Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Review and Giveaway: Great Musician Series-Frederic Chopin

My Mom was very good about instilling in me a love of classical music growing up. Many are the times I remember sitting around the table, listening to classical music for school. It didn't stop there though. We would have classical music on in the car, while we cooked, cleaned the house, while we fell asleep, and sometimes if I was very good, in the background while I was doing school! Naturally I wanted to pass that love of classical music along to my children.

I play the piano, and sometimes I will pick out fun little pieces that I know the boys will like, and will play the piano for them while they twirl, dance, and march around the living room!

This year we are studying Bach in school. I have been using the book Sebastian Bach, The Boy from Thuringia by Opal Wheeler to read out loud to them. It is part of the Great Musician Series. Both of my boys (ages 4 and 6) are listening intently to every chapter, and they can't wait to get to today's reading! Scattered throughout the book is found sheet music of songs Bach has written. Normally I would have stopped and played the songs on the piano, but both girls were sleeping, so we went to YouTube (I always have the boys turn around until I find the right song, because you never know what will pop up on YouTube!) and we listened and watched different pianists playing the music. They just loved it!

I was sent the Frederic Chopin set to review. There must be more information on Frederic Chopin than there is on Bach, because there are actually two books on Chopin, The Early Years, and the Later Years. The books are full of pictures on almost every page, helping to keep the little ones attention. The stories are interesting, it is not just dry facts.

Also included in this set is a study guide, which is an amazing help! The study guide shows maps of all the major cities Chopin visited, and has a timeline placing his life in history. Then it goes through each of the books chapter by chapter, providing questions for you to ask your child, character qualities that are found in the life of Chopin, and also gives you tidbits of interest, going into depth explaining the reasoning behind some of the things you read about. For example, it explains what a Mazurka is-a Polish country dance. I personally would not have remembered what a mazurka is, so this book would be very helpful!

A companion CD can also be purchased to go along with this set. It includes all the music found in the books, so you can just pop in the CD and play the song when you get to it in the book. All the sheet music found in the book can also be printed off of the CD. What I like the best about it, are the coloring sheets that you can print off for your child.

This set of books is what I would consider a living book, something that can be hard to find. We home school using the Charlotte Mason method, so I was thrilled to discover these books!

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