I searched and couldnt find a thread for this although I feel like I have seen one in the past-please direct me to it if it has already been discussed too much-thanks!
I recently started a composer of the month program in my studio and am looking for advice. Some things that I am doing already are: having the students learn pieces or excerpts by the composer, playing excerpts for them myself, online listening assignments and questions, reading handouts together (and some at home) I create about fun facts, quotes, and their life, and for 4th-8th graders, I am using a book (I am out of town right now so cant remember what the cover says) that has biographies, crosswords, and word searches designed for the age group.
I would like help and advice with the following things:
1. spending 5 minutes or less per lesson on the composer but still teaching something memorable and valuable. An example of something I have done so far but need more ideas....I played a few excerpts of Mozart's Twinkle Twinkle variations and asked the students what the variation is for each, and then-to my students really into composing -assigned that they create some Twinkle variations...looking for more suggestions/ideas like this, but fun and creative...something they can remember the composer by.
2. I feel like so far I have been wanting to teach the students age appropriate info from the composer's whole life...and of course this takes too long in the 4 lessons in a month...and when I assign home reading of my handouts some parents complain that the student's already have enough school reading...so should I just adapt my handouts for these families...or maybe just not do handouts at all?
So, long story short, advice for short, fun, memorable ways to teach about composers! Thank you everyone!