Dear Amy: I’m doing a project on famous classical composers, and I don’t know where to begin my research. — Emily S., San Diego, California
Dear Emily: Sounds like a fun project! Fortunately, there are many websites with information about classical composers. Depending on the project guidelines, you can include music, photographs, or even a slideshow presentation or webpage to enhance your project. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite places to go for research on this particular topic:
Arts Alive, artsalive.ca/en/mus/greatcomposers, is a terrific resource with images of composers you can select to find out more. DSO Kids’ Listen by Composer, dsokids.com/listen/by-composer.aspx, has facts about great composers and a list of their famous works, along with samples of their music. Your school or public library can also be a great place to get started.
An important part of any research assignment is giving credit to your sources. Check out Education Place’s Citing Resources page, eduplace.com/parents/resources/homework/reference/bibliography.html, for examples of how to properly cite a variety of resources.
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