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, February 06, 2016 Edit This

The Life of Scott Joplin

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.

Haydn and the History of the Minuet

Saturday, January 23, 2016

In the 18th century, minuet dance music started turning up on the concert stage as well. Tune into Classics for Kids this weekend for a minuet lesson of your very own.

Haydn's Farewell Symphony

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Franz Joseph Haydn was a composer with a great sense of humor. Hear how he put this to good use in his Farewell Symphony and charmed his patron this week on Classics for Kids.

Haydn, Father of the Symphony

Saturday, January 09, 2016

This week on Classics for Kids, symphonies by this prolific composer Franz Joseph Haydn.

Haydn's life

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Franz Joseph Haydn was a famous composer who was also a servant to a VERY rich prince. You can learn about his life and music this week on Classics for Kids.

Traditional Classical Music for Christmas

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Do you know who Hansel and Gretel, Clara and Amahl are? They’re characters who come alive in some classical Christmas favorites.


The Story of The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 19, 2015

This week on Classics for Kids, hear the story of The Nutcracker and enjoy its enchanting music.

Ballet and Tchaikovsky

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Classics for Kids as host Naomi Lewin takes you on a trip through the ballets of Piotr Tchaikovsky.

About Piotr Tchaikovsky

Saturday, December 05, 2015

This week on Classics for Kids, learn about Piotr Tchaikovsky and one of the holiday’s most beloved pieces – The Nutcracker.

Leonard Bernstein: American Composers with a Boston Connection

Saturday, November 28, 2015

This week on Classics for Kids you’ll enjoy the music of composers who all have a Boston connection.

Leonard Bernstein: Operettas in English

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is an American operetta. This week, Classics for Kids presents some more on operettas in English.

Bernstein and Musical Theatre

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Leonard Bernstein was as comfortable composing for the Broadway stage as he was for the concert hall. Find out more about his compositions for theater this week.

About Leonard Bernstein

Saturday, November 07, 2015

This week on Classics for Kids the great all-around American musician Leonard Bernstein.

Edvard Grieg and Other Scandinavian Composers

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Edvard Grieg wasn’t the only famous Scandinavian composer. Learn about others from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and other northern countries this week on Classics for Kids.

Edvard Grieg: Incidental music for Peer Gynt

Saturday, October 17, 2015

"In The Hall of the Mountain King" is part of the incidental music Edvard Grieg wrote for Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt. Hear the story of the play as you listen to Grieg's music.

Edvard Grieg: Incidental Music

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Edvard Grieg was Norway’s most famous composer. You can learn more about his life and music this week on Classics for Kids.

Grieg’s Life

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Edvard Grieg was Norway’s most famous composer. You can learn more about his life and music this week on Classics for Kids.

The Kodály Method

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Zoltan Kodaly thought singing was the most important part of music. So, he developed a method to teach people to read and write music using folk songs.

Composers who used Folk Music

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Some of the best musical tunes come from folk music, so a lot of classical composers borrowed folk songs to use in their compositions. Hear examples this week on Classics for Kids.

The Story of 'Háry János'

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Zoltan Kodaly’s opera "Háry János" starts off with a musical sneeze. That’s because there’s a superstition that if you sneeze while you’re telling a story it must be true.