The Music Box 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.
The Music Box

The Music Box

From 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

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.

Most Recent Episodes

Tone It Up

What does "tone color" mean in music? Isn't color something that you SEE? We'll dive into tone color and timbre today, using examples from pop, jazz, and classical music. *** Featured music: Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Girl from Ipanema Frank Sinatra: The Girl from Ipanema Amy Winehouse: The Girl from Ipanema Dizzy Gillespie: No More Blues Carmen McRae: No More Blues Chet Baker: I Talk to the Trees Vitamin String Quartet: Fake Plastic Trees Red Pants Trio: Hot Cross Buns Scott Bradlee: Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin/Queen Mashup) *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Run, Rondo, Run

We're learning about patterns and song form on The Music Box today! From binary to ternary to rondo and more, you'll be able to identify the forms of some of your favorite music. *** Featured music: Shenanigans: Cross Dance Jörg Demus: The Wild Horseman (Schumann) Frank Sinatra: Fly Me to the Moon Tchaikovsky: March from The Nutcracker Dave Brubeck: Blue Rondo à la Turk *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

What Aria Talking About? Opera Plots Explained

If you've ever been to the opera, you may have found yourself wondering what's happening onstage. Sometimes opera plots can be tough to understand, especially if you're a kid! Today we'll learn about a couple of operas written specifically for kids: "L'enfant et les sortilèges" by Maurice Ravel, and "Brundibár" by Hans Krása. *** SPECIAL NOTE FOR GROWNUPS: "Brundibár" is best known for being premiered at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943, performed by a cast of interned children. We opted not to give these details in the podcast episode, because it's a lot to explain to our youngest listeners. It's an important part of the history of the opera, though, and a powerful example of art being used in the toughest circumstances. We're linking some resources below so that you can choose to share this part of the story with your kids if you wish. Brundibár - Wikipedia entry Brundibár article on Music & the Holocaust 60 Minutes segment on Brundibár (2016) *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Composers and Musicians of Latin America!

Today's episode is a virtual trip to Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and more, as we explore the work of Latinx musicians and composers. We'll practice some call and response, we'll walk on a tightrope, and we'll learn about how a composer's background and experiences affect her music. ¡Vámonos! *** Featured music: Juventino Rosas: Sobre las Olas Maria Grever: Cuando Vuelva a tu Lado Leo Brouwer: Babalú Tania León: Alma Sergio Mendes: Fanfarra (Cabua-Le-Le) Arturo Márquez: Danzón #2 *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Dynamic Dinosaurs

What do dinosaurs have to do with music? You'll find out when you listen to this episode, as we explore the range of dynamics and accents through the sounds that dinosaurs made. *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

The Hunt for Buried Measure

We're back in the magical Land of Arpeggio, going on a treasure hunt with a group of faun friends! Can you sing the right notes and help them find the treasure? *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Don't Judge a Song By Its Cover

We'll take a look at how some of our favorite songs have been inspired by stories and books, including how you can make songs out of your favorites stories too! From fairy tales to Maurice Sendak and J.M. Barrie, we'll take a trip around the library and find the songs that are hidden there. *** Featured music: Whitney Houston: "Impossible" from Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella" Alex Newell: "Mama Will Provide" from "Once On This Island" New Broadway Cast Recording Carole King: "Chicken Soup With Rice" from "Really Rosie" Carole King: "Pierre" from "Really Rosie" Cast of The Wiz Live: "Ease On Down the Road" Idina Menzel: "The Wizard and I" from "Wicked" *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Ready Player Fun!

We're kicking off Season 5 with an exploration of music from your favorite video games! From Mario to Final Fantasy, from Zelda to Among Us, we'll learn about how music shapes and enhances the experience of playing a game. *** Featured music: Nobuo Uematsu: Final Fantasy Prelude 1987 / Final Fantasy XIV, Prelude Koji Kondo: Super Mario Bros. Theme / Super Mario Bros. Star Theme Hajime Wakai: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Riding: Day Hans Zimmer: Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2 Mick Gordon: Doom, Main Theme Jeremy Soule: Skyrim Theme Gustavo Santaolalla: The Last Of Us, Theme Christopher Tin: Baba Yetu John Siegler & John Loeffler: Pokemon Theme (Gotta Catch 'Em All) Wiz Khalifa, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty & Sueco the Child: Speed Me Up *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Holiday Music History Mystery

It's the holiday season, and that means holiday music! But you may not know as much about your favorite holiday songs as you think... In our final episode for this season, Miss Faith drops some holiday knowledge. And stay tuned after the show for a special holiday bonus! *** Featured songs: Andy Williams: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Alvin & the Chipmunks: Frosty the Snowman Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Eight Days of Hanukkah Wham!: Last Christmas Gene Autry: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Gwen Stefani: Jingle Bells Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song José Feliciano: Feliz Navidad Barenaked Ladies: I Have A Little Dreidel Idina Menzel: Ocho Kandelikas Mary J. Blige: Petit Papa Noel La Rondallita: El Burrito de Belén Marcela Mangabeira: All I Want for Christmas Is You Faith Murphy: Cozy Corona Christmas *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Global Explorations: A Visit to Nicaragua

Today's the last installment of our series on music from around the world, where we'll learn about the music of Nicaragua from Marlon Obando Solano, a native of San Lorenzo, Nicaragua, who now lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You'll hear about different folk traditions, including dances that tell stories about Nicaragua's people and history. You'll also learn a new song about bananas! *** Featured music: La Mora Limpia - Otredad El Solar de Monimbo Nicaraguan Marimba El Gueguense Baile del Toro Huaco Baile la Gigantona Suenos del Mar - Appalatin *** Resources to help Nicaraguans affected by recent hurricanes and flooding: Red Cross GoFundMe organized by Marlon Obando Solano's family *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

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