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

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.

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.

Who Plays What?

This is the final episode in our mini-series about songwriting: we'll explore how instruments are used to tell stories in sound — most specifically, in movie soundtracks! You'll be sure to hear a few familiar tunes here, and you'll never watch movies the same way again. *** Featured musical excerpts: John Williams: Star Wars Main Theme, from "Star Wars" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Hans Zimmer: ...To Die For, from "The Lion King" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams: Hedwig's Theme, from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Opetaia Foa'i, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Marc Mancina: We Know the Way, from "Moana" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Rachel Portman: Tino, from "A Dog's Purpose" Original Motion Picture Soundtrack *** National standards applied: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music* *Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts Understanding music in relation to history and culture *** Additional resources: "Tino" from A Dog's Purpose 10 film composers you should know — besides John Williams Female composers are trying to break film's sound barrier THE POWER OF MUSIC IN FILM - How music affects film Moana: On-set visit with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa'i & Mark Mancina *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Name the Place and Time

This is the second of three episodes on songwriting. This week, we'll learn about how songs help us celebrate special occasions (hint: it involves cake and candles) and also how songs can make us feel strong in the face of hard times. We'll hear some examples about songs that bring people together, and we'll write our own verse to a well-known call-and-response song. *** Featured music: B.B. King: Why I Sing the Blues Aretha Franklin: A Change Is Gonna Come Pete Seeger & the Song Swappers: We Shall Not Be Moved *** National standards incorporated: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments. Understanding music in relation to history and culture. *** Additional resources: Songwriting With Kids How To Teach Children to Write Songs Sing Me A Story - Songs and Stories for Kids in Need *** Resources for discussing current events with your kids: Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations About Race and Racism (Anti-Defamation League) 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice (Medium) How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids (Common Sense Media) Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence With Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education) *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

It's Rhyme Time

This is the first of a series of three episodes on songwriting. This week, we'll learn about how rhyming words can help us tell a story. We'll start with some songs you already know, and then we'll write our own song! *** Featured music: W.A. Mozart: Variations on "Ah vous dirais-je, Maman" (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) *** National standards incorporated: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music** **Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines *** Additional resources: Songwriting With Kids How To Teach Children to Write Songs | Songwriting Tips Sing Me a Story - Stories and Songs for Kids in Need *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Hitting the Pause Button

We had a new episode all ready to go for you, but it just doesn't feel right in this moment. Listen in and we'll tell you why we're hitting pause this week. And we'll be back with you next week with a new episode about how you can write your own songs. *** Resources for discussing current events with your kids: Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations About Race and Racism (Anti-Defamation League) 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice (Medium) How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids (Common Sense Media) Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence With Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education)

The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in Woodwind

We're wrapping up our roundup of the instrument families with the woodwind instruments this week! We'll learn how they make sound (with some activities you can do at home) and even learn about a couple of surprise members of the family. *** Featured musical excerpts: Bottle Boys: Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepson cover on bottles) Corrente: Bartolome de Selma y Salaverde Bagpipe Master: Going Home played on bagpipes Roman Andrukhiv: Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder cover on accordion) *** National Standards incorporated: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts Understanding music in relation to history and culture *** Additional resources: How to make a reed for a woodwind instrument featuring Ms. Faith! BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Woodwind How To Turn A Carrot Into A Recorder *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Brass Is A Gas

We'll be exploring all the different instruments of the brass family this week. We'll learn about what defines a brass instruments, the various sounds they make, and all the different kinds of music they play. And we'll practice blowing into our own imaginary brass instruments — it sounds pretty funny! *** Featured musical excerpts: Hector Berlioz: Damnation of Faust, Hungarian March John Philip Sousa: Sound Off Jeremiah Clarke: The Prince of Denmark's March (performed by Wynton Marsalis) Wynton Marsalis: RJ Kai Winding: Black Coffee Trombone Shorty: Buckjump W. A. Mozart: Horn Concerto in E-flat, K. 417, Rondo: Allegro (performed by Felix Klieser and Camerata Salzburg) *** *National Standards incorporated: *Listening to, analyzing, and describing music Understanding music in relation to history and culture *** Additional resources: Music from Home: The Brass Family and Making a Homemade Trumpet BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Brass 10 Famous Trumpet Players *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

Play That Percussion!

Percussion instruments are anything you can hit, shake, or scrape — which means they can be a LOT of fun to play! We'll learn about the two main categories of percussion instruments, we'll play a game to tell them apart, and there might even be some dancing, too. *** Featured musical excerpts: Djembe solo by Master Drummer M'Bemba Bangoura Get Lucky (Daft Punk) - Steel Pan cover played by Jonathan Scales Legend of Zelda - Main Theme on marimba Die Glocke :: 12 Pieces for Glockenspiel [Part 1] by Brett William Dietz Work (Rihanna) - Steel pan cover played by Keishaun Julien Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Variation 1 a 1, performed by Glenn Gould Djembe Solo by Laurent Camara Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root *** **National Standards incorporated: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music Understanding music in relation to history and culture *** Additional resources: Music with Ms. Faith: Hair, Hair and More Hair! Music with Ms. Faith: All About Drums Wave Drum Tutorial *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

The String's The Thing

Did you know that we can put most musical instruments into family groups? Just like your family, there are larger and smaller members, and they all make different sounds. We'll start learning about the string family today: violins, violas, cellos, and more. *** Featured musical excerpts: Sonata for Violin Solo, No. 1 in G Minor - J.S. Bach Viola Sonata, Op. 25, No. 1: III. Sehr Langsam - Paul Hindemith Passacaglia for Violin and Viola - Johan Halvorsen Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major - J.S. Bach Capriccio No. 2 for Solo Double Bass - Dave Anderson Living in the Country - George Winston Quintet in A Major, D. 667, "Trout" (Opus 114), Andante - Franz Schubert *** National Standards incorporated: Listening to, describing, and analyzing music *** Additional Resources: Karen Meets the String Family How do string instruments make a sound? Make guitars and stringed musical instruments *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

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