90.9 WGUC, Cincinnati’s classical music radio station, created Classics for Kids® as an entertaining, informative introduction to classical music for elementary school children. The six-minute radio program, also available as a podcast, explains classical music, composers, and terminology in easy-to-understand language that’s designed to appeal to audiences of all ages. The interactive multimedia website classicsforkids.com is a fun, engaging tool for teachers, parents, and kids. It’s full of information about music, including composer biographies, a dictionary of terms, guides to instruments from around the world, games, archives of all the Classics for Kids® podcasts, and much, much more.
The website also provides free, user-friendly materials to integrate music education into the curriculum. In addition to lesson plans, there are pages to explore rhythm, history, composition, and other aspects of music. All of that makes classicsforkids.com a valuable resource for classroom teachers and homeschoolers.
Parents and grandparents find Classics for Kids® an ideal way to share their love of classical music with kids and grandkids. It’s a beautiful way for multiple generations to experience the joy of music together.
Studies have shown that classical music can help children concentrate and think creatively. You can help your child – or your classroom – unlock the power of music with the Classics for Kids® podcast and the wide variety of activities on the classicsforkids.com website. Together, they provide extraordinary resources for learning about the lives and music of great composers, the evolution of classical music through the centuries, and some of the fundamentals of music theory, leading to a deeper appreciation of the art form.
Naomi Lewin, the host of Classics for Kids®, brings classical music to life through stories of composers’ lives and examples of their work. She researches each show, writes the script and produces the program. After studying music, elementary education, and voice, Naomi worked as an opera singer before becoming a classical music radio announcer.
Classics for Kids® airs weekly on radio stations across the United States and in several countries around the world.
Classics for Kids® is also available as a podcast. Sign up at NPR Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, or Stitcher to receive a new episode each week. You can also get the latest episode of Classics For Kids® on your smartphone or tablet via the WGUC public radio app; on your smart speaker by enabling the Classics For Kids® skill through the Amazon Skills store; or by asking your Google Assistant to “Launch Classics For Kids.” Past programs are archived on the classicsforkids.com website.
Classics for Kids® lesson plans and teaching resources provide effective methods and activities for teachers to employ classical music to help children learn and meet national and state requirements. The curriculum materials are based on National Standards for the Arts, state Academic Content Standards for Music, and Theory of Multiple Intelligences. They draw from various music education disciplines, including Kodály, Orff, and Dalcroze.
Question: Is there or was there such an instrument called a Seusaphone?
Answer from Classics for Kids: It’s the Sousaphone, named for and invented by John Phillip Sousa.
Reply: Thank you so much – this resolves a hot topic at our supper table – the Dr. Seuss mistake was my mistake – my son at 8 was correct – this proves a point to the know-it-alls in the family.
I haven’t laughed so hard listening to the radio as I did this morning, listening to this week’s edition of Classics for Kids. That was when you were talking about “Col. Bogey’s March” by Kenneth Alford, and you advised kids to ask their parents about “The Comet Song!” Oh, I remember that song (though not where I learned it – from a friend perhaps) and singing it enthusiastically. After we’d sung the verse about “turning green,” we would substitute colors and make up new rhymes on the spot. Great fun, it was. I look forward to sharing this one with my kids!
From India: A fantastic site. I’m a big fan of western classical music. Please keep me informed. Great job.
First of all, ALOHA for your great show. (Can you guess where I live?) A friend of mine told me about your website, and even though I am an adult, I love to learn about all the composers and their music.
Thank you for this great weekly program. We look forward to your show every week. Father of two fans, and a fan myself.
I love Classics for Kids. I liked it so much that I got a violin, and I am learning how to play!!!!!!!!
My favorite part about Classics for Kids is that you get to hear the music. I really like the Brandenburg Concertos. Thank you.
I listen to Classics for Kids on the Internet. I found out about it from a friend. I am a homeschooler and I listen for part of my schoolwork. I like the music.
I just LOVE classicsforkids.com. It really helps me write great Music Reports! My teacher loves it too! She tells all the kids to use it! Thanks a lot!
Can you teach me how to get an A+ on my Recorder test?