American Composers | Free Printable Biographies, Worksheets, Sheet Music

Learn all about some great American composers!  With each composer, there are free printable resources that will help your child learn all about these modern-day composers from the United States.  Learn about each of these composers in a fun way with printable biographies, word search worksheets, coloring pages, writing assignments, and printable sheet music.

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) American Composer, Conductor, Teacher and Pianist
Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1918. His father, Sam Bernstein, did not support young Leonard’s interest in music at first. Despite this, his father took him to many orchestra concerts. At one of these concerts he heard a piano performance that captivated him. It was then that he began to learn to play the piano.      Read more….

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Aaron Copland (1900-1990) American Composer, Conductor and Pianist
Aaron Copland was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 14, 1900 to Jewish parents who immigrated from Russia. His first experience with music came from his older sister who taught him how to play the piano.  Read more….

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George Gershwin (1898-1937) American Modern Era Composer and Pianist
George Gershwin was born as Jacob Gershowitz on September 26, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York. George, the second of four children, was born to Russian Jewish immigrant parents Morris Gershowitz and Rosa Bruskin.  His father changed the family name to Gershwin after immigrating from Russia.  Read more…

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Scott Joplin (1867 or 1868-1917) American Musician and Composer
Scott Joplin, the second of six children, was born sometime between June 1867 and January 1868 in eastern Texas. His father was a slave, while his mother was born a free black woman. After 1871 Joplin and his family moved to Texarkana, Texas. It was then that young Scott taught himself music on a piano in a home where his mother worked.  Read more…

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Printable Sheet Music
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Maple Leaf Rag for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Easy Winners for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
The Entertainer for Easy Flute Solo with Piano Accompaniment
The Entertainer for Easy Clarinet Solo with Piano Accompaniment
The Entertainer for Easy Alto Saxophone Solo with Piano Accompaniment
The Entertainer for Easy Trumpet Solo with Piano Accompaniment
The Entertainer for Easy Trombone Solo with Piano Accompaniment
The Entertainer for Easy Violin Solo with Piano Accompaniment
The Entertainer for Easy Viola Solo with Piano Accompaniment
The Entertainer for Easy Cello Solo with Piano Accompaniment

John Williams (1932- ) American Composer, Conductor and Pianist
John Williams was born on February 8, 1932, in Floral Park, New York. In 1948 John moved with his family to Los Angeles, California. He later attended college near his home in Los Angeles where he began to study composition. After college he was drafted into the United States Air Force where he had the opportunity to arrange music for, and conduct the Air Force band.   Read more…

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