The following is a post from contributing writer, Mary.
Mention OPERA and most people won’t be beating down the doors to learn more.
This is sad, really, because opera is full of wonderful stories that are enchanting for children and adults. When you think about it, an ENTIRE story being told through singing is quite amazing.
A study of Giuseppe Verdi, an Italian Romantic composer who is famous for his operas, will be a fun diversion, and such an addition to your children’s cultural wealth of knowledge.
(I have been researching Verdi a lot, as he will be one of the featured composers in Volume 3 of my SQUILT curriculum!)
Best of all, I have a FREE resource that can fuel the entire study.
Child’s Own Book of Great Musicians: Verdi
We love all of the Thomas Tapper books.
Simply reading this book serves as an introduction to the composer and his great music. After you have read the book, immerse your children in some of Verdi’s most loved works:
- The Best of Verdi
- Aida – San Francisco Opera
- Biography of Verdi and Music Samples from Classical Kids
If you would just do this – read the book and listen to the music, your children will be the richer for it.
Studying composers and music doesn’t have to be HARD, I promise!
Should you choose to go more in-depth, there are more resources available.
Additional Verdi Resources
- Verdi Composer Study – a SQUIDOO Lens from Jimmie
- Verdi for Kids: His Life and Music with 21 Activities
- Classic Homeschool – Composer Unit Study/Verdi
Why not incorporate some Verdi into your homeschool this month to celebrate this opera legend?
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Mary is a former public school music educator and piano teacher with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She is now a homeschooling mom of two and the author of SQUILT – a music appreciation curriculum for children. Her goal is to make learning about and teaching music EASY for the even the most musically challenged homeschool parents! Visit her at Homegrown Learners, where she blogs about all things homeschooling.
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