German Composers | Free Sheet Music, Biographies and Worksheets

Learn all about some great German composers!  Here is a wonderful collection of resources for learning all about Bach, Handel, Pachelbel, Beethoven, and Brahms.  With each composer, there are free printable resources that will help your child learn all about these composers from Germany.  Learn in a fun way with printable biographies, word search worksheets, coloring pages, writing assignments,  printable sheet music, and homeschool lesson plans.  Best of all, these resources are all free!

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Baroque Era 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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Free Printable Composer Biography
Johann Sebastian Bach | Printable Biography

Free Worksheets
Johann Sebastian Bach | Word Search
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet
Johann Sebastian Bach Multiplication Connect-the-Dot
Johann Sebastian Bach Coloring Page

Free Sheet Music
Minuet in G for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Easy/Level 1 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Minuet in G Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Musette in D for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Toccata in D Minor for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo

Piano Book
Bach | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book (Easy-Intermediate) Vol. 4

Free Lesson Plans
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans for Johann Sebastian Bach

George Frideric Handel  (1685-1759) Baroque Era Composer
George Frideric Handel was born on February 23, 1685 in the North German province of Saxony, in the same year as Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. George’s father wanted him to be a lawyer, though music had captivated his attention. His mother in contrast, supported his interest in music, and he was allowed to take keyboard and music composition lessons. His aunt gave him a harpsichord for his seventh birthday which Handel played whenever he had the chance. Read more…

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Free Printable Composer Biography
George Frideric Handel | Printable Biography

Free Worksheets
George Frideric Handel Word Search
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet
Messiah/Hallelujah Chorus | Listening Map

Free Sheet Music
Hallelujah Chorus for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Theme from Water Music for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo

Free Lesson Plans
Free Lesson Plans for George Frideric Handel

Johann Pachelbel (1685-1750) Baroque Era Composer
Johann Pachelbel was born in Germany, in the city of Nurnberg in 1653. His father enrolled him in the St. Lorenz High School but soon recognized Johann’s musical potential and arranged for outside musical training.  Johann also showed such impressive academic abilities that he was allowed to attend various non-music classes at Nurnberg’s Auditorium Aegidianum.  These abilities also allowed him to gain entrance to the Universitat Altdorf in 1669 at the age of fifteen. In addition to his academic and musical studies, he served as organist at the Pfarrkirche.  Read more…

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Free Printable Composer Biography
Johann Pachelbel | Printable Biography

Free Worksheets
Johann Pachelbel | Word Search
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet

Free Sheet Music
Canon in D for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Canon in D for Intermediate Guitar Solo

Free Lesson Plans
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans for Johann Pachelbel

Ludwig Van Beethoven (1685-1759) Baroque Era Composer
Ludwig van Beethoven was born in Bonn, Germany in 1770, to Johann van Beethoven and Maria Magdalena Keverich. Although Beethoven’s exact birth date is not known, his family celebrated it on December 16. Ludwig’s first musical instruction came from his father Johann who was said to have been a harsh instructor. Johann later asked his friend, Tobias Pfeiffer, to teach his son. It seems that the harsh treatment continued, as Johann and his friend would come home late on occasion to pull young Ludwig from his bed to practice until morning. Read more…

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Free Printable Composer Biography
Ludwig Van Beethoven | Printable Biography

Free Worksheets
Beethoven Word Search
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet
Beethoven Multiplication-Connect-the-Dot
Beethoven Coloring Page

Free Sheet Music
Beethoven’s Fifth for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Ode to Joy for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Für Elise for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo
Ode to Joy for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Minuet in G for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Moonlight Sonata for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Ecossaise for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Pathetique Sonata for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Rage Over a Lost Penny for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo
Beethoven | Free Piano Book for Easy/Intermediate Piano
Für Elise for Easy Flute Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Ode to Joy for Beginner Flute Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Für Elise for Easy Clarinet Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Ode to Joy for Beginner Clarinet Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Ode to Joy for Beginner Alto Saxophone Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Ode to Joy for Beginner Trumpet Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Ode to Joy for Beginner Trombone Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Ode to Joy for Beginner Violin Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Ode to Joy for Beginner Viola Solo with Piano Accompaniment
Ode to Joy for Beginner Cello Solo with Piano Accompaniment

Piano Book
Beethoven | Meet the Composer Series Piano Book (Easy-Intermediate) Vol. 1

Free Lesson Plans
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans for Ludwig Van Beethoven

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Romantic Era Composer
Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany on May 7, 1833. Johannes’ father, a town musician, gave him his first musical instruction.  At the age of seven he studied piano with Otto Friedrich Willibald Cossel. Young Brahms gave concerts in Hamburg and worked playing piano in restaurants and theaters to help support his family.  Read more…

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Free Printable Composer Biography
Johannes Brahms | Printable Biography

Free Worksheets
Brahms |  Word Search Worksheet
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet
Brahms | Coloring Page

Free Sheet Music
Lullaby (Cradle Song) for Piano Solo by Johannes Brahms
Waltz in Ab for Piano Solo by Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dance No. 5 for Piano Solo by Johannes Brahms
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Flute Solo
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Clarinet Solo
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Alto Saxophone Solo
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Trumpet Solo
Brahms Lullaby by Johannes Brahms for Intermediate Violin Solo

Free Lesson Plans
Homeschool Music Lesson Plans for Johannes Brahms

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