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! 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.

Kids Commute - Nutcracker B-Sides Week!

10 hours ago

Hi Kids Commuters - it’s Nutcracker B-Sides Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! The Nutcracker is one of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions. It’s performed in the winter because the story takes place around Christmas time. However, it’s so famous that we hear many of the “greatest hits” quite often. So the Kids Commute team thought it would be a good idea to play for you some of the music that’s not heard as frequently, but is still really good. We hope you enjoy this week’s selections.

Kids Commute - Elf Week!

Dec 6, 2019

Hi, Kids Commuters. Now is not the time to sit on a shelf. It’s ELF WEEK on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! People have been telling stories about elves for centuries, so we thought it would be fun to highlight some music inspired by elves. These creatures were first imagined in old German folklore, and since then, they’ve been useful characters in all kinds of stories. This week’s music features all kinds of elves: mystic, house elves, dancing elves, and silly elves.

Happy Holidays to Kids Commuters, kids, grown-ups and everyone in between!

Meet your IPR Kids Commute team in person on Sunday, December 8! We'll be in the lobby of Lars Hockstad Auditorium in Traverse City before and after the Traverse Symphony Orchestra's "Home for the Holidays" concert.

We'll give away Kids Commute swag, and you can record your voice to introduce our show!

Kids Commute - Food Week!

Nov 27, 2019

Gobble, gobble! Welcome to Food Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday, but we’ve chosen some quite delicious music to whet your appetite. We’ll hear music from the musical, “Oliver,” music about apples from the West Indies, and Vivaldi’s rarely played piece for two violins titled, “The Turkey.” Since it’s a holiday week, the Kids Commute team is feeling generous and skipping the Kids Commute Quizlet. But fear not, you can still win yourself a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

Welcome to another week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Monday and that means a new theme for the week, and that is not an unfortunate event - even though the story starts with an unfortunate event - the death of the composer!

Kids Commute - Veterans' Week!

Nov 13, 2019

Hello Kids Commuters; it’s Veterans' Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! All week long, we’re saluting the brave men and women that have served, or are currently serving in the American forces.

We’ll be highlighting the anthems of each branch of the United States military.

Kids Commute - Jeux d'Enfants Week!

Nov 8, 2019

We’re going to have some musical fun this week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Jeux d’Enfants Week! “Jeux d’Enfants”, French for “Child Games,” is a suite of music by French composer, Georges Bizet. Bizet wrote a total of twelve short pieces with a child’s toy as the subject. Bizet uses imaginative musical ideas to create the image of each toy within our minds.

It's Spooky Week on Kids Commute! Get ready for a week of weird and eerie music!
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Happy Halloween, Kids Commuters! We've got a whole week of spooky tunes coming your way - weird sounds of all shapes and sizes! Tune in to Classical IPR weekday mornings at 7:40, or listen any time at the links below.

We'll ask your our super-spooky Quizlet question on Friday!

Kids Commute - Villains Week!

Oct 25, 2019

Welcome back to another week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! This week we’re taking a look at the dark side...it’s Villains Week!

All week long, we’ll be listening to music that accompanied some pretty sinister characters ranging from the ancient Mephistopheles to futuristic villain, Darth Vader.

As always, we’ll have a quizlet ready for you, and if you text us the correct answer, you’ll win a Kids Commute Prize Pack!

Kids Commute - Banjo Week with Bela Fleck!

Oct 18, 2019

The Kids Commute team is very excited because our guest host for the week is banjo superstar, Bela Fleck.

We’ll hear about how he got started playing banjo, why he plays classical music, and what inspired him to write classical music for the banjo.

Plus, Bela gives our audience some advice on how to decide which instrument may be right for you to learn. All of that, plus you’ll hear fantastic music played by Bela. And don’t forget about the Kids Commute Quizlet.

Send us the correct answer, and we’ll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack.

Kids Commute - Circus Extravaganza Week!

Oct 11, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, kids of all ages - welcome to Circus Extravaganza Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!

Circuses have existed for thousands of years, and any big-time entertainment needs engaging music to accompany it.

All week long, we’ll listen to music written for and about circuses, clowns, and lion tamers.

Plus, we’ll let you know where we’ve hidden the answer to this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

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Kids Commute - William Tell Week!

Oct 4, 2019

Hey Kids Commuters - welcome to William Tell Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. 

We’re doing something a little bit different this week. We’re listening to a big piece of music in smaller parts, On Friday, we’ll listen to the whole thing.

The William Tell Overture is one of the most recognizable overtures in classical music. A portion of it was most famously used as the introduction to the radio and television program, “The Lone Ranger.” But there’s much more to the overture than just that famous section.

Kids Commute - Sibling Week!

Sep 26, 2019

“MOM! Suzie won’t stop looking at me!” “DAD! Johnny is picking his nose!” Welcome back to Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. It’s Sibling Week!

All week long, we’ll take a look at famous musical siblings. We have a pair of sisters, a sister and a brother, twin brothers, regular brothers, and a pair of brothers with a whole lot of sisters all contained in this very special week on Kids Commute. The Kids Commute team has found recordings by these outstanding musical artists.

Kids Commute Circus Extravaganza

Sep 18, 2019

FRIDAY, October 11 | 7:30 pm | Corson Auditorium

Join Kids Commute host Kate Botello and Interlochen Arts Academy students for an evening of music and family fun.  A program of circus-themed works will be performed by the Arts Academy Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr. Matthew Schlomer.  

Pre-show activities begin at 6:30 pm and will include concessions, stilt walkers, jugglers and magicians courtesy of Academy Theater students under the direction of Andrew McGinn and Traverse City Creative Movement.  

Kids Commute - Melody's Mostly Musical Week!

Sep 16, 2019

 We’re really excited about this week, because pianist Jenny Lin is our guest host. Jenny is an incredibly talented concert pianist who has all kinds of great accomplishments under her belt.

This week she’ll be talking about her children’s book “Melody’s Mostly Musical Day.” This is super cool because not only is it a great story with illustrations, but it has its own soundtrack, played by Jenny.

Kids Commute host Kate Botello sat down with Jenny to discuss the book and the music.

Kids Commute - Boulangerie Week!

Sep 13, 2019

With the start of the school year, the Kids Commute team thought it would be fun to introduce you to a teacher who has deeply influenced the course of music composition in the 20th century, Nadia Boulanger.

All week long we’ll hear music composed by Nadia Boulanger, and some of her most famous students, including Aaron Copland, Philip Glass and more.

Kids Commute - School Anthem Week!

Sep 6, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters! Welcome to a brand new season of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio! The Kids Commute team is excited about all the fun things we have planned for our third season.

We have some very special guest hosts, and recordings of the Kids Commute theme played by very talented artists. This season is packed with interesting information to get you excited to learn more about music. 

This Friday, August 16, join your Kids Commute team (Kate Botello and Tony Bero) at Friday Night Live in Traverse City! 

Kate and Tony will be handing out Kids Commute kazoos and giving lessons on how to play them! Think you already know? You might be surprised...

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.

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