Kids Commute

Monday-Friday, 7:40am

Join Classical IPR's Kate Botello each weekday at about 7:40 a.m. for the award-winning Kids Commute.

We explore lots of different kinds of classical music with themes like PiratesVillains and Circus Music. The goal is to show that classical music isn't fancy - it's just music!

Answer our weekly Quizlet question correctly and win a Kids Commute Prize. Text your answer with your name and address to (231) 237-7482.

New in 2020! Every month, we'll draw from all the winners' names for a BIG PRIZE: a month's supply of snacks from our friends at GoGo squeeZ!

Hear your kids' voices on the Kids Commute. Find out how.

Welcome to Day Four of IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! Yesterday, we went to a big harvest party in the first movement of Antonio Vivaldi's Autumn, from The Four Seasons. With all that dancing and singing, we might need a nap!

Thursday, October 4, 2017
Kids Commute Episode 23
Autumn, The Four Seasons, Adagio (Second Movement)

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Kids Commute Episode 22: Autumn Allegro (first movement), by Antonio Vivaldi. Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music for Kids!
Painting: La Festa Della Vendemmia, Raffaello Sorbi

Welcome to Day Three of Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we're going to begin listening to Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi's concerto, Autumn. This recording features violinist Anne Akiko Meyers playing the violin. In our music, people have a big party, and then a nap - listen for the way Meyers makes the violin sound, "sleepy!"

Kids Commute Episode 22
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Autumn, first movement
Antonio Vivaldi

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Welcome to Day Two of Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute! Today, we'll hear music written for Autumn in the port city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Astor Piazzolla
Otoño Porteño Tango

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Welcome to Autumn Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we'll visit Alexander Glazunov's ballet, The Seasons.

Imagine a big party where all the seasons are the people that attend...and Autumn shows up to scatter leaves everywhere!

Monday, October 2, 2017:
Alexander Glazunov
The Seasons
Autumn Bacchanale

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Welcome to Day Four of Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Episode 18 (Thursday, September 28): Circus Polka - for a Young Elephant, by Igor Stravinsky

Today, we'll hear music for an elephant extravaganza - a ballet for fifty ballerinas and fifty elephants!

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Welcome to Day Three of Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute!

Today, we'll hear a delightful little concoction from American composer Henry Mancini. The music is from the 1962 movie, Hatari! about a group of trackers that gather animals in the wild for zoos. 

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Welcome to Day Two of Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute. Today, we'll hear a lullaby for a famous elephant.

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Welcome to Elephant Week on IPR's Kids Commute! You wouldn't believe how much great classical music has been written about elephants - but we'll hear a bunch of it this week.

Today, we'll hear a segment of French composer Camille Saint-Saens "party piece," Carnival of the Animals.

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...and here's a video of musicians performing, "Elephants!"

Kids Commute Mermaid Week! Rusalka, by Wilhelm Kotarbiński.
Painting: Rusalka, by Wilhelm Kotarbiński.

Here's Part Two of Mermaid Week on Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio!

Note: due to some changes in our website, from now on each Kids Commute episode will be in its own daily post, rather than combined into one weekly post.

EPISODE 9: Part of Your World (Friday, September 15, 2017)

This week on the Kids Commute - it's Mermaid Week! Come and search for treasure and pearls with us in the watery deep. Meet mermaids of all sorts, from all kinds of places!

EPISODE 7 - The Lovely Sirens (Wednesday, September 13, 2017)

People didn't always think of mermaids as lovely underwater ladies who spent all day pearl hunting. The Ancient Greeks thought of them as monsters, called, "sirens." Sirens were very nice to look at, and had beautiful singing voices...but they lured sailors to wreck their ships on rocks. American composer Stacy Garrop wrote, "The Lovely Sirens," as part of her Mythology Symphony -  it's music that shows both sides of our monster mermaids - beautiful singing that ends in a terrible shipwreck!

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Congratulations on your new school year, and welcome back to IPR's Kids Commute! Tune in to Classical IPR this morning at 7:40, or listen any time at the link below!

This week is "Back to School Week," on the Kids Commute.

EPISODE FOUR (Friday, September 8, 2017)

Today, we'll hear some music by composer John Williams from his score to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - meet Hagrid the Professor!

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The Kids Commute returns to Classical IPR weekdays starting September 5th!

Join 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.

We start out Kids Commute every day with the voices it's intended for - kids!   

Here's how to hear YOUR voice on Kids Commute:

  1. SUBMIT YOUR OWN RECORDING.  Record your Kids' Commute greeting on a cell phone or computer microphone, and send the audio file to .
  2. LEAVE YOUR RECORDING ON OUR VOICE MAIL! Call IPR at 231-276-4444 and leave your Kids Commute greeting as a recording. 

Don't worry if you goof up or it isn't perfect - we'll take care of all of that.