You'll notice in the picture above that Franz Schubert and His Merry Friends, looks different than all the other books. This is because Zeezok Publishing LLC is currently reworking the books for this package. Schubert is the last book to be reworked and it will completed as the current books sell out of print.
For our review, we specifically focused on Handel at the Court of Kings. This four chapter, soft back book, features black and white graphics and twenty-eight of Handel's musical pieces. The corresponding CD allows the student to hear the music along with having the actual sheet music included in the book. The fact that we've been to a symphonic performance of "Messiah" was a big plus too, as it helped her connect the name to something she was already familiar with.
The full color student activity book gives the student extra information about each composer. Character qualities, geography tidbits of interest and biographical information are just a few of the items covered. Activities that are required to meet the national music appreciation standards are clearly marked. Additionally the units are broken down into four week cycles, and are clearly marked so that you and your student know what is to be done weekly.
The lapbook components are on CD, and can be printed in either color or black and white. This gives students the opportunity to create their own memento of these famous composer's. It also gives the student something to review, and to show off to grandparents (grins).
Truthfully, Lindsey wasn't excited about this review when I first told her about it (there may have been some eye-rolling). However, once we began reading the book and the engaging way it was written, her opinion soon changed. She enjoyed being able to listen to the CD's and hear the music, and then work during her free time to learn to play some of the pieces on her piano.
For those of you with older children, or who really enjoy music appreciation, fear not! Zeezok Publishing LLC is currently working on "Music Appreciation Book 2: for the Middle Grades", geared towards grades 5-8. This book will cover Chopin, Schumann, Wagner, Foster, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and MacDowell. Look for this one to be out in Spring of 2017.
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