To do: Listen to a classical music playlist and see how it affects your child’s mood
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Youtube playlist below
Children are affected by the music around them. From their favorite cartoon jingles to soothing bedtime tunes, music is a big part of a child’s environment.
Today, we have ideas to share to help you expand your listening repertoire! If you’d like a simple way to listen to all of these selections, check out the YouTube channel we put together, “Classical Music for Children: Primary Playlist”. We hope you listen along and enjoy!
Classical Music for Children – Explore with your family!
- Tchaikovsky: Children’s Album
Tchaikovsky wrote 24 pieces of music in 1878 as part of a grouping called the Children’s Album, Op. 39. The short pieces aren’t meant for children to play necessarily, but have titles like “The Toy Soldier’s March” and “My New Doll”. They’re playful and fun to listen to, especially when imaging the scene as depicted by the title!
- Debussy: Reverie
Reverie, a daydream, a time to get lost in time and space! This is a great selection to play during calm or quiet hours, perhaps at the beginning or end of the day. Of course, Claire de Lune is another wonderful selection by Claude Debussy, and will quickly become a recognizable tune for your children!
- Saint-Saens: Carnival of the Animals
This is a series of short movements from Saint-Saens, describing, musically, 14 different animals or sounds! For example, the March of the Lions, or the Elephant. Then, we have the crashing noises of novice pianists practicing scales up and down the piano! Try acting out the movements of each animal to go along with the music.
Whatever music you choose to listen to as a family, think of what emotion the music conveys. Bright, upbeat music might not be the best for right before bed, but rather on a car ride to the park instead!
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