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Italian Composers | Free Sheet Music, Biographies and Worksheets

Learn all about some great Italian composers!  Here is a wonderful collection of resources for learning all about Vivaldi and Rossini.  With each composer, there are free printable resources that will help your child learn all about these composers from Italy.  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!

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) Italian Baroque Era Composer

Antonio Vivaldi was born on March 4, 1678 in Venice, Italy. Antonio’s father, Giovanni Battista, a barber before becoming a violinist, taught young Antonio to play the violin and then toured Venice playing the violin with him.  At the age of 15, Antonio began training to become a priest. At the age of 25, he was ordained a priest and soon after became known as the II Prete Rosso, “The Red Priest”, because of his red hair. Due to his health, he left the priesthood in 1703 after only 3 years. But he was still able to pursue a career in music.

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Antonio Vivaldi | Printable Biography

Free Sheet Music

Spring (Four Seasons) by Vivaldi for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Autumn (Four Seasons) by Vivaldi for Intermediate/Level 3 Piano Solo

Free Worksheets

Antonio Vivaldi | Word Search
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet

Lesson Plans

Homeschool Music Lesson Plans for Antonio Vivaldi

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (1792-1868) Italian Romantic Era Composer

Gioachino Antonio Rossini was born in Pesaro, Italy on February 29, 1792 into a family of musicians. Gioachino’s parents began his musical training at a young age.  At the age of six, he was playing the triangle in his father’s band.  Antonio’s father made a bad choice and had to go to jail. His mother, as a result, decided to move her family to Bologna to support them as an opera singer. As a child, Antonio performed as an apprentice opera performer, and later entered the Conservatory of Bolonga to study cello and composition. Because he was so taken by the music of Mozart his classmates referred to him as “the little German.”

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Gioachino Antonio Rossini | Printable Biography

Free Worksheets

Gioachino Antonio Rossini | Word Search
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet

Free Sheet Music

Overture to William Tell for Easy/Level 2 Piano Solo
Barber of Seville for Intermediate/Level 4 Piano Solo
Overture to William Tell for Easy Clarinet Solo
Overture to William Tell for Easy Trumpet Solo

Lesson Plan

Write a few paragraphs on Gioachino Antonio Rossini that includes facts about his life, music, and culture. Then allow your child to be creative in their response to the YouTube Video clip.

Watch a YouTube Video
Watch a performance of Rossini’s William Tell Overture on YouTube.com.

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Famous Sculptor Auguste Rodin | Free Homeschool Resource

Remember the famous sculpture The Thinker?  The artist known for The Thinker is Auguste Rodin.  François-Auguste-René Rodin was born in a poor section of Paris, France, on November 12, 1840. He was the second son of Jean-Baptiste Rodin and Marie Cheffer. His father was employed as a clerk at the police department. He had one sister, Maria, who was two years older. Because of his nearsightedness, Auguste struggled in school, but seemed to find contentment while drawing. Largely self-taught up to the age of 13, he began his formal schooling at the age of 14 at Ecole Imperiale Speciale de Dessin et de Mathematiques, where he studied painting and drawing. For the next four years, he learned the basic skills of an artist.

Learn more about this famous artist with these free resources.  Print a high quality biography, complete a word search activity, and even learn to sculpt.  Enjoy the art gallery below too.

Printable Biography

Auguste Rodin Lesson Resources

Auguste Rodin | Word Search Worksheet
Goldfish Soap Sculpture | Sculpture Lesson
“Meet the Artist” Job Application | Worksheet

Art Gallery

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The Thinker (1902) by Auguste Rodin | Bronze Sculpture

The Thinker was initially a figure created for The Gates of Hell. The work shows a larger than life-size man sitting on a rock with his chin resting on one hand as if to be deep in thought. The work was named The Thinker by foundry workers, who saw a certain similarity to Michelangelo’s sculpture of Lorenzo de Medici called “Il Penseroso” (The Thinker).

 

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Gates of Hell (1880-1917) by Auguste Rodin | Bronze Doors

Gates of Hell is a monumental sculpture depicting a scene from “The Inferno”, the first section of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. It stands at 19 feet high, 13 feet wide and 3 feet deep, with 180 figures. Some of the figures created for this project became separate and independent works, including The Thinker, The Three Shades, and The Kiss.

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The Burghers of Calais (1884-1889) by Auguste Rodin | Bronze Sculpture

The Burghers of Calais was commissioned by the town of Calais to commemorate the six citizens of Calais who gave their lives to save their fellow townspeople. It is one of Rodin’s most acclaimed works.

 

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Best of Chopin | Free Homeschool Curriculum Resources

Frederic Chopin was a Romantic-era Polish composer.  He was born on March 1, 1810 in Poland. His father was French and his mother was Polish. In his future the music of both of these nations would influence his compositions. Some of his works for piano are called mazurkas and polonaises, which are polish dances.  All of Chopin’s compositions include the piano; most are for solo piano, although he also wrote two piano concertos, a few chamber pieces, and some songs to Polish lyrics

Here are some free resources you can use to teach your kids about Frederic Chopin.  Have a look at the homeschool lesson plans.  A well-rounded lesson plan to teach your child all about Chopin.  There are several printable resources, including a biography.  And to round out the study on Frederic Chopin, there is free printable sheet music.

Free Printable Composer Biography

Frederic Chopin | Printable Biography

Free Worksheets

Frederic Chopin | Word Search
“Meet the Composer” Job Application | Worksheet

Free Sheet Music

Funeral March for Intermediate Piano Solo
Nocture in E Flat Op.9, No.2 for Intermediate Piano Solo
Polonaise Op. 53 (Heroic) for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo

Free Lesson Plans

Homeschool Music Lesson Plans for Frederic Chopin

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St. Patrick’s Day | Free Printable Sheet Music

Saint Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, “the Day of the Festival of Patrick”) is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated annually on 17 March, the death date of the most commonly recognized patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461).

Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian feast day in the early seventeenth century and is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. The day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland, as well as celebrating the heritage and culture of the Irish in general. Celebrations generally involve public parades and festivals, céilithe, and the wearing of green attire or shamrocks.  Christians also attend church services, and the Lenten restrictions on eating and drinking alcohol are lifted for the day, which has encouraged and propagated the holiday’s tradition of alcohol consumption.

Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora around the world; especially in Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand.

In honor of St. Patrick’s, here is some free printable sheet music.  There are pieces for piano, woodwind and brass instruments.

Irish (Celtic) Sheet Music for Piano Solo

Molly Malone/Cockles and Mussels – Traditional Irish Folksong for Piano Solo
The Kerry Dance – Traditional Irish Folksong for Piano Solo
The Irish Washerwoman – Traditional Irish Jig for Piano Solo
The Minstrel Boy – Irish Patriotic Song for Piano Solo

Irish (Celtic) Sheet Music for Woodwind/Brass Solo
The Minstrel Boy – Irish Patriotic Song for Flute Solo
The Minstrel Boy – Irish Patriotic Song for Clarinet Solo
The Minstrel Boy – Irish Patriotic Song for Alto Saxophone Solo
The Minstrel Boy – Irish Patriotic Song for Trumpet Solo
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France | Free Culture, Language, Arts Homeschool Curriculum

Take your kids on a virtual tour of France and experience the arts, language and culture.  Here is a compilation of free resources from around the web, including many free printables, that will help you teach your child about France and its culture.   France is the birthplace of many famous people in history, including artists, musicians, composers, French political leaders and scientists.

There are many links to artists, composers, famous French in history, French holidays,  the French language, and fun facts about France.  Enjoy your “travels” to France and have fun as you explore and discover its great and interesting culture!

Famous French Artists | Printable Biographies and Worksheets for Kids
Edgar Degas |Biography
Edgar Degas | Word Search Worksheet
Claude Monet |Biography
Claude Monet | Word Search Worksheet
Pierre Auguste Renoir |Biography
Pierre Auguste Renoir | Word Search Worksheet
Georges Seurat |Biography
Georges Seurat |Word Search Worksheet
Henri   Matisse  | Biography
Henri Matisse |Word Search Worksheet
August Rodin | Biography
Auguste Rodin | Word Search Worksheet

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Water Lillies (1914) by Claude Monet |  Oil on Canvas

This work is one in a series of approximately 250 paintings. The paintings depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny, France.

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Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1886) by Georges Seurat |  Oil on Canvas

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The Circus (1891) by Georges Seurat |  Oil on Canvas

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Horseracing in Longchamps (1873-1875) by Edgar Degas |  Oil on Canvas

Though Degas is remembered best for his images of ballet dancers, his works of thoroughbreds and their jockeys are equally significant. Degas was drawn to the  beauty and power of this subject and was fascinated by the nervous tension of horses and their riders.

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Madame Charpentier and Her Children (1878) by Pierre August Renoir |  Oil on Canvas

Madame Charpentier and her Children, is a portrait of the Charpentier family, with which Renoir had become friends. The Charpentier family helped him in times of need, and in return he painted portraits of their family. It is one of his most successful works.

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Le Café (1878) by Pierre August Renoir |  Oil on Canvas

Le Café is a painting of a young woman enjoying a cup of coffee. It was Renoir’s first painting to be accepted by the Paris Salon.

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Young Girls at the Piano (1892) by Pierre August Renoir |  Oil on Canvas

Young Girls at the Piano was created for a new museum at the request of the French Government. It has come to be regarded as one of the most accomplished and engaging scenes of middle-class life.

Famous French Composers  Biographies and Word Search Worksheets

Build reading skills with printable biographies and word search worksheets. Let your students know how many words there are to find and then ask them to complete the word search by identifying and circling the keywords found in the corresponding printable biography.

Claude Debussy (1862-1918) Impressionist Era Composer |Biography  
Claude Debussy | Composer Word Search Worksheet
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) French Romantic Era Composer | Biography
Camille Saint-Saëns | Word Search Worksheet

Learn to Play the Music
Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy for Intermediate/Level 5 Piano Solo

Other Famous French in History – Biographies and Fun Facts
Napoleon Bonaparte – Emperor of France
Joan of Arc – Military LeaderLouis Pasteur – Chemist and Microbiologist

Learn to Speak French
Here is a website to learn so speak French for free.

Fun French Facts and Printables
National Geographic for Kids
Kids World Travel Guide
French Facts for Kids

Important Holidays in France
Brief summary of the most important days in the French calendar.

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Famous Inventors | Printable Biographies/Worksheets for Kids

Here are more printable biographies/worksheets for kids.  These are famous inventors who made great contributions in the field of electricity/electronics.  These printable biographies and worksheets for kids will help kids learn about these important inventors.  Thanks to www.electronimojoe.com, these resources are free!  Have fun learning!

Charles Proteus Steinmetz (1865-1923) German Mathematician and Electrical Engineer

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Charles Proteus Steinmetz was born Karl August Rudolph Steinmetz in Breslau, Germany on April 9, 1865 – five days before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. He was born to Jewish parents, with his father Carl Heinrich being employed as a lithographer for the railroad.  Steinmetz was the father of, and original master of alternating current. He was the first to create artificial lightning.

Printable Biography – Charles Proteus Steinmetz

Printable Word Search – Charles Proteus Steinmetz

George Westinghouse (1846-1914) American Inventor

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George Westinghouse was born in Central Bridge, NY on October 6, 1846, to machine shop owner George Westinghouse and wife Emmeline. He was the eighth of ten children.  Westinghouse’s claim to fame was the air brake, used on trains, and much later, on large trucks. He is responsible in part for the electrification of the world.

Printable Biography – George Westinghouse

Printable Word Search – George Westinghouse

 Emile Berliner (1851-1929) German/American Inventor

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Emile Berliner was born in Hanover, Germany, on May 20, 1851, and was the thirteenth child born to Samuel and Sarah Fridman Berliner. His father was a Jewish merchant, and his mother was an amateur musician. As a boy he apprenticed to become a merchant like his father, although inventing things interested him most.

Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. Have you ever used one? The one you used was invented by Emile Berliner, and was called the “Gramophone”. The “Grammy” awards are named for it.

Printable Biography – Emile Berliner

Printable Word Search – Emile Berliner