Classics For Kids

Airs Saturdays at 8 am on WQXR.

Visit the CLASSICS FOR KIDS website for fun games and trivia about each week's episode.

Naomi Lewin brings classical music's great composers to life through music and stories. Tune in every Saturday morning at 8 am ET. Or, listen to the programs online.

Have fun online with classical music games Compose your own music and share it with your friends; repeat the rockin' rhythms; and listen to the music online.

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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Bohemian Music

"La Boheme" is a famous opera, but Puccini wasn’t the only composer inspired by Bohemia. This week on Classics for Kids, you can hear Bohemian music written by many other composers.

A Brief History of Italian Opera

Saturday, April 11, 2015

This week on Classics for Kids, take a trip through the history of Italian opera.

Life of Puccini

Saturday, April 04, 2015

From the first time he heard an opera, Puccini knew that this was the kind of music he wanted to write. Learn more about the life and works of this famous Italian on Classics For Kids.

Dances from Around the World

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Many classical composers wrote dance music, including Brahms, Beethoven, Schubert, Bartok and Dvorak. You can hear some of these toe-tapping compositions this week on Classics for Kids.

Hungarian Dancing

Saturday, March 21, 2015

In Hungary, dancing is very important. Richard Graber, who directs a Hungarian dance company, talks about Hungarian dance form, costumes and music this week on Classics for Kids.

The Brahms Hungarian Dances

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Brahms liked Hungarian dances so much that he wrote 21 of them in different arrangements. Dance along to some of these pieces this week on Classics for Kids.

Life of Brahms

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Johannes Brahms was one of the three B’s of classical music that also include Bach and Beethoven. Learn more about this German composer and his music this week on Classics for Kids.

The Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Paul Laurence Dunbar was a black poet whose work appears in William Grant Still’s "Afro-American" Symphony. Hear about this writer and listen to his poetry on Classics for Kids.


The 'Afro-American' Symphony

Saturday, February 14, 2015

William Grant Still’s "Afro-American" Symphony was the first work by a black composer to be performed by a major orchestra. This week we walk through this composition.

About William Grant Still

Saturday, February 07, 2015

William Grant Still was known as the Dean of African-American composers. Learn about his life and music and listen to his daughter recall memories of her famous father.

Marches Not Written for Bands and Parades

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Not all march music was written for military events or parades. On Classics for Kids, listen to marches that were written for other purposes, such as weddings and celebrations.

Music for Piano Four Hands

Saturday, January 24, 2015

This week on Classics for Kids hear what can happen when two people instead of just one sit down to the keyboard. Four hands can create some beautiful music.

Take me to Your Lieder

Saturday, January 17, 2015

No composer could write art songs better than Franz Schubert, who wrote more than 600 such lieder.

About Franz Schubert

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Franz Schubert died at the very young age of 31, but by that time he has written an amazing amount of beautiful music.

Firsts for the New Year

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Who wrote the first symphony? When was the conductor’s baton first used? Get the answers to these and other “first” questions this week as Classics for Kids celebrates the new year.

Harmonic Texture in the Farandole

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Farandole from George Bizet’s L’Arlesienne Suite is full of surprises. This week on Classics for Kids, take a walk through this composition.

Classical Christmas Carols

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Mendelssohn wrote the music for "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," but he’d have been surprised that it became Christmas music.

Jewish Composers

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Classics for Kids celebrates Chanukah with music by Jewish composers through the ages, including the American composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and George Gershwin.

About Georges Bizet

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Georges Bizet was a French composer best known for his opera, "Carmen."  Learn more about his life and music this week on Classics for Kids.

Bach's Life

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Johann Sebastian Bach is a household name today, but this wasn’t always so. This week on Classics for Kids, learn more about the life and music of this great musician.

Story of the Brandenburgs

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Although six of J.S. Bach’s most famous concertos are named “Brandenburg,” the Margrave of Brandenburg probably never even heard them. Find out what he missed.