Young Scholar's Guide to Composers, by Bright Ideas Press, is the next on our review list. It can be purchased as a CD-Rom book ($29.95) or a 298 page Paperback Book ($34.95). Some other products offered by Bright Ideas Press are The Mystery of History Series and Illuminations.
Young Scholar's Guide to Composers is a 32 week chronological study of musical periods and composers. It has been written for children grades 4-8, but could easily be adjusted for both older and younger kids. Each lesson is either a musical period (Baroque, Classical...etc) or a famous composer. And includes text, note-taking questions, creating a Composer Card (a great study guide with composer information), mapping where the composer was born, adding to a timeline, and of course, the music. There are a list of online links in the book for each musical period and composer. Also included in the book are games, coloring pages, folderbook instructions, glossary, website links, and a book list of recommended additional reading. There is some preparation needed for the use of this book. There are copies to be made and it is a good idea to look up music links ahead of time and bookmark them.