Composer Research Paper Rubric

6th Grade Classical Composer Project Term 1


Here is a list of links to help with your research! 


You must write or type one page about the composer of your choice. On the back of this paper is a list you can choose from. When you have chosen your

Composer, please give the name to your General Music teacher, Mrs. Nickerson or Mrs. Schroeter for approval.


Your project must include the following information about the composer and please be sure to type or write on lined paper in complete sentences and in paragraph form:


-Name of composer
-Years of life
-What country are they from?
-Background information such as: how they got started in music, education and influences.
-What instruments do they play?
-What types of music do they compose? for example: Opera, Symphony) What instrumentation? (for example: orchestra, solo piano, chorus)
-List 2 of their most well known compositions
-Include a picture or drawing of the composer
-Listen to at least one selection by this composer. Mrs. Schroeter can help you find one. Youtube is a great resource to listen to something for free. If your parents have an iTunes, an Amazon, or a Pandora account, you can search for your composer on these websites.

You will be asked to give a brief presentation to the class about your composer on the project due date. Whenever possible, your music teacher will play a recording of your composer’s work.


View a List of Composers Here


Grade 6 Term 2 Music Project:

Brazilian Portuguese Translation 

Spanish Translation 

Create an Unpitched Rhythm Percussion Instrument
An Unpitched Rhythm Percussion instrument is one that cannot play a melody of a song (for example “Mary Had A Little Lamb”). It can only play rhythms or steady beat. This project is focused on acoustics which is the science of sound. All sounds are caused by vibrations. The vibration on an Unpitched Rhythm Percussion instrument is created by striking the instrument in some way either with your hands, mallets or sticks. A vibration can also be made by scraping something against the instrument or by shaking it.


There are many options for materials you can use to create an instrument such as;

household items
items in your recycle bin like cans or containers
Do you have a relative, friend or neighbor that has a workshop in their garage?
DO NOT USE anything containing liquid, glass or elastic/rubber bands.
Do a web search either at home or the library.
Look for books at the library that are about making musical instruments and craft books also have creative ideas.
Here are some websites that will be helpful:


Click on the link below for the Term 3 Project 


Term 3 Project



Welcome to the WWMS Composer Pages! On this page you will find related assignments, information and links.




Citing Websites: All websites used for research or media must be cited in the following format: Page name( blue bar on top of window);date viewed, complete URL.  Example: this page would be cited as follows:wwms8thgmworkpages/Composer Assignments;12/8/2009;


Composer Assignment #1 : composer study list and scavenger

Step 1: Students will be formed into teams. Each team will divide up the list of composers below and become experts on thier compsers. Read the composer biographies from the link below.

Step 2: Students will work as a team on a scavenger hunt.


Baroque composers 1600 - 1750

Johann Sebastian Bach

George Fredrich Handel

Antonio Vivaldi


Classical Composers 1750 - 1820

Ludwig van Beethoven

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Franz Joseph Haydn


Romantic Composers 1820 - 1910

Johannes Brahms

Antonin Dvorak

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Modern Era Composers 1910 - present

Leonard Bernstein

George Gershwin

Scott Joplin

Sergi Prokofiev

John Williams


Composer Assignment #2 : Mozart to Beethoven Composer letter

Step 1: Read the biographies on Mozart and Beethoven in the Composer letter Assignment link below.

Step 2: Create a letter from Mozart to Beethoven following the guidlines in the assignment given in the following link. Look carefully at the scoring rubric at the bottom of the assignment.  Composer Letter assignment

Step 3: Students will type their letter after completion of the assign for online publishing.

Step 4: next assignment for students who have completed Step 3)- Students may go to the Band Vocabulary website and challenge themselves with word games: vocabulary games


Assignment #3 :  Composer Assignment

Step 1: Send Mr. Dauer through Gaggle the following: The student will choose a music Era to report on. Choose from Baroque, Classical, or Romantic era.  Define Your era's music( Baroque, Classical or Romantic) music: What is it? What makes it unique from other Musical Eras? Also send the names of three Composers from your time period. Subject the email: Music Era definition(your last name, first name).

Step 2: Create a 500 word biography on one of the composers from the time period you selected in Step 1. Essays must mention important compositions and important events in the composers life. The essay should reference at least one major work or composition and describe why this composition was important. Feel free to add pictures. You must reference (cite) all websights used as research. Subject the file: Composer biography(your last name, first name).

Step 3:( next assignment for students who have completed paper)- Extra Credit) Create a multimedia Powerpoint presentation on the Composer of your choice.Subject the file: Composer Presentation ( last name, first name).10 pages minimum.

Step 4:( next assignment for students who have completed Step 3)- Students may go to the Band Vocabulary website and challenge themselves with word games: vocabulary games


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