If your piano students are anything like my piano students then they must be chomping at the bit to add a second Composer Trading Card to the collection they started last month!
Trevor and I kicked off our Composer Trading Cards activities last month with the release of the J.S. Bach trading card.
If you missed last month’s post, the idea behind the Composer Trading Cards is to provide teachers with an easy-to-implement tool for adding music history fun into your lessons.
These cards are meant to serve as a jumping-off-point into music history exploration. Simply send one card home with your students and have them do a little research to complete the statistics information on the back. Note: we suggest you give your students plastic trading protector pages to hold their growing trading card collection (you can find them at any office supply store, Walmart, etc.)
Composer Trading Card #2… The Big “B”
Almost every student I have come across knows a little something about Beethoven… but their knowledge can sometimes be… skewed. Knowing that we’d be releasing this particular card next, I took a moment last week to ask my piano students what they already knew about Beethoven. Their answers were pretty funny and included gems such as:
- He was blind… right?
- He yelled at people all the time… even dogs… or no.. he had a big dog?
- He wrote “Joy To the World”
- He wrote the song my cousin plays all the time that drives my Auntie crazy.
Clearly my students need a little brushing up on their Beethoven facts 😉 And if your students do as well, and if you want to have some music history fun, you can find our composer trading cards in the Growing With WunderKeys Toolkit.
Because one of the sections on the back of the Beethoven Trading Card includes a place for an “interesting fact”, we thought we’d share a few quirky tidbits we found that you can use to amuse and educate your piano students once they have done their own research.
- Beethoven’s family had three people named “Ludwig van Beethoven” – including his Grandfather and older brother
- Beethoven was well known for his ability to improvise
- Beethoven once took lessons from Haydn… but they didn’t get along very well
- Beethoven was a piano teacher
- Beethoven was often quite disheveled and grouchy
- Beethoven started to go deaf when he was just 25 years old
- Beethoven never learned how to multiply or divide… he left school at age 11
Stay tuned for more Composer Trading Cards to come! We’d love to know… which composers you would like to see as future trading cards? Comment below to help us decide!