DESPITE GREAT SUCCESSES ELSEWHERE, EDVARD GRIEG NEVER STRAYED FAR FROM HIS HOMELAND OF NORWAY. HIS LIFE AND MUSIC ARE FEATURED THIS MONTH ON CLASSICS FOR KIDS.
From the romantic period, October’s featured composer is Edvard Grieg. His mother was a talented pianist who served as his first music teacher. He studied at the most prestigious music school in Europe and went on to be an acclaimed performer and composer. He made a point of returning to his native Norway every summer to compose, becoming a champion of Norwegian music, art and theater.
The shows for October include:
- About Edvard Grieg
- Incidental Music
- The Story of Peer Gynt
- Scandinavian Composers
- Halloween Music
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CLASSICS 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.
Leonard Bernstein and his Young People’s Concerts with the New York Philharmonic were, in many ways, the precursor to Classics for Kids™. As the first American born conductor of a major American symphony, he used that position and the new medium of television to help make the music more accessible. He combined that with a highly successful career writing for Broadway, including West Side Story, and On the Town.
The shows in November include:
- About Leonard Bernstein
- Bernstein and Musical Theater
- Operettas in English
- American Composers with a Boston Connection
Is it ever too early to introduce your child to classical music? No. When’s a good time to let them listen? How about at naptime or bedtime? The soothing sounds of classical music make for comforting sleeping music. Go to www.classicsforkids.com and click on Music for Young Children link to find some great examples of naptime music.
Check out www.classicsforkids.com for easy-to-use lesson plans that help your students gain an appreciation for classical music, as well as use the music to help with learning in other areas. These plans are based on the National Standards for the Arts, and what’s more, your kids will enjoy the music and the interactivity of the website. It’s all free and available 24/7 for your use.
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.
Music is enough for a lifetime - but a lifetime is not enough for music.