Learning about Baroque Composers in Music Class

Want to share some Baroque Music with your music class? here are a few ideas for a music class based on J.S. Bach. This is just an excerpt of the materials found in our Great composers series of printable music lesson plans.

Design a Facebook profile for J.S. Bach. Include “Basic Information” (Network, Birthday, Relationship Status, Religious Views), “Personal Information” (Contact details, Education and Work), “Friends” (any significant people who lived at the same time as Bach) and finally you’ll want to add some “groups” that Bach may have belonged in. Finish it off with a photo found on the internet. Students not familiar with Facebook could design a passport.

Imagine that you could invite J.S. Bach over for coffee. Make a list of three questions you would like to ask him about his life or the time in history that he lived. Have a class discussion on what the answers would be or choose a student to be Bach and ask them some of the questions. The class could even bring in some traditional german food such as gingerbread to share to complete this activity.

Find a work of art on the internet that was created around the same time that Bach was alive. You could discuss as a class the ways that the painting shows the Baroque styling of Bach’s music.

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