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


Radio Shows
Claude Debussy Claude Debussy is July’s featured composer. He was born outside Paris and showed tremendous musical talent early in life. He studied at the rigorous Paris Conservatory, but had a fondness for the new artistic style known as “impressionism.” He took that visual style and adapted it to the music he wrote.

The shows for July are:

    1. About Claude Debussy
    2. The Children’s Corner
    3. Music Composed for Children
    4. Non-Dancing Music Based on Dances

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Find Debussy on the Classics for Kids Composer Timeline.

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Next Month
Felix MendelssohnDid 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

For Parents

For Parents
Claude Debussy was one of several composers who wrote music specifically for children. If you visit, you can learn about these pieces and share them with your children. Introducing your children to classical music will also teach them about history, geography, language arts, and more. Everything on is there for you and it’s all free!

For Teachers

For Teachers
Congratulations… it’s summer!
Classics for Kids hope you enjoy some time off, but as you prepare for the 2009-2010 school year, please keep us in mind. At, you will find lots of free resources to help you integrate classical music into your curriculum. We want to be a resource you can use, so let us know if there’s something we can add to to make it a greater resource for you.

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
"We are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life. We have languages...we have affection. We have genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to a common goal of nature as I can guess at. And, finally and perhaps best of all, we have music."

Lewis Thomas

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