Monday, April 28, 2008

Appreciating Music

Each week or two, the boys and I read about a composer in our book, The Story of the Orchestra. I check my collection of classical music CDs and play the composer's music sometime during that week. I also utilize the composer shows at Classics for Kids. My boys often play CDs from our Classical Kids collection, which I highly recommend.

A couple weeks ago we read about Stravinsky. I didn't happen to have a CD of Stravinsky's works, so I decided to do an internet search for him. Why, oh, why don't I think of all the internet resources off the top of my head? Do you know what website I will be using from now on for our music studies? YouTube. That's right. My dinosaur-loving six year old has watched this segment over and over and over again. I think Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is permanently embedded in his brain.

When it came time to study Gershwin, I went straight to YouTube. We watched an orchestra performance of Rhapsody in Blue with Leonard Bernstein as pianist. Excellent!

But this is what I really wanted to share with you. Levi, Luke, and I have watched this several times. We had a few interesting chats about living in a city, New York City, and more. Great educational entertainment! Fine arts are boring? No way.

Here is the second part for you:

Are we just easily entertained?


Jennifer said...

Excellent! I recently bought The Story of the Orchestra, and now I have great new resources to go along with it. Thanks!

E and T said...

Who would have thought that YouTube could contain such an excellent educational resource.

Your boys will never forget these pieces of music. With Stravinski's piece it was like watching a prehistoric dinosaur ballet. The dinosaurs were telling a story through movement, which was so beautifully choroegraphed to perfectly suit the music.

These were all just amazing to watch - so very clever and captivating.

Don't you love when you stumble across such fantastic resources. Thank you for sharing.

Jennefer said...

What a great idea! I am sitting and researching the what and how of next year and music/art appreciation are both on my list to cover. Glad I came here first!!!! ;)

I haven't been to any of my friends' blogs in such a long time. I am having so much fun catching up on all your old posts. I adore your photography how-to post, too. Wonderful ideas. Thanks for that, too.

Your boys are so stinking adorable. I just want to squeeze them!!!