Vivaldi's "Autumn:"

Uncategorized Nov 15, 2019

If you picked up our Fall Freebie (5 Fall-themed Classical Pieces to listen to with your child and how to listen), you might have already listened to Vivaldi’s “Autumn” from the 4 Seasons with us! In that list, we shared some ideas for listening to the first 2 movements. Now we’d like to share a bit about the 3rd movement and how you can listen.  (If you'd like that listening guide, you can grab it here.)

But’s time for a “Classical Music 101” tidbit - for anyone who is new to this wonderful world of classical music, with all its terminology. (If you are an old pro, you can skip this!)

Classical Music 101: What’s a “Movement”?

Classical pieces (we usually call them “pieces” rather than “songs” since a song suggests that someone is singing) are often written in sets. One entire “piece” might consist of three or four separate pieces. Each shorter piece is called a movement....

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A Welcome Song and a Cute Bear

Uncategorized Nov 01, 2019

If you’ve been to any of our classes, you will recognize our class mascot, Bear-lioz the polar bear.  And have you spotted him in our logo yet? He is named after French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz

Bear-lioz greets the kids each class with a welcome song, and bids them farewell at the end of class with a goodbye song. 

If you’re having “music time” at home, it is nice to begin with a familiar welcome song.  It will be a cue that it’s time to transition from whatever is going on and start music! Feel free to come up with your own "Welcome Song", or use ours! 

Welcome friends it’s time for music, welcome friends it’s time for fun.

Singing, dancing, great composers, music is for everyone!

Bear-lioz’ welcome song is based on Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” melody which is found in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, in the 4th movement.  Sing it through a few times each day, and your little...

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