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Learn about famous composers with a biography for kids highlighting the composer's composer's life, music and culture. Then check out our related resources for music students, private lesson teachers, elementary music classroom teachers and homeschooling teachers.


Famous Composer Biographies for Students, Music Teachers and Homeschool Teachers

Baroque Era Composers (1600-1750)

Johann Sebastian Bach
George Frideric Handel
Johann Pachelbel
Antonio Vivaldi


Classic Era Composers (1750-1820)

Ludwig van Beethoven
Franz Joseph Haydn
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Romantic Era Composers (1820-1910)

Johannes Brahms
Frederic Chopin
Antonin Dvorak
Edvard Grieg
Modest Mussorgsky
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Gioachino Antonio Rossini
Camille Saint-Saëns
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Richard Wagner


Impressionist Era Composers (1820-1910)

Claude Debussy


Modern Era Composers (1910-Present)

Leonard Bernstein
Aaron Copland
George Gershwin
Scott Joplin
Dmitri Kabalevsky
Sergei Prokofiev
Dmitri Shostakovich
Andrew Lloyd Webber
John Williams





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Piano Books for Kids and Editions from our Play and Learn™ Series

Play the music of your favorite composer with one of these printable books or play the music of your favorite composer and learn more about them with our exclusive Play and Learn™ Series editions that include sheet music, a Hey Kids, Meet the Composer biography, and activity worksheets.

Beethoven | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 1
Mozart | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 2
Tchaikovsky | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 3
Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4
Canon in D | Easy/Level 5 Piano Solo - Play and Learn™
The Entertainer | Easy/Level 3 Piano Solo - Play and Learn™
The Entertainer | Easy/Level 5 Piano Solo - Play and Learn™
Moonlight Sonata | Easy/Level 5 Piano Solo - Play and Learn™
Ode to Joy for Easy/Level 2 Piano - Play and Learn™
Ode to Joy for Easy/Level 4 Piano - Play and Learn™
Swan Lake for Easy/Level 4 Piano - Play and Learn™
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy for Easy/Level 4 Piano - Play and Learn™



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.

Star Wars Rap | Music Lesson Plan and Worksheet
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
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
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


Famous Composer Bulletin Board Posters

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

Beethoven | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
John Williams | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Elements of Music | Anchor Chart Posters
Haydn | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Posters
Handel | Composer of the Month Lesson and Bulletin Board Pack
Prokofiev | Composer of the Month Bulletin Board Pack
Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev) | Bulletin Board Pack


Famous Composer FunLibs™ | Story and Worksheet

Read the original story of Peer Gynt or the Nutcracker and then make up a silly variation by substituting your own words in the blanks.

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


Famous Composer Word Search Worksheets

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

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


Famous Composer Multiplication-Connect-the-Dot Worksheets

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

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


Famous Composer Coloring Pages

Print a free famous 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
Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Coloring Page
Franz Joseph Haydn | Coloring Page
Scott Joplin | Coloring Page
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Coloring Page
Franz Schubert | Coloring Page
Richard Wagner | Coloring Page


Famous Composer 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


Famous Composer 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 (Edvard Grieg) | Venn Diagram Worksheet


Famous Composers | Who Get's the Prize for the Biggest Family?

Of all the famous composers who get's the prize for the biggest family? Is it Beethoven, Mozart, or Bach? Find out who by reading Famous Composers | Who Get's the Prize for the Biggest Family?

Famous Composers | Who Get's the Prize for the Biggest Family?