Classics For Kids
News from Classics for Kids™ • August 2008

Back to School!
Keep classical music alive in your home and classroom by using everything provided to you free on!

Radio Shows
Antonin DvorakAugust’s Classics for Kids™ features Czech composer Antonin Dvorak. His father wanted him to follow in his footsteps and become a butcher, but an uncle noticed Antonin’s musical prowess and paid for him to take organ lessons. His career as a church organist was short lived and he pursued his passion for composing. The Dvorak programs in August are:

    1. About Antonin Dvorak
    2. Composers Who Visited America
    3. Music Nationalism circa 1848
    4. Other Music Nationalism
    5. Dances from Czech Neighbors

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Does your child seem forever attached to his/her iPod or Mp3 player? Then infuse it with some great music! Download the Classics for Kids™ radio show in podcast form right to their player, and give them a blast of Bach or a touch of Tchaikovsky. Podcast information is available here.

Next Month
Antonin DvorakSeptember’s Classics for Kids featured composer is Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach comes from a family of musicians and composers, and is heralded as one of the most talented and prolific composers of all time. He had the ability to write a wide range of musical pieces for various instruments, but wasn’t acclaimed for his works until 100 years after his death. The Bach programs next month include:

    1. About Johann Sebastian Bach
    2. The Sons of Johann Sebastian Bach
    3. What’s a Concerto?
    4. The Story of the Brandenburg Concertos

For Parents

For Parents
Think your kids know all the families of instruments found in an orchestra? Let’s see… brass, woodwinds, strings, and, um, oh - that other one...

Fear not! Go to and find the definitive word on all instrument families, including some newer categories such as American Folk Instruments and World Instruments.

For Teachers

For Teachers
Now that school is back in session, your time becomes even more valuable. We know you want to enhance your students’ learning, but finding the time to create new lesson plans is almost impossible.

Let us help! On, you will find extensive lesson plans for grades K-5 that have been created by Dr. Kay Edwards from Miami University. They are based on national and state standards as well as on Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Each set of lesson plans focuses on an individual classical music composer and a selected piece of music, and are free to you, anytime, at

Talk To Us
Parents and teachers, you know Classics for Kids™ loves to hear from you about the program, the website, and how it can be improved and more relevant to you in making classical music part of your child’s life.

Just fill out the feedback form here. We also want to hear from your kids, so have them check out our Bulletin Board section here to see what other kids have sent and how to send in their own artwork or letter.

Quote of the Month
"Music is... a labyrinth with no beginning and no end, full of new paths to discover, where mystery remains eternal."

Pierre Boulez

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