Busy Kids Love Music

By Carly Seifert

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Busy Kids Love Music is a podcast for the whole family, brought to you by Carly Seifert, the creator of Busy Kids Do Piano. Join Carly as she explores musical styles, composers and terms. You'll listen to loads of great music on the way!

Episode Date
Folk Music of Newfoundland & Labrador
08:55

We've reached the final destination of our Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music tour!

With each new episode (new episodes air every 2 weeks), we’ll be traveling to a new destination and learning about that particular place’s folk music. As you listen to each episode, you’ll collect a stamp to add to your passport while you work your way around the globe and learn about the incredible artists, cultures and communities that have contributed to folk music. Use the links below to download your passport and this episode’s stamp — from NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print the Passport

Print Newfoundland & Labrador Stamp

Visit Indonesia

Visit Peru

Visit Morocco

Visit Ital

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Stan Rogers - Fogarty's Cove

Catch The Wind

Great Big Sea - The Banks of Newfoundland

I'se The B'y - Great Big Sea - Lyrics

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 77

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you that includes music from today's episode as well as additional folk music from Newfoundland & Labrador. You can view the videos I've complied here.

Aug 16, 2022
Folk Music of Indonesia
05:50

We’re nearing the end of our summer series, Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music.

With each new episode (new episodes air every 2 weeks), we’ll be traveling to a new destination and learning about that particular place’s folk music. As you listen to each episode, you’ll collect a stamp to add to your passport while you work your way around the globe and learn about the incredible artists, cultures and communities that have contributed to folk music. Use the links below to download your passport and this episode’s stamp — from INDONESIA!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print the Passport

Print Your Indonesia Stamp

Visit Peru

Visit Morocco

Visit Italy

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Traditional Indonesian Music – Java

Sound Tracker – Gamelan (Indonesia)

Vita Alvia – Kopi Dangdut – Tarik Sis Semongko (Official Music Video ANEKA SAFARI)

Nasida Ria – Jakarta Jakarta (Official Music Video)

UNIC – Ya Hanana (Official Music Video)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 76

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you that includes four samples of Indonesian folk music. You can view the videos I’ve complied here.

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Aug 02, 2022
Folk Music of Italy
07:05

Welcome back for our third stop on our world tour — our summer series special called Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music.

With each new episode (new episodes air every 2 weeks), we’ll be traveling to a new destination and learning about that particular place’s folk music. As you listen to each episode, you’ll collect a stamp to add to your passport while you work your way around the globe and learn about the incredible artists, cultures and communities that have contributed to folk music. Use the links below to download your passport and this episode’s stamp — from ITALY!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print the Passport

Print Your Italy Stamp

Peter & the Wolf Music Camp

Visit Peru

Visit Morocco

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Italian Folk Music

Arlequin – La Piva dal Carnèr

Occitan Folk Song – A l’entrada del temps clar

Tarantelas. Luigi Albertini

The Best Italian Songs of All Time

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 75

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you that includes five samples of folk music and dancing. You can view the videos I’ve complied here.

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Jul 19, 2022
Folk Music of Morocco
09:25

Welcome back for our second stop on our world tour — our summer series special called Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music.

With each new episode (new episodes air every 2 weeks), we’ll be traveling to a new destination and learning about that particular place’s folk music. As you listen to each episode, you’ll collect a stamp to add to your passport while you work your way around the globe and learn about the incredible artists, cultures and communities that have contributed to folk music. Use the links below to download your passport and this episode’s stamp — from MOROCCO!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print the Passport

Print Your Morocco Stamp

Busy Kids Do Music Camp

Visit Peru

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Morocco Chaabi Music

Andalusian Classical Music

Berber music

Ammouri M’barek – Nik Dik Tazwit |Music, Tachlhit ,tamazight, souss , اغنية , امازيغية ,جميلة 

Laïla Amezian : Les Sheikhs Shikhats & B’net Chaabi

 

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 74

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode. Click here to listen to it and see some of the Moroccan musicians in action!

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Jul 05, 2022
Folk Music of Peru
08:23

I am so excited to kick off a special summer series on the podcast today — our second edition of Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music.

With each new episode (new episodes air every 2 weeks), we’ll be traveling to a new destination and learning about that particular place’s folk music. As you listen to each episode, you’ll collect a stamp to add to your passport while you work your way around the globe and learn about the incredible artists, cultures and communities that have contributed to folk music. Use the links below to download your passport and this episode’s stamp — from PERU!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print the Passport

Print Your Peru Stamp

Busy Kids Do Music History

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

International Folk Festival – MUSIC OF PERU led by Claudia Medina

A Taste of Afro-Peruvian Music | Tony Succar

Huayno. Music Of Peru Vol. 2 1960-1975

Marinera Norteña Concheperla

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 73

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode. Click here to listen to it and see some of the beautiful dances of the Peruvian people.

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Jun 21, 2022
Lift Every Voice and Sing
08:03

Have you ever found yourself so deeply moved by a song that you are moved to tears? Have you ever had a terrible day and then your favorite song came on the radio and completely changed your mood? Music has the power to move and inspire us. There have been songs throughout history that stir strong emotions and build group identity, and today we are going to learn about and listen to one such song.

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Kids Do Music History

Children's Book Recommendation

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Kirk Franklin - Lift Every Voice and Sing

The Roxbury Latin Glee Club: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Lift Every Voice and Sing | Piano Instrumental

Lift Every Voice and Sing with Lyrics

"Lift Every Voice and Sing"

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 72

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode along with some other arrangements of the pieces you've heard. Click here to listen to it.

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Jun 07, 2022
The Trombone
08:05

We’ve explored many instruments on the podcast (see links to those episodes below), and today, we’re taking a deep dive into the world of the trombone! This instrument requires great skill and precision to play and is a staple for many different musical genres. In this episode, you’ll hear a smattering of some of the ways a trombone can be used as you learn about the construction and history of this versatile instrument. Be sure to check out my curated playlist to see and hear some fabulous trombonists work their magic!

 

Other Podcast Episodes About Instruments

Episode 3: The Flute

Episode 7: The Cello

Episode 10: The Saxophone

Episode 18: The Trumpet

Episode 24: All About that [Double] Bass

Episode 32: The Piano

Episode 52: The Harp

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Rimsky Korsakov Trombone Concerto Movement 1: Allegro Vivace

Schwob Trombone Ensemble – Apogee Fanfare (Chris Sharpe)

Beethoven 5th Symphony, Mov IV (Trombones & Trumpets)

J. J. Johnson – Like Someone In Love

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 71

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode along with some other arrangements of the pieces you’ve heard. Click here to listen to it.

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May 24, 2022
Songs That Celebrate Mothers
07:45
When it comes to things that have inspired the great works of composers throughout history, we’ve discussed many of these in episodes past. From bugs to the weather, there is plenty around us to get the creative juices of great artists flowing! Today, we’ll take a look at three pieces that were inspired by the mothers of composers in the past. You’ll find quite the variety of words and styles when it comes to these three compositions!

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Empress of Night Op.2, No.3 by Amy Beach

Amy Beach – Piano Concerto

Augustin Hadelich – Dvořák: “Songs My Mother Taught Me” (with Charles Owen)

A. Dvořák: Songs My Mother Taught Me

Edith Wiens “Muttertändelei” Richard Strauss Op. 43

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 70

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode along with some other arrangements of the pieces you’ve heard. Click here to listen to it.

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May 10, 2022
Semper Fidelis
06:47

We’re finishing up our series on the March King, John Philip Sousa, in today’s episode of Busy Kids Love Music. We’re going to learn all about the official piece of the United States Marine Corps – Semper Fidelis.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Busy Kids Do Piano Membership

Busy Moms Do Piano Membership

Episode 67: The Life & Music of John Philip Sousa

Episode 68: The Stars and Stripes Forever

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Semper Fidelis – John Philip Sousa

Can you identify the sections of the military march form as you listen to the music above?

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Apr 26, 2022
The Stars and Stripes Forever
07:40

Let's continue our series on John Philip Sousa today by digging into one of his most famous pieces, "The Stars and Stripes Forever." There is SO MUCH to discuss about this piece! We'll learn the story about how and why he wrote the famous march and we'll also study the structure of a traditional military band march that Sousa left as his legacy.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Free Piano 101 Course

Episode 67: The Life & Music of John Philip Sousa

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Stars and Stripes Forever

SOUSA The Stars and Stripes Forever

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 68

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today's episode along with some other arrangements of "The Stars and Stripes Forever."  Click here to listen to it.

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Apr 12, 2022
The Life of John Philip Sousa
08:22

In episodes past, we've learned about composers who've earned titles such as the King of Ragtime (Scott Joplin) or Father of the Symphony (Franz Joseph Haydn). Today we're going to learn about the March King as we kick off a new composer series about American composer John Philip Sousa.

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

SOUSA The Stars and Stripes Forever - "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band

SOUSA Our Flirtation (1880) - "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band

SOUSA Semper Fidelis - "The President's Own" US Marine Band

SOUSA Hands Across the Sea (1899) - "The President's Own" United States Marine Band

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 67

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today's episode along with some other arrangements of pieces of ohn Philip Sousa's music. Click here to listen to it.

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Mar 29, 2022
The Life and Music of Florence Price
08:44

It’s Women’s History Month — so we’re celebrating and learning about a fantastic female composer named Florence B. Price in today’s episode! Her background and training in European classical music with Black church tradition resulted in many unique and incredible masterpieces.

Other Episodes to Check Out During Women’s History Month:

Episode 15: Fanny Mendelssohn

Episode 16: Important Moments for Women in Music History

Episode 42: Clara Schumann

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Florence B. Price “Adoration”

Florence Price – Fantasie Negre (1929)

Price: Symphony No. 1 in E Minor – II. Largo, maestoso

‘SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT’, from ‘Five Folksongs in Counterpoint | Florence B. Price

DSO – My Soul Been Anchored in the Lord – arr. Florence Price, orch. William Henry Curry (Premiere)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 66

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode along with some other arrangements of pieces of Florence Price’s music. Check it out here.

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Mar 15, 2022
Water Music
06:22
For our final episode in our composer series about George Frideric Handel, we're going to learn the story behind another of his most famous compositions -- Water Music, a collection of orchestral works performed for the king. If you enjoyed the music from this episode, be sure to check out the corresponding listening calendar as well as previous episodes from our Handel series.

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Preschoolers Do Music Course

Episode 63: The Life and Works of George Frideric Handel

Episode 64: Music for the Royal Fireworks

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Handel: Water Music, Overture

Handel Water Music: Hornpipe; FestspielOrchester Göttingen, Laurence Cummings, director

Handel - Water Music - Air

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 65

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today's episode along with some other arrangements of pieces from Water Music. Check it out here.

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Mar 01, 2022
Music for the Royal Fireworks
07:12

Imagine that you're able to attend what is to be the most expensive, spectacular fireworks display ever, set to the music of the most popular musician ever. What a grand event that would be!

In 1749, such an event occurred -- and the popular musician to arrange the music? None other than George Frideric Handel. Let's learn about his famous collection of music for this important event in today's episode.

Feb 15, 2022
The Life of George Frideric Handel
08:14

When it comes to famous Baroque composers, Handel is certainly one of the most recognizable. His oratorio The Messiah is one of the best-known classical works of all time. He had some of the wealthiest most notable patrons of the period, which allowed him to pursue his career as a composer securely and compose prolifically. Today we’re going to kick off our 3-part series on Handel by learning a bit of his life and background.

Feb 01, 2022
Songs About Winter
07:06

Brrrrrr…winter is underway! What do you think of when you think of winter? Maybe it makes you think of having to shovel snow and help your grown-up scrape off the car whenever you go places. Maybe you love winter and the cozy feeling of sitting by a fireplace with hot cocoa in hand. Composers thought of lots of different things when it came to winter, and today we’re going to take a look at some winter-inspired classical music!

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Antonio Vivaldi – Winter (Full) – The Four Seasons

Émile Waldteufel: The Skater’s Waltz

Josef Strauss – Winterlust – Polka-schnell, Op. 121

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 62

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with the music discussed in today’s episode along with a few other winter-inspired pieces. Check it out here.

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Jan 18, 2022
Auld Lang Syne
05:58

When it comes to music associated with New Year's Eve, the song Auld Lang Syne is likely one that comes to mind. In this episode, we'll learn the history of how this song was written and how it grew to world-wide notoriety through the years.

Link Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Kids Do Piano Membership

Busy Moms Do Piano Membership

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Auld Lang Syne piano music

♫ Scottish Bagpipes - Auld Lang Syne ♫

Duke Ellington - Auld Lang Syne (Remastered)

Auld Lang Syne - String Quartet Tribute - Vitamin String Quartet

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 61

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with a few different versions of Auld Lang Syne, including one that shows the corresponding dance often performed with the song in Scotland. Check it out here.

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Jan 04, 2022
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
06:32

Today we’re going to learn about a famous ancient Christmas Carol. “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” was originally written in Latin and has an interesting history and symbolism in its original text. While the melody is perhaps a bit moodier than typical Christmas carols, this famous tune has been given contemporary makeovers from a variety of modern-day artists and has been re-interpreted by classical composers as well.

Link Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Kids Do Piano Waitlist

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 60

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with music from Bach’s Christmas OratorioCheck it out here.

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Dec 21, 2021
Bach's Christmas Oratorio
08:27

There is so much spectacular classical holiday music, and we've certainly dived into some on this podcast in Decembers past. One such holiday masterpiece which might be less familiar to you is J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio. In today's episode, we'll be listening to some beautiful excerpts of this six part work.

Link Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Kids Do Nutcracker Camp

Episode 28: The Life of J.S. Bach

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Bach: Christmas Oratorio I - 1. Jauchzet, frohlocket - Koopman

BWV 248 - Christmas Oratorio - Part 2 of 6

Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Part IV), BWV 248 (Kuijken)

BWV 248 - Christmas Oratorio - Part 6 of 6

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 59

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with music from Bach's Christmas Oratorio. Check it out here.

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Dec 07, 2021
The Life and Music of Gustav Mahler
06:27

From humble beginnings to becoming one of the leading conductors of his time, the life of Gustav Mahler certainly has the makings of a rags-to-riches storyline. Yet Mahler’s talents as a composer weren’t truly appreciated and recognized until 50 years after his death. Learn more about Mahler’s fascinating life and enjoy some of his music in this episode of Busy Kids Love Music.

Link Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Kids Play Christmas Music course

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Symphony No. 1 in D Major: II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell

Mahler’s 8th symphony Finale

Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor – IV. Adagietto. Sehr langsam

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 58

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with music from today’s episode as well as other performances of Mahler’s work. Check it out here.

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Nov 23, 2021
The Life and Music of Villa-Lobos
06:25

We often associate great classical music with names of European composers like Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. To be sure, those composers deserve to be the legends that they are, but the truth is that incredible music comes from all over the world. Today we're going to learn about an incredible composer from South America — one who combines the indigenous music of his home country with classical influences. The legendary conductor, guitarist, cellist and composer -- Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Etude No. 1 • Villa-Lobos • Andrés Segovia

Cello Sonata No. 2 • Villa-Lobos • Antonio Meneses

Uirapurú • Villa-Lobos • Dani Pannullo Dance Theatre Company

Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 • Villa-Lobos • Berlin Philharmonic

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 57

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with music from today’s episode as well as other performances of Villa-Lobos’s work. Check it out here.

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Nov 09, 2021
Music Inspired by Fall
06:45

Music composers find inspiration all around them. As I go for a walk in my neighborhood in October, the crisp air, changing colors of leaves and pumpkins on front porches certainly give me feelings of Fall! Composers were inspired by the seasons, too, and in today’s episode, I’m going to share with you three classical works that were inspired by the beautiful, colorful season of fall. Be sure to check out the playlist I’ve curated for more fall-inspired musical performances!

Oct 12, 2021
Clair de Lune
06:46

Let’s finish up our series on Claude Debussy by learning about his most well-known piece — "Clair de Lune". In this episode we’ll talk about how this piece got it’s name and how it actually was a setting for two different poems by the same author.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Episode 53: The Life of Claude Debussy

Episode 54: Children’s Corner

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Pascal Rogé — “Clair de Lune”, Claude Debussy

Soprano Pretty Yende Sings Debussy’s “Clair de lune”

(1) Debussy: Claire de lune ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Jean-Christophe Spinosi

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 55

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with music from today’s episode as well as other arrangements of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune”. Check it out here.

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Sep 28, 2021
Children's Corner Suite
08:18

We’re continuing our series about Claude Debussy in this episode, and learning all about his famous Children’s Corner suite. This precious collection of music was composed by Debussy for his young daughter, Claude-Emma, who was nicknamed Chouchou. I think you’ll love hearing Chouchou’s dolls, toys, and imagination come to life in this playful, dream-like collection of piano works!

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Lang Lang – Debussy: Children’s Corner, L. 113: 1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

Debussy: Children’s Corner, L. 113 – 2. Jimbo’s Lullaby

Claude Debussy – Serenade of the Doll, from “Children’s Corner”

Debussy “The Snow is Dancing” Paul Barton, FEURICH HP piano

Seong-Jin Cho – Debussy: Golliwog’s Cakewalk (Children’s Corner, L. 113)

Children’s Corner, L. 113 (Arr. A. Caplet for Orchestra) : I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 54

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with music from today’s episode as well as other arrangements of Debussy’s music from the Children’s Corner suite. Check it out here.

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Sep 14, 2021
The Life of Claude Debussy
07:09

Today we are learning about one of my favorite composers -- French impressionist composer, Claude Debussy. His music is simply gorgeous and I love to both play it and hear it played. It feels and sounds dreamy and there's not usually a strong beat. There's something simply poetic about it.

Debussy's music was meant to create images and moods. As you check out this week's playlist after listening to the episode, try painting or coloring an image that comes into your mind as you listen to his music. When you do so, you can enter a fun drawing and win one of two $25 gift cards two Amazon! 

Here's how to enter the drawing:

  1. Listen to the Debussy playlist I've put together for you. As you listen, paint or color or draw a picture inspired by the music that you hear.
  2. Send me an image of your picture at carly@busymomsdopiano.com or tag me on Social Media (be sure image setting is public!) on Instagram or Facebook.
  3. Entries must be received by midnight EST on September 7th. Drawing will be conducted on September 7th and two entrants will receive $25 gift cards to Amazon.
  4. Winners will be contacted via e-mail or social media (depending on how entry was submitted).

 

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Claude Debussy ‒ Images (Complete)

CLAUDE DEBUSSY: CLAIR DE LUNE

Claude Debussy - Violin Sonata

 

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 53

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of Debussy performances and interpretations that includes some of the music from today's episode. Check it out here. (Monet was a contemporary of Debussy, so you'll also enjoy "viewing" some of his art as you listen to the first song!)

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Aug 31, 2021
The Harp
06:53

 

Here on the Busy Kids Love Music podcast, we've learned a bit of the history and importance of many different musical instruments -- among them the cello, the saxophone and the flute. In today's episode, we are learning about one of the oldest instruments, the harp.

Join me as we discover the ways this instrument was used in ancient times, its technological advancements through the centuries and how it continues to be played in a variety of musical genres today.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Busy Kids Do Piano Program

Busy Moms Do Piano Program

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Harp concert by Sophia Kiprskaya , soloist of the Mariinsky Theater

Harp-lute (kora) made by Idrissa Coulibay, Mali (Bamako)

Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker on Harp cover by Alexander Boldachev

W. Mathias: Improvisations for Harp (Elinor Bennett, harp)

Celtic Harp at Lorient

 

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 52

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of visually stunning performances that include much of the music from today's episode. Check it out here.

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Aug 17, 2021
Folk Music of Mexico
07:50

Can you believe we've reached our FINAL stop in the Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music series? Today we're visiting the beautiful and colorful country of Mexico, where we'll learn about Son Mexicano, ranchera music, and of course, mariachi music -- all part of a diverse array of Mexican folk music. Be sure to print that final passport stamp (below) after you listen to today's episode!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Busy Kids Do Piano Free Snackable Course

Print your Mexico stamp

Links for Previous Passport Stamps:

Print your stamp and visit Japan

Print your stamp and visit Ireland

Print your stamp and visit Congo

Print the passport and visit Brazil

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Happy Mexican Traditional Music MEXICAN PARTY Mariachi, Guitar, Trumpet

La Perra, Son Planeco de Michoacán. Grupo Fandangueros

Mexican Music & Mariachi Music: Best Traditional & Most Popular Mexican Songs. Rancheras & Corridos

Folk Songs of Mexico (Alfonso Cruz Jimenez)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 51

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of visually stunning performances that include much of the music from today's episode. Check it out here.

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Aug 03, 2021
Folk Music of Japan
08:16

We are heading to the Far East today to visit the country of Japan, a beautiful island country of Asia. The music we’ll be listening to in this episode is going to be different for your ears if you are used to listening to Western music, but it is filled with the beauty and history of the Japanese people and reflects their religious practices and theatrical forms.

We’re going to learn all sorts of brand new things as we listen to the folk music of Japan!

Jul 20, 2021
Folk Music of Ireland
07:59

Let's head north of Africa for our next stop. We're heading to a gorgeous country in Europe with folk music that reflects the beauty found in its scenery and sites --Ireland.

Many unique instruments are used to create Irish folk music, and I'm going to tell you a little bit about some of them in today's episode as we listen to a variety of rich songs. Be sure to check out the playlist below so that you can see the instruments and musicians in action!

After you've listened to the podcast, don't forget to print your passport stamp below!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print your Ireland Stamp

Print the passport and visit Brazil

Print your stamp and visit Congo

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Irish Music | Beautiful Celtic Music | Traditional Irish Folk Music - YouTube

Swallowtail Jig - Irish Fiddle Tune! - YouTube

Brian Finnegan & Joseph Carmichael Irish Medley - YouTube

James Hamilton - Irish Flute - Two Jigs - YouTube

Uilleann piping - YouTube

Irish Polkas - YouTube

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 48

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of Irish folk music performances that includes much of the music from today's episode. Check it out here.

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Jul 06, 2021
Folk Music of Congo
08:05

Today we are headed across the ocean to the heart of Africa -- to the country many consider to be the heartBEAT of African music -- the Democratic Republic of Congo. In our next stop for our summer series, Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music will be learning about the rich and diverse folk music of the Congolese people.

After you've listened to and learned about the incredible folk music of Congo in this episode, be sure to print your passport stamp below and add it to your passport!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print the Passport

Print Your Congo Stamp

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

BIBOC - traditional folk musical assembly of Democratic Republic of Congo - YouTube

"Ngange" Bakolo Music International au Centre Wallonie Bruxelles - YouTube

Africa Mokili Mobimba | Playing For Change | Song Around The World - YouTube

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 48

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of Congolese folk music performances. Check it out here.

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Jun 22, 2021
Folk Music of Brazil
08:02

I am so excited to kick off a very special summer series on the podcast today -- Around the World with Busy Kids Love Music.

With each new episode (new episodes air every 2 weeks), we'll be traveling to a new destination and learning about that particular place's folk music. As you listen to each episode, you'll collect a stamp to add to your passport while you work your way around the globe and learn about the incredible artists, cultures and communities that have contributed to folk music. Use the links below to download your passport and this episode's stamp -- from Brazil!

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Print the Passport

Print Your Brazil Stamp

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Brejeiro - Brazilian Folk Song - YouTube

Afro-Brazilian Street Band in Salvador, Brazil - YouTube

Capoeira Music - YouTube

Evolução de Bateria - Maracatu Estrela Brilhante do Recife - YouTube

Mas, que Nada | Live in Brazil | Playing For Change - YouTube

 

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 47

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with fun selections of Brazilian folk music and dancing. Check it out here.

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Jun 08, 2021
A German Requiem
07:42

In this episode, we’re finishing up our 3-episode series on the great Johannes Brahms. We learned in our last episode about Brahms’s entertaining and well-known Hungarian Dances. They were often lively, exciting and fun.  In today’s episode, we’re talking about one of Brahms’s more “serious” works — something written because of his grief over losing a dear friend and his beloved mother.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Episode 44: The Life of Johannes Brahms

Episode 45: The Hungarian Dances

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem – 1. Selig sind – YouTube

J. Brahms: Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen (Ein Deutsches Requiem op. 45) – YouTube

Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem – 7. Selig sind die Toten – YouTube

 

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 46

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with a few selections from Brahms’s famous requiemCheck it out here.

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May 25, 2021
The Hungarian Dances
08:36

We’re continuing our series all about Johannes Brahms in today’s episode of Busy Kids Love Music by learning all about Brahms’s famous Hungarian Dances — a collection of entertaining dances inspired by Hungarian folk music. Be sure to visit the playlist I’ve curated for you — you’ll be able to SEE as well as hear some of the dances that are part of this beautiful culture.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Busy Kids Do Piano Membership

Busy Moms Do Piano Membership

Episode 44: The Life of Johannes Brahms

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Brahms – Hungarian Dance No. 1 – Part 1/9 – YouTube

 

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 45

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of performances of the songs by Johannes BrahmsCheck it out here.

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May 11, 2021
The Life of Johannes Brahms
07:17

Today we’re kicking off a new composer series on one of the “three great Bs” — Johannes Brahms. In this episode, we’ll learn a little bit about his life before we go onto learn more about some of his most famous works in the next two episodes. Listen to this episode to learn about Brahms’ friendship with the Schumann family and how he expressed his feelings and interests through his music.

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

Busy Kids Do Piano Waitlist

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Brahms: Violinkonzert ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Hilary Hahn ∙ Paavo Järvi – YouTube

Yuja Wang: Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major Op. 83 [HD] – YouTube

Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott – Lullaby (Brahms) – YouTube

Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ MDR-Rundfunkchor ∙ Solisten ∙ David Zinman – YouTube

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 44

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of performances of the songs by Johannes BrahmsCheck it out here.

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Apr 27, 2021
Songs About Insects
08:24

When you think of things that have inspired famous musical works, you might think of the moonlight that inspired Debussy's "Clair de Lune" or Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata".

But did you ever think about a bee? Or even...a flea? Insects have inspired some of the most well-known -- and comical -- works of art in history. Today we're going to listen and learn about 3 such works of art.

Apr 13, 2021
Clara Schumann
09:20

March is Women’s History Month, so let’s celebrate a brilliant female composer and musician, shall we?

Clara Schumann was an incredibly gifted pianist and and composer who led a fascinating life. Her love story with another famous composer is one filled with triumphs and tragedies. In this episode you’ll learn about…

  • Her rigid childhood piano practicing routine that earned her the nickname “Queen of Piano”
  • Her greatest compositional work, written when she had 4 children underfoot
  • How her virtuoso piano skills helped her composer-husband in his career

Links Mentioned in this Episode:

$25 off Daily Harvest Box

Episode 16: Landmark Moments for Women in Music History

Episode 15: Fanny Mendelssohn

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Isata Kanneh-Mason | Clara Schumann‘s Scherzo No.2 in C Minor | Classic FM Session – YouTube

Luisa Splett performs Clara Schumann: Variationen über ein Thema von Robert Schumann – YouTube

Schumann Piano Trio No.1 Clara Trio filmed by Simon – YouTube

Clara-Jumi Kang: C. Schumann, Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22 – YouTube

 

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 42

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of performances that include the pizzicato techniqueBecause it’s Women’s History Month, all these performances feature amazing female musicians! Check it out here.

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Mar 30, 2021
Pizzicato Party
07:52

In today’s episode of Busy Kids Love Music, we’re learning about all things PIZZICATO!

Isn’t that a fun word to say? It’s fun to listen to – and fun to play as well. You’re going to hear lots of examples of what it means to play with the pizzicato technique in our episode. We’ll listen to how different composers used pizzicato to set a certain mood, indicate weather or just get a little silly.

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Johann Strauss II – Pizzicato Polka – YouTube

Edvard Grieg: Anitra’s Dance from Peer Gynt Suite • Volker Hartung, conductor – YouTube

Vivaldi Four Seasons: Winter (L’Inverno), complete. Cynthia Freivogel & Voices of Music RV 297 4K – YouTube

Willie Dixon Awesome Bass Playing – YouTube

 

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 41

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of performances that include the pizzicato technique. Check it out here.

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Mar 16, 2021
Frédéric Chopin
06:22

When I was in college I loved tackling Frederic Chopin pieces with my piano teacher. While incredibly difficult, there was such a feeling of accomplishment when I learned the piece. I love all the opportunities for expression and emotion that his music allows. In today's episode of Busy Kids Love Music, you're going to learn about this much-loved composer while also listening to some of his beautifully expressive piano music. We will learn more about how...

  • Chopin valued his Polish heritage and incorporated it into his music
  • He earned the nickname "poet of the piano"
  • His skills as a child earned a comparison to another famous child-composer

 

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Chopin Nocturne E Flat Major Op.9 No.2 - YouTube

Evgeny Kissin: Chopin - Piano Concerto No. 1, Op 11 (Tel Aviv, 2011) - YouTube

Chopin Military Polonaise op 40 no 1 in A major - YouTube

Chopin - Barcarolle in F sharp major op. 60 | Timothy Chiang - YouTube

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 40

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of performances and interpretations of Chopin's music. Check it out here.

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Mar 01, 2021
Hip Hop Music
16:20

It’s Black History Month, and today’s episode is all about hip hop music — which has its roots in African and Black American culture. I’m thrilled to have to very special guests on this episode, Christina M. Johnson and her daughter Jael (aka DJ K) to give you some background about hip hop music. Christina and Jael are hip hop artists and, together with their family, have written a best-selling children’s book about hip hop music called Hip Hop Hair.

You’ll learn about…

  • the beginnings of hip hop music
  • what poetry and hip hop have in common
  • how DJ K creates her own hip hop beats using technology (that you can use, too!)

Links Mentioned in this Episode

@umotiv8cre8tions | Linktree

HIP HOP HAIR – Kindle edition by JOHNSON, JFAM, JOHNSON, ABIGAIL, C, JOHNSON, JAEL, K. Children Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 39

Christina and DJ K created a kid-friendly playlist for you with a variety of hip-hop performances. Check it out here.

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Feb 16, 2021
Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
07:28

Time for the final episode in our series all about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Last week, we learned about his famous opera, The Magic Flute, and today we’ll be learning about another of his well-loved and recognizable works, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

In today’s episode you’ll learn what the following words mean…

  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik
  • Tempo
  • Serenade

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Kids Do Music History | Busy Kids Do Piano

Episode 36: The Life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Busy Kids Do Piano

Episode 37: The Magic Flute | Busy Kids Do Piano

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Mozart – YouTube

Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik – Serenade in Gmajor, K-525, 2nd Movement II Romance Andante – YouTube

Mozart – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik – Menuetto (Allegretto) Movt.3 – Gewandhaus Quartett – YouTube

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, IV. Rondo: Allegro | New Century Chamber Orchestra – YouTube

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 36

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of performances from Mozart’s Magic Flute. Check it out here.

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Feb 02, 2021
The Magic Flute
09:22

Welcome to the second part of our series on one of the most famous composers of all time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Last week, we learned a little bit about Mozart's life and legacy, and today we're going to take deeper look at one of his most famous works: The Magic Flute

In today's episode you'll learn about...

  • One of the most famous opera arias of all-time
  • What an overture is
  • Which role many opera singers consider the most difficult to play

Links Mentioned in this Episode

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Episode 5: The Opera

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

The Magic Flute: Overture - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - YouTube

Diana Damrau sings Mozart's "Queen of the Night" aria - YouTube

Papagena/Papageno Duet - Montserrat Caballé y Thomas Quasthoff - YouTube

The Magic Flute, Finale scene, W.A.Mozart (Score) - YouTube

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 36

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of performances from Mozart's Magic Flute. Check it out here.

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Jan 19, 2021
The Life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
08:51

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is one of those composers whose name is immediately associated with greatness. A child prodigy and a prolific composer, he is considered one of the best of all times. This episode begins a 3-part series about Mozart, where we’ll learn a bit about his life and most famous works.

In today’s episode you’ll learn…

  • How much Mozart had already accomplished in the musical world by the age of 12
  • That Mozart wasn’t as wise about spending money as he was about composing music
  • About his friendship with another great Classical composer

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Kids Do Piano

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major

Marriage of Figaro, Overture

Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major

Requiem

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 36

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with a variety of performances of Mozart’s music. Check it out here.

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Jan 05, 2021
A Closer Look at 3 Christmas Carols
08:36

A Christmas carol is a song or hymn about the theme of Christmas that is usually sung during the Christmas holiday season. There are so many beloved Christmas carols; I have my favorites, and I'm sure you do, too! Join me in today's episode to take a closer look at 3 of them: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing", "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and "Joy to the World".

You'll learn...

  • How many different collaboraters through the decades contributed to the versions of the carols we now sing
  • Which of these carols became a show-stopper for the concerts of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
  • Which Christmas carol wasn't even written to be sung at Christmas in the first place

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Busy Kids Play Christmas Music

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Go Tell It on the Mountain (Lex Allen)

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Joy to the World

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 35

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with 11 performances of these 3 Christmas Carols.  Check it out here.

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Dec 15, 2020
Hanukkah Music
08:40

One week from now is the festival of Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish celebration that commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Jewish families all over the world will celebrate with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games, gifts -- and music.

In today's episode, we are going to listen and learn about some of the songs that are part of the celebration of Hanukkah. You'll learn about...

  • Some Hanukkah songs that have become popular as part of family celebrations
  • The song which many consider to be the anthem of Hanukkah, sung at the conclusion of the candlelighting ceremony
  • What a driedel is and why there are songs about it

Links Mentioned in this Episode

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Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Jewish Lullabies (Shevet Achim Ensemble)

Hanukkah Blessings (Tracy Thomas)

Maoz Tzur (Tracy Thomas)

Hanukkah oh Hanukkah! (BimBam)

I Have A Little Dreidel (E's Jammy Jams)

Sevivon Sov Sov Sov (Trena Anderson)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 34

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with ten performances of Hanukkah songs.  Check it out here.

Dec 01, 2020
Powwow Music
07:23

The month of November is Native American Heritage Month. It’s a special time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, histories and contributions of Native people, and we’re doing that on the podcast today.

In this episode, we’ll be learning a little bit more about the role of music in modern Native American powwows. You’ll learn…

  • Differences between the Northern style and Southern style of powwow music
  • What an honor beat is
  • The role of the Master of Ceremonies

Links Mentioned in this Episode

Episode 6: Instruments in Native American Music

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Stoney Creek Drum Circle

Poundmakers Tribute Song

One of the Smoothest Songs Around 

Young Spirit Flag Song

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 33

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with eight performances of Native American powwow music — including a Grand Entry and a Flag Song!  Check it out here.

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Nov 17, 2020
The Piano
08:11

Thirty-two episodes in, and I’m finally doing an episode on the instrument that I personally play and teach — the piano!

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • How the piano got its name
  • How the piano produces a sound when a key is struck
  • Why Franz Liszt was such an influential pianist and composer
Nov 03, 2020
Joseph Bologne de Saint-George
08:53

Today you are going to learn about one of the most important musicians in Paris during the pre-revolutionary period. He was an expert swordsman an composer and the first noted classical composer of African ancestry. His life was fascinating, and I think you are going to enjoy learning more about him!

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • About the many unique achievements — musical and otherwise — of Saint-Georges
  • What instruments make up a string quartet
  • Why Saint-Georges’ music was removed from orchestra repertoires for 200 years

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Symphony No. 1 in D Major, Overture (Sainte-Georges)

Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major (Sainte-Georges)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 31

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with nine performances connected to this episode’s theme. Check it out here.

Oct 20, 2020
Bach's Cello Suites
08:41

We've reached the final episode in our series on composer J.S. Bach, and we're closing it with a look into some of my favorite pieces that Bach has written -- the six solo cello suites.

In this episode, you'll learn...

  • The definition of a suite
  • Why Bach's undertaking of these compositions was risky
  • The function of a prelude in the structure of a suite

Links mentioned in this episode:

Busy Kids Do Music History Course

Episode 28: The Life of J.S. Bach

Episode 29: St. Matthew Passion

Musical Samples You'll Hear in this Episode:

Cello Suite No. 1 in G

Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat Major

Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major (Prelude)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 30

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with nine performances connected to this episode's theme. Check it out here.

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Oct 06, 2020
St. Matthew Passion
09:56

We’re continuing with our series on composer Johann Sebastian Bach! In our last episode, we learned about Bach’s life, family, style and career. Today we’re going to learn about one of his most famous compositions — St. Matthew Passion.

You’ll learn…

  • What the term Passion refers to when we use it in music
  • Definitions to fancy vocabulary words like recictatives and arias
  • How this choral work led to the resurgence of Bach’s popularity

Links mentioned in this episode:

Episode 28: The Life of J.S. Bach

Episode 8: Handel’s Messiah

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

St. Matthew Passion — Opening Chorus

St. Matthew Passion – No. 18 (Evangelist, Jesus)

St. Matthew Passion – No. 39 (Aria)

St. Matthew Passion (Chorale Settings)

St. Matthew Passion (Final Chorus)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 29

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with ten performances connected to this episode’s theme. Check it out here.

Subscribe & Review in iTunes

Are you subscribed to my podcast? If you’re not, head on over to do that today so you don’t miss an episode. Click here to subscribe in iTunes!

If you’re feeling extra magnanimous, I would be really grateful if you left a review over on iTunes, too. Those reviews help other families find my podcast learn more about music. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” and let me know what you love about Busy Kids Love Music. Thanks!

Sep 22, 2020
The Life of J.S. Bach
08:04

A few months back, we did a series about Romantic composer Tchaikovsky here on the podcast. Today, we’re kicking off another composer series on a famous Baroque composer named Johann Sebastian Bach. In this episode, we’ll learn a little bit about his life, family and composing style.

You’ll learn…

  • How Bach managed to land himself in jail
  • Just how big Bach’s family was
  • What a harpsichord is

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring (Bach)

Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor (Bach)

Fugue in G Minor (Bach)

Minuets from Notebook for Anna Magdalena Bach (Bach)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 28

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with ten performances connected to this episode’s theme. Check it out here.

Sep 08, 2020
Music During Pandemics
10:04

We're living during a global pandemic -- which can sometimes feel scary and frustrating. But we aren't the first people to live through a pandemic. Pandemics have happened before, and when they have, composers have created beautiful music in response to the challenging times. Today we're going to learn about some of those works of art.

You'll learn...

  • What a cantata is and which prolific composer of cantatas wrote one about a pandemic in France
  • How Stravinsky repurposed a famous piece to make a little extra money when times were tough during a global pandemic
  • About a funny opera commissioned during the 1918 flu pandemic

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Cantata No. 25 (J.S. Bach)

Stella Celi (Cooke)

The Firebird Suite (Stravinsky)

Two Pieces from The Love for Three Oranges (Prokofiev)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 27

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with ten performances connected to this episode's theme. Check it out here.

Aug 25, 2020
The Ballet
08:29

In two previous episodes of Busy Kids Love Music, we learned about two ballets -- Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Today we're  diving deeper into ballet itself to give you a better understanding of this type of art and musical form.

You'll learn...

  • Where ballet got its start
  • How different ballet looks and sounds from what we think of as "modern day" ballet
  • How and why ballet costumes changed over time.

Links mentioned in this episode:

Busy Kids Do Piano Membership

Musical Samples You’ll Hear in this Episode:

Pavane "Mille regretz"

Introduction from Cinderella (Prokofiev)

Ballet de Xerxes - Part II/Aradia Baroque Ensemble (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

Swan Lake Theme (Tchaikovsky)

The Firebird (Stravinsky)

Music Listening Schedule for Episode 25

I've created a YouTube playlist for you with ten performances connected to this episode's theme. Check it out here.

Aug 11, 2020
Songs About Animals
08:23

Many things inspire the music of composers. Sometimes it’s a person or a loved one. Other times it’s a fairy-tale or story.

Today we’re going to discuss some songs by classical composers that were inspired by animals.

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • What a duet is (and you’ll listen to a very unusual one!)
  • Why Handel’s organ concerto earned the nickname that it did
  • How one composer’s most famous work was actually a source of worry and discomfort for him
Jul 28, 2020
All About That [Double] Bass
06:48

Today we’re going to learn about the largest and lowest-pitched string instrument in the orchestra — the double bass. If you’re all about that bass, you don’t want to miss this episode!

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • Different ways of playing the bass to achieve different sounds
  • How the bass is used in a variety of musical styles
  • Why so many basses are needed in a symphony orchestra
Jul 14, 2020
Scott Joplin
08:01

We’re closing out the month of June — African American Music Appreciation Month — with an epsidoe all about one of my personal favorite composers, Scott Joplin.

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • Why Scott Joplin is considered the King of Ragtime
  • What special award Jopin received after his death
  • A little bit about Joplin’s opera, Treemonisha
Jun 30, 2020
Swan Lake
09:09

Today's episode is the final installment in our little series about Tchaikovsky, and we're going to be digging into all things Swan Lake.

In this episode, you'll learn...

  • Why dancers thought the music in the ballet score was undanceable
  • A bit of the story that is told through the music and dance of Swan Lake 
  • How Tchaikovsky completely changed ballet scores
Jun 16, 2020
The 1812 Overture
07:47

We're continuing on with our series about composer Tchaikovsky by digging into one of his famous pieces -- 1812 Overture. You may be familiar with this piece as it is sometimes used during fireworks displays or in film and television. Let's dive in!

In today's episode, you'll learn...

  • What program music is
  • Which wars are represented in this music
  • Who really truly hated this piece (the answer might suprise you!)
Jun 02, 2020
The Life of Tchaikovsky
07:58

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky was a Romantic period composer from Russia who wrote some of the popular classical music of today. We'll take a closer look at his work in the next episodes, but today, we're getting to know a little bit about the man behind the music!

In today's episode, you'll learn...

  • About Tchaikovky's tumultous marriage, which he called a "brief insanity"
  • How a friendship with a wealthy widow led to an abundance of musical compositions
  • What different styles and events influenced his compositions
May 19, 2020
Springtime Songs
10:41

Composers in the past and present have been and continue to be inspired by nature -- and especially the changes in nature that occur with the seasons. In celebration of spring, we are taking a closer look at some famous songs in classical music inspired by the season of spring.

In today's episode, you'll learn...

  • About a composer's most well known work, inspired by the seasons
  • How Beethoven's violin sonata was given a nickname after he died -- and why we think he'd be okay with the nickname
  • How a dramatic lead up to marriage sparked a creative period for a prominent Romantic period composer
May 05, 2020
The Trumpet
07:51

If you were to give a musical instrument an award for the "Best All-Around", that award would probably go to the trumpet. Whether it's carrying a strong, rhythmic melody in a jazz band or alerting soldiers to battle, the trumpet has a rich and varied past and present.

In today's episode, you'll learn...

-Why trumpeters were important in ancient battles

-How a musician produces sound from a trumpet

-What some of the earliest trumpets were made from

 

Apr 21, 2020
Haydn: Musical Prankster
08:03

When you think about composers of the past, do you think about boring, stuffy men with white wigs and fancy clothes?

While this may be true of their appearances, composers of the past were anything but boring. Today we're going to learn about one such composer of the past, who loved to play jokes on people in real-life -- and in his music.

In this episode, you'll learn how Franz Joseph Haydn...

  • Got himself kicked out of school for a wicked prank on a fellow choir member
  • Used a bassoon to imitate the sound of...a fart (yes, I'm serious)
  • Wrote an ending into a symphony to get across this message to a prince: let the musicians go home!
Apr 07, 2020
Landmark Moments for Women in Music History
08:22

We’re continuing our celebration of Women’s History Month by learning about some SUPER important women in musical history, who helped put cracks in that glass ceiling with their talent and determination!

In this episode, you’ll learn…

  • How the first female composer we have on record had quite the long list of interests and talents
  • Which orchestra didn’t allow female musicians to be members until 1997
  • About the first female conductor, who declined invitations from suitors in order to remain a musical conductor and teacher in a convent
Mar 24, 2020
Fanny Mendelssohn
07:43

March is Women’s History Month, and there are many female unsung composers throughout history who faced many obstacles in order to publish their work.

One such composer is Fanny Mendelssohn. You may be more familiar with her famous brother, Felix Mendelssohn, but in this episode, you’re going to learn why Fanny herself was under-recognized yet truly great.

You’ll learn…

  • Which Mendelssohn sibling was the most talented pianist
  • Why Fanny was discouraged from publishing her musical works
  • How Felix embarrassed himself in front of Queen Victoria over one of Fanny’s compositions
Mar 10, 2020
African-American Spirituals and Gospel
10:47

Happy Black History Month! Throughout history, black folks have contributed much to the world of music. In today's episode, we are spotlighting the history of African-American spirituals and gospel music.

You'll learn...

  • Which gospel song was a favorite of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • The historical importance of call and response spirituals in worship
  • How the Fisk Jubilee Singers brought African-American spirituals to a worldwide audience
Feb 25, 2020
Famous Love Songs in Classical Music
06:59

It's just a few days before Valentine's Day, so in today's podcast, we're talking about famous love songs in classical music. Don't worry -- I promise not to get too mushy on you!

In this episode you'll learn about...

  • Which composer was unlucky in love, though he did write a famous piano piece for one of two possible loves (who both turned his marriage proposals down)
  • A song that inspired one of Elvis Presley's own love songs
  • A ballet that almost rewrote the ending to one of Shakespeare's most famous plays

Head over to my website to listen to more famous classical love songs!

Feb 11, 2020
Beethoven's Nine Symphonies
14:02

While Haydn may be considered the Father of the Symphony, Beethoven's symphonies are perhaps the most well-known -- and groundbreaking -- symphonies of all time.

In today's episode of Busy Kids Love Music, we are going to take a look at each of these symphonies and learn more about the famous and flawed composer himself as we do.

Jan 28, 2020
The Symphony
06:52

Today's episode of Busy Kids Love Music explores the symphony, which is a word that you might hear a lot but aren't exactly sure what it means. Not only will I tell you what it means, but we'll also learn...

  • How many musicians play in a symphony orchestra
  • Who is considered the Father of the Symphony
  • All about the symphonic form

Today's episode is going to prepare you for Episode 12, where we'll be listening to and discussing Beethoven's nine symphonies.

Jan 14, 2020
The Saxophone
09:53

The saxophone is an instrument with a lot of personality. Perhaps because it produces a sound that is shockingly similar to the human voice or maybe because it has a wide range of dynamics, the saxophone gives way to emotional expression that not all instruments are able to create. Whether it's a classical piece by a French composer or a jazz improvisation by a virtuoso musician, this instruments style is as versatile as its sound.

In today's episode, we're going to look at the saxophone's role throughout music history, learn about the different components of the sax and listen to some examples of the more unusual types of saxophone.

Dec 31, 2019
Episode 9: The Nutcracker
12:52

The Nutcracker is perhaps the most well-known of ballets, and chances are, you're hearing some of this famous music quite often during this holiday season!

Today's episode of Busy Kids Love Music is a story-telling episode. I am going to tell you the story of The Nutcracker as it is portrayed in the ballet. As I tell it to you, you'll have a chance to listen to excerpts from Tchaikovsky's famous Nutcracker suite.

Dec 17, 2019
Episode 8: Handel's Messiah
08:43

For many people, attending a performance of George Frideric Handel's Messiah is as much of an annual Christmas tradition as decorating the tree and opening presents. So what better way to kick off the month of December than with a dive into this famous oratorio?

In today's episode, we'll learn a little bit about Handel -- the famous composer of Messiah -- and define some big fancy words like oratorio and libretto as we listen to a few selections from one of the most famous pieces of all-time.

Dec 03, 2019
Episode 7: The Cello
06:49

There's something about the cello. Whether I'm rocking out to a mash-up of pop tunes played by piano/cello duo The Piano Guys or listening in awe of Sheku Kanneh-Mason's emotional performance of Elgar's cello concerto, I truly love listening to the cello play just about anything.

In today's episode, we'll learn a bit about the anatomy of the cello, what it means to play a solo, and listen to two very famous pieces of cello music. Be sure to also download this episode's listening calendar for a chance to hear cello tunes from all sorts of different genres.

Nov 19, 2019
Episode 6: Native American Music
06:53

On August 3, 1990, President H. W. Bush declared the month of November National American Indian Heritage Month. (We refer to it now as Native American Heritage Month.) While certainly any month is the perfect month to learn about and celebrate Native peoples, November is a time especially encouraged to do so.

With that in mind, we're exploring some of the instruments often used and treasured in indigenous music. From turtle shelled rattles to eagle bone whistles, we're going to hear some incredible Native American music in today's episode. On a personal note, this has been my favorite episode of the podcast thus far to research and create. I can't wait for you to learn new things about Native American music!

To get access to the full show notes and all the resources mentioned, visit busykidsdopiano.com/podcast/6

Nov 05, 2019
Episode 5: Opera Music
08:06

The opera is one of those things that people seem to really love...or really not love.

There are so many different styles of opera music, so many composers who have arranged opera music, and so many skilled vocalists who have performed opera music. All this to say, even if you might think you DON'T like opera music, there's a variety of opera music out there. Maybe -- just maybe -- you'll find an opera song or singer that you enjoy.

Or maybe you'll at least grow appreciative of the skill that goes into creating and performing opera music.

With that said, I urge you to keep an open mind as we dive into this week's podcast episode on opera music.

Oct 22, 2019
Episode 4: Spooky Songs
06:23

Do you ever listen to a piece of music that gives you the shivers?

Maybe it's something about the musical instruments that are used, or maybe you associate a certain song with a spooky scene in a movie.

In today's episode, we're going to explore three famous classical music songs that are...well...spooky.

Oct 08, 2019
Episode 3: The Flute
05:48

One of the oldest instruments in the orchestra is the flute. Rich and melodic in sound, the flute is used in special and unique ways as part of the orchestra. In this episode, we'll listen to some examples of how the flute is used in a couple of famous musical compositions. We'll also learn a bit about the origins and construction of today's modern day flute. Let's dive in!

Aug 01, 2019
Episode 2: Edvard Grieg and Peer Gynt Suite
05:41

Perhaps around Halloween time, you'll start to hear a familiar tune. It starts out softly, with the bassoon playing low, short notes. Gradually it gets louder and faster and louder and faster until there is a big CRASH of instruments at the end!

This popular tune is "In the Hall of the Mountain King", the most famous piece written by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

In today's episode, we'll learn more about this composer and also listen to some of his well-known compositions -- including "In the Hall of the Mountain King", of course!

Jul 28, 2019
EPISODE 1: Rhythm
06:29

If I asked you to tell me what rhythm is, would you be able to define it?

Sometimes there are words that we hear a lot, but we aren't exactly sure what they mean.

In this episode, I'll teach you what, exactly, rhythm is. We'll practice clapping a rhythm, and listen to lots of examples of rhythms from famous works of music.

Jul 25, 2019