Play and Learn™ Edition
Duke Ellington (Soda Fountain Rag) Play and Learn™ Edition
The Entertainer (Joplin) | Easy Piano/Level 3 Play and Learn™ Edition
The Entertainer (Joplin) | Easy Piano/Level 5 Play and Learn™ Edition
Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven) | Easy Piano Play and Learn™ Edition
Ode to Joy (Beethoven) | Easy Piano/Level 2 Play and Learn™ Edition
Ode to Joy (Beethoven) | Easy Piano/Level 4 Play and Learn™ Edition
Prelude in Bb Major (Clara Schumann) | Easy Piano Play and Learn™ Edition
Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky) | Easy Piano Play and Learn™ Edition
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Tchaikovsky) Easy Piano Play and Learn™ Edition
Maple Leaf Rag (Joplin) | Easy Piano Play and Learn™ Edition
Easy Winners (Joplin) | Easy Piano Play and Learn™ Edition


Music Lesson Plans

Just click, print and teach! Our Meet the Composer music lesson plans make it easy to teach great composer units that are a hit with your students.

John Williams | Composer of the Month Lesson Bundle
Star Wars Rap | Music Lesson Plan and Worksheet
Bach | Music Lesson Plan and Bulletin Board Bundle
Tchaikovsky | Composer of the Month Lesson Bundle
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Comic Strip Worksheet and Lesson Plan
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Music Lesson Pack
Hallelujah Chorus | Soprano Recorder Play-Along (Music/Mp3)


Listening Maps and Listening Glyphs

Designed for the music classroom, our printable listening maps and listening glyphs turn listening to music into a visual learning experience.

In the Hall of the Mountain King (Grieg) | Listening Map
Kangaroo from Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens) | Listening Map
Surprise Symphony (Haydn) | Listening Map and Lesson
Handel | Composer of the Month Lesson and Bulletin Board Pack
Trepak (Nutcracker) | Music Listening Map
Toccata in D Minor (Bach) | Listening Map
Toccata in D Minor (Bach) | Listening Glyph
Hallelujah Chorus (Handel) | Listening Map
Hallelujah Chorus (Handel) | Listening Map/Composer Pack (Bundle)
St. Patrick's Day | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
John Williams | Film Score Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
Harry Potter (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
Star Wars (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
Jurassic Park (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
Indiana Jones (John Williams) | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
Easter (Vivaldi "Spring") | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
Thanksgiving (Vivaldi "Autumn") | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets
Circus Music (Entry of the Gladiators) | Music Listening Glyph Worksheets


Bulletin Board Posters

Our bulletin board poster packs add pizzazz to your music classroom bulletin boards, while helping kids remember the essential facts about each composer.

Beethoven | Bulletin Board Poster Pack
John Williams | Bulletin Board Poster Pack
Bach | Bulletin Board Poster Pack
Tchaikovsky | Bulletin Board Poster Pack
Elements of Music | Anchor Chart Posters
Haydn | Bulletin Board Poster Pack
Prokofiev | Bulletin Board Poster Pack
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Bulletin Board Poster Pack


FunLibs™ | Story and Worksheet

Read the original story, and then make up a silly variation by substituting your own words in the provided blanks.

Peer Gynt FunLib™ (Edvard Grieg) | Story and Worksheet
Nutcracker FunLib™ (Tchaikovsky) | Story and Worksheet


Word Search Worksheets

Build reading skills with our free printable great composer word search worksheets. Let your students know how many words there are to find, and then ask them to complete the word search by identifying and circling the keywords found in the biography.

Johann Sebastian Bach | Word Search Worksheet
Ludwig van Beethoven | Word Search Worksheet
Leonard Bernstein | Word Search Worksheet
Johannes Brahms | Word Search Worksheet
Cécile Chaminade | Word Search Worksheet
Frederic Chopin | Word Search Worksheet
Aaron Copland | Word Search Worksheet
Claude Debussy | Word Search Worksheet
Antonin Dvorak | Word Search Worksheet
Duke Ellington | Word Search Worksheet
George Gershwin | Word Search Worksheet
Edvard Grieg | Word Search Worksheet
George Frideric Handel | Word Search Worksheet
Franz Joseph Haydn | Word Search Worksheet
Scott Joplin | Word Search Worksheet
Dmitri Kabalevsky | Word Search Worksheet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Word Search Worksheet
Modest Mussorgsky | Word Search Worksheet
Johann Pachelbel | Word Search Worksheet
Sergei Prokofiev | Word Search Worksheet
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov | Word Search Worksheet
Gioachino Antonio Rossini | Word Search Worksheet
Camille Saint-Saëns | Word Search Worksheet
Clara Schumann | Word Search Worksheet
Dmitri Shostakovich | Word Search Worksheet
Barbara Strozzi | Word Search Worksheet
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Word Search Worksheet
Antonio Vivaldi | Word Search Worksheet
John Williams | Word Search Worksheet


Multiplication-Connect-the-Dot Worksheets

Build pre-multiplication skills by skip counting with our free printable great composer connect-the-dot worksheets. Then grab the crayons!

Johann Sebastian Bach | Worksheet
Ludwig van Beethoven | Worksheet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Worksheet


Crossword Puzzles

Drill the facts in the Hey Kids, Meet the Composer biographies with our free composer crossword puzzles.

Johann Sebastian Bach | Crossword Puzzle Worksheet
Ludwig van Beethoven | Crossword Puzzle Worksheet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Crossword Puzzle Worksheet
John Williams | Crossword Puzzle Worksheet


Coloring Pages

Print a free great composer coloring page, grab the crayons, and start the CD. Giving students a coloring page keeps them focused and quite, providing you with an opportunity to introduce the classics.

Johann Sebastian Bach | Coloring Page
Ludwig van Beethoven | Coloring Page
Johannes Brahms | Coloring Page
Cécile Chaminade | Coloring Page
Aaron Copland | Coloring Page
Duke Ellington | Coloring Page
George Frideric Handel | Coloring Page
Franz Joseph Haydn | Coloring Page
Scott Joplin | Coloring Page
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Coloring Page
Modest Mussorgsky | Coloring Page
Johann Pachelbel | Coloring Page
Camille Saint-Saëns | Coloring Page
Franz Schubert | Coloring Page
Clara Schumann | Coloring Page
Barbara Strozzi | Coloring Page
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Coloring Page
Richard Wagner | Coloring Page
John Williams | Coloring Page


Scavenger Hunt Worksheet

Introduce kids to the great composers with a "Meet the Composer" Scavenger Hunt worksheet. Print the study guide worksheet and then head to the "Meet the Composer" biographies to hunt for the facts.

Scavenger Hunt Worksheet


Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet

Introduce kids to the great composers by asking them to complete an employment application for the composer for your choice.

Meet the Composer Job Application Worksheet


Venn Diagrams

Develop higher order thinking skills in your music students by comparing and contrasting the musical elements your favorite music selections.

Nutcracker Venn Diagram (Tchaikovsky) | Worksheet
Peer Gynt FunLib™ (Edvard Grieg) | Story and Worksheet
Peer Gynt (Edvard Grieg) | Venn Diagram Worksheet