FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
While Greatest Works Tour can be enjoyed by the entire family, it was designed with PreK through Middle School students in mind. PreK students enjoy listening to the music, drawing, looking at the artwork, and gluing pictures in the Student Activity Book. The Handwriting Practice is perfect for this age, as well. Elementary students excel at listening to the music, viewing artwork, reading Fast Facts, Cursive Practice, and discussing the "What Do You Think?" Questions. In addition, Middle School students can write their responses to "What Do You Think?" in journal form.
Each purchase comes with the Teacher Guide and the Student Guide. If preferred, you can select to also get the Student Activity Book at no additional charge. The Sample Lesson is FREE. We'd love for you to explore the lesson to get a glimpse of all Greatest Works Tour has to offer! Click here to get your FREE sample lesson.
The Student Guide contains: • Artist/Composer picture, Fast Facts, and map of country of origin • Four Greatest Works with a picture, Fast Facts, Key Word, and What Do You Think? discussion questions • Meet the Instrument spotlights with each composer • Try This! interactive activity about the week's lesson • Handwriting Practice about the week's lesson • Cursive Practice about the week's lesson The Activity Guide contains all the same information, PLUS -- for more hands-on learning, all pictures & maps are in a separate section for students to cut and glue on the pages. Wondering which is best for your child? Get our FREE sample lesson, which includes both options, so you can find what works for you!
None! If you have internet access and a device (computer, tablet, phone) to view the artwork and listen to the music, that is all you need. Each time period has some book recommendations, but they are not necessary for the curriculum. Most of the books can be found at a local library. If you choose to use the Student Activity Book, you will need a child-safe scissors and glue or glue stick.
Nothing! This is a digital product available for download as a pdf file. The Teacher Guide is fully digital and printing it is not necessary or recommended. The Teachers Guide is filled with hyperlinks to listen to music and view artwork and biographies. The Teachers Guide can remain on a computer for access, or stored on a program such as Dropbox or Evernote for access on any tablet or mobile device.
At a minimum, none! The Teacher's Guide is fully digital and printing it is not necessary or recommended. The Teachers Guide is filled with hyperlinks to listen to music and view artwork and biographies. The Teachers Guide can remain on a computer for access, or stored on a program such as Dropbox or Evernote for access on any tablet or mobile device. The Student Guide can also remain digital, if preferred. Students can view the Guide on any device. If you would like students to have a physical (paper) copy, the Guide is 91 pages. The Handwriting Practice and Cursive Practice pages are an additional 29 pages each, if you choose to use those.
Any way that works for you! Greatest Works Tour was designed to be versatile. It can be completely digital or partially printed. An entire unit can be done in one day, or over the course of a few days. Sample 3-, 4-, and 5-day lesson plans are included in the Teacher Guide. 5-day lessons last only 10 minutes per day! Students can use the Guide or the Activity Book, based on age/interest/ability. Lessons can happen during morning time, before bed, or anytime in between. Greatest Works Tour is a easy to use, customizable to your needs, and is a comprehensive music and art enrichment curriculum.
Greatest Works Tour is designed to take approximately 10 minutes per day, 5 days a week. Each lesson includes open-ended discussion questions, so these may take longer based on each child and teacher's level of participation. You can download a FREE sample lesson to try for yourself!
Greatest Works Tour is a 30-week curriculum. The first week is an overview of the orchestra and instrument families. The subsequent 29 weeks cover composers, artists, and their greatest works.
Greatest Works Tour covers composers, artists, and their greatest works from the Renaissance to Modern period. Click here for a detailed list of which composers and artists we cover.
The Teacher Guide is filled with over 200 links! These link to: • Biographies for more detailed information beyond Fast Facts • Video performances of the greatest works • Images of great pieces of artwork • Videos explaining instruments • Links to more detailed explanations of artwork Many of the links (especially for composers) are from YouTube. While the content of the actual video has been carefully reviewed for age-appropriateness, please note that advertisements sometimes play before these videos and may have adult content. Before playing the video for kids, click the link and let any advertisements. Then, pause as the actual video is about to begin and you’re ready to go!
Web links to third-party sites and performance videos were chosen based on their high quality and their credibility. With these criteria, we expect very few, if any, web links to break over time. We are committed to checking all links from the Teacher Guide often. If any links are found to be broken, we will post updated links here. If you find a broken link, please let us know!