Classics For Kids
News from Classics for Kids • February 2008

Cabin Fever?
Don’t forget, on those snow days off school or when it’s just too cold for the kids to go outside and play, www.classicsforkids.com is online and waiting, 24 hours a day. Turn your kids loose on the games, the interactive composers’ map, or any of the other features, all free and all fun! Classics for Kids is happy to help you and your family survive the winter months… just click on over!

Radio Shows
Sergei ProkofievFebruary’s Classics for Kids features Sergei Prokofiev. If you’ve ever heard or seen “Peter and the Wolf,” you’ve heard music from Sergei Prokofiev. This Russian-born pianist and composer wrote music for ballets, operas and even film during his life. He lived all around the world – Paris, the Alps, even the United States – but loved his homeland and returned there to live out his years in 1936. Here are the February programs:
    1. About Sergei Prokofiev
    2. Musical Sleigh Rides
    3. How Suite It Is
    4. The Story of Lt. Kije

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Next Month
Nikolai Rimsky-KorsakovMarch’s Classics for Kids features Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, who would be 164 years old on March 18! He was a Russian composer of great versatility… he wrote operas, choral music, chamber pieces and, of course, his most famous composition: “The Flight of the Bumblebee.” Here are the March programs:

    1. About Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
    2. The Tale of Tsar Saltan
    3. Russian Operas
    4. The Bees and the Birds
    5. Composer Teachers and their Students

For Parents

For Parents
If you think our Books and More section is just dedicated to biographies of composers and musicians, you really should check it out. There are recommendations for films and novels that use music as a major plot line (think: Mr. Holland’s Opus for one.) Check it out!

For Teachers

For Teachers
Are you familiar with the Kodaly or Orff approach to teaching music? Need a refresher? These, and other teaching systems, are featured in the For Teachers section of www.classicsforkids.com. If you are looking for a new approach to reach your students, or just want to brush up on a system you learned earlier in your career, take advantage of this free section, just for you, from Classics for Kids.

Talk To Us
Classics for Kids is your resource.We welcome your feedback! How do you like the new look and new features? It will help us enormously to evaluate and improve our program if you will tell us how you use our materials in your classrooms and homes. Do you work with the lesson plans?Do your students listen to the radio shows and the music? Let us know what you like and don’t like. Visit our website for a feedback form and thank you for your input!

Quote of the Month
"I’ve never known a musician who regretted being one. Whatever deceptions life may have in store for you, music itself is not going to let you down.”

Virgil Thomson

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