Enrichment Studies - Fine Arts for homeschool families

George Frideric Handel

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1685-1759 Baroque era


George Frideric Handel (23 February 1685 – 14 April 1759) was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos. Handel was born in Germany in the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. He received critical musical training in Italy before settling in London and becoming a naturalised British subject. His works include Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the Royal Fireworks. He was strongly influenced by the great composers of the Italian Baroque and the middle-German polyphonic choral tradition. Handel’s music was well-known to such later composers as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.


Click here to read the bio

This is a well-done biography about Handel.

Probably best for middle and high school.

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We have several biography resources to choose from.

Fun Stuff

Educational Helps

Free Homeschool & Notebooking Resources

Click for free notebooking pages

You can get free notebooking pages here, when you sign up for a free account with my referral link.  Once you get your account set up (very quick) you’ll see the Biography Template Notebooking pages, as well as under Free Art/Music you will see Free Music Notebooking Pages and Free Song Notebooking Pages.  

Meet the composer

Printable composer bio worksheet

This is a fun printable that kids can use to write about composers in a job application format.

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Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks:  Learn more about one of Handel’s most colorful compositions!

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Choose from several lesson plans

  • A Handel Guide from Tafelmusik: This resource specializes in assignments for students in grades 6 and up.  Geared toward a school setting, but certainly adaptable for the homeschool setting.
  • Making Music Fun has writing assignment and activity suggestions specifically for homeschool families. Click here.

Hallalujah chorus

Printable sheet music

Printable sheet music for the Hallelujah Chorus. Intermediate/Level 3 piano solo.

messiah listening map

Printable listening map

Use this listening map to help kids visualize the Hallelujah Chorus better.


Water Music

Printable sheet music

Printable sheet music for the theme from Water Music. Easy/Level 2 piano solo.

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George Frederic Handel:  His Life, His Times and His Music

This ebook includes a lot of information about Handel’s life and work, plus listening guides for several of his famous works.

Free Music

We have a nice selection of free music for you.  Some is downloadable, some is streaming music.  Amazon Prime Music selections are available for free listening for Amazon Prime members!  Affiliate links may be used. Learn more about Amazon Prime Music here.

Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime Music

Amazon Prime Music

Pandora baroque

Click to listen

I created a Pandora station so you guys could enjoy Baroque and Classical era music on all of your computers and devices that have a free Pandora app!

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Click to get free music

Classic Cat has a large collection of links to free downloads. In order to download music from this site:

  • 1. click on the title of the piece you want
  • 2. then click the orange download button to the right of that piece
  • 3. It will take you to a download page, which may be at another site. Typically you will right-click on the title you want, choose Save As, and then save it to your computer.


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Enjoy two hours of beautiful music by Handel. Perfect for playing in the background while your children create art, do chores, or eat lunch.