My "Teaching Material Classical Music" is also my offer of teaching material on the topic of "Popular Classical Music"! An option for you in two parts: There is – first – a free "mini package", with which you can teach directly, and secondly a 20-part "XXL-package". My husband has in fact come up with something that is as "weird" as his Johann Sebastian Bach project. Because he came to the conclusion that the way to Johann Sebastian Bach is perhaps even better via the way to classical music in general. To this end, he also fulfilled a wish he had "somehow always had". In fact, to find classical music that inspires many people ... including himself. Here's what he thought about. And that is when he discovered the portal "Lehrermarktplatz.de" (... Teachers Market Place): So for you as a teacher – with "Peter's plan" – there are now two options: Firstly, there is the free one mentioned further above. You generate your teaching material yourself from five areas.
First, there is a collection of the most popular Bach music works of around 45 Minutes length to acoustically enrich your lessons and your kids' homework, second, another four music collections (... suggestions) of popular classical music to accompany a moderate volume of lessons on the topic. Then, thirdly, the description and reading "What is classical music anyway?", fourthly, additional exciting, interesting and fun information on the subject of classical composers and classical music, that is the "Funny+++ Facts", and finally, fifthly, a selection of 300 classical titles, conservative and popular, historical and current, for you and for your kids to listen to on the website, and also usable in class as acoustic background.
For a tiny nominal fee (... 11.90 € one-time ... and you can then use it again and again for two, ten, 20 or 30 years ...) there is also – secondly – the "XXL Teaching Material Classical Music", consisting of a further 15 components. More about this below. You can buy it in the shop. With a click here.
So ... do you know all four great composers? Yes? Then that's cool. No? Then that doesn't matter either. After all, you're here now!
Are You Looking Exclusively for the “Teaching Material Classical Music” and Not Additionally Our Philosophy Here (... So, I Mean the “Blah Blah” of My Husband)? Or Are You Ready to Be Entertained by Him a Little Bit? That ... Is What He Likes All Too Gladly!
No ... You are not looking for more entertainment about the "Teaching Material Classical Music". You are excited, and you want to visit the store to buy it? Then please click here.
By Peter Bach Jr.
There you are! Accordingly, you would like to be entertained a little and also know at the beginning whether I am related to Bach and also play a musical instrument? Yes, I am related and no, I do not play a musical instrument.
Together with you, I would like to " outsmart" little people from now on. I would like to introduce them to classical music and as long as I – together with you – have the chance, certainly not "break" anything: turn off the dwarfs, destroy chances or convey that classical music is something "dusty, uncool and boring". Again, briefly the hint: If you are currently "only" interested in buying the "Teaching Material Classical Music", then "click away now here with pleasure". And by the way, you can do that again and again in between later.
That's right, you certainly know three of the gents above. But also the composer on the far right?
Let's start with a little Bach, but not summarized immediately everything about him, but as a completely "senseless" listing. Did you know that Bach had 20 children, but only half of them reached adulthood? Among them, however, there were four famous sons, respectively five musical ones. And two of them were even more famous in their time than their father was in his. Thus, they bring it already on a considerable number of famous musicians in a musical family. Together, the Bachs are and were today around 200 musicians, making them by far the largest, most famous musical family of all time. And it remains so because there are still more and more musicians. At present, at least eight family members are "full-blooded musicians". Exciting to "garnish" your classic in class.
Bach's work was not lost. Good musicians always knew where it was and how it could have been presented. The public, however, disliked Bach's music for a full 80 years. It was not until Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy that Bach's divine St. Matthew Passion was performed for the second time ever. 101 years after its first performance, that was a next time. And Bach's "fame 2.0" began. What is now called the "Bach Renaissance" began. Bach is said to have composed 11,000 pieces of music in his lifetime, says the Bach expert of all. Today, only 1,128 remain, and this "rest" alone makes Bach one of the workaholics among composers. No less than 66 world-class personalities, from a pope to Albert Einstein, and many of Bach's composer colleagues and musicians over more than three centuries expressed their enthusiasm. You decide what you want to use – as exciting – in your classroom from this: Modern entertainment is, in my opinion, the best way with my approach "Teaching Material Classical Music" to reach kids especially sustainably!
What a likeable curiosity: On the opposite side of the monument in Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany you can see, among others, the notes B-A-C-H. But the artist had not placed the "b" in front of the first note. So the famous Bach became the completely unknown H-A-C-H. What a charming mistake. (... you have fun with this only, if you know the German language).
Another cute little lapse: The artist who designed this stamp renamed the city of Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany ... "Eisenbach". What an honor for the Thuringian.
There are more monuments in honor of Bach than of any other composer: There are around 35 tributes, most of them in Germany, but also one in Shanghai, China, in Paris, France i n Prague, Slovakia and Barcelona, Spain. Let's move on to Mozart. You certainly know that he was called "Wolferl". But also that his full name was Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart? At the age of six, he made his first marriage proposal, and he wrote the six-part canon "Kiss My Ass". Mozart could not stand the sound of flutes, and nevertheless wrote his world-famous "Magic Flute". But only reluctantly and as a commissioned work. That he had an absolute ear, is what you know.
Popular classical works, no matter from which epoch, are partly short ... just like new hits today. That is, between three and five minutes long. But there are also ultra-long ones: for example, the absolutely unknown work by the Frenchman Erik Satie: 18 hours and 45 minutes long. There are 180 notes, and they are to repeat 840 times. The second-longest classical work is by Richard Wagner, who is 100-times more famous. It is the opera "The Ring of the Nibelung", 16 hours ... but not in one piece.
That about the longest pieces. But who wrote the most? Bach ... says the Bach expert, who is already mentioned above ... is said to have written 11,000 pieces. He assumes that 90 percent of them are lost. That leaves about 1,128. And otherwise? Telemann is the busiest classical composer: with 3,600 pieces. Regarding the Ave Maria: Is it by Bach? No, it's by Bach and Gounod. Today, kids would say "Bach feat. Gounod". It's the first famous collaboration of two greats in music. Then there's the work "Ellens dritter Gesang" ("Ellen's Third Song"), but it's much better known as "yet another" Ave Maria. Namely, by Schubert. So, the "Ave Maria No. 2", so to speak. By the way, Mozart, Beethoven and also Bach were musical prodigies. However, Bach scientists have only discovered that in recent years. Bach and Handel: Did you know that both were born in the same year, both suffered from cataracts and both were operated on by the same London oculist John Taylor ... and unsuccessfully, Bach even twice and 100 patients more ... just as unsuccessfully.
Continuing on the theme of "classical music" as entertainment: Bach lived to the age of 65, Mozart only 35, and Beethoven wrote a piece "Elegy on the Death of a Poodle". Wagner named his dwarf rabbit "Little Son Fips" and his parrot "Little Daughter Papo". And he loved to compose in historical costumes. How long was Beethoven completely deaf? For eight whole years. How long it took to develop into this catastrophe? For fully 21 years. Do you know that Mozart was honored by Pope Clement XIV with the "Order of the Golden Spur"? Are you aware that the Wagners and the Liszts are related? And thus are the second-largest famous family of musicians ever?!
Hildegard of Bingen and Clara Schumann are the only classical composers of significance. Whereby, Hildegard von Bingen already made very borderline classical music according to our current definition. That Mozart was not the inventor of the Mozartkugel is clear. But you didn't know that this delicacy was first invented as "Mozart candy" exactly 101 years after his death, right? Back again to Bach. The Bach Genealogy is a real challenge, but so is the subject of Bach in general: The Milan Bach, one of Bach's sons, is also the London Bach, the Berlin Bach is also the Hamburg Bach, in each case both and.
These are the gentlemen who "delivered" us conservative Classical Music. Many pieces of those are also popular, but none of them is "Young Classical Music".
Did you know that the opera "Nabucco" by the Italian Verdi was written in Egypt? And that Verdi founded a retirement home for musicians, which still exists today as "Casa Verdi"? Sure, Johann Strauss, and that is the son, is the waltz king of both Johanns. Son Strauss (... Strauss II) composed a whole 160 waltzes! And Strauss, father (... Strauss I)was the "inventor" of the Viennese waltz. Tchaikovsky ... what can a Bach fan and family member think of him? He is the only famous personality who said that it is probably nice to play a fugue from Bach, but he can't see anything special in it. Well ... how nice that so many others disagree. Do you know the oldest and therefore first popular classical work? It is the "Canon in D major" by Pachelbel. About 350 years old. And do you know who composed the entrance fanfare to the annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC)? It was Charpentier with his "Te Deum". Max Reger, by the way, thought that Bach was "the beginning and end of all music" and Bach thought that everything that is not composed in honor of God is only "terrible noise". National anthems: The known ones, or let's say the ones we know, are practically all classical compositions. The German one, by the way, was written by an Austrian. Haydn did. And who has the longest name among classical composers? Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini ... probably! Which opera by Carl Maria von Weber remained unfinished? Correct, "Rübezahl". You don't know Rübezahl? It's a ghost protecting a treasure in the Giant Mountains in the Czech Republic in Eastern Europe. Maybe you already knew that you can even sing the name Bach. But that this is only possible in German-speaking countries, too? In this section once again to Vivaldi: He was in his secondary profession also a Roman Catholic priest.
In fact, it is the only handwritten quotation of a famous person about Johann Sebastian Bach, namely that of composer Max Reger. It is "Bach (... in notes, but only in German-speaking countries) is the beginning and the end of all music."
In fact, this shining light from Eisenach, Johann Sebastian Bach, was really in prison. For a whole four weeks. For stubbornness. But he was not the only one of his guild: Franz Liszt also served a prison sentence, but much shorter. And Schubert was even imprisoned for one of his compositions. Together with his friends. Only Wagner was able to escape this experience by fleeing abroad.
Was Ludwig van Beethoven a "bean counter"? Well, we don't know exactly. But it is said that he prepared his first cup of coffee every morning with exactly 60 coffee beans. It is then very likely that he also "crafted" the second and third cup of coffee he drank during the day with this number of beans.
The Mr. Compositeur Ludwig van Beethoven (... right) and his coffee beans (... left ... what else?!).
Just as Mozart could not stand the sound of the flute, Beethoven had his problems with the wind. He called wind his "enemy". The fact that he moved around 68 times is of course less exciting for classical music fans, but for kids at a first meeting with classical music? 500 million years will pass before the golden records in the universe, far out, in the spaceships Voyager 1 + 2 break. On it, the works of the three very great classical composers are immortalized. And from one composer, more. Bach "wins" in the order and in the number of pieces used. Oh yes, again about the national anthems: Did you know that the shortest is the Japanese one (... with a length of four minutes) and the longest is the Greek one at 154 verses? The Lebanese one is also as short as the Japanese one. By the way, termites are said to eat wood twice as fast during heavy metal ... but if this is true ... and if so ... what does it have to do with classical music?
Schubert was called "Schwammerl" (... little mushroom ... in Bavaria, Germany and in Austria) by his friends because of his height and his brown curls. And Beethoven had so many admirers who wanted a curl from him that he got his dog "Pumperl" so that there were always enough curls at hand. By the way, the entire London Symphony Orchestra almost drowned with the Titanic: Shortly before departure, however, it was decided that another ship would be used. By the way, about the curl of hair above, from Beethoven: Today, you can purchase such a curl of hair from Beethoven at an auction, for about 39,000 Euros. So ... not from "Pumperl". The best-earning composer? Rachmaninoff. Even in 1930, the year in which the Great Depression began, he earned the equivalent of six million Euro (... check both € amounts in your currency with a click here).
Funerals of the great classical composers were very different: While Bach was actually "hastily buried" among a small circle of people, Beethoven's farewell in Vienna was attended by 20,000 mourners, the children had the day off school and the military organized the orderly proceedings. Bach, on the other hand, was only an annoying evil to the Leipzig city council, and even before his death, they looked around for a successor, when it was not even clear whether Bach would not recover. A gravestone of the city for the master? Missing! And so on, and once again to Bach: He said that playing the piano was not so difficult: You only had to press the right key at the right moment. And he was sure that anyone who practiced as much as he did would "get as far" as he did.
The look into the "Teaching Material Classical Music": 45 pages and exactly 150 questions. And everything can be mixed: homeschooling and face-to-face lessons, alternate lessons and online learning ... even when all the kids are gathered in the classroom, half can work with paper, the other half environmentally friendly.
From here on it gets serious again, but not beer-serious. You know me by now! This service "Teaching Material Classical Music" is offered by the Publishing House of my wife together with me because it is a matter of the heart for us to spread classical music, as I do with the topic Bach: completely "cross-structured", only the success with many kids in mind and beyond all conventions. And my goal is? To lead more children and more young people together with you to classical music. Carefully, pedagogically, tactically skillful and incredibly "stealthy "!
How was it for me? In the course of my life – between early childhood and until the creation of my most recent website – I kept hearing fragments of countless classical music titles that I liked. And that was each time without my knowing which work it was in each case and by whom it was composed. As a child I was not so much interested in researching (... and I could have checked on the LP of my parents), later I simply had no idea how I could find out. Even today, when electronically almost everything is possible, Shazam and the more unknown back then Google Play Music Help in Chrome refuse any result. Lady Gaga works fine with it, but Bach does not. I didn't see any approach for decades, but I wanted to offer something like that once since the first website page of "Bach on Bach" came into being: under the title "Oh ... That's from him!". It was about to become an enormous research. I wanted to write to many, many institutions and, firstly, inquire about the most popular pieces of the respective artists (... for example, in the Beethoven House the most popular pieces by Beethoven, in the Bachhouse the best pieces by Bach). In addition, I also wanted to explore whether they would also be able to help me also with popular pieces by other experts. It came differently!
André Rieu – if you don't like him, or his music, or his kind of entertainment, by all means be sure to click here now – he was the one who inspired me. And it was with his third concert, which we found by chance on TV, in the third year. He sketched the path, because he presented what I didn't even have a name for yet: popular classical music. And when searching for his works via YouTube, the path was then mapped out to the complete solution. Always YouTube with the finding of a piece also suggests similar ones. And so, over time, I found all the popular, that is, most-liked, easy and "cool" classical works. In addition, there were the "young" classical works, a completely different "playground".
By the way, and this is particularly essential for me: Classical music that you happen to see and hear on TV or hear on the radio (... except in commercials) is by definition practically always unpopular classical music. Often unbearable for a normal consumer. And I mean it! And ... I am a little ashamed of it.
The "Teaching Material Classical Music": It is once the "homework", then the "test", respectively the "classwork" and finally there are even three variants to correct the result together with your students.
Analyzing the titles that Rieu performed and the suggestions from YouTube, I asked myself the fundamental question of when a piece is classical music at all. Is it, then, when it is composed by one of the great, historical, "serious", dead composers? Or is it based on the style of the song or the instrumentation? Everything led to my definition of "What is classical music?" and later to the question "What is Popular Classical Music?" and finally: Why are similar new masterpieces like composed by Bach, Beethoven and colleagues not allowed in the collection of the "Top 100"? "My" young, cool Popular Classical Music was born: These are pieces by Williams and Morricone, the title melodies in the movie productions E.T., Star Wars, Independence Day, Indiana Jones and many other movies. Masterpieces of the Beatles, of Madonna and of Michael Jackson were also "invited" with it, at least as future, cool, light, young classical music.
Yes, as a matter of fact, this is true. But ... popular classical music ... there are also thousands and – over the years – tens of thousands of people at the "Vrijthof" of Maastricht, Netherlands and also the "Waldbühne" in Berlin, Germany and everywhere in the world. The essence of my principle and offer is that you can't "break" anything at all with this, my attempt. Not with children and not with classical music beginners. I am convinced that you can certainly make some kids happy with "Peter and the Wolf" as well as with the "Carnival of the Animals" in the long term ( ! ). By the way, I think it's great the way Marko Simsa does it. Simsa by the way is an Austrian. But whether this then leads to a love of classical music? Not if music science is right. Then let's just try it differently, or "additionally different". Let's outsmart the dwarves! And how do we do that? Let's introduce them to popular classical music together. Primarily via my "Classic Top 100". And from there – later – there are four options to choose from. You avoid classical music in the future (1). You will stay with these 300 popular pieces, that's enough (2). You look for more popular classical works (3; ... I'll tell you where ...) or you turn to more serious, conservative classical music (4): And you either explore more serious pieces by many classical composers or you turn to one or the other complete works by exactly the ( ! ) master from whom you found all the popular pieces nice.
You actually already have everything that you need for a small lesson, for example, here the 45 minutes of Bach works as an MP3. Produced by me, I'm allowed to do that (... because I am not affiliated with the German GEMA and Bach has been dead for more than 70 years). Next, my entertainment, for your lessons: exciting and strange, funny and unknown from the world of classical music ("Funny+++ Facts", above and later at hand here). There is also my extensive background on "What Is Classical Music?" and this is reading you can either adopt as is, or happily disagree with vigorously. And then ask your kids to make up their own minds. And finally, there is the "Classical Music Top 100", which is 300 masterpieces ... 300 ... as the name "Top 100" suggests. Out of these, your kids are supposed to listen to 30 or 50 or who knows how many works at just one minute each, or pick a favorite piece out of 20. Or three: one conservative, one young, whatever. This is the free version of my offer of teaching material in the matter of "classical music".
Why not let me ( ! ) work with your kids? I'll host all 150 answers in my illustration-enriched video. Watch it with your kids in the classroom ... or make it another homework assignment. By the way, you can already watch the complete video, free of charge. But this offer only makes sense for a check ... or together with the homework and the test. Regarding this video: It is the only part, which will need more time. As it is no essential for the whole project, we publish the 19 parts earlier than the later following video. This will follow in 2023.
Right at the beginning: With your nominal fee of only 11,90 €* one time (... check here, what's that in your currency today) you support our Bach Mission and our aim to spread classical music in an easily digestible way. Especially the Bach Mission, which is really time-consuming and expensive in parts, consumes a decent budget every year and that is why my wife's Publishing House exists. For example, she researches the Bach Genealogy and can today provide the – by far – most comprehensive and most correct family tree of the musician family. Clearly, starting ten years ago, she built on the incredible research results of her predecessors in the Bach genealogy: Kock and Sigl, Geiringer, Spitta and Frickel, Helga Brück and Evelyn Odrich ... for the insiders among you. Therefore: Thank you in case of your support of our Bach research and our "Classic for Children Mission".
My "teaching Material Classical Music" in prose ...so to speak: First, you actually get my Bach music collection, also in the XXL variant. That is 45 minutes of the most popular Bach works as MP3. In addition, you get four suggestions, each with popular classical music pieces by different classical composers, which one of your kids plays one after the other in class. Or create a playlist from them. Unfortunately, I am not allowed to offer suitable 45 minutes for you. Not as a playlist and not as a compact MP3: Those are the rules of the game between GEMA and all schools in Germany and I strongly believe, that is the same in many countries, including the USA (... it's the National Association for Music Education in the USA). You are allowed to play this music in Germany and believe in more countries, you can and must read that (... please yourself) anyway: I do provide you where to check it out. For your lessons you are probably allowed to use music like this, but not for example for a performance afterwards, not after the lesson, not as copies for the kids, not nothing ... just for these two, three or even more lessons. How it works? Appoint a DJane (... in Germany, a female DJ.). Or a DJ. He or she – or you – take care of a small extra speaker from eight Euro. Then he or she or you call my appropriate page of the website or your student gets from you my PDF and clicks one after the other title.
If one of your kids is capable – or even you – of creating a playlist, then you don't need a DJane or a DJ. We had half an instruction manual on how to create a playlist already ready when more and more hurdles – from data concerns to ever-changing access – resulted in the decision to "handle" this area through one of your kids. You can then file each playlist in your "electronic desk" and do the same thing with it the next year ... that works. For five years, ten, 20 ... and always with the same "Teaching Material Classical Music" that you once bought. And please take my hint with the music usage very seriously. Thank you. With these "four times an hour background music" you may successfully create the first contact between kids and classical music. If a child then listens to a title again at home, we already have a repetition effect, in my opinion so important for a judgment of your student about classical music.
The essential of my "Teaching Material Classical Music" is a 150-question list with easy questions, trick questions and questions that are almost answered. In multiple choice procedure. The point is not to learn, but to spend time "around classical music". This "homework" is for your kids to complete at home. For this also (... a little) do some research, googling or ask their parents.
Consider whether you want to start this lesson topic with entertainment and info. Or, alternatively, push all kids into the "cold classic water" ... then start with the "Homework". You will get the completed questionnaire back from your kids. You have decided beforehand whether it should be filled out on two days at home, on one or on three. Or even six days of 25 questions each. Have them return the questionnaires to you or send them to you filled out as a PDF or, if a child is overwhelmed, have them photograph it and send it to you. What do you do with them? Nothing! Uncorrected "in the garbage can" with it! After all, we didn't want to encourage your kids to learn, we just wanted to "expose" them to classical music. The test follows. Either in one lesson, in two lessons or in three. Copying from the neighbor: well, sure, with this topic it is possible. You don't have to postulate it like this, but you could practice it like this. Please, no negative experiences in connection with classical music.
By the way, they are exactly the same questions (... like in America during my driver's license exam: You drive exactly the same way, and you are supposed to do the same things at the same locations again!), but on slightly changed questionnaires, namely with small boxes for the later evaluation. Once the same sheets are filled out, have them collected and give each name a number in the upper right-hand corner so that you can later see whose result is the best without anyone but you knowing. Now wait for the third lesson. Again, let the music play. Now you distribute the anonymized sheets and correct them together with your kids. You moderate the correct answer, let the kids put a point or no point in the boxes, and you are generous in allowing answers. Do you remember? No frustration should be associated with the "Classical Music" experience. With many answers, you will get a curiosity from me, something worth knowing, or something exciting to go along with the answers: Your lessons become entertainment, you tell, your kids have fun and joy with classical music.
Next is the addition of the points, the transfer to the end of the page, the addition of all the points and finally the winner (... or even the three winners) with the most points is determined. You find out – with the number assigned by you – the suitable name of the student and crown him or her with the "Classic Contest Prize" belonging to the "package". In addition to the certificate, the student will receive the audiobook and the tablet version and the e-book "The Johann Sebastian Bach Biography for Children". And because the author and his wife, that is my wife Renate, promote the whole project, every child in your class, every year, may also download and read the Bach biography for themselves. As a small thank you and for your pleasure, you will also receive the audio collage "The Most Beautiful Bach Quotes": It is not an audiobook and not a radio play, but it is super-exciting. Two professionals are alternately speaking, everything is accompanied by Bach's music, and you also will hear a short ten-minute biography about the superstar from Thuringia.
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