Who was Ludwig van Beethoven? Surely your son or daughter will be familiar with the name of this German composer whose musical work has survived to this day without losing a bit of his genius. However, reading with children is biography short story about the life of Beethoven It is an excuse for them to also get to know his musical work and talk with them about the obstacles that this musician had to overcome through effort and dedication (and also being a bit curmudgeonly).
Share with your children the short story that tells the life of Beethoven and the activities that we propose below.
It's been a whopping 300 years ago, in old Germany, in the city of Bonn, an extraordinary child was born: Ludwig van Beethoven.
He was not a child prodigy, of course not ... Although his father wanted him to be. At that time, you heard a lot about Mozart: a young teenager who apparently had played the piano and the violin since he was 5 years old!
Beethoven was the eldest of 2 siblings, and his father, a musician by profession, dedicated himself body and soul to teaching him to play the piano, the organ and the clarinet:
Touch! Let's go! Again! Repeat!I want you to be like Mozart!
He did not treat him very well and forced him to play for hours and hours. Beethoven, thus, did not have a happy childhood. Not even at school: I got bad grades and the other children continually teased him.
His mother, however, treated him gently. How much he loved her!
As it grew, learned that music was his thing. He could even play the piano, inventing the tune on the fly. He was a great improviser! And with only twelve years, he published his first musical work.
When he turned 20 he moved to Vienna and there he met another great composer, Haydn, who was his teacher for some time. It was in this city where he composed a large part of his works, including his well-known Symphony No. 5 also known as The Call of Destiny: Chachachaaaaan ... Chachachaaaaaan ...
While still young, with only 26 years old, Beethoven began to hear bad. At first he began to hear buzzing in his ears, as if he had a mosquito inside. Later it was a very sharp pain when I heard loud sounds. It got worse and after 15 years he was totally deaf.
But do you think that Beethoven stopped composing music? Upside down!
The deafness made him more curmudgeonly. He got very bad temper. But I kept composing wonderful melodies. In fact, his most famous works were composed while he was deaf.
And how did he do it? Simple and at the same time complicated: when he became deaf, Beethoven developed a kind of superpowers and when he laid his head on the piano was able to feel the music through the vibrations of the instrument.
To communicate with others, Beethoven always wore his'conversation books'. In this way, they could write whatever they wanted to him and he could reply. After his death, many of these books have been preserved and have been translated into many, many languages.
Music is fundamental in the development of children. Since babies, we all show an affinity for the rhythms, the vibrations of music. It is important that children get to know classical authors not only by name, but through their music.
1. Know the musical work of Beethoven
After reading Beethoven's biography, it is interesting to listen with children to some of his most famous works and emulate the author, for example, trying to feel the vibrations of the music. It is not necessary to have a piano at home: you can improvise percussion on any surface, leaning your head to feel it.
2. Make homemade instruments
You can even make your own homemade musical instruments with materials that you probably have at home: maracas with soda cans, pancakes with straws or straws ... Now you just have to organize a family concert.
3. Reading comprehension questions for children
Here are some questions about reading:
- How did Beethoven's father treat his son? Do you think that Beethoven, as a child, liked the music classes that his father gave him?
- What did they also call Beethoven's Symphony No. 5?
- What happened to Beethoven's ears, even when he was young?
- How was he able to listen to music?
- What did he always carry with him so he could talk to others?
4. Paint the music
A very stimulating and fun exercise that you can propose to your child once you have already read the Beethoven tale biography is: paint the music! How is that possible? You just have to give your little one the necessary tools to draw (folios and paintings) and listen to the musical work of Beethoven or other composers. Ask him to draw whatever that music inspires him to do.
There will be children who make scratches, while others will opt for the figurative style, it depends a lot on the stage of drawing your child is in. But, you will be surprised to see how the drawings change according to the movement of the work you are listening to (long, walking, allegro ...)
If your son or daughter has been interested in learning more about the life of the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, they will also love to know who Federico García Lorca, Frida Kahlo or other artists who have marked our history were. Therefore, below we propose a small compilation of biographies adapted to short stories that you can read with children.
All these stories are accompanied by different activities to practice children's skills and learning, but also with fun exercises that will promote the habit of reading among the little ones. Enjoy them!
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