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.
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.
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.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
What do Rimsky-Korsakov's Flight of the Bumblebee, Vaughan Williams' Wasp Overture and Respighi’s The Birds have in common? They all paint musical pictures of creatures with wings. You can hear this "nature" music this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Music from operas often appears in the concert hall rather on the stage. This week on Classics for Kids you can hear orchestral selections from famous Russian operas such as Love for Three Oranges.
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera Tsar Saltan has it all: a family feud, enchanted animals, a baby in a barrel and a beautiful princess. Hear the full story of this Russian classic this week on Classics for Kids
Saturday, May 03, 2014
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov was a member of a group of Russian composers called "the Mighty Handful." Learn more about the life and music of this remarkable musician this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
In a concerto, solo instruments get to show off in front of a larger group of instruments. This week on Classics for Kids, listen to concertos for violin by Bach, Haydn, Beethoven and other famous composers.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Each section of Antonio Vivaldi’s famous piece, The Four Seasons, is based on a poem, although no one knows who wrote them. We do know about the composition, however. This week on Classics for Kids, hear how Vivaldi uses music to illustrate springtime.
Saturday, April 05, 2014
Antonio Vivaldi was a Baroque Italian composer who taught the best musicians in Venice. This week on Classics for Kids, the life and times of Antonio Vivaldi.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Beethoven seems to be the source of more musical jokes than any other composer. This week on Classics for Kids, hear some funny stories about Beethoven and listen to some very interesting takes on his music.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Composers love to put clocks and other “machines” into their music. This week on Classics for Kids, hear examples of music that imitates inanimate objects, including one about a famous fairy tale character for whom a clock striking midnight was very important.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The nine symphonies that Ludwig van Beethoven wrote changed the course of symphonic writing forever. Learn about this great music and the man who wrote it this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, March 08, 2014
Over the course of Beethoven’s life, the piano grew from a small instrument with 48 keys to a powerful one with 88 keys. This week on Classics for Kids, hear how the music of Beethoven shows the great things this new instrument could do.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
The opening to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony may be the most recognized-piece of classical music ever written and the man who composed it the most important composer who ever lived. Learn about the life of Ludwig van Beethoven this week on Classics for Kids.