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.

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

New York Festivals

Classical IPR's Kids Commute has won a Bronze Award in the Best Children/Young Adult Program category of the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2019

The New York Festivals Radio Awards honor radio content from around the world. The awards promote exceptional and innovative content on all continents. 

Kids Commute - Request Week! Friday

May 31, 2019

Happy Friday!  It’s the final day of Request Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’ve been celebrating a fantastic school year by letting our listeners choose the music for the week.  We’ve heard some film music, a piano piece that’s a favorite of classical music fans everywhere, and music written for orchestra.  Today, Noah has chosen a piece that’s very appropriate for the end of the school year. “Pomp and Circumstance,” is a military march composed by Sir Edward Elgar.

Kids Commute - Request Week! Thursday

May 30, 2019

It’s Request Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  The Kids Commute team thought it would be great to celebrate the end of the school year by putting the Kids Commuters in charge of selecting the music for this week.  So far, we’ve heard two pieces of film music chosen by Brendan and Ruth. For yesterday’s episode, Uma chose, “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” by German composer Richard Strauss.  Kids Commuter, Kelsey, has requested a piece of piano music for today’s show. In fact, it’s one of the most popular pieces of piano music in all of classical music.

Kids Commute - Request Week! Wednesday

May 29, 2019

Welcome back to Request Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’re playing music chosen by our listeners. So far we’ve heard music from the films, “Godzilla,” and “The Lord of the Rings:  The Fellowship of the Ring.” Today’s request comes from Kids Commuter, Uma, who has chosen, "Einleitung", from “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” by German composer Richard Strauss.  Kate Botello will translate the title, give us some information about the composer, and the piece itself. We’ll also hear ways in which the musical theme has been used in popular culture.

Kids Commute - Request Week! Tuesday

May 28, 2019

Thanks for listening to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  It’s Request Week, and we’re listening to music chosen by you! Yesterday, Brendan selected music from the 1954 movie, “Godzilla.”  Today, Ruth requested, “The Breaking of the Fellowship” from “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” She says, “I chose this song because of the different themes and I really like the boys choir near the end.”  Those are some pretty good reasons, in our opinion. Once we hear the music, we’ll give you the first hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

Kids Commute - Request Week! Monday

May 27, 2019

It’s the last week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio, and we thought the best way to celebrate the end of the school year would be to put you in charge.  It’s Request Week!  All of the musical selections this week were chosen by you.  Some selections are from previous episodes and some are just great pieces of classical music.  Our first request comes from Brendan. If you’re a regular Kids Commute listener, you’ve probably heard his Kids Commute introduction a few times.  Brendan chose a piece of music from episode 234 from Monster Week.

Kids Commute - Randomizer Week! Friday

May 24, 2019

Happy Friday!  Welcome back to Randomizer Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’ve been highlighting pieces of great music that doesn’t fit into any particular theme, but are still super fun to listen to.  Be sure to look back and check out any episodes you may have missed. Today, we listen to a lighthearted version of a very serious (and very famous) musical work.  Kate will tell you all about the musical ensemble, The Swingle Singers, who have won five Grammy awards for their extensive body of work.

Kids Commute - Randomizer Week! Thursday

May 23, 2019

It’s another random day during Randomizer Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, the Kids Commute Randomizer Machine churned out five pieces of great music that don’t really fit into a weekly theme, but are still fun to listen to.  So far this week, we’ve listened to, “The Typewriter,” by Leroy Anderson, “Uh-Oh,” by P.D.Q. Bach, and “Ill Wind,” by musical comedy duo Flanders and Swann. Today, we get a little silly with modern things like video games, zombies, and tangos.

Kids Commute - Randomizer Week! Wednesday

May 22, 2019

We’re happy to have you back for another episode of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  It’s Randomizer Week, and that means that the Kids Commute Randomizer Machine has chosen five pieces of great music that have nothing to do with each other, but are still fun to listen to.  Today, we’re getting a little ill. Not in the sense that we’re getting sick, of course. “Ill Wind,” is a parody song based on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4.

Kids Commute - Randomizer Week! Monday

May 21, 2019

Welcome to Randomizer Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  As the Kids Commute team begins to wrap up this season, we thought it would be fun to highlight pieces that don’t fit into a weekly theme, but are still fun to listen to.  So we threw a bunch of ingredients into our Randomizer Machine, fired it up, and out came five great musical selections that have absolutely nothing to do with each other.  Today, we take a look back on an invention that at one time was absolutely essential for many people.  The typewriter!  Do you know what that is?

Kids Commute - Randomizer Week! Tuesday

May 21, 2019

It’s another random day in Randomizer Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  Our theme this week is that we have no theme! Only great music that is fun to listen to, but doesn’t quite fit into a weekly theme.  Yesterday, we listened to, “The Typewriter,” written by Leroy Anderson about a device that was once essential for many people, but has largely been replaced by computers.  Today, we go in an entirely different direction, and listen to, “Uh-Oh,” from “A Little Nightmare Music,” composed by P.D.Q. Bach, otherwise known as Peter Schickele. Mr.

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Friday

May 17, 2019

  TGIF!  It’s the final day of SATB Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  If you’ve listened all week, you know that SATB is the musical abbreviation for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass (also referred to as baritone).  Each day, we’ve heard musical selections that demonstrate how each of these vocal parts are used. Today, we get to hear how each of these parts weave together as we listen to “So You Want To Write a Fugue,” composed by the famous Glenn Gould.  After the music, we’ll reveal the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Thursday

May 16, 2019

Today, we’re getting down to the bottom of things as we decode the last letter of SATB Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.   So far, we’ve soared with Joan Sutherland as she sang, “The Doll Song,” by Jacques Offenbach. We’ve lamented with the altos as we listened to, “Alto’s Lament,” by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich.

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Wednesday

May 15, 2019

  We’re back to decode the next letter of the musical abbreviation, “SATB”.  You may already know what it stands for, but in case you don’t, we’ll give you all the answers during SATB Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  So far this week, we’ve decoded S and A. Today, guest host Lynne Church reveals what ‘T’ stands for before we listen to famous singer Luciano Pavarotti perform, “Una Furtiva Lagrima,” from the opera “L’Elisir D’Amore,” composed by Gaetano Donizetti.  Stick around after the music for the second hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Tuesday

May 14, 2019

  Welcome back to SATB Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  Do you know what SATB means? Each day this week, we’ll decode one of the letters in this musical abbreviation.  Yesterday, we found out what ‘S’ stands for and listened to “The Doll Song,” from the opera, “Tales of Hoffman,” composed by Jacques Offenbach.  Today, guest host Lynne Church decodes the letter ‘A’ before we hear a funny song written by Interlochen alumna Marcy Heisler. After hearing “Altos' Lament,” maybe we’ll all have a little more sympathy for the fact that altos rarely get to sing the melody.

Kids Commute - SATB Week! Monday

May 13, 2019

Welcome to a brand new week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  Do you know what SATB stands for? Tune in all week long and special guest Lynne Church, Interlochen Arts Academy voice instructor, decode it for you one letter at a time.  Today’s episode is brought to you by the letter ‘S’ as we listen to “The Doll Song,” composed by Jacques Offenbach for his opera, “Tales of Hoffman.” We’ll also introduce you this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet after the music.  Do you think you can guess the answer without any hints? If you can, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

Happy Friday!  Thanks for joining us for the conclusion of Carnival of the Animals on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  “Carnival of the Animals,” by Camille Saint-Saens was so big and so good, we had to break it up over two weeks.  Today we hear, “Finale,” where Saint-Saens parades all of the animals that we met during our zoological journey.  After the musical selection of the day, we’ll give you the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.  If you sent us the correct answer, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.  We hope you enjoyed “Carnival of the Animals,” on Kids Co

Welcome back to Carnival of the Animals Week, Part Two.  We’ve made it almost all the way through the suite of music by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.  We’re going to have a honking good time in today’s episode as we listen to “The Swan,” the second to last movement of the suite.  Once we’ve heard the music, we’ll give the final hint to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.  Of course, if you text us the correct answer, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.  We’re glad you’ve joined us for Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.

Thanks for joining us for the Wednesday episode of Carnival of the Animals Week, Part 2, on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  We’ve been exploring the zoological suite composed by Camille Saint-Saens.  It’s so big and so good, we had to break it up into two weeks’ worth of episodes to cover all the content.  Today is another two-in-one episode as we listen to “Pianists,” and “Fossils.”  Stick around after the music, and we’ll give the second hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.  If your answer is correct, we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.  Thanks for listening to Ki

We’re glad you’ve returned for another episode of Carnival of the Animals Week, Part 2, on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, host Kate Botello guides us through the second half of our journey through the Carnival of the Animals, by French composer Camille Saint-Saens.  Our musical highlight of the day is, “Aviary.”  Does the music sound like you’re surrounded by birds flying overhead?  Once we’ve heard the music, we’ll give the first hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.  Text us the correct answer, and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.  Thanks for joining

Welcome to Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  This suite of music composed by Camille Saint-Saens is so big, we had to break it up into two weeks.  In Carnival of the Animals week one, Leonard Bernstein was our musical guide.  Kids Commute host Kate Botello takes the reigns this week as we finish our journey through the carnival.  In today’s episode, we take a look at two short pieces within the suite, “Personages With Long Ears,” and “The Cuckoo in the Heart of the Woods.”  We highlight how Saint-Saens creates the “hee-haw” sound of a mule, and the

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Friday

May 3, 2019

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters!  We hope you’ve enjoyed Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’ve highlighted music composed about bikes as we celebrate a partnership with Norte, a Traverse City bicycling group.  We’ve heard all kinds of great music this week; rock music arranged for an orchestra, a song about a bicycle built for two, film music, and even a polka!  Today, we’re taking to the skies as we listen to “Bicycle Chase,” written by John Williams. This music was featured during a chase scene from director Stephen Spielberg’s 1982 film, “E.T.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Thursday

May 2, 2019

We’re cruising through Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, we’ve worked in tandem with Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, and we’re bringing you music composed about bicycles.  So far, we’ve heard an orchestral arrangement of Queen’s, “Bicycle Race,” the Elm City Four’s, “Daisy Bell,” and music composed to illustrate fictional character Pee-Wee Herman’s horror when he discovers his bike was stolen.  Today, we’ll listen to “Velocipede Polka,” written by Josef Strauss.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Wednesday

May 1, 2019

Thanks for joining us for day three of Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  We’re teaming up with Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, to bring you a community bike ride immediately followed by a Kids Commute Live concert at The Little Fleet.  Kids Commute is also supporting the event by highlighting compositions written for bicycles. Today, we listen to “Stolen Bike,” written by film composer Danny Elfman for the 1985 film, “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.”  Because of the special event this week, we’re skipping the Kids Commute Quizlet.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Tuesday

Apr 30, 2019

Thanks for coming back for day two of Bicycle Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  Kids Commute and Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, are working together to bring you a community bike ride followed by a Kids Commute Live concert at The Little Fleet immediately following the ride.  Since Norte is taking care of the bike ride, Kids Commute is taking care of the music. Yesterday, we heard an orchestral version of Queen’s “Bicycle Race.” Today, we’ll hear the famous bicycling song, “Daisy Bell,”  composed by Harry Dacre.

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