Here are a few ideas for a music lesson all about the composer Johann Sebastian Bach. You will find many more ideas for music lesson plans in our composers series of printable worksheets.
Design a Facebook profile for J.S. Bach. Include “Basic Information” (Network, Birthday, Relationship Status, Religious Views), More “personal information” like work and education backround, And think about who Bach may have been connected with as “Friends” and create some “Groups” that Bach may have belonged to. Find a photo on the internet to finish off the project Students not familiar with Facebook could design a passport.
Imagine that you could invite J.S. Bach over for coffee. Have the students write down a few questions that they would like to ask him about his music, his era or anything else. Have a class discussion on what the answers would be or choose a student to be Bach and ask them some of the questions. For an extra special addition to this activity, have the class bring in some gingerbread or other traditional German snack to share.
Have the class do some research to find a art work on the internet that was painted in J.S. Bach’s era. You could discuss as a class the ways that the painting shows the Baroque styling of Bach’s music.