Classics For Kids
News from Classics for Kids™ • August 2009

FORGET YOUR TROUBLES, C’MON GET HAPPY WITH FELIX MENDELSSOHN…
AUGUST’S FEATURED COMPOSER ON CLASSICS FOR KIDS™!

Radio Shows
Felix Mendelssohn Did you know “Felix” is Latin for happy? Composer Felix Mendelssohn was indeed a happy child… born to wealthy parents who encouraged his musical interests. He was an accomplished pianist early on and his family featured him in weekly concerts in their home. His sister, Fanny, was also a very good musician and composer. Felix composed several pieces based on his travels around the world and became a much sought after conductor.

The shows in August include:

    1. About Felix Mendelssohn
    2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
    3. Music Based on Shakespeare
    4. Child prodigy Composers
    5. Women Composers

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Classics for Kids PodcastsCLASSICS FOR KIDS NOW AVAILABLE IN PODCAST FORM
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
Zoltán KodályZoltán Kodály was born in Hungary and his family moved a lot while he was growing up, providing him a background in various types of folk music. He used this background when he composed music, and he created a still-popular music teaching program called the Kodály Method. The shows for September are:

The shows in August include:

    1. About Zoltán Kodály
    2. The Story of Háry János
    3. Classical Composers Who Used Fold Music
    4. The Kodály Method

For Parents

For Parents
As your children head back to school, is this the year they choose a musical instrument to play? Have they shown interest in lessons, joining the band or orchestra? Then spend a few minutes at www.classicsforkids.com and click on Tips and Advice to help you and your budding prodigy make the right choices in instrument and teacher.

For Teachers

For Teachers
Uh oh…they’re baaaack!
Those little bipeds you call students are coming back to your classroom. If you want to integrate some classical music into your curriculum, we can help. Visit www.classicsforkids.com and click on Free Lesson Plans. These plans were written by a music professor at Miami University of Ohio and meet state standards. Everything there is free for you to use!

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
"The music is not in your violin. The music is not in your bow or your technique. And the music is not in the notes on the page. A hundred years of practicing will not help one bit unless we have the music in here. THIS is where we must find the music, inside our hearts."

Andrew Clements

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