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.
When Brahms was 20 he met famous composers Franz Liszt and Robert Schumann. Schumann was so impressed with Brahms’ music that he wrote an article for a music journal that made Brahms famous. Brahms’ success was also due to his hard work and his critical attitude toward his own music. He never felt he could live up to the standard set by Ludwig van Beethoven.
Below are some free resources you can use to teach your kids about Johannes Brahms. Have a look at the homeschool lesson plan. A well-rounded lesson plan to teach your child all about this Romantic Era composer. There are several printable resources, including a biography. And to round out the study on Brahms, there is free printable sheet music.
Free Lesson Plans
Free Printable Composer Biography
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