Bach Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Introduce your students to the composer Bach with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides an overview of his life and accomplishments, discuss and interact with content, then apply learning in a project.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • provide a biography of Johann Sebastian Bach
  • discuss the legacy of Bach


1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • Organ

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3

Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4

Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Prepare students for notes on this lesson on Bach by having them divide their notebook page into the following sections:
    • Life Timeline
    • Early Years
    • Inspiration
    • Later Years
    • Legacy
  • Create these categories on chart paper or the board.
  • Have students turn and talk to a partner to share prior knowledge about Bach. Play music samples by Bach as they talk, then share ideas as a whole class.
  • Play the music sample again and ask students to listen closely. Afterward, have students share what they notice.

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