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Joseph Haydn-Listening and Lesson Plans

Updated on July 28, 2015

Joseph Haydn, also known as Papa Haydn

This lens gathers a lot of really fun links for studying Joseph Haydn, especially the Surprise Symphony. My children love his music and we often listen as we eat breakfast or during our drawing time.

He wrote over one hundred symphonies and became known as the "Father of the Symphony". He brought about great changes in music of his time and contributed much to the Classical Period of music.

Use my lens to learn more about this composer with your children. I give listening suggestions, links to resources to look for at your library, ideas for following up your composer study, and some fun activities for children.

Haydn was so well-known that later composers, like Mozart and Beethoven, went to study with him

Resources for Children - Learn About Joseph Haydn

The Farewell Symphony
The Farewell Symphony

Wonderful picture book that comes with a CD featuring the Farewell Symphony.

Best of Haydn
Best of Haydn

Wonderful collection of Haydn's best known works

Stories of the Great Composers: Book & CD (Learning Link)
Stories of the Great Composers: Book & CD (Learning Link)

Haydn is included in this book with accompanying CD.


Companion CD to The Merry Little Peasant

Great CD companion to go along with your music appreciation study of Joseph Haydn.

Beethoven and Haydn Companion CD
Beethoven and Haydn Companion CD

This CD is just what I would have wanted to go along with our music appreciation when my boys were younger. It has all the music selections from the book and coloring pages for each chapter.

Bonus is that it goes along with the Beethoven book too...what a deal!

Vermeer and Haydn Cover
Vermeer and Haydn Cover

Vermeer and Haydn Mini-Unit Available Now

Art and Music Appreciation for Families

I am writing a new ebook that features Joseph Haydn in a nine week mini-unit from Harmony Fine Arts. Notebook pages, links, resources, and listening suggestions are all included in this ebook.

# Full nine week plans for both art and music appreciation, specific suggestions for each week

# 40 pages long, including 16 custom notebooking pages

# 9 full-color large prints for artist study plus 8 mini-prints

# All links are provided for viewing artwork online, as well as additional study for Vermeer

# Every painting has a follow-up project: coloring pages, supplies lists, and full instructions provided

# Listening suggestions provided, many with online listening links, YouTube videos, and follow-up activities for Haydn

# Suggested additional resources to complement studies, reasonably priced

# This mini-unit was written so children of all ages can participate in art and music appreciation in your family. Viewing great paintings and listening to Haydn's music are both appropriate activities for all members of your family.

Unit Price $3.95-click the button and read more about this book on my blog!

The Story of Haydn - Over one hour of muiscal selections with narration

This CD is a great way to listen to Joseph Haydn's story with your children. The CD features his biography as well as excerpts from his most well-known works. Also there are several complete musical selections at the end of the CD. I highly recommend this CD and you can't beat the price!

The Story of Haydn in Words and Music
The Story of Haydn in Words and Music

Economical way to learn about Joseph Haydn and his music. For all ages.


Notebooking Pages for Your Study of Joseph Haydn

If you are keeping a composers notebook, here are some pages for your child to use.

Additional Composer Resources.

Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers
Spiritual Lives of the Great Composers

This book is aimed at an older audience but is easily read by middle schoolers independently.


Farewell Symphony - 2nd Movement

You might want to preview the video on this one or just listen to the audio.

Joseph Haydn - Surprise Symphony

Not much of a video but the audio is good.

Joseph Haydn - The Creation - The Heavens are Telling

A little something oratorio!

I love to hear your comments!

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      Richard Staveley 4 years ago from Burley in Wharfedale, Yorkshire, England

      I sing with the Leeds Philharmonic Chorus in England, and we're rehearsing Haydn's Creation (performance 9th March at Leeds Town Hall - quick plug there!). It's fabulous music - and I like his symphonies and Masses too.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Haydn is a favorite. I want my child to appreciate him too and there are some great resources here. Angel blessed.

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      InnaTsv 6 years ago

      very useful, im sure children would enjoy that!

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      LoKackl 7 years ago

      I really like this lens to connect kids to Joseph Haydn. Picked it up at Squidoo Music. Rolling to Secrets of Bereaved Children. Thanks

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Joseph Haydn is an amazing composer! Thank you for sharing these fantastic resources. Lensrolling you to my Beethoven and Tchaikovsky pages. :D

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I was checking out the Story of Haydn cd, and realized that Haydn wrote the music that is the German national anthem. I had no idea, despite living there for three years.

      You're right this is a great price. I've seen these as high as $10 each.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      it was really cool (i've read ihe book)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We just watched the Farewell Symphony on you-tube. Thanks for the great links!

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I have a few of these resources! The Surprise Symphony is a fun one!