STRIKE UP THE BAND AND LEARN ALL ABOUT AMERICA’S MARCH KING, JOHN PHILIP SOUSA, THIS MONTH ON CLASSICS FOR KIDS!
John Philip Sousa is known as the March King, and he spent many years conducting the U.S. Marine Corps Band. What many don’t know is, along with all the marches he composed, he also wrote 15 operettas for the theater.
Shows for May are:
- About John Philip Sousa
- About the Stars and Stripes Forever
- American Military Bands
- The Golden Age of American Bands
- I Love a Parade!
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June’s featured composer is Italy’s Giacomo Puccini. At age 6, he inherited his father’s positions of choirmaster and organist, though he wasn’t able to take them on. When he grew older, he heard a performance of Aida by Verdi and knew he wanted to compose operas. Though it took some time, he wound up composing some of the most beloved operas ever.
The shows in June include:
- About Giacomo Puccini
- A Brief History of Italian Opera
- Bohemian Music
- Classical Music That Turned Into Musical Theatre
Do your children know all the instruments and how they are grouped into families? There is a fun way to teach them on classicsforkids.com! Just click on the Musical Instruments link on the front page this month and let them learn all about woodwinds and percussion and strings and brass.
We are proud to feature the March King, John Philip Sousa this month. Did you know that Sousa actually put words to his march The Stars and Stripes Forever? It’s true… share this fun tidbit, and the lyrics, with your class by going to the Sousa activity page.
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