The Child Prodigy -- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart is often one of the first composers chosen for a Charlotte Mason styled composer study. He is considered one of the best known and best loved composers of all time. And the fact that he began performing and writing music at such a young age is sure to be an inspiration to your children.
Let the music of Mozart fill your home as you introduce your children (and possibly yourself) to this master. You may also choose to supplement the music with some biographical information, some notebooking, and some stories on CD. Here are some resources to help you design your Mozart unit study.
Our Outline for Studying Mozart
It goes without saying that to appreciate Mozart, you must listen to his music! So although that is not included in the list below, it's an assumed, daily activity. During the term or weeks that you choose to focus on Mozart, have his music playing as often as possible.
- Read Mozart, The Wonder Boy by Opal Wheeler, one chapter outloud per day while Sprite colors in the illustrations printed from the companion disc.
- Read the chapter on Mozart from Spiritual Lives of the Composers.
- Listen to the Classics for Kids audio programs about Mozart.
- Listen to The Story of Mozart audio CD as a wrap up, stopping to take notes on the notebooking pages as needed.
- Go back over the notes and make a one page timeline for Mozart's short life. We like the printable page at Freeology.
- Organize all the notebooking pages, colored illustrations, and the timeline into our notebook.
Mozart, The Wonder Boy
This is truly a delightful book with cute illustrations.
As a free, online (albeit not as detailed) substitute for this book, read the chapter on Mozart from The World's Great Men of Music by Harriette Brower. This book is in the public domain and can also be found at Google Books.
Companion CD to Mozart, The Wonder Boy
You can read my review of both the books and the companion CDs at The Curriculum Choice.
Free Mozart Notebooking Pages
Below you can see the wonderful notebooking pages I downloaded from Notebooking Pages.
It's a free PDF set with several options of layouts. I chose to print the pages on bright orange paper.
Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers
Mozart Printables & Audio Resources
- Homeschool Share FREE Mozart Unit and Lapbook
A very intensive unit study with two long PDF files full of printable minibook templates.
- Miscellaneous Lapbook Templates
This is Homeschool Share's Miscellaneous Page of lapbooking printable templates. Scroll down to C for Composers to find a Mozart Shuttertied as well as a Mozart matchbook.
- Making Music Fun
There are several nice printables here -- a short biography, a coloring page, a wordsearch, printable sheet music, and lesson plans!
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Coloring Page
A bust of Mozart in a circle. Includes some biographical information at the bottom of the page.
- Practical Pages Musician Biography Pages
Mozart is one of the thirteen composers featured in this free notebooking set. Pages come in three formats for varying ages of children.
- Another Mozart Notebooking Page
A color image of Mozart with a text heading is at the top of this lined page.
- Mozart Notebooking Paper
A rather plain design, but it may be handy for something.
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Notebooking Page
Another freebie hosted at Homeschool Launch.
- Composer Notebooking Pages from That Resource Site
Mozart is one of the many composers featured here with FREE printable notebooking pages.
The Very Best of Mozart
No Mozart music on hand? No worries. You can purchase this album of Mozart's Greatest Music online and download the MP3 files to play on your computer. Actually, this is what I had to do since I found myself without any Mozart music! How can we have composer study without listening to his music? Impossible.
raclew1 on November 11, 2013:
What information do you use for your timeline project? I am looking for a detailed timeline of his life but haven't found anything that would be good for students in 5th grade. Thanks!
anonymous on February 22, 2012:
@jimmyworldstar: It was Beethoven who went deaf, but Mozart unfortunately died at the very young age of 35.
jimmyworldstar on February 05, 2012:
I don't remember if it was Mozart or Beethoven who went blind or deaf in later years but still composed excellent pieces. That said, Mozart is one of the classical greats.
Barb McCoy on February 19, 2011:
Thanks for the great resource for Mozart. I appreciate the great organization and the variety of materials you gathered. Doing research for my new ebook. :)
Adding to my favorites and blessing.
Brian Stephens from France on October 19, 2010:
I once saw a film about the life of Mozart and have been hooked on his music ever since. Have to say I am not a fan of the dark side of Mozart and his requiem style music. I much prefer his piano and violin concertos and the light uplifting classical music that he so brilliantly composed.
svkhereiam1 on September 21, 2010:
i first read about Mozart when I was a kid. his life and times have attracted me since then. this lens is very informative. thanks
TheresaMarkham on September 14, 2010:
LOTS of great resources to learn about Mozart here!
Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on September 12, 2010:
Great tribute to Mozart, I learned a lot here. I wish this type of material had been taught in school when I was a kid, but music classes are usually the first on the chopping block. I'm playing catch up now.
reasonablerobby on May 18, 2010:
My favourite classical composer. Haydn a close second. I love playing his sonatas on the pinao.
JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on July 27, 2009:
Mozart is soooooo cooooool! Would you mind linking this page to my Mozart unit at homeschool share? If I could just listen to Mozart all day, I'd be happy! :D
Samantha Lynn from Missouri on July 14, 2009:
I love Mozart!