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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Latest Episode / Saturday, December 20, 2014 Edit This

Classical Christmas Carols

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.

What’s A Concerto?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

What’s a concerto? This week on Classics for Kids, hear some definitions plus examples by some of the world’s greatest composers.

Sons of J. S. Bach

Saturday, November 08, 2014

More than 300 years’ worth of Bachs all worked as professional musicians, including several of J.S. Bach’s sons. Hear their music on Classics for Kids.

Bach's Life

Saturday, November 01, 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.

Pictures at an Exhibition

Saturday, October 18, 2014

This week on Classics for Kids, take a trip through the musical art gallery Mussorgsky called Pictures at an Exhibition.

The Mighty Handful

Saturday, October 11, 2014

In 19th century Russia, five composers worked together to develop a Russian style of classical music. Find out more about Modest Mussorgsky and his friends, the Mighty Handful.

About Modest Mussorgsky

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Modest Mussorgsky started out to be an army officer, but music’s call was too strong. Find out more this week on Classics for Kids.

Story of the Brandenburgs

Saturday, September 27, 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.

What’s A Concerto?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

What’s a concerto? This week on Classics for Kids, hear some definitions plus examples by some of the world’s greatest composers.

Sons of J. S. Bach

Saturday, September 13, 2014

More than 300 years’ worth of Bachs all worked as professional musicians, including several of J.S. Bach’s sons. Hear their music on Classics for Kids.

Bach’s Life

Saturday, September 06, 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.

Child Prodigy Composers

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A child prodigy, Mozart composed his first piece of music at age 5. This week on Classics for Kids hear about other composers who started early, too.

What’s a Rondo?

Saturday, August 23, 2014

What’s a rondo and how does this form work? Host Naomi Lewin explains this week on Classics for Kids.

Janissary Music

Saturday, August 16, 2014

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.

Mozart Operas

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.

Mozart’s Life

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.

Jazz in Classical Music

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.