A little classical, a little jazz, and a whole lot of winter time goodness. That’s what we’ve included in this playlist of songs to accompany you on any activity this winter. From cookie frosting to snow shoveling, let this playlist accompany your day.
Listen to the playlist right here in Guidepost Parent, and read on for a list of what we’ve included:
A Little Holiday Classical
- The Nutcracker: Both the Nutcracker and Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky are serious listening commitments, but we’ve chosen a few snippets that you may recognize. Share the same tunes with your children!
- Swan Lake: “Les petits cygnes” translates as “The Little Swans.” Invite your children to dance along to the beautiful orchestral rhythms. What instruments can you hear?
A Little Holiday Jazz
- Booker T. and the M.G.’s, “Winter Wonderland”: Yes, Booker T. of “Green Onions” fame made a holiday album, and it’s funky.
- Ahmad Jamal, “Snowfall”: Think of snow drifting down while swaying to this delightful jazz tune.
- Vince Guaraldi, “Skating”: A classic from Charlie Brown. Does your child know how to ice skate?
- Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, “Jingle Bells”: It’s hard to stop your entire body from getting into the swing of things with this lively rendition of Jingle Bells! Have a family dance party!
A Little Winter Themed Classical
- Debussy, “Snowflakes are Dancing”: From “The Children’s Corner Suite”, it’s hard not to become entranced by Debussy’s piano portrayal of snow falling.
- Schubert, “Winterreise”: A somber tune about lost love in the winter time. Perhaps a good conversation starter for your family is “How does music make you feel?”
- Prokofiev, “Troika”: A song depicting a winter ride on a sleigh drawn by three horses, otherwise known as a Troika in Russian.
- Vivaldi, “Winter”: From the Four Seasons, L’Inverno or Winter is a lively piece. We’ve chosen a live version so you are able to observe the instruments with your child and speak about the characteristics of each!
What are your winter favorites? Any tunes your family listens to all winter long? Share with us in the Chat!
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