Music Appreciation

Welcome to another installment of the Kids Commute Story Challenge! We present listeners with a piece of music, and ask them to create a work of art or story to go with it.

This week, our young artist has provided both! Nina Wheeler, age 5, created both the art and story for this episode. Thanks and congrats, Nina!

Story: "Bears in the Woods"
Music: "Vianne Confronts the Comte" from "Chocolat" by Rachel Portman
Author: Nina Wheeler, age 5
Narrator: Claudia Schlomer

Welcome to another installment of the Kids Commute Story Challenge, in which we set a piece of music and invite young listeners to write us a story to go with it! Learn more about how to enter the Story Challenge by clicking here.

Today's story is "Alex and the Stranger" by Ella Fernandez, 12, of Wyoming Ohio. It's voiced by members of the Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Department (thanks to Bill Church!). Our producer is Tony Bero.


The Kids Commute Story Challenge continues! Recently, we asked you to come up with short stories and art inspired by "The New Lobby Boy" by composer Alexandre Desplat. Now, we have a new piece of music for you to play with. Please give a listen to "Vianne Confronts the Comte" by Rachel Portman, from the movie "Chocolat" and write a short story to go with it (the music is 1 minute and 22 seconds long).

Today's story is "Pierre Takes the Train" by Gwendolyn Kudlack. Photo: early morning in Montmartre.
Photo: Pedro Szekely, Flickr

Our Kids Commute Story Challenge continues on IPR! We've given you a piece of music and asked you to create a story or artwork to go with it - find all the details on how to participate, and hear the piece of music, by clicking here. Future entries will be voiced by Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Students!

Hi Kids Commuters! We’re always talking about musical imagery on Kids Commute, and we’re issuing a challenge to you.

The Kids Commute team wants to hear your stories inspired by a specific piece of music. The music is "The New Lobby Boy" from "The Grand Budapest Hotel" by Alexandre Desplat. You can listen to it below.

UPDATE! Submissions are coming in! Take a look at these pictures inspired by the music, created by Aspen Clayton, 10,  from Downers Grove, Illinois!

ENCORE - Kids Commute - Old West Week!

Apr 2, 2020

Welcome to the encore of Old West Week on Kids Commute - music appreciation for kids from Interlochen Public Radio! This week, we'll ride across a range of music inspired by the American West. We'll hear music inspired by the Grand Canyon, music from an old west ballet, and more! There's lots of fun music to capture your imagination and keep you entertained. Thanks for listening to Kids Commute - classical music for kids from Interlochen Public Radio!

ENCORE - Kids Commute - Pirate Week!

Mar 27, 2020


Kids Commute - Irish Week!

Mar 20, 2020

We found your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow - it’s Irish Week on Kids Commute - your source for music appreciation for kids from Interlochen Public Radio! St. Patrick’s Day is Tuesday, March 17, and the Kids Commute team thought it would be fun to put together a week full of Irish music. We’ll hear traditional Irish melodies; music from John Field, the inventor of the nocturne; and a bit of modern Irish music. Make sure to listen for the hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet. We’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack if you text us the correct answer.