Classics For Kids

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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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Violin Concertos Through the Ages

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.

Poetry and Sound Effects in 'Spring'

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.

Vivaldi’s Life

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.

Roll Over Beethoven

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.

Music that Imitates Inanimate Objects

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. 

Beethoven’s Symphonies

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.

Beethoven the Pianist

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.

About Ludwig van Beethoven

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.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

This week on Classics for Kids, learn all about overtures. Some are attached to operas and plays and some that aren’t attached to anything at all.

The story of William Tell

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Gioacchino Rossini’s last opera was all about the famous Swiss hero, William Tell. This week, Classics for Kids will talk about this famous work and the story of William Tell.

Rossini’s Life

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Tune into Classics for Kids and learn about one of the most successful opera composers who ever lived, Gioacchino Rossini, and his opera, William Tell.

The Story of Lieutenant Kije

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lieutenant Kije was an imaginary army officer on whom Sergei Prokofiev based his famous Lieutenant Kije Suite. Hear about the extraordinary adventures of this Russian this week on Classics for Kids.

How Suite It Is

Saturday, January 18, 2014

In music, a suite doesn’t mean that a piece of music is sugary and sweet. So, what does it mean? Find out this week on Classics for Kids.

Musical Sleigh Rides

Saturday, January 11, 2014

In the old days, if you wanted to travel in the winter the best way to go was by horse-drawn sleigh. This week on Classics for Kids, take some musical sleigh rides and learn all about Sergei Prokofiev’s "Troika" from the Lt. Kije Suite.

Prokofiev’s Life

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Twentieth century composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote music that reflects his Russian background. Learn more about his life and works this week on Classics for Kids.

Other English Composers

Saturday, December 21, 2013

When Ralph Vaughan Williams was writing music it was a great time to be an English composer. He taught other English composers, studied with English composers and used English folk tunes in his compositions. This week on Classics for Kids, meet some of Vaughan Williams musical friends and colleagues.

Musical Fantasies

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The imagination runs free this week on Classics for Kids with a look at fantasies of the musical variety.

Vaughan Williams’ Life

Saturday, December 07, 2013

This week on Classics for Kids, tune in to find out more about one of England’s great classical music composer who also worked to preserve the country’s folk music, Ralph Vaughan Williams.

What’s a Rondo?

Saturday, November 30, 2013

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

Janissary Music

Saturday, November 16, 2013

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, November 09, 2013

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.