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Johann Sebastian Bach | Homeschool Music Lesson Curriculum

Studying composers in a homeschool setting provides the opportunity to explore the connections between music and history. It helps students place music into its larger context and learn what makes each composer’s contributions unique. A study of composer’s lives can also open up discussions on character. Each composer walked a different road to greatness with their own struggles and successes, allowing students to explore the different ways goals can be pursued.

Finally, and most obviously, the study of a composer can be used to increase students’ musical appreciation and literacy. Being familiar with great composers’ most well-known works establishes cultural literacy, and it also gives them an opportunity to experience the pure enjoyment of listening to great music. You can also give students the tools to listen to and discuss music intelligently.

One doesn’t need to be an expert in music to guide homeschool students through such a study. The resources below provide a great start to a study of the Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

An approachable biography of a composer is a great place to begin. Consider MakingMusicFun.net’s Hey Kids, Meet Johann Sebastian Bach. This brief biography lays out the basic facts of the composer’s life and work. If you’d like students to dig in further to his life and times, this biography provides enough background knowledge to help them generate questions for further research.

Once students have read the biography, they can deepen their comprehension of what they’ve read with the “Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet. This worksheet asks students to synthesize their knowledge of the composer’s experiences and works and apply them in the context of a job application. Higher level thinking skills are also exercised in the Johann Sebastian Bach | Word Search. This activity differs from the typical word search in that students have to generate their own word list by determining the keywords from the biography above. (The keywords are provided for the instructor’s use and guidance.)

Some additional ideas for writing and listening can be found at Johann Sebastian Bach Homeschool Lesson Plans, and this page also includes a list of Bach sheet music for students who wish to tie their piano playing to their studies. To work Bach into another subject, try the Johann Sebastian Bach Multiplication Connect-the-Dot. Just for fun, you can also use Johann Sebastian Bach Coloring Page.

Anchor any composer you study more firmly in their historical context with this comprehensive Music History Timeline, featuring world history events that impacted composers’ lives. Bring Bach’s time to life with the movie Bach’s Fight for Freedom using this movie guide.

To delve more deeply into Bach’s works, consider using Bach Listening Glyphs available on Teachers Pay Teachers. These worksheets guide students to graphically represent what they hear when they listen to Bach’s music, such as the Brandenburg Concertos or Toccata and Fugue in D Minor. Once again, you don’t have to be a music teacher to listen with your student and follow the prompts to record what you hear.

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Essential Bach | Easy Piano Sheet Music

When it comes to the Baroque era of music, one of the best was saved for last. Johann Sebastian Bach’s life fell as the era of harpsichords was coming to an end and the classical era was beginning. Because he composed so near this transition, his work was soon deemed “old fashioned” by many. However, a resurgence in his popularity in the 19th century cemented his reputation as one of the greatest composers of all time.

One of Bach’s most revered traits is the technical and structural excellence of his pieces. This does not mean, however, that his work is a collection of dispassionate exercises. His work is also known for its beauty. His many sacred works are thought to be the fruit of a sincere faith and not simply part of his job as a church organist.

Such a combination of artistry and technicality makes Bach’s work essential for the well-rounded piano student. The continuous flow of Baroque music challenges students to be consistent and steady, with careful attention to fingering and the interplay between the right and left hand. While there are a few piano sheet music arrangements available for beginners, the technical complexity of Bach’s work makes him a better fit for intermediate students and beyond.

Minuet in G for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Aria from Suite in D for Easy/Level 3 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor forEasy/Level 3 Piano Solo
May the Sheep Freely Graze forEasy/Level 4 Piano Solo
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for Easy-Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in D Minor for Easy-Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G (1) for Easy-Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G (2) for Easy-Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G Minor for Easy-Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Easy-Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Siciliano for Easy-Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor for Easy-Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo

If you plan to make Bach a regular in your rotation of piano lesson assignments, or if you have students with an affinity for his music, you can also get a whole collection of Bach’s greatest pieces arranged for intermediate piano.

Get Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4


24 Page Digital Download

Contents
Biography
Aria from Suite in D
Minuet in G
Toccata in D Minor (Easy)
Minuet in G Minor
Minuet in D Minor
Minuet in G
Musette in D
Sheep May Safely Graze
Siciliano
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Toccata in D Minor (Original)

If you want to challenge your students technically while exposing them to a formative musical era and a timeless composer, the music of Bach is just what you need.

Meet the Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany in 1685. As a child, Bach’s father taught him to play violin and harpsichord. His uncles were all musicians, serving as church organists and court chamber musicians. One of his uncles, Johann Christoph Bach, introduced him to the art of organ playing. Read More

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Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4

Interested in playing easy-intermediate arrangements of Johann Sebastian Bach? The Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4 includes a variety of pieces originally written originally for harpsichord or organ that have been arranged for music students at the easy-intermediate level.

Print Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Lesson Book

Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book, Vol. 4

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Contents
This easy-intermediate piano music edition includes 12 pieces for piano solo with an introduction to the composer. 24 pages. Digital print book published by MakingMusicFun.net.

Johann Sebastian Bach | Composer Biography for Kids
Aria from Suite in D
Minuet in G
Toccata in D Minor (Easy Version)
Minuet in G Minor
Minuet in D Minor
Minuet in G
Musette in D
Sheep May Safely Graze
Siciliano
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
Toccata in D Minor (Original Version)

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