In the classroom, classical music can be an exciting tool. The Classics for Kids® lesson plans and teaching resources give teachers practical, effective plans and activities that use classical music to help children learn. and meet national and state standards. They are based on National Standards for the Arts and state Academic Content Standards for Music, as well as on Theory of Multiple Intelligences. The materials also incorporate various philosophies, including those of Orff, Dalcrose, and Kodaly.
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At one time, Turkish music was all the rage in Europe and classical composers used Turkish instruments — bass drums, cymbals and triangles — in their music. This week on Classics for Kids, learn more about janissary music.
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Mozart wrote his first opera at the age of 12 and kept on going. Learn more about two of his famous operas, The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute, this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born in 1756, was performing all over Europe for royalty at a very early age. His music has been admired ever since. This week on Classics for Kids, learn more about this incredibly talented musician.
Saturday, July 26, 2014
George Gershwin and other famous musicians of the 20th century were fascinated by jazz and used it in their compositions. This week on Classics for Kids, hear some examples by Stravinsky, Bernstein and Ravel, among others.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
George Gershwin’s most famous piece is Rhapsody in Blue. Take a walk through this music this week on Classics for Kids and learn why Gershwin had to compose it in a very short time.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
A rhapsody is a piece of music in which several tunes are stitched together. Hear examples of rhapsodies by several famous composers, including George Gershwin’s "Rhapsody in Blue," this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, July 05, 2014
More than anyone else, George Gershwin broke down the barriers between “serious” music and jazz. Learn more about the life and music of this famous American composer this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Not all composers were poor and working in an unheated attic. Many members of the nobility — kings, dukes, counts — also wrote some great music. Tune into Classics for Kids this week to hear the results.
Saturday, June 21, 2014
A lot of classical composers wrote pieces that describe rivers, seas and other bodies of water. You can hear these compositions this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, June 14, 2014
Handel wrote his Water Music for King George of England, who was also his boss when he was a court composer in Germany. The party at which it was played took place on a river and lasted all night. Hear the full story behind Handel’s Water Music this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, June 07, 2014
Although George Frederick Handel was born in Germany, he spent most of his career in England. Learn about the interesting life of this well-traveled composer this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
How do composers learn to write music? Many take lessons from famous musicians. Learn about some important music teachers and their students this week on Classics for Kids.