In our home, anything that makes offering music appreciation easier is a big plus. Our family has used many of the The Story of…An Introduction to The Classics CDs as part of our weekly music selections. This series makes learning about great composers super easy and enjoyable.
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The Story of…An Introduction to The Classics – Music Appreciation for Homeschoolers
There is nothing more enjoyable than turning on one of these CDs as a family on a Friday afternoon. In just a few minutes, you will not only hear a short biography about the composer but then be able to listen to several of their most famous pieces of music.
What is Included with Each “The Story of…” CD?
- Included with each CD in the front of the case, is a pullout biography and information about the featured selections. These make offering a written biography easy for your high school student’s music history study.
- Although the musical selections are many times just excerpts of much longer pieces, your family will get the flavor of each composer as they listen. Our family would then find online sources (streaming via Spotify is a great option as well as YouTube) or selections from our home library to listen to desired pieces in full. (See my picks for building a classical music library at home.)
- There is no need to dig around for an age appropriate biography. All the work is done for you and you just need to remember to put the CD on and listen. Even younger children will enjoy listening so be sure to include them in your music appreciation time. We often listened in the car as we drove from home to an activity.
- Each CD is approximately 60 minutes in length so it can easily be fit into an afternoon music appreciation session. We would play the narrative tracks one week and then repeat the musical selections each week for a complete month of study.
What Composers Are Available?
There are so many composers available in this series!
List of composers available:
Our public library has many of these CDs available for check-out so make sure to look at your branch. They are also available at Amazon.com in CD and MP3 formats.
More Music Appreciation Here at The Curriculum Choice
- You ARE An ARTiST Fine Arts Plans for Homeschool Art and Music Appreciation
- 20th Century Music Appreciation Course for High Schoolers
- Classical Music Start Up Kit for Homeschoolers
- Ancient Art and The Orchestra
- Opal Wheeler Composer Biographies & Companion Discs
Originally posted September 2018, written by Barb-Harmony Art Mom.
Annie Kate says
Oh! We have those as cassettes and they are almost worn out, we played them so often. I did not know they were available as CDs now.
Thanks so much, Barb!
I’ve purchased a few of these over the years and we really like them. I never thought to check the library for them too – great tip!
I just accidentally discovered this series by picking up the Bach one at the town dump for $1. I LOVE IT and can’t wait to hear the rest of them and sharing them with my niece and nephew. I know these will be great for them!!