Last week, I held my Music History Blast From The Past camp. We had a blast! ;)
As in previous years, I used my own composer lapbook curriculum for this camp (available here). I know some of you will be very pleased to hear that I have created lapbooks for FOUR brand new composers this year, which will be added to the shop later this summer. Stay tuned!
Snack break is always a hit during camp. ;)
Fun with Scrabble tiles during break.
The four composers we studied this year are Domenico Scarlatti, Muzio Clementi, Peter Tchaikovsky, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. I am always amazed at the amount of information my students retain from this lapbook format. The pictures and the interaction with the information makes the history come alive.
One of my adult students asked if she could help with camp this year, and I gladly accepted. She was a huge asset, especially being a retired school teacher.
On the day we studied Rachmaninoff, I played a 78 record of Rachmaninoff playing his own Prelude in C# minor using my Victrola. This was a good learning experience in so many ways! (“What’s a record?” “What’s a 78?” “What, no electricity?? How does it work?” “This is Rachmaninoff himself?”)
We also spent a little bit of time at the end of each day on a simple composition project.
Story Cubes were a fun tool for getting initial inspiration for our compositions.
Busy at work at the piano!
Notice my cat hanging out with us in this photo? :)
And my students insisted that Coda also be a part of this group photo!
It was a fun-filled week!
Here’s more information about how I structure my music history camp each year. And here’s the link to where you can learn more about my composer lapbook curriculum. These lapbooks are great not only for camps, but also for group classes during the year.
Thanks for reading!