Ludwig van Beethoven

Age Range: 5 - 11

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. His hearing began to deteriorate in his late twenties, yet he continued to compose, conduct, and perform, even after becoming completely deaf.

Can you try some of the following activities in your classroom?

  • Find out about Beethoven's life and write a biography about him. Watch this video for some information about him:

  • Could you try to perform some of Beethoven's music?
  • By the age of 26, Beethoven began to lose his hearing. How might he have felt about this? How did he overcome this to continue composing, conducting and performing?
  • Listen to some of Beethoven's music. What instruments can you hear?

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