French Composers | Free Sheet Music, Biographies and Worksheets

Want to teach your kids about great French composers Camille Saint-Saëns and Claude Debussy?  Below are free printable resources that will help your child learn all about these composers from France.  Learn in a fun way with printable biographies, word search worksheets, writing assignments,  printable sheet music, and homeschool lesson plans.  Best of all, these resources are all free.

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) French Romantic Era Composer
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was born in Paris, France in 1835. His father was a government clerk who died 3 months after his birth. At the request of his mother, Camille’s great-aunt Charlotte moved in with them. She was the first to introduce him to the piano. Beginning piano lessons at the age of two, he came to be known as one of the outstanding child prodigies of his time. He almost immediately began to write music with his first composition for piano dated March 22, 1839. His talent was not limited to music, he also learned to read by age three and mastered Latin by age seven. Read more…

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Free Printable Composer Biography

Camille Saint-Saëns | Printable Biography

Free Worksheets

Camille Saint-Saëns | Word Search
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet
Kangaroo from Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens) | Listening Map

Free Lesson Plans

Homeschool Music Lesson Plan for Camille Saint-Saens

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Impressionist Era Composer
Claude began piano lessons at the age of seven with an Italian violinist named Cerrito.  His musical talent was quite evident, and by the age of ten Claude began studying music at the Paris Conservatoire. During his time there he studied composition, music history, piano, organ, and solfge. His experimental approach to composing music was problematic to his teachers however, as he did not like following the strict rules of the Conservatory.  Read more…

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Free Printable Composer Biography

Claude Debussy | Printable Biography

Free Worksheets

Claude Debussy | Composer Word Search Worksheet
“Meet the Composer” Scavenger Hunt
“Meet the Composer” Job Application

Free Sheet Music

Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo

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