Throughout the year, a famous musician will be a focus in music classes. Students will listen to music that musician is famous for, learn about their life, and what inspired their music. Our first famous musician focus is the American composer, John Philip Sousa. Students learned about the man and his music as they listened to his marches and discussed what inspired him to compose this patriotic music and when people use his music in their celebrations today.
Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade students also identified music skills and knowledge a composer and conductor needs to be successful.
Read on to learn more about this famous musician and see links to U.S. Marine Corps video performances of 3 of his famous compositions.