Kids Commute

Join Classical IPR's Kate Botello each weekday morning at about 7:40 as she picks stories and sounds from the Classical world your children will love. She wants to inspire your family with the love of Classical music.

Here's the basic idea - it's likely you're listening to Classical IPR in the car while driving your kids to school. If so, they're what we like to call the, "captive audience." Kate selects music for their education and (hopefully!) enjoyment.

On the Kids Commute, we explore Classical music by different themes - Mermaids, Opera, Elephants - everything you can think of! We'll explore ballets, their stories, and the music that goes along with them ("Sleeping Beauty," and "Cinderella," for instance), along with time-honored classics like Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf."

Join us weekday mornings for the Kids Commute - no Kid or Commute required!

Answer our weekly Quizlet question correctly and win a Kids Commute Prize Pack! (By the way - if your kiddo is a particular genius with the quizlets - each kid is only eligible to win the prize pack once a month.) Text your answer with your name and address to (231) 237-7482!

Kate loves to hear from kids. Send her feedback, or make a request.

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Hey Kids Commuters! Happy Friday! It's the last day of the first week back to school. Whew! We hope it’s been a smooth transition from summer break to school days.

It's Day Five of Back to School Week, on IPR's Kids Commute - so let's have some fun! Today, we get to hear a selection from Clark Gesner’s 1967 musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, his most successful work. Mr. Gesner wrote lots of cool music for young people to enjoy. Lots of his material was used on kids’ television shows - we'll have a link for you further down the page. Gesner had a terrific sense of humor and enjoyed writing for the theatre.

You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown: The Book Report
Clark Gesner
1999 Broadway Cast

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Welcome to Day Three of, “Back to School,” week on IPR's Kids Commute! This new episode explores more great music from the “March King”, John Philip Sousa. If you’re a regular listener, you might remember we did an entire week where we learned all about famous marches - and you can't do that without talking about Sousa!

Today we focus on a particular Sousa march, High School Cadets, written in the year 1890. Learn about Sousa’s life and compositions and get detailed information about how the structure that he used when composing marches. We’ll deconstruct the piece for you and identify highlights that you should listen for. And of course, we have our weekly quizlet where you might be able to win one of our all-new prize packs!

As a reminder, here's the structure (form) of your typical march:

  1. Fanfare/Introduction - the opening to the march
  2. First strain - the first melody of the march
  3. Second strain - the second melody of the march
  4. Introduction to the trio - some marches have a little introductory phrase before the next part
  5. Trio - usually the most famous portion of the march, the part you'd usually hum along to
  6. Breakstrain/Dogfight - time to mix it up a little and warm up the audience for the big finish!
  7. Final Trio/Grandioso - The Big Finish! Sometimes, "decorated," with an extra voice up at the top, like a piccolo

See if you can identify all the parts in today's music!

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High School Cadets
John Philip Sousa
Eastman Wind Ensemble/Frederick Fennell

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Hey there Kids Commuters! Welcome to Day Two of , “Back to School” week at Kids Commute! We hope your first day of school was great. Today’s back to school themed episode focuses on composition from a mini-ballet (also known as a balletto).

What do swordfighting and ballet have to do with each other? Many of the positions used in fencing are derived from ballet.  In the year 1623, composer Johann Heinrich Schmelzer wrote a balletto titled, Fechtschule, which is German for Fencing School. In today’s episode, we listen to the balletto and learn about its Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, who is not very well known, but wrote some good music.

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Balletto: Fencing School (Fechtschule)
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Musica Antiqua Koln/Reinhardt Goebel

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Welcome back to an all new season of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! Congratulations on starting a new school year! We’ve got you covered with a great year of fun music and events coming up - so stay with us! This week, we’re taking it easy with some back- to-school music help you get inspired. All of our music this week is about - you guessed it! - school.

Tom Brown’s School Days is a story about Tom Brown’s experiences at Rugby School (not the sport rugby) in Warwickshire (a public school for boys) in the 1800’s. The novel was originally written in 1857 by author Thomas Hughes and was made into a movie in 1940, and again in 1951 and 2005. In today’s episode, we listen to the Overture from the film score composed by Richard Addinsell for the 1951 version, and we learn a little bit about the composer, too.

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Tom Brown's School Days: Overture
Richard Addinsell
BBC Orchestra/Rumon Gamba

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The 2018-2019 school year is just around the corner, and Kids Commute is getting ready to come back with an a new season of episodes to go with it! Come and say hello to your Kids Commute Production Team, Kate Botello and Tony Bero, at Friday Night Live in downtown Traverse City this week. We'll have a table near City Opera House, and will be giving away free kazoos - and a lesson to go with them!

Drop by our table Friday night, August 17th, from 5:30 - 9:00pm. The new season of Kids Commute launches Tuesday, September 4 at 7:40am.

Giddyup, cowgirls and cowboys! It’s the fifth and final week of the Kids Commute Summer Listening Series! A great summer break isn’t complete without a great soundtrack, so your Kids Commute team has put together five special extended episodes of Kids Commute for you to enjoy. Answer the super-easy Quizlet question at the end of the episode and you’ll receive one of our all-new prizes!

This week’s episode digs deep into Rodeo by American composer Aaron Copland. We’ll teach you about the proper pronunciation of the title in addition to details about his life and what made Aaron Copland one of the most prominent American composers of his time. We’ll also guide you through a musical tour of his career. Rodeo is a ballet originally choreographed by the very famous Agnes de Mille, who was responsible for convincing Mr. Copland to write the orchestral score. As you listen, we’ll give examples of the cowboy songs that Mr. Copland used as inspiration for his composition and give Rodeo its characteristic old west ‘American’ feel.

Kids Commute Summer Listening Week Five
MUSIC: Rodeo
COMPOSER: Aaron Copland
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Aaron Copland/London Philharmonic; , "Ranch House Party," Leonard Slatkin/St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Here's our final Kids Commuter Summer Listening Program! Don't forget - you have until the middle of August to complete all five weeks of the program, answer the Quizlets - and win concert tickets and an invitation to an ice cream party!

Now, get your lasso ready and let's wrangle with Rodeo, by Aaron Copland. Yee-haw!


William Tell and his son in the town square
'Healthy Living,' 1917, by C.E.A. Winslow

Hi-Yo Silver, away! It’s week four of the Kids Commute Summer Listening Series! The Kids Commute team wants to make sure you stay in touch with great music over your summer break, so for five weeks, we’re bringing you a special extended episode of Kids Commute. As is the Kids Commute custom, there’s a Quizlet at the end of the program. Answer the super-easy quizlet question and receive one of our all-new prizes!

This week we’re exploring the William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini. Of course we’ll give you all the important details about Rossini’s incredible life. We’ll talk about and listen to sound clips of some compositions that made him very wealthy and successful during his life. Because his opera William Tell is about three hours long, we’ll just focus on the Overture, which is a very exciting piece all by itself. It’s so exciting, part of it was used as the theme to very famous radio and television show, The Lone Ranger.

KIDS COMMUTE SUMMER LISTENING WEEK FOUR
MUSIC: Overture to William Tell
COMPOSER: Gioachino Rossini
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Kevin Rhodes/Traverse Symphony Orchestra

And now, on a fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty Hi-Yo Silver! We bring you...The William Tell Overture by Gioachino Rossini.


Beethoven's music is performed this week by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Hey Kids Commuters! Summer is heating up and so is week three of IPR’s Kids Commute Summer Listening Program! Each week for five weeks, we’re bringing you a special extended episode of Kids Commute. As always, there’s a Quizlet at the end of the program. Answer the question and receive our week three prize!

This week’s selection is one of the most famous classical pieces of all time, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Symphonies are pretty long compositions (this one lasts between 30 and 40 minutes, depending on the conductor), so in this episode we focus on the first movement, Allegro con brio, which means “fast, and with spirit”. Listen as we walk through some of Beethoven’s life, and highlight a few of his earlier compositions. We teach you what a motif is, and we point out several times where good ol’ Ludwig uses a simple motif to build a tremendous work of art that continues to inspire musicians to this very day.

KIDS COMMUTE SUMMER LISTENING - WEEK 3
MUSIC: Symphony No. 5, first movement, Allegro con brio
COMPOSER: Ludwig van Beethoven
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Sir Georg Solti/Chicago Symphony Orchestra

A great example of Beethoven’s brilliance as a composer is that he is able to create so many musical ideas out of only four notes!

And now, fast, and with spirit, just as Beethoven directed, we’ll bring you this week’s episode:


Erich Kunzel conducts the Cincinnati Pops in this week's music, "The 1812 Overture," by Tchaikovsky. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
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Hope you’re having a great summer vacation, Kids Commuters! It’s Week Two of IPR’s Kids Commute Summer Listening Program! Each week for five weeks, we’ll bring you a special extended episode of Kids Commute. As always, there’s a Quizlet at the end of the program. Answer the question and receive our Week Three prize!

This week, we focus on the 1812 Overture, one of Tchaikovsky’s best known compositions. You might recognize it as, “the one with the cannons that goes BOOM!”

Be sure to read our whole post for 1812 - we've got lots of informative goodies for you after the jump!

Don't forget to answer our Quizlet to receive your Week Two listening prize!

Kids Commute Summer Listening Week Two
MUSIC: 1812 Overture
COMPOSER: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
CONDUCTOR/ORCHESTRA: Erich Kunzel/Cincinnati Pops

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Leonard Bernstein conducts the New York Philharmonic, performing, THE YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA.
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Happy Summer, Kids Commuters! Welcome to Week One of IPR’s Kids Commute Summer Listening Program! Each week for five weeks, we’ll bring you a special extended episode of Kids Commute to enjoy. Don’t forget to answer the Quizlet at the end of the program!

Happy summer, Kids Commuters! The Interlochen Public Radio Kids Commute Summer Listening Program starts June 18!

Here's how it works: each week, we'll post a special, extended Kids Commute episode on some of classical music's greatest hits here on our website. The posts can also be found on our free Kids Commute app - just search, "Interlochen Public Radio," in the App Store or on Google Play.

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters - and happy summer!!! This is the last daily broadcast of Kids Commute for this school year! Don't worry, though - we'll be launching our Summer Listening Program on June 18, with music, Quizlets and prizes - ending with an ice cream party! Watch this space for updates!

Thanks so much for spending your school year with us - and now it's time to get excited for summer! This week we've been hearing music all about this sunny season. Today, though, we're doing something a little different. Today, we're hearing music that expresses the happiness of summer - and the end of school! 

We'll listen to German composer Ludwig van Beethoven's iconic, "Ode to Joy," from his Ninth Symphony. It's an ode to the wonderful feeling of joy itself, and to brotherly love.

Big love to all of you, and to all the music teachers out there! 

HAPPY SUMMER!!!

Friday, May 25, 2018 (Ep. 164)
NINTH SYMPHONY: Ode to Joy
Ludwig van Beethoven

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Welcome to Day Four of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for the school year - but never fear! We'll have more Kids Commute for you with our Summer Listening Program, which starts Monday, June 18th. Watch this space for updates on how you can participate!

To help get you inspired for what we hope is a fabulous summer, we're listening to summer-themed music this week.

Today, we're finishing up with Vivaldi's, "Summer," from THE FOUR SEASONS. The thunderstorm has arrived - and it's a doozy!

Thursday, May 24, 2018 (Ep. 163)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (3rd movement - Presto)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Three of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This is the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for the school year - watch this space for information about our Summer Listening Program, launching June 18th.

To help get you inspired for summer - we've got lots of great summer music for you this week!

Today, we continue with Antonio Vivaldi's, "Summer," from his 1725 series of concertos, THE FOUR SEASONS. We'll hear his rendition of the last muggy, buggy moments before a summer storm.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Ep. 162)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (2nd movement - Adagio)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Two of SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

It's the last week of regular Kids Commute broadcasts for this school year - but watch this space for information about our Summer Listening Program, launching Monday, June 18th! 

It's SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - we're going to play you some music to get you inspired for the season!

Today, we'll listen to music Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi. In the year 1725, he wrote a set of sonnets (poems) about the seasons, and then wrote music to go with them.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (Ep. 161)
THE FOUR SEASONS: Summer (1st movement, Allegro)
Antonio Vivaldi

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Astor Piazzolla (left, as the paperboy), starred in small part in a 1935 movie featuring his idol, tango legend Carlos Gardel.
Movie still, El Día que me Quieras, 1935

Happy Monday! Welcome to the final week of IPR's Kids Commute for this school year!

It's SUMMER WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - we're going to play you some music to get you inspired for the season!

Today, we'll hear some, "upside-down," summer music as we spend the warm days and nights with the people of Buenos Aires in music by Astor Piazzolla.

Monday, May 21, 2018 (Ep. 160)
Estaciones Porteñas - Verano Porteño (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires - Summer)
Astor Piazzolla

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Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we're hearing music by composer Simon Jeffes, and the delightfully quirky Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The piece is called, "Perpetuum Mobile," which means, "Perpetual Motion" (always moving). This is music that makes variations (changes) on a repetitive pattern. You'll hear this piece in a lot of places - in this instance, it was used in an advertisement for technology.

Friday, May 18, 2018 (Ep. 159)
Perpetuum Mobile
Simon Jeffes/Penguin Cafe Orchestra

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Welcome to Day Four of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we'll hear music by a German composer who wrote a lot of his most famous work while he was living in England - George Frideric Handel. Handel wrote the celebratory anthem, "Zadok the Priest," with words that had been used for coronations in England for a very long time. Today, we'll hear it used in an advertisement for wireless services.

Thursday, May 17, 2018 (Ep. 158)
Zadok the Priest
George Frideric Handel

 

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Welcome to Day Three of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we'll hear music by French composer Leo Delibes featured (in a remixed, techno style) in a series of commercials for an airline. Super cool thing about this - apparently, it was this ad that inspired South African soprano Pretty Yende to go into the opera world!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (Ep. 157)
Lakme; "Flower Duet"
Leo Delibes

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Today, we'll hear music featured in a commercial for a GPS system - "In a Persian Market," by Albert Ketelbey. Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Ken Ohyama

Welcome to Day Two of JINGLE WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we're hearing music that was featured in a GPS commercial, with a really catchy whistling flute. That tune is, "In a Persian Market," by English composer Albert Ketelbey.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 (Ep. 156)
In a Persian Market
Albert Ketelbey

 

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Happy Monday! Welcome to a whole new week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we're listening to music you might have heard featured in a commercial - but only in a tiny snippet. What was that music you heard, and what does the rest of it sound like? Let's find out!

Today, we'll hear a great piece of music by composer Karl Jenkins that was used to sell diamonds.

Monday, May 14, 2018 (Ep. 155)
Palladio (1st Movement)
Karl Jenkins

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Happy Friday! Welcome to the last day of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week, we've been listening to the music of one of the most beloved composers of all time - Franz Josef Haydn!

Today, we'll hear Haydn's cheeky (but diplomatic) way to ask his boss, Esterhazy, if he and the orchestra could pretty-please go home for summer vacation.

Friday, May 11, 2018 (Ep. 154)
Symphony No. 45, 4th Movement (Farewell)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Haydn's, "The Miracle," Symphony No. 96. Watch out for falling chandeliers!
Kroonluchteresnoga Amsterdam

Welcome to Day Four of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to the music of beloved 18th Century German composer, Franz Josef Haydn.

Today, we'll hear about how Haydn's, "rock star," status saved lives at a concert!

Thursday, May 10, 2018 (Ep. 153)
Symphony No. 96, 4th Movement (The Miracle)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Today, Hadyn's string quartet, "The Joke!" Interlochen Public Radio - classical music for kids!
Cherie J Photography

Welcome to Day Three of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids!

This week we're listening to music by one of the most popular composers of the 18th Century - Franz Josef Haydn (or, "Papa Haydn," to his friends and fans).

Today, we'll get another slice of Haydn's sense of humor with a string quartet that seems like it will never end.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (Ep. 152)
String Quartet, Opus 33, 4th Movement (The Joke)
Franz Josef Haydn

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Welcome to Day Two of HAYDN WEEK on IPR's Kids Commute!

This week, we're listening to the work of Franz Josef Haydn, known as, "Papa," to his admirers.

Today, we'll hear the Fourth Movement from Haydn's Symphony No. 82, known as, "The Bear," because it sounds like the music that used to play for dancing bears in the street. (There were dancing bears in the streets!!!)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 (Ep. 151)
Symphony No. 82, The Bear, 4th Movement
Franz Josef Haydn

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