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, June 25, 2016 Edit This

What It's Like to Be an Opera Singer

The famous mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves joins this week's episode to discuss her love of opera and her career path.

The Story of Aida

Saturday, June 18, 2016

This week Classics for Kids goes inside Verdi's famous opera 'Aida,' a story of love, jealousy and war set in the pyramids of ancient Egypt.

The Life of Giuseppe Verdi

Saturday, June 11, 2016

This week on Classics for Kids, learn about the life and work of the famous opera composer Giuseppe Verdi and find out the real meaning of “Viva Verdi.”

What's an Opera?

Saturday, June 04, 2016

What do you think of when you hear 'opera'? This week, Classics for Kids looks at some of the characteristics of this type of musical theater.

Famous Pianists Who Wrote for Themselves

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Years ago, pianists who gave concerts had to perform works they had written themselves. Learn more about these great performers and composers this week.

Chopin's Military Music

Saturday, May 21, 2016

From Chopin's Military Polonaise to Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, composers have imitated the sounds of battle in their music, which we explore on this week's episode.

Chopin's Polonaise

Saturday, May 14, 2016

This week Classics for Kids explores the popularity of the polonaise, with famous examples by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schubert and more.

The Life of Chopin

Saturday, May 07, 2016

This week on Classics for Kids learn about the life of Polish-born Chopin, who found success all through Europe.

Britten: 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra,' Part 2

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Following last week's episode, this edition continues to look at instruments of the orchestra, featuring the brass and percussion sections.

Britten: 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra,' Part 1

Saturday, April 23, 2016

This week Classics for Kids explores the characteristics of instruments in the orchestra through Benjamin Britten's masterpiece, 'The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.'

Benjamin Britten: Pizzicato and Other Terms

Saturday, April 16, 2016

This week, Classics for Kids continues its series centered on Benjamin Britten with a look at the specific language used by musicians.

Benjamin Britten: The 'Simple Symphony'

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Discover the wordplay and other games that composer Benjamin Britten inserted into his playful 'Simple Symphony.'

Discovering Benjamin Britten

Saturday, April 02, 2016

This week, Classics for Kids begins a month-long series on 20th-century British composer Benjamin Britten.

The Gigue (Jig or Jigge) Is Up

Saturday, March 26, 2016

In part four of its series on Georg Philipp Telemann, Classics for Kids explores the history of the jig starting with its origins in Britain and tracing variations around the world.

Self-Taught Composers

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Continuing a series on Georg Philipp Telemann, Classics for Kids looks at composers who taught themselves how to write music without formal instruction.

The History of Baroque Music

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Suzanne Bona of Sunday Baroque joins Naomi Lewin to discuss the different qualities of this genre of music, in the second part of a month-long series on Telemann.

The Life of Georg Philipp Telemann

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Georg Philipp Telemann wrote more music than any other classical composer. Learn about the life of this prolific musician this week on Classics for Kids.

Music Made Famous in Movies

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Classics for Kids goes to the movies this week as Naomi Lewin discusses works that are familiar from Hollywood films, such as Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer." 

Scott Joplin and the Art of the Rag

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Continuing its series on Scott Joplin, Classics for Kids explores ragtime and the composer's huge influence on the form.

The Life of Scott Joplin

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Classics for Kids kicks off Black History Month with a series on Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime Writers.

Patriotic Songs by Classical Composers

Saturday, January 30, 2016

This weekend, Classics for Kids concludes its series on Haydn with a look at national anthems and patriotic tunes penned by classical composers.