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

CLASSICS FOR KIDS ON RADIO AND CLASSICSFORKIDS.COM HONOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH THIS FEBRUARY WITH OUR FEATURED COMPOSER, WILLIAM GRANT STILL.

Radio Shows
William Grant Still February’s Classics for Kids™ salutes Black History Month by featuring Mississippi born composer William Grant Still. His life took him to Wilberforce University in Ohio to study medicine, but music was his true calling. His Afro-American Symphony was the first symphony written by an African American composer to be performed by a major symphony.

Shows for February are:

    1. About William Grant Still
    2. The Afro-American Symphony
    3. Paul Lawrence Dunbar’s Poetry
    4. Black Composer’s of Classical Music

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Classics for Kids PodcastsCLASSICS FOR KIDS NOW AVAILABLE IN PODCAST FORM
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Next Month
Johannes BrahmsFrom the Romantic Period, Classics for Kids™ features Johannes Brahms in March. From early jobs accompanying a Hungarian violinist to composing some of the greatest classical music ever, Johannes Brahms may be most known for his “Lullaby” which has put babies to sleep for decades and decades.

Shows for March are:

    1. About Johannes Brahms
    2. The Brahms Hungarian Dances
    3. Hungarian Dancing
    4. Classical Music Featuring Dances from European Countries

For Parents

For Parents
During this Black History Month, allow your kids to find other stories of the quest for freedom. On the front page of classicsforkids.com, you can click on Music of Freedom and share music that slaves used during their movement to the north.

For Teachers

For Teachers
This month’s featured composer, William Grant Still, was born in Louisiana. Allow your students to learn about other classical composers who were born in the US by clicking on the Born in the USA link on the front page of classicsforkids.com. It’s all free!

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
"Character is the backbone of our human culture. Music is the flowering of character."

Confucius

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