We are back to classical composers this week.  Starting off fresh with good old Ludwig.  Which leads me to a question….  Why do we pronounce his name  Bay-toe-ven….  when it is spelled Beet-hoven?  Ok, those are some of the random thoughts that plague me from time to time.  Aren’t you glad I shared?

A few weeks ago our library had a book sale and like any good homeschooling family we trolled the place for stuff we could use.  We found a great little book by Pam Brown on Ludwig van Beethoven was just the type of thing we were looking for.  So we snapped it up for the bargain basement price of $0.25. 

This week we learned that Beethoven, like Mozart, was from a family of musicians.  In fact, Johann his father, wanted to parade Ludwig around Europe as the next great Mozart. He played his lessons for hours each day.  People often saw him weeping from weariness as he played.  He was taken from school when he didn’t perform very well and was made to concentrate on music all the more.

His mother was a sickly woman and had trouble caring for her family as she should have.  Ludwig often wore shabby clothes as a child and probably didn’t have too many baths.  His father was known to drown his sorrows and perceived failures in a bottle of drink.

Despite all of the difficulties Ludwig was learning to love music.

Hopefully next week’s reading will be slightly less…. tragic.


reports and writing

Music day!!!!…  how is it going for ya?

Well we have written our report.  All 150 words of it.  It covered the purpose of Music from a Biblical perspective, he talked about his favorite Hymn, and what the first two musical instruments were that were mentioned in the Bible.

This is the first time we have written anything formal for school.  Didn’t turn out too bad if I do say so myself.  Hunter’s big sister was even impressed.

Our next music project we will be working on is a small report on Charles Wesley.  He is the writer of Hark the Herald Angels Sing, which happens to be Hunter’s favorite hymn. It is kind of nice to have some music to do as we work in Language Arts and how to write an essay.  I love cross over work!

We didn’t read much this week from our Mr. Pipes book, but we will work on that more this next week.


Come Compose with me

I am so excited!

Today is the first day of “Study of the Composers”.  I must admit this is an area of study I will easily let go of when things get chaotic around here. I have started to study music with the kids for the last two years and never got past a month…..  sad but true.   Part of the reason I agreed to host this link up is for the accountability factor.  If you all are expecting a post on Thursdays, I better get one done!!!!

We, over here at Lighthouse Christian Academy, will be starting with Mozart.  I have just finalized the plan, so ……I have checked out some of his music on CD from the library and we will listen to it as we do our studies.  I also went to the library, via the internet, and checked out these books on Mozart since it is nice to have some background on a person you are listening too.

We will begin the reading next week, or maybe tomorrow if I get over to the library to pick everything up!

Our library books will be:

Musical genius : a story about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Young Mozart and Mozart : the boy who changed the world with his music

From my Kindle I ordered the following books: (they contain multiple composers)

The Loves of Great Composers

The Standard Oratorios Their Stories, Their Music, And Their Composers

The Great German Composers

All of these Kindle books are Public Domain books and are FREE to download.  We will be using them mostly for me to read, and help provide some background on who we will be studying.

I also want to see how many of the works of Mozart have been attributed to him within hymns.  So far a quick scan of our church Hymnal led me to Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken and It Is Good to Sing Thy Praises.  I think it might be good to explore this avenue as well.

I can’t wait to bring you some pictures next week about how we actually incorporated this all into our studies.


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