What is "Musicianship Monthly?" Each month, I share links to free resources you can use to focus on a specific musicianship skill with your students all month long! Want to see past skills we have covered? Click HERE!
In this month's edition of "Musicianship Monthly," we will be expanding our music history knowledge by focusing on the composer Felix Mendelssohn, who was born on February 3, 1809!
Keep reading to find free resources you can share with your students to help them learn all about this famous composer!
Click HERE or on the image to download this free, student-friendly biography.
Next, let's introduce your students to some of Mendelssohn's music at the piano! Check out the free sheet music below, organized by level:
Wedding March from A Midsummer Night's Dream - Arr. Chrissy Ricker
Late Elementary/Early Intermediate
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Arr. Gilbert DeBenedetti
Allegro non troppo from 6 Pieces for Children (Op. 72/1) - original form, edited by Michael Kravchuk
Venetian Boat Song, Op. 19/6 - original form, edited by Michael Kravchuk
Finally, there are many wonderful recordings of Mendelssohn's music available on YouTube! Here are a few pieces your students might enjoy listening to this month:
The famous "Wedding March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Song Without Words, Op. 19/1, performed by Daniel Barenboim.
Movement 1 from the Violin Concerto in E Minor.
The Hebrides Overture, also known as "Fingal's Cave."
What do you think? Do you have a favorite work by Mendelssohn? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!