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Music Theory & Appreciation Guide

Music Theory & Appreciation Guide


Thank you so much for purchasing the digital download of Bridges Classical Community’s Music Theory and Appreciation! This is a 28-week, four-cycle (one year each) curriculum designed to give elementary-aged children an overall introduction to music theory and appreciation. This curriculum is designed for Kindergarten through 5th or 6th grade. A beginning level of music theory is covered, but private music instruction is required for a full mastery. Music history is also meant to be an introduction only, but will give children a good overall foundation. The music appreciation portion of the curriculum introduces children to the major musical eras, beginning with the Middle Ages, moving through to modern day.

Weeks 1-8 introduce music theory.

Weeks 9-10 introduce the orchestra and musical compositions.

Weeks 11-12 study Christmas hymns utilizing Christmas Carols for a Kid’s Heart by Bobbie Wolgemuth (this resource must be purchased separately and costs approximately $11).

Week 13 introduces a brief overview of music history.

Week 14 studies Middle Ages Era music.

Weeks 15-16 study Renaissance Era music.

Weeks 17-18 study Baroque Era music.

Weeks 19-21 study Classical Era music.

Weeks 22-25 study Romantic Era music.

Weeks 26-28 study Modern Era music.

It is not necessary to have a music background to use this curriculum, but it is helpful to have some knowledge of musical grammar. The goal is simply to introduce the material to children, and then repeat each year. After four years (one 28-week cycle each year), students will be introduced to 64 musical terms/symbols, as well as musical note identification. They will also have a basic understanding of the orchestra and music history. A list of 60 European and American composers and coordinating musical compositions, covering the major musical eras, is included in Supplement 1. Teachers will need to supplement with biographical information for each composer, as biographies are beyond the scope of this curriculum. Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers book series includes many wonderful biographies for the more well known composers. Likewise, websites such as and are terrific resources. The composer list is not exhaustive, and the compositions may certainly be changed to suite the students and teacher.

Included resources in this curriculum are:

1. Teacher's Guide

2. Student Worlbook

3. List of all suggested composers and compositions

4. Flashcards for memory review

Other resources to be used with this curriculum, but not included:

Christmas Carols for a Kid’s Heart by Bobbie Wolgemuth (required for Week 11-12)

The Story of the Orchestra by Robert Levine (may be used in conjunction with the curriculum for Week 9, but it is not required.) website (may be used for Week 9, if internet is available.)

Learning Resources Buzzers for memory review (not required, but fun to use with memory review)

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