Barbara Allman



Her Piano Sang

Writing Fun!


Dear Boys and Girls,
You probably already know that a biography is a story about the life of a person, written by another person. I wrote about a musical person--Clara Schumann. I guess you could call it a musical biography.

Do you know what an autobiography is? Auto means self. So an autobiography is the story of a person's life written by that person.

Have some fun writing a musical autobiography. You can write about anything in your life that has something to do with music. For example: Tell about your earliest musical memory. Was it hearing someone sing to you? Do you remember playing rhythm instruments at school? Maybe it was watching a marching band in a parade. Or listening to your big sister's CDs.

Why do you remember it? What feelings do you have when you think of it? Do you think it changed you? In what way?


Selected Works

Middle-grade Biography
Dance of the Swan: A Story About Anna Pavlova
Teachers! Click here for a follow-up cooking activity.
Middle-Grade Biography
Her Piano Sang: A Story about Clara Schumann
Kids! Click here for some musical writing fun.
Short Story
Social Studies
A World in Focus: Central and South America
Teachers! Click here for an introductory activity.



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