The Music Box
The Music Box
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The Music Box is an interactive music education podcast for kids, exploring fundamental music concepts through performing, responding and connecting. The current season is hosted by music educator Faith Murphy. Each episode gets listeners involved in making music! Short episodes are perfect for a car ride or just hanging out at home. Get printable lesson plans and ideas for extending the learning at musicboxpod.org. The Music Box is from Louisville Public Media and PRX, sponsored by PNC and also made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.
Fairy Friend Feud
Getting along with friends can be a challenge, but we've got the musical solution! We’re returning to the magical land of Arpeggio for today’s adventure. Sing along with the Three Fierce Fairies! *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.
Oct 22
9 min
Beat to the Future
It's a time-traveling musical adventure as we learn about beat and rhythm. We’ll put on a pair of magical boots that will help us save the future of music! *** Featured music: Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas Stayin’ Alive - The Bee Gees The Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.
Oct 15
10 min
Dynamics Dynamite
We'll explore the world of dynamics (how loud or soft a sound is) with a big box of fireworks! KA-BOOM! You’ll hear some very special pyrotechnics and learn some special words to describe dynamics. *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.
Oct 8
10 min
1+1 = Etude
You'll learn about how math is used to make music! Just like chopping vegetables in half, you can chop notes in half too. *** Featured music: Ninja Re Bang Bang: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.
Oct 1
11 min
A Short Pause
So many people in our community are grieving and reacting to current events related to the Breonna Taylor case. Out of respect, we’re going to postpone today’s episode until next week. We’d rather direct your attention to what’s happening in our city now. You can follow the news coverage from our sister station WFPL, and we’re putting some links below for how to talk with your family about racialized violence, justice, and equity. And don’t forget, there are lots of past episodes of The Music Box you can check out anytime in our podcast feed. Go listen to some music you love today, and we’ll be back with you next week. How to talk to kids about racism, racial violence and police brutality Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News How to Talk with Kids About Racism and Racial Violence
Sep 24
52 sec
Women's Writes: A History of Women Composers
So many of the composers we usually learn about in school are men -- but that's only telling half the story of who writes the music we love. *** Featured music: Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61, Incidental Music, No. 9 Wedding March (Boston Symphony, Seiji Ozawa) Fanny Mendelssohn: String Quarter in E-Flat Major: IV. Allegro molto vivace (Quatuor Ebene) Igor Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (Chicago Symphony) Ethel Smythe: The March of Women (Chorus and Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series, Philip Brunelle) Duke Ellington: Cottontail Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington: Cottontail Pete Seeger: Freight Train Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train The Chicks: March, March Beyonce: Brown Skin Girl Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin: Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.
Sep 17
12 min
The Treble Troubadours and the Bass Balladeers
It’s our Season 4 premiere! We return to the fantasy world of Arpeggio with a tale of two very different performing groups and how they learn to get along.
Sep 10
12 min
The Giant and The Fairy
We’re wrapping up our season with a very special story, featuring a magical land full of extraordinary creatures. And you’ll learn a few new things you can do with your voice too! *** National standards incorporated: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. *** Additional resources: Solfege Hand Signs Solfege Scale with Hand Signs *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.
Jul 16
14 min
Meter Wars!
We’ll learn about meters in music, also known as time signatures, using math. You'll be able to hear the difference between 3/4 and 4/4 and understand how to read a time signature. Then… it’s an epic battle between time signatures! Who will win?? *** Featured musical excerpts: The Beatles: Yellow Submarine Dionne Warwick: What the World Needs Now Rodgers & Hammerstein: My Favorite Things from “The Sound of Music” Post Malone: Sunflower Queen: Another One Bites the Dust Pentatonix: Waltz of the Flowers Elton John: I’m Still Standing Beyonce: Love On Top Anthony Gonzalez: Un Poco Loco from “Coco” *** National Standards Incorporated: Reading and notating music *** Additional resources: Rhythm Lesson Musical Meter! Time Signatures, Bars and Barlines Worksheet: Time Signatures Worksheet: Note Types and 4/4 Time *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.
Jul 9
13 min
Kandinsky Can: How Art and Music Collide
Artists and musicians can inspire each other's work, even though they use different materials and techniques! We’ll learn about some of the ways that art and music intersects, and we’ll take a turn being inspired ourselves. *** Featured musical excerpts: George Gershwin: An American in Paris, New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein Jane Ira Bloom: Jackson Pollack, from Chasing Paint: Jane Ira Bloom Meets Jackson Pollack John Cage: Sonata V, from Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, performed by Giancarlo Cardini *** National Standards incorporated: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts Understanding music in relation to history and culture *** Additional resources: Wassily Kandinsky: 100 Famous Paintings Analysis and Biography Jackson Pollock: 100 Famous Paintings Analysis and Biography Pablo Picasso: 150 Famous Paintings, Bio & Quotes by Picasso A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.
Jul 2
10 min
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