Objective: In Chapter 1 Alice mentions that her grandmother was a music lover and a student of Clara Schumann's father. Explore how the family connection may have affected Alice's own talent and desire to explore classical music.
1) As a class learn about Clara Schumann, her music, the works of her father, and the family legacy. Also explore Clara's success before she married famed composer Robert Schumann. How did the fame of the husband and wife team of composers influence or hinder one another? What is your opinion on Clara's devotion to promoting Robert's work after his death at the expense of her own work? How might the notoriety of studying under Clara Schumann's father have affected Alice's family?
Write a short story about learning to read and play music under the tutelage of a famous composer. The composer can be of the Schumann's era or of more modern...
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