My "Teaching Material Classical Music" was created during the summer and fall of the Covid-19 Pandemic of 2020. Plus, my "Classical Music Teaching Material" was also created during the worst wildfires in California in living memory. At the same time. Under this impression I "invented" it: optimized for face-to-face teaching, but also as good as possible for distance learning, alternate teaching, homeschooling and any "mix thereof". It can be used completely paper-free between students and teachers and is therefore– already today, but even more so in the coming years – absolutely environmentally friendly. It can even be used environmentally friendly in face-to-face lessons, because it is also possible to use all variants as a mix side by side: If even half of your kids – and you – work paper free in class, you can save at least 50% paper.
My "Classical Music Teaching Material" was also created eight years after I started the website "Bach on Bach", my Johann Sebastian Bach project. I continued it with the website "Johann Sebastian Bach for Children". After that, my
"Bach Biography for Children" was created, and together with my cousin in the USA, of course she is also related to Johann Sebastian Bach, Briana Bach-Hertzog and my wife Renate, I created my Bach Coloring Book, which we three creative people realized together. And finally, in 2020, I also
created my "Trilogy of Websites", namely "What is Classical Music?", plus "Classical Music for Children" and ... the "Classical Music Teaching Material".
For 40 years, I had a vision to approach classical music. I never put it into reality. Not until I realized that the question "What is classical music?" was nowhere answered correctly, or correctly and clearly understandable (... these authors could not offer an answer at all, because there is no definition). I even put up the "courageous thesis" that there is no classical music for children at all (... well, if it has to be, then this does not apply to "Peter and the Wolf" and perhaps also not to the "Carnival of the Animals"! And for a few more works with the words "children" in the title. Likewise, of course, all audiobooks, with classical music background, are excluded. Finally, I found it: a further, perhaps in the future particularly exciting approach: It leads namely over the popular classical music and over my offer of 300 such titles to my extensive total concept "Teaching Material Classical Music", which can be used in the meantime in two variants: once "light", alternatively in XXL. All considerations resulted in the fact that an enormous portion of the 20-part offer "Teaching Material Classical Music" now seems suitable not only for your kids, but also for young adults and people of all ages to approach first the popular classical music. Then – preferably in this order – there is the possibility to find and enjoy classical music as most classical music fans understand it. This is then really no longer "witchcraft". You can read about the "bitter pills" in the "philosophy" section.
By Peter Bach, Jr.
"Teaching Material Classical Music ": With calendar pages I would like to accompany you on this page about the "Classical Music Teaching Material ". With title pages and again and again also with inside sheets. And if a calendar appeals to you particularly, then you even get to the store right here. We finance a part of our classical music mission and our Bach mission, no-profit, no-budget, with the small income of this niche offer. For example, to send hundreds of postcards to music teachers in schools. Emails ... almost all end up in spam.
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Yes, I would also like to entertain you! Entertain in "more conservative English"! Because if I don't succeed with you ... how do we know if we will be successful together with your kids later on? To the point - and now really serious - to my really unconventional "Classical Music Teaching Material" in detail, my offer for teachers, in other words my marketplace in classical music, you can get there again - with one click - here. If you don't click there now, however, then a whole portion of exciting, interesting, funny and also absolutely unknown things about classical music awaits you from the coming section onwards. Because "classical music" in the classroom can also be "packaged" really exciting: interesting, unusual, entertaining, again nowadays language ... cool: Just offer entertainment. So ... for the older kids. How? Well, something like this:
"Teaching Material Classical Music ": These are 20 electronic components (... so nothing on paper) for a cool, musical and exciting time together. In the third image above, you can see the box that will later be used for scoring and at the same time avoid "smart kids" sending you the same homework a second time. The fourth motif highlights the correct answers and "provides" you with entertainment to correct together (... in the classroom). Below in the center it is the certificate for the winner or the winning team or the first three winners or winning teams. Next to it on the right is the award for all your kids in the many years to come. And finally it is - position 6 - the thank you to you, just test listen to a sample in the store: The most beautiful quotes about Johann Sebastian Bach and his life's work. Here you get to the store, instantly to the right page.
On the top left again the material title, next to it the winner certificate. Behind it are the prizes for all your kids in all coming years and decades (... the Bach biography as audiobook, for tablets and as an e-book). Finally, position 4 is the audio collage for you as a thank you for the many years of conceivable joint mission that has begun: to get kids interested in classical music in general via popular classical music ... and maybe even to enthuse them. ✓
Did you know that Bach said that all music not composed for God is just "devilish noise"? And that he had 20 children, four of whom were famous sons, and a fifth was also musical? Two of the famous sons were even more famous than their father in their time. Did you know that the Bachs were not only by far the most famous and at the same time the largest musical family in the world – and still is today – but by far the most famous? That Bach is said to have composed over 11,000 pieces of music, according to the most respected Bach expert? And that 1,128 of his works were never lost, but only unknown to the general public? For a whole 80 years. Surely you didn't know that 66 well-known personalities, from a pope via other famous composers to Albert Einstein, overwhelmingly liked Bach's music. And that some 35 monuments are dedicated to him, one each in Shanghai, Prague, Pittsburgh, USA, Barcelona and in Paris. ✓
Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach was the most gifted pipe organ player of all time? Recognized by many experts. He reached a key – when both hands and also his feet were "busy" – with a little stick in his mouth. ✓
More of my entertainment for cool teachers: Did you know that Wolferl, as Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart was nicknamed, composed a six-part canon "Kiss my ass" (... don't worry, I "skipped" that as a question for your kids)? That he reluctantly composed his famous "Magic Flute" as a commission because he hated the sound of flutes? Did you know that he made his first marriage proposal at the age of six and had absolute pitch? ✓
Back to classical music in general: Did you know that the shortest classical works are no longer than today's usual hits, between two and five minutes long? And that the longest insignificant classical work is by the French composer Erik Satie? 18 hours, 40 minutes long! It is 180 notes, repeated 840 times. The first performance was in New York, 10 pianists were involved! The second-longest classical work, now by an important composer: Wagner's opera "The Ring of the Nibelung". It is 16 hours long! And did you know that Telemann was the busiest classical composer, maybe even the busiest composer ever? He wrote 3,600 works. Did you know that Handel and Bach were born in the same year and were both operated unsuccessfully by the same London ophthalmologist for the same ailment: cataracts? For a long time, Bach and Handel lived only 30 minutes' travel from each other, but never met. But you certainly already knew that there are two "Ave Marias" and that the one by Schubert is actually called "Ellens Third Singing (Song)"!? The other "Ave Maria" is the one by "Bach feat. Gounod", a first masterpiece by two prominent artists. Of course, you have known that both Mozart and Beethoven were prodigies, Bach was recognized only in recent decades. ✓
Three of the great ones on the subject of "Classical Music"! Once again, here's your direct way to the shop with all offers. And if you particularly like this style: It is the composers calendar with the order number 49. ✓
Continuing with the theme of "classical music" as entertainment for you: Did you know that Bach lived 65 for years , but Mozart only 35? And that Beethoven composed a work "Elegy on the Death of a Poodle" and that Wagner named his dwarf rabbit " Little Son Fips" and his parrot "Little Daughter Papo" and that he often composed in costume? Did you know that Beethoven's deafness developed over 21 years, and that he was finally completely deaf at 48 for eight following years? During this deafness, he composed his Ninth Symphony. Do you know Mozart's complete name? Sure, from further up. But that at the age of 14 he was honored by Pope Clement XIV with the "Order of the Golden Spur"? You pretty much knew that Mozart was not the inventor of the "Mozartkugel", and quite possibly that it was first offered 99 years after Mozart's death and was initially called Mozart-Bonbon. You probably also knew that the Wagner and Liszt families are related, making them together the second most famous musical family on earth. Did you know that Hildegard von Bingen and Clara Schumann are the only two famous female classical composers? You probably knew that Bach died relatively poor, while Handel died wealthy, and that Bach never left Germany, but Handel traveled extensively in Europe. Did you know that Bach's son Philipp Emanuel Bach was the Berlin Bach and at the same time the Hamburg Bach and that his second famous son, Johann Christian Bach, was the Milan Bach and at the same time the London Bach? ✓
My "Teaching Material Classical Music" here remains exciting: Did you know that the opera "Nabucco" by the Italian Verdi was written in Egypt? And that Verdi founded a retirement home for musicians, which still exists today under the name "Casa Verdi"? You knew that Johann Strauss, and in fact his son, is the king of waltzes. But that he composed 160 waltzes? And ... that the Russian composer Tchaikovsky is the only celebrity who could" not recognize anything special" in Bach's music? Did you know that the first classical hit, that is the first popular classical work is the "Canon in D major" by Pachelbel, and I am sure that you definitely know the only famous popular classical work by Charpentier: It is the entrance fanfare to the European Song Contest of Eurovision. Did you know that Max Reger said that Bach's work "is the beginning and end of all music" and that you can sing the name Bach and play it with an instrument ... but only in Germany, Austria and Switzerland? In Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany, the artist forgot the "b" on what is most certainly the most modern Bach monument, and so "B-A-C-H" became "H-A-C-H," a forgivable, amiable little lapse. You knew that Edward Grieg was Norwegian and Sousa, a composer in the United States!? Surely you also knew that Haydn composed the German national anthem and Liszt created 1,300 works?! Did you know the complete name of Puccini: Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini? Surely you also knew that two asteroids are named after Bach, but that one is also named after Max Reger? Did you know that Telemann composed 3,600 works? And did you know which work by Carl Maria von Weber remained unfinished? It is the opera opera "Rübezahl"! Finally, another curious fact in this section of my website on the subject of classical music for you: Vivaldi was also a Roman Catholic priest as a second job.
Other composers, a different calendar style. Except for the blue background, it is conservative. By the way, there are exactly these gentlemen in another composers calendar also completely without the blue color parts. Then it is even more conservative. ✓
If you have read this far with fun and enthusiasm, then it goes even further now: The great Johann Sebastian Bach served a whole four weeks in prison for "stubbornness", you certainly know that. Franz Liszt, on the other hand, "served" much shorter, but Wagner fled abroad to avoid a prison sentence. And Schubert is even said to have spent some time "behind bars" because of a composition, together with his friends. Beethoven counted out exactly 60 coffee beans for his coffee every morning. He did the same for the coffees that followed during the day, and he titled wind as his "enemy". That he moved no less than 68 times: Did you know?
That the composers Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Stravinsky with their music are the only classical composers on the way to aliens is already almost general knowledge, but that Bach "wins" in my "fun ranking" and with the number of his pieces on the Golden Record in Voyager 1 + 2? 500 million years should last this LP, by the way. At least! The American composer John Cage composed in 1952 the title "4'33", which consists of four and a half minutes of silence, which can last longer and shorter!? Can this title be classified as classical music at all? The longest piece of classical music is by the French composer Erik Satie: "Vexations" ...18 hours, 40 minutes. 180 notes, repeated 840 times. First performed in 1963 in New York, 10 pianists were involved. On the subject of national anthems: Did you know that the shortest is the Japanese one with 4 lines, the longest is the Greek one with 158 verses? And also the Lebanese anthem is as short as the Japanese one. Actually, all known national anthems, for us - of course - especially the German and the US anthem, the British, the French, maybe also the Italian, the Israeli and the Russian, are classical works. Whether termites actually eat wood twice as fast when they listen to heavy metal music, I can not verify and ... plus, it has certainly nothing to do with classical music. Again, rudimentary serious: His friends called Franz Schubert because of his height and his brown curls "Schwammerl" (... small mushroom in Bavaria and Austrian German). And speaking of curls: So many admirers wanted a curl from Beethoven that he got himself a dog ("Pumperl"), with whose curls he supplied his fans ... at least better than giving the wife of a friend a tuft of hair of a goat, which he had actually done. A real curl of Beethoven's hair is available today for € 39,000. Without obligation! More curiosities? Gladly: The entire London Symphony Orchestra almost went down with the Titanic, but they changed ships shortly before departure. Rachmaninov, of all people, was one of the best paid classical composers. He earned the equivalent of € 6 million even in 1930, the year in which the Great Depression began. And ... not "Amadeus" (Mozart), as Falco sings, was the superstar and rock idol of his time, but ... Beethoven was! He was the pop star of his era. When Beethoven was buried, half of Vienna's inner city population attended, which was 20,000 people. The children were off school and the military organized the smooth running of the event. Finally, an encouragement for your kids who want to learn an instrument one day or are already doing so: Johann Sebastian Bach from Thuringia said that playing the piano is not that difficult: You just have to press the right key at the right moment.
Another conservative style of painting ... actually much too serious, if you compare it with the content of my page on the subject " Teaching Material Classical Music ". But ... cooler offers will follow. Promise! ✓
Preparing educational material for teachers on the subject of "classical music" was the most recent idea after a German TV report about an internet offer from teachers for teachers. It led to my consideration to excite kids Johann Sebastian Bach (... the mission of my wife and me is to spread Bach's work and life) via the "detour" of accompanying kids to an enthusiasm for classical music. And this together with teachers in elementary schools, but also in other schools: namely to offer classical music cool. ✓
So we wanted – in addition to our offer in my wife's publishing house – to be represented there also on this impressively large Internet marketplace, in Germany and in the USA. And because we could easily be overlooked there – there are so many cool offers there – I also created this website "Teaching Material Classical Music" to be present as high as possible on Google, if you search with exactly the "right" keywords. Namely ... Teaching Material, Classical Music and Classic. ✓
Who are we? That is once me, the author of this project, Peter Bach, Jr. and it is in addition then also my wife Renate with her calendar publishing house "Bach 4 You". Click on the following button to get directly to the Teaching Material in the Shop. ✓
There is the complete, particularly detailed definition to the question "What is classical music?" on my special website ... for your kids to inform themselves at home. And for you, to create a round hour lesson together with the exciting info above. Or even two. ✓
There is my collection of 300 easy, popular, and also young popular classical works that are guaranteed to be the best musical option as an introduction to classical music for kids, teens and adults. I have researched and commented on them for this very purpose. Very conservative classical music lovers may please read the notes on my very special philosophy there. Click here and discover these 300 most popular classical works. ✓
You will also receive my ready compilation of 1 hour of J.S. Bach's royalty-free music as an MP3 file to add musical background to your lessons. Free of charge. ✓
You will receive a proposal for 4 hours of popular classical works to create a playlist from your students. Alternatively, these 4 collections can be "played very analog" - in face-to-face classes and also at home. These four collections are compilations of the most popular classical works in certain segments. There are a. conservative, b. borderline, c. English and d. very borderline pieces compiled. You decide which "degree of experimentation" suits you. I am not allowed to provide this music for you, not as a compilation, not as a playlist. Your students, however, may. Quite officially. Approved by the National Association for Music Education (... in the US and probably similar institutions in every country). But only for this lesson, you may only – and really only – use such playlists in your lesson. Not in a school performance, not to pass on to your colleagues, not to distribute to your kids. I'm pretty sure these rules are the same in most industrialized countries, but please check for yourself if in doubt, because I'm not allowed to give you legal advice, and for that reason, this is no such consultation in this paragraph! ✓
Use the curious highlights (... we call them "Funny+++ Facts"), compiled on a free website, to "sprinkle into" your lessons. Of course, this works less for eight-year-olds than for teens. And for slightly older kids, some stuff isn't quite as funny or fun. Some of it is even exclusively exciting for cool, very tolerant adult classical music fans. The plus signs indicate that it's not all fun facts, but also exciting ones and sad ones. But when the name for this offering was "invented," I was happy to keep it. Therefore ... "Funny+++".
Here you are right: The calendar pages above are really very colorful. ✓
No, it is not a subscription. But a protective fee of € 11,90 ... one time. But if you use this teaching material – if it inspires you – for 20 years, then that's only 60 cents per year (... €-Cent). And what is also exciting besides the pure "Classical Music Teaching Material": There is a prize for the best or the best in the test ... when I was little, it was still called a class test: It is the audiobook and the e-variants of my "Bach Biography for Children". And not only the winner gets it, but all the kids in your class. In all three variants. This year and next year and in the following 20 years. Or 30 or, depending on how young you are, 40 years! Your colleagues, however ... we ask them to buy their own "set" ... for our mission ... then our common mission. You may check, what's € 11,90 in your currency, here.✓
Real quick before the truly cool "Teaching Material Classical Music" offer: The gentlemen composers above are not for conservative, "serious" classical music fans, nor are they for "our dwarfs". For teens, though ... it might fit. ✓
Music T-shirts, Bach T-shirts, music bed linen, Bach baseball caps and certainly hundreds, probably even thousands of gifts with music and composer motifs. Here you will get to all shops of the publishing house "Bach 4 You".
So – for the mentioned small protection fee of once only € 11,90 – I offer you in addition to the free part above my really extensive and pedagogical "Teaching Material Classical Music". All parts are designed so that you can work with paper or via internet and smartphone, laptop or tablet. And you can even combine this when children can't attend lessons or – environmentally friendly – also use electronic devices. With the appropriate music, a holistic path towards classical music is also created. The "Teaching Material Classical Music" consists in the extensive version of a 45-page homework piece (1) with easy, entertaining multiple-choice questions, which is slightly modified to a 45-page test (2) and finally to your correction document (3), which provides one or two exciting facts to comment on the correct answers to 75% of all answers to the 150 questions. ✓
The concept is that your kids correct themselves in class (... or at home), each child correcting the work of a classmate ... but without anyone knowing whose "work" they are grading. This collaborative working out of answers is grade-free and therefore stress-free. Instead, the student with the highest score will receive an audiobook or an e-book or a tablet version of the "Bach Biography for Children", 172 pages, worth € 17.40 (audiobook) plus € 18.40 (tablet) plus € 16.90 (ePUB). All other children may also download one copy of all versions free. And the same applies to your school classes in the years to come. For you – as a thank you – there is also an exciting entertaining audio collage, the download "The Most Beautiful Quotes about Johann Sebastian Bach", with his music and a 10-minute short biography as a 70-minute audio file (MP3). The biography is spoken by a professional narrator, the quotes even by two professionals. Where else is there such a marketplace for teachers in terms of "Teaching Material Classical Music"! ✓
Please get involved with my "Teaching Material Classical Music ", because my approach (... to accompany children to classical music via popular classical music and with entertainment) leaves all previous and all other options additionally open to you. I don't want to lead kids to classical music via "Peter and the Wolf", the without question fitting the theme "Funny World of Animals", well, and certainly not via the "Four Seasons", which in my opinion is completely unsuitable for this, but via my own life experience with popular classical music. We could try this together. I can only succeed if you also get to know this way and have a lot of fun and experience many exciting things. The unusually silly concept is "my thing" as today's "fun-maker" in the Bach family and must also be quite different, because we want to lead more kids to classical music together when you are a serious classical music lover. But just then we want to inspire fish with worms. And not with strawberry shortcake, even if that tastes particularly good to us. But fish do not. My "bitter pill 1". ✓
Then there are many works in my "Classical Top 300 Collection" that you may reject as classical music pieces. Of course, there are many pieces of music included that - depending on your seriousness - you may not allow as classical works at all. However, they are noted as "to be enjoyed with caution." This is the "bitter pill 2". ✓
Finally, there are my young popular classical works. They are most certainly rejected most vehemently by very conservative classical music connoisseurs. But: Give yourself a break and don't reject my whole approach because of that. First, this very carefully considered recording of such pieces as young classical music and not recognized by everyone, there quite clearly – at the respective piece –defined. Secondly, these pieces do not spoil the way to classical music as you probably define it. That ... is then the "bitter pill No. 3". ✓
Again a different calendar style ... with my "Teaching Material Classical Music ". ✓
I am not allowed to and what I am allowed to. 1st, What I am not allowed to do is to compile for you a collection of cool, light popular music works by various composers. Very many classical works are indeed now in the public domain, but those who performed them recently are often still alive and at least have not been dead for 70 years. But ... I may – 2nd – provide you with my Bach music collection to download for your lessons. Sure ... and also for home. Because I have produced these pieces, my Bach works, myself and Johann Sebastian ... he is now really long dead. ✓
It is different – 3rd – if you want to use the more extensive, pedagogical variant of my offer of teaching material for teachers at elementary school and further schools: For this purpose, I compiled four lists for you with the - undoubtedly - most popular, definitely classical music pieces (... if you don't only understand the works of Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart as classical in this, our sense). Each with a link for an ultra-fast localization on the Internet. You ask four Internet-savvy students to each put together an MP3 file with an approximate length of 45 minutes for the upcoming class. Click, record, link to the final track. Next. A second list suggests younger classical works, though undoubtedly popular pieces. A third offers only compositions by English-speaking musicians. A fourth will undoubtedly cost you a great deal of perseverance. Just leave them out. ✓
And why don't I do that for you? Or even better: Why don't I do it just once, and then you only get the file from me? My wife, my deceased father and I have been working with the GEMA in Germany (... the National Association for Copyright Law) for about 60 years. Best, cordially and by the rules of the game. The GEMA defines such a use of music in school, in lessons, in this particular case: You probably may play this free of charge. After that, however, this collection must disappear again, unless ... you use it again next year for exactly this purpose and otherwise "for nothing at all"! It must not be given to students, it must not be given to colleagues, and it must not be used at any event other than this specific class. Please feel free to read the details via this link, if you are unsure. Ultimately, you are responsible anyway, not me. Along with my teaching material for teachers "in matters of the classical music marketplace," the above is not legal advice, but it is my assessment. And I'm pretty sure about that already. I strongly believe, if you live in one of the industrial countries of this planet, the rules are the same in your home country. However, again I can not give you any legal advice, please check yourself on the internet with the keywords "royalty", "fee" and "school". ✓
100 %? Yes, if you have to do with the topic "Classical Music" in class, then you are either a classical music fan and that very conservatively and seriously (1), or you don't like classical music (2) or alternatively, you are, like my wife and I: fan of popular classical music (3). Either way ... something else is not possible from a purely mathematical point of view! ✓
In the next step we have to consider together, if we want to leave the path, which is actually the usual "knowledge transfer" in a school, and only "marginally cover" this goal. In favor of the goal to introduce as many students as usable and carefully to the genre of classical music. Because that is what our mission is all about! ✓
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|... to join my thesis and implement the mission more broadly and together ....|
|... to disagree at all with my thesis of the young and controversial definition, but still recommend it to your kids as reading. And then to oppose it powerfully in your lessons! With the goal not to want to convert, but to achieve that young students form their own opinion ...|
... to approach the subject in a very unprejudiced or undecided way and to communicate it that way.
There are no more monuments (memorials) devoted to any composer in the world than there are to Johann Sebastian Bach.
With my "Teaching Material Classical Music " you can use my websites in many ways, even if you have a completely different opinion about the content: There you can read about the topic "What is classical music?" in detail, there you can find the 300 most popular classical music works to click on directly, there you can also read about the curiosities. Let's "finger-wag": Your opinion against that of an insignificant member of "the famous Bach family of musicians", me ... and your kids will decide in a few years, each for him/herself! By the way, the questions in the workbook "A way into the world of classical music" lead only very carefully to the goal of young and popular classical music. Clearly, the questions fit more to recognized popular classical pieces, to those that even every conservative classical music fan (... except just the "... only Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven clique") can represent. Young popular classical music works are, for example, pieces by Vangelis, Enya, Morricone and Webber. Popular conservative classical music, on the other hand, is for example "Air", "Ave Maria" and "Für Elise".
Then not, if you are a classical music fan ... and you would participate in the fact that the fun of classical music just does not go downhill. But it does! And experts and musicians don't know how to turn it around! But more and more people enjoy popular classical music. When my parents were young, it was James Last and the Swingle Singers, but today it is André Rieu who inspires thousands, or better tens of thousands of people. And there are concert offers that clearly point in the direction of popular classical music, but which are impossible to find for classical music beginners and kids without accompaniment. But if you dislike André Rieu, that is him as a person, his manner, his entertainment and the complete offer, then please click here briefly.
Classical music connoisseurs and classical music lovers have a too narrow tunnel vision to "transport" their hobby and musical preference. And those who don't like classical music at all certainly can't. However, I stood exactly between both "population groups" and it was really a lifelong dream: to offer a way to classical music via popular classical music. Now it has become reality and you as a teacher can use it through my "Marketplace Classical Music as Teaching Material".
It's about "destroying." With a selection of popular classical works, you won't keep young people from approaching Wagner's complete works later on. Or Bach's 1,128 masterpieces or ... those of Schubert and all the others. So nothing, but nothing at all, is broken with my project!
But the other way round "makes a shoe out of it": We must (hopefully) manage together to first of all take away from classical music the seemingly "dustiness" for kids of musical works by composers who are sometimes even "adorned with wigs", long dead and boring. Why do we need to do this? Because very few families today listen to popular classical music at home. Where they do, of course, we are knocking down open doors with our offer. And maybe not after all! ++
Either parents listen to one or two classical music stations ... or no classical music at all ... or just their long-playing records (earlier) and the collections of masterpieces by only one composer or just one performer. So classical music in depth ... so to speak. In the latter case, it's a turn-off for most kids then, when this classical music is a. too demanding and b. when they slowly begin to hear current hits like those of Rihanna, Grande or Bieber through contact with friends. But now you have the option to trigger a positive impression with my "Teaching Material Classical Music" and this Classical Music Marketplace.
Your lessons in classical music are - as with almost no other subject - a decisive influence on whether one wants to continue with classical music later on. Or whether one can "draw a line under it" on the occasion of these lessons with you. So to speak. Kids then "put a check mark" on classical music.
You need more examples? Gladly. I have not only tested it multiple times, but tested and retested and retested many times:
I like to zap so much. On television. And that's not a meaningless "scurrying through the channels", but an acoustic-optical exploration tour in our modern times. Comparable to a walk through the flea market, if you pursue your hobby that way. Or browsing (... in former times) through a model railroad catalog (... if you had model railroading as a hobby). Or rummaging for cool, new outfits at unbeatable prices today, if that is an important component (... the low price) to find new clothes. Much, very much exciting I would never have discovered without my evening zapping joy. That is also true for André Rieu, who finally triggered the "production" of this website. Again, gladly: If you do not like Rieu, please click now and ... here.
And so, " browsing" through the channels, is what I also do on the interstate. Of course, with the station search button of the radio and the view of the road.
And what do you find when it comes to classical music? Whenever I came across a classical music offering, it was classical music that made me emphatically zap on after just one minute of obligatory testing (... I do have a mission). It was just too "hard to digest" classical music. Nothing, where you could hum along, nothing, what you already found beautiful. Just almost every time ... the performances of long dead composers. Why is that so? Because classical music stations, on TV and radio, have to go beyond trivial popular classical music, otherwise the last classical music fans will jump ship. And worse: Whenever I was present "live" at classical music: It was – except for a funeral for friends – never, never, never popular classical music. Help me, dear teachers, to accompany kids carefully to classical music. With my "Teaching Material Classical Music" on my Classical Music Marketplace.
You already know the style: In this calendar it is 12 times Bach. Therefore, it is only suitable for Bach fans. And so colorful? Because it is intended for young Bach fans. Click here again to visit the store with well over 99 music calendars.
Of course, not really, and especially never really intense!
"Shazam" an app, can recognize music. But Shazam "can not classic". So how do you find out which song you are currently listening to by chance, or who wrote it? So that you can "record something together". Not at all! You know, there are some beautiful classical music works "out there", but you can't get to them. The "Best of ..." are usually compiled without the necessary love, but with the important commercial background. And I was almost "done" with Bach when I bought a "Best of Bach". Almost all pieces sucked, three were "bearable", I found two very beautiful.
Now there's my Classical Music Top 100 and an "instruction manual" on how to proceed after you've outgrown your infancy on the road to classical music. Whether you stay with these 300 hits, whether you want to listen to more popular, then of course decreasing in the enthusiasm scale, whether you want to "consume" entire works such as that of Liszt, Strauss or Wagner or whether you still come to the conclusion, Lady Gaga and company are simply better.
Please also tell teacher colleagues about my general offer on the subject of "What is classical music" and the "Classical Top 100". In accordance with the rules of the portal Lehrermarktplatz.de, where we also offer our more extensive teaching material (... here for € 11,90 and there for € 11,90 protective fee), we have of course the heartfelt request to adapt to the rules there, and not to pass on the teaching material, what you buy, to colleagues. For my website "Classical Music Top 100" and the list compiled on it, as well as the music MP3 of Bach, the opposite is true: The more vehemently you recommend them, the more grateful I am to you, dear teachers.
First, because I think the term "Marketplace Classical Music" is just cool. Then also because I see – figuratively and in my mind – you, that is many teachers, passing by my offers on a colorful square in a lovely environment (... like for example in this wine region where we live, around Flein near Heilbronn, Southern Germany): There are "market stands" with Johann-Sebastian Bach on offer, free of charge (... my various websites) and there is my wife's publishing house. Here I offer my biography about Bach for children, there is the Bach coloring book and the small publication "Letters to Bach" for adults. At another "stand" you can listen to music and read and learn exciting things. And finally – and quite young, new and fresh – there are just the two offers on the subject of "Teaching Material Classical Music" for teachers. One part is completely free of charge, namely the basis: "What is classical music?": an enormously detailed page on a special website. And finally there is the XXL offer in the matter of "Classical Music in Schools": My "Teaching Material Classical Music" with 150 fluffy questions on the topic. A music collection with Bach works is available here free of charge, as well as further working documents, namely the answers to the questions in the project and notes on them: A compilation with approximately 125 exciting, cool mini-hints to the very most questions closes the "marketplace offer in the subject of classical music" –the working document around classical music" for teachers. As mentioned: In the publishing house of my wife it costs € 11.90. Here you get directly to the right place in the shop: There you can order it under the third text section. Check, what's that in your currency, today.
My wife Renate likes to "tinker electronically". And she loves voluntary, moderate challenges. And so, after the Covid pandemic had first subsided in Germany (... not worldwide), we wondered whether we could also offer the "Marketplace Classical Music" working document" online. Putting a PDF online is not a thing, it's different with the self-imposed option to be able to fill out a PDF electronically, because it's "so totally easy" to send it that way. We were able to solve it without having to hire a programmer to do it. Wow! Since the purpose of the whole project is not ambitious, but "secretive", all the tasks are also not "to be cheated" for all the kids. Whatever the surveys are completed, engagement with the subject is the unnoticed real purpose of the entire thing. In the first round, it's a homework exercise anyway: Superficially interested students will guess, interested kids will google ... maybe. And for many questions, the answer is already "between the lines". For this, as part of the homework, they are supposed to click and "consume" a next classical work of the "Classical Music Top 100" again and again, or else "Bach in one piece" ... from me. +
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Excuse me? Hardly any work? With two questionnaires of 150 questions each? Correct. The concept is that the first round takes place at home. As homework. Spread out over a period of time that is as long as you think the kids are capable of: all in one session, divided into 3 sessions. Or just 25 questions at a time. Collect these completed sheets or have them mailed to you, and just save them or throw them away.
The second round takes place in the classroom. Alternatively, at home with a PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. For this, you give your kids a new document so that they don't use the previous one, because it's the same list with the same questions ... in wording, except for the slightest graphic components. You name the time to start and set a time to end and send the PDFs. All cheating possibilities remain unpunished in this case, because the test serves no purpose except the "secret" goal of introducing your kids to classical music.
After that, the evaluation and the resolution take place, and that completely differently! Once by you or alternatively by me. Not atyour home! And your kids distribute the points. For the second option, read the following section.
The evaluation should be entertaining, different, innovative and exciting. Either, you moderate each question and receive two more matching papers from me for that. Or you send the PDFs of your students to these students, but: Each child gets the completed sheets of a classmate. To do this, assign a number to each name. It is best to start with the number 6, 19 or 25, so that no child knows the 1 when the alphabet begins with 1 = A. Now refer through all the questions via the internet or yourself in front of the class. First, clarify which answer gives 1 point, which answer gives 0 points. This works very generously, you also answer questions from the kids if necessary if they are to grade. For each point definition of the correct answer, you also refer – if you want – the exciting content that you get in an additional working document. In the second to last "act," have them add up the points. While the kids, of course, just determine together which test has scored the most points ... after all, your kids don't know the name of the classmate they are correcting ... you do know to whom the number 22, 100 or 3000 fits. The winner is chosen and he or she receives the first prize, namely "The Biography of Johann Sebastian Bach for Children" as a radio play and as an electronic book in addition:
Regarding the biography: It is the life of the composer with 19 music pieces of Bach. So that even in this area the ambition does not affect the enthusiasm, we installed the protection fee as a minimal contribution: The book may be shared electronically in your class among all students. Officially. It has a value of € 22.90 alone. The teacher receives from me – as a thank you for promoting our mission – the audiobook "The most beautiful quotations about Johann Sebastian Bach": For children this work is too demanding, for people who are fond of popular classical music it is a really cool work. For Bach lovers it's a treat and for classical music fans, too. So ... is this a cool marketplace for classical music, respectively classic ... a fresh, young, innovative offer for teachers?
I have produced for you a presentation of the answers as a video (... release of this video is summer 2022). I present, you listen to my Bach music arranged for you, and I reveal the correct answer, along with a little "announcement" related to the questions. and the correct answer. Your kids watch it on their devices, or you present the video on the interactive whiteboard at school or beam it with a beamer, connecting the little Bluetooth speaker you already provided for the test. So that you have an impression at what financial level this fun begins, here are two examples, googled of course."Bluetooth speaker and cheap" and "beamer plus "cheap". +
No, there's no commission for us for that and if you do the fun again next school year with the next bunch of rascals and that for the next 20 years, then the speaker above costs just 39 cents per year. The beamer is of course more expensive ... a little. And here it goes a time before last to the store and there exactly to the offer "Teaching Material Classical Music".
The most "digital" option – if there is such a thing at all – is to set up the playlist from the 4 classical music collections (... beyond the Bach works) together with all your students: as an additional teaching unit. After that each child can later compile his or her own classical music playlist – perhaps even for life – from my range of 300 popular classical pieces.
The most "analog" option is to not create a playlist at all, or have it created, and still set up the same lesson routine. Simply assign a student – internet-savvy and "multitasking" – to click and play the tracks one by one "from my website" or with your provided PDF. One title after the other, without any preparation, saving, effort, time and without handing over personal data. Is there a challenge? Yes, a big one: Advertising and volume. Via my collection, a DJ or DJane might have to mute and skip the commercials in the front. And regulate the volume. Let me remind you again of my Bach works collection. It's about 45 minutes long, commercial-free, royalty-free and ready to play. And there's another option: the good "old" CD. For this, there are my many recommendations in my wife's store.
No kidding: as I found no serious and clearly understandable explanation on the German internet, I "invented" the statement: Classical music is all music which is no other music. I found that funny, and it's a provocation for all serious classical music enthusiasts. When I created the English counterpart - one year later - and I wanted to research the English websites for funny and strange explanations, I found my "invention" all over the place, on all top websites with Google. As this finds would make this paragraph senseless, I thought, why not tell about the German curiosities? Here they are:
It is indeed not easy to explain the term "classical music" to kids. That's why there is my website "What is Classical Music?" and also my "Teaching Material Classical Music".
With Wiki every child understands after that (... nonsense), because ... "there it is different depending on the context, musicologically is in the German language area European styles of art music from 1730 to 1830. Colloquially it is the designation for the entire European art music". All children understand that?! Also at "Board of Music" it is the European tradition of art music. Then serious music and light music differentiate the directions and classical music from Turkey, Arabia, India and China is not meant. Okay?!?!?! The "Badische Zeitung" writes, a classical piece of music is typical for a certain time and a certain style. Accordingly, Bach and Handel are not among the most famous classical composers. And classical works "are also pieces that are timelessly beautiful," meaning they impressed many people 200 or 100 years ago." It's not wrong ... but confuses. The "Dictionary of Music" means that classical music describes styles of music that are in the realm of serious or artistically sophisticated music. The term classical music, they say, is "imprecise, but generally understandable" and "it is the works of experts in S-music". Does that help us? And there they also mean that classical music is the music of the upper educated bourgeoisie. No, that's not my thing!
For Ronald Kah, it is primarily winds and strings that make up classical music in the musical styles of the 18th and 19th centuries. However, he thinks this can also be performed with a choir. He also finds that all ( ! ) melodies were memorably composed dynamic and contrasting, are sophisticated, intellectual and serious, and are primarily instrumental compositions. Okay! "Die Klassik.de" comes up again with the "serious" music, in contrast to the pop music. Well, at least not so off the mark. Monique Schätti says that classical music is first of all "timeless" and "outstanding". She mentions miniature masters and third-rate works from the feathers of the greats. And classical music is heterogeneous. She compares classical music with mountains. And she cites André Rieu as the absolute lower limit of level. I have a completely different opinion ... and so do countless classical music lovers. Then she finds that so-called classical music is a "genuinely European phenomenon" and secondly a musical field that "has been fixed in writing since the Middle Ages" and she finds out from two "victims" that one must be inwardly decelerated to listen to such music. For "Indiepedia", the time of creation of classical music ends with the year 2000 and it "must not be folk, jazz or experimental music". As if the division into S-music and E-music is not complicated and wrong enough, this portal then also comes up with F-music, which is then "functional music". Yes, that's how it goes when you want to "force" something that cannot be explained into words. "BR Klassik" appears on Google page 1, but it does not explain what "classical music" is. The Goethe-Institut closes the round (today) on place 10 on Google: There they distinguish again the two terms of classical music, that's okay, but then they call "our" classical music a "collective term for music in the concert hall in general". Hooray. Therefore ... my website "What is classical music". Therefore ... this, my curiously strange approach!
Yes, we stop here with the cool calendar sheets: one of the composers calendars, the Beethoven calendar, the Mozart calendar. And, off to the store?
You can do this in kindergarten and daycare: Simply print out a message and cut it out to give it to the dwarves to take it back home. Of course, this doesn't work with third-graders or even with eighth graders. But there is another way: Send an email or a WhatsApp to all dads and moms if you are as enthusiastic as we are about our idea and my concept of accompanying kids to classical music in a sustainable way. Then we are on our way in our common campaign. Just copy the body text below on the right.
Print out and hand it to the dwarfs to bring it home: That's possible of course only in kindergarten and daycare.
Renate and Peter Bach, Jr. – related to the composer – have two missions: One is to get kids and those interested cautiously excited about "Popular Classical Music" to begin with.To this end, they have compiled 300 popular classical music titles, which are quite different from 99% of all classical music offerings. But this paves the way later for classical music in general. Now both want to address not only educators and teachers, but also the parents of kindergarten, daycare and school kids. The Bachs think that such a selection of classical works could also be really good for you, even if classical music is not "your cup of tea". Read more on this special page for you.
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