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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Sousa’s Life

John Philip Sousa led bands for two different branches of the American armed services. Find out more about this composer and his music this week on Classics for Kids.

Famous Pianist-Composers

Saturday, June 27, 2015

This week on Classics for Kids, we’ll listen to music by many pianist- composers.

Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Franz Liszt’s Hungarian rhapsodies were greatly influenced by gypsy, or Romani music. Many composers attracted to this distinctive music. Learn more this week on Classics for Kids.

Classical Musical Superstars

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Franz Liszt was a piano superstar, following in the footsteps of violinist Niccolo Paganini. This week hear from Liszt, Paganini and more classical music superstars.  

About Franz Liszt

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Franz Liszt was an innovating pianist, composer and conductor — and so popular he was the subject of Lisztomania. Meet Franz Liszt this week on Classics for Kids.

Incidental Music

Saturday, May 30, 2015

This week on Classics for Kids, hear examples of incidental music by such composers as Mendelssohn, Kabalevsky and John Williams.

Musical Jokes

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Everyone likes a good joke and musicians are no exception. Listen to Classics for Kids this week to hear some great musical humor from composers such as Mozart and Haydn.

What’s a Galop?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

This week on Classics for Kids, learn all about musical galops.

The Comedians Suite

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Kabalevsky’s Comedians Suite is based on a play about traveling actors who went from town to town putting on a show — a lot like the circus. You can hear it on Classics for Kids.

About Dmitri Kabalevsky

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Dmitri Kabalevsky loved to write music for children. Find out more about this kid-friendly Russian composer this week on Classics for Kids.

Classical Music that Turned into Musical Theater

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Tune into Classics for Kids this week to hear about classical pieces that inspired Broadway shows.

Bohemian Music

Saturday, April 18, 2015

"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.