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.
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.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
What’s a rondo and how does this form work? Naomi Lewin explains this week on Classics for Kids.
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.
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.
Saturday, November 02, 2013
On this edition of Classics for Kids, a look at the colorful life of Mozart, from his the first pieces he composed as a 5-year-old, to the Requiem he was working on when he died.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Halloween is just around the corner and Classics for Kids has some great music for the season.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Igor Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird” isn’t the only classical piece about fire; it was a topic for many other composers as well. You can hear examples of fiery music this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird has it all: an evil demon who captures a beautiful princess, a prince who comes to her rescue and lots and lots of magic. Hear the full story this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
This week on Classics for Kids host Naomi Lewin explores the life of composer Igor Stravinsky. The Russian composer made his name writing music for ballets.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
This week Classics for Kids is celebrating music for the fall harvest. Join host Naomi Lewin as she takes a walk through this seasonal music.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Robert and Clara Schumann together created an impressive musical team. This week on Classics for Kids, learn more about other families with several famous musicians.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
In her time, Clara Schumann was one of the most famous pianists in all Europe. She also had a family that included a musical husband and eight children.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
Robert Schumann had a choice: He could become a musician, a writer or both. Join Naomi Lewin this week on Classics for Kids to learn more about this versatile composer.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
A lot of classical music turns up on TV — in commercials. This week on Classics for Kids, tune in to see if you've heard these works while watching your favorite TV show.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Aaron Copland’s Rodeo takes place on a ranch out west. This week on Classics for Kids, saddle up and enjoy the story of the cowboys and girls who gather together for a barn dance to celebrate the end of their week.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
From the time she was little, Agnes de Mille loved to dance. During her long career, de Mille helped transform both American ballet and musical theater. This week on Classics for Kids, meet Agnes de Mille.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
If you think ballets are only about nutcrackers, swans or fairy tales, think again. This week on Classics for Kids, find out how Aaron Copland became the composer of not one, but two, cowboy ballets.
Saturday, August 03, 2013
Aaron Copland, one of the most famous 20th century composers, was called the "dean of American music." Find out why this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Charles Ives wasn’t afraid to borrow good ideas. For example, he used a lot of hymn tunes in his music. So did many other American composers. This week on Classics for Kids, hear the results.
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Many classical composers used folk tunes in their music. It turns up in all kinds of places. Find out where this week on Classics for Kids.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Charles Ives’ Country Band March is full of borrowed tunes — 12 of them in all. This week on Classics for Kids you can find out just what melodies are included in this unique piece that is about a band, but not for a band.