Music appreciation was an important part of Charlotte Mason's method of educating. Her recommendations are still top favorites in our day, proving that good things last a long time and can be cherished by many different generations.
Just like her method in teaching art, Charlotte Mason believed in introducing something to the child and then allowing the relationship to form between the child and subject, resulting in a true education.
Here is the list of 10 Composers Charlotte Mason Would Want Your Kids to Know:
- Johann Sebastian Bach – He was a German composer that lived until the mid-1700's. I would recommend listening to Brandenburg Concerto and The Well-Tempered Clavier.
- Ludwig van Beethoven – He was a German composer, as well, that lived until the early 1800's. One of my favorite pieces to introduce to my children is his Ninth Symphony, not because of the popularity of the music but because of the story behind its first being played in public. I won't share the story, because it is worth you digging in and find this inspirational and touching story of one of the most popular pieces in classical history.
- Johannes Brahms – Another one of Germany's great composers, Johannes lived until the late 1800's. I would recommend introducing Symphony No 1 (4th Movement) as a great piece of his.
- Frederic Chopin – A Polish composer living until the mid-1800's, when he died at just 39. A good piece to introduce to children is his Opus 7 No 2.
- Edvard Grieg – A Norwegian composer who died in the early 1900's was instrumental (yes, I love to play on words) in bringing his country international recognition through is music. You may enjoy listening to In Der Halle Des Bergkonigs.
- George Frideric Handel – Another German born composer, who lived until the 1700's, is most famous for his beautiful work of the Messiah. It is truly a must listen to piece!
- Wolfgang Mozart – One of the most popular composers who also was born in Germany and lived to the late 1700's. His pieces have been shown to be great to listen to while children do quiet play or work, like math, as it engages the side of the brain best for these things. Here is a selection for Tuning Up the Mind and on for Relaxing, Daydream and Draw that I would highly recommend.
- Georg Schumann – German born and living until the mid 1950's, Georg became known for his prize winning symphonies.
- Peter Tchaikovsky – A Russian composer who lived until the late 1800's is one of the composers that is widely recognized for his works: The Nutcracker and Swan Lake.
- Vivaldi – You must introduce your children to the Four Seasons, which is one of my favorite pieces of classical music. The tempo of each piece can almost be felt, as you listen to the seasons being played within your ears.
Here are some good selections of these composers who Charlotte Mason would want your kids to know: