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 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!

About the Kids Commute Quizlet:
Every week, we'll ask the kiddos a trivia question related to that week's theme. We'll give hints all week to help them figure out the answer! Send answers to the Quizlet in a text message with your name and address to (231) 237-7482. If the answer is right, we'll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack! Please note - in order to ensure there are enough Prize Packs for everybody, each kid is eligible to win once every thirty days.

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This week we’re highlighting selections from Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s opera “La Fille du Régiment,” or “The Daughter of the Regiment.” Today, we learn that Marie is in love with Tonio, who saved her life. The 21st regiment won’t allow Tonio to marry Marie unless he becomes a soldier. Today we hear, “Ah, mes amies,” French for “Ah, My Friends,” in which Tonio unites with the French soldiers in hopes they will give him permission to marry Marie. 


C'est bon de te revoir - it’s good to see you again! Welcome back to Daughter of the Regiment Week on Kids Commute - music appreciation for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re listening to selections from Gaetano Donizetti’s opera, “La Fille du Régiment”, or “The Daughter of the Regiment”. Yesterday, we met a very fancy lady stopped by French troops in the Austrian mountains. Today, we meet the sergeant of the 21st regiment, who turns out to be surprisingly polite, to the surprise of the fancy Marquise we met yesterday. We are also introduced to Marie.

Bonjour, Kids Commuters! This week, we’re going to the opera! Our theme is “La Fille du Régiment.” That’s French for “The Daughter of the Regiment," an opera by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti. 


ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Friday

Mar 1, 2019

Ahoy, mateys! 'Tis Friday, the last day of Pirate Week on I-P-Arrrrrr! Today, we'll hear the Overture to the comic pirate opera "Jolly Roger" by English composer Walter Leigh.

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"Jolly Roger Overture"
Composer: Sir Walter Leigh
 

ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Thursday

Feb 28, 2019

This week, we're hearing music inspired by the scurvy seadog robbers of the high seas - pirates! Today,  it's music by composer Hans Zimmer from the third installment of PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN!

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"Drink Up, Me Hearties.  Yo-ho!"
Composer: Hans Zimmer

ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Wednesday

Feb 27, 2019

Shiver me timbers!  It's Pirate Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  In today's show, we learn about the Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley, who was the inspiration for the composer Vincenzo Bellini.

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"The Pirate Queen"
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini

ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Tuesday

Feb 26, 2019

This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas! Today, we'll hear some pirates try - and fail - to be quiet and sneaky in Gilbert & Sullivan's THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

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"With Catlike Tread"
Composers:  Gilbert & Sullivan

ENCORE - KIDS COMMUTE - Pirate Week! Monday

Feb 25, 2019

Avast, me hearties, and Happy Monday! 'Tis the first day of Pirate Week on IPR's Kids Commute - classical music for kids! This week, we're listening to music inspired by the scurvy robbers of the high seas! Today, music inspired by the Dread Pirate Anne Bonney from the 1951 movie ANNE OF THE INDIES.

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"Anne of the Indies"
Composer: Franz Waxman

KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Friday

Feb 22, 2019

Today, we get to hear Kate Botello’s favorite song from her childhood, “El Sapo,” or “The Toad.” We’ll explore how the music imitates a croaking sound and hear a translation of the lyrics. 

After the music, we’ll give you the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet!

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"El Sapo"
Composer:  Alejandro Vargas 
Performer:  Serenata Guayanesa

KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Thursday

Feb 21, 2019

This week on Kids Commute, we're listening to Venezuelan folk songs that made up the soundtrack of Kate Botello’s youth. Today, we get to hear a dance tune enjoyed by people who live in the Venezuelan plains. We’ll also fill you in on what the cuatro and the ukelele have in common. 

  

KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Wednesday

Feb 20, 2019

This week on Kids Commute, we explore the Venezuelan folk music that your host, Kate Botello, grew up with. Today, we get to hear a song that’s been handed down through the ages about how to get the sweetest milk from your cow. We also have a special guest - Kate’s dad! He tells us about a wonderful memory he has of this beautiful song. 


KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Tuesday

Feb 19, 2019

This week on Kids Commute, we’re listening to Venezuelan folk music, the soundtrack to Kate Botello’s upbringing. Today, we bring you a battle of two musical voices, where two singers sing against each other in a challenge. They trade lines back and forth until somebody misses. Kind of like a rap battle, except it’s folk music - and, in this case, Venezuelan. Today’s musical challenge is played on two instruments, the cuatro and the harp, to make it easier to hear each voice as it challenges the other. 


KIDS COMMUTE - Venezuela Week! Monday

Feb 18, 2019

This week, Kids Commute takes you on a musical journey to Venezuela. We’ll share music that your host, Kate Botello, grew up with. Today, it's music written for a street party celebrating Saint Peter. We’ll dig into the song’s meaning, and we get to hear advice from St. Peter’s mom on why he should be wearing a hat. 


KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Friday

Feb 15, 2019

It’s the final day of Ragtime Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. We’ve saved the best-known ragtime composer so that we could give you a special Friday treat. Our week to date has covered compositions by Ernest Hogan, Tom Turpin, James Scott and Joseph Lamb. All of them are really big names in ragtime music, but the biggest of all is Scott Joplin, best known for his composition “The Entertainer.” He was also a pioneer for all composers, not just ragtime.

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Thursday

Feb 14, 2019

Thanks for listening to Ragtime Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week, we’re playing some of the best known compositions in ragtime music. Ragtime was a popular style of American music at the turn of the 20th century. We’ve played you some early ragtime compositions and given you great information about ragtime composers. Yesterday, we introduced you to one of the “big three” ragtime composers, James Scott. In today’s show, we listen to music composed by Joseph Lamb. Find out which famous district in New York City Mr. Lamb worked in.

Hey kids! Have you ever wanted to conduct an orchestra? You can do it this year at Winterlochen!

Join your Kids Commute team on Saturday, February 16 in Corson Auditorium for your chance to conduct the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra. There are two sessions: 10 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., and 10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Wednesday

Feb 13, 2019

It’s great to have you with us for Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Ragtime Week, so we’re highlighting composers from this distinctly American style of music. So far, we’ve heard music from Ernest Hogan and Tom Turpin. Today, we’ll hear music from James Scott, the first of the “big three” composers of ragtime music. We’ll tell you all about his first job in the music business and how he made friends with the biggest name in ragtime music. After the music, we’ll give you another hint for the Kids Commute Quizlet.

KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Tuesday

Feb 12, 2019

Welcome back to Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re learning about ragtime music. Yesterday, we learned a little bit about syncopated rhythms - where the accented note is played where you don’t expect it to be accented. We also introduced you to Ernest Hogan, one of the earliest composers of ragtime music.


KIDS COMMUTE - Ragtime Week! Monday

Feb 11, 2019

Welcome to Kids Commute - music appreciation for kids from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s a whole new week, and that means a whole new theme for this week’s shows. We’ll be exploring ragtime music, which is known for its syncopated, or “ragged,” rhythms. We’ll also learn about its history and highlight some of the most well-known composers of the style. After the music, we’ll introduce this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet. If you text us the correct answer, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack!


Welcome to the final show of Gulliver’s Travels Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week we’re using the music of Bernard Hermann and Georg Philipp Telemann to help us imagine Jonathan Swift’s “Gulliver’s Travels." We’ve met an island of very little people, giants and math wizards and their clappers, and we've played chess with a king.


It’s great to have you back with us for Gulliver’s Travels Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re on an adventure with Lemuel Gulliver, the main character from a story by Irish author Jonathan Swift. Music composed by Bernard Hermann and Georg Philipp Telemann will help us imagine the story.


Arthur Rackham

Welcome back to Gulliver’s Travels Week on Kids Commute - classical music appreciation for kids - from Interlochen Public Radio! This week we’re learning about Lilliputians, the people of Blefescu and the Brobingnagians; all wonderful characters from Jonathan Swift’s humorous book “Gulliver’s Travels.” We’re covering highlights of the story through the music of both Bernard Hermann and Georg Philipp Telemann. And we didn’t forget about this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet. Text us the correct answer, and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.


Kids Commute - Morning Classical - Classical Music
Kids Commute - Music Appreciation for Kids - Classical Music

We’re glad you’re joining us for the second day of Gulliver’s Travels Week on Kids Commute - classical music appreciation for kids - from Interlochen Public Radio. All week long, we’re giving highlights of the story written by Jonathan Swift. Today, we use the music of Georg Philipp Telemann, composed in 1728, to tell the next installment of the story.


Kids Commute - Classical Music Appreciation For Kids - Classical Music
Donald Grant Mitchell

Welcome back to Kids Commute - classical music appreciation for kids - from Interlochen Public Radio! This week, we tell the story of Lemuel Gulliver. “Gulliver’s Travels” is a story by Irish author Jonathan Swift. It was written in 1725 and has delighted readers ever since. This week, we’ll tell you the highlights of the story using music by German composer Georg Philipp Telemann and American composer Bernard Hermann.


Kids Commute - Puppet Week! Friday

Feb 1, 2019
A wooden Pinocchio puppet.
Kids Commute - Music Appreciation for Kids - Interlochen Public Radio - Classical Music

Welcome to the final episode of Puppet Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. All week long, we’ve highlighted music composed for puppets. We’ve heard music composed by Bohuslav Martinu, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky, and Charles Gounod. And we’ll reveal the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet. If you got the answer right, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack!


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