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!

Elise 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!!!