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.

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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.

Kids Commute - Bicycle Week! Monday

Apr 29, 2019

  Welcome to a new free-wheeling week of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  It’s Bicycle Week! Kids Commute is partnering with Traverse City bicycling group, Norte, for a community bike ride followed by a Kids Commute Live concert at the Little Fleet.  Make sure you listen for more details about the event. To support this partnership, Kids Commute will be playing some great music centered around bikes. If you’re a regular Kids Commuter, you’ve heard us say that classical music isn’t too fancy or out of reach.  It’s just music! Our musical selection of the day is a great example.

Happy Friday, Kids Commuters!  All week long we’ve been listening to highlights from “Carnival of the Animals” by French composer, Camille Saint-Saens with Leonard Bernstein as our tour guide.  If you’re bummed that this is the last episode, don’t worry - this musical suite is so big, we had to cover it over two separate weeks, so there’s a second part coming up in the near future.  So far, we’ve heard a royal march for the king of the jungle, and we’ve slow-danced the can-can with tortoises, plus heard music composed for elephants, chickens, and donkeys.

  We hope you’re enjoying Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’re enjoying highlights from the musical suite composed by Camille Saint-Saens. This suite is so big and enjoyable, the Kids Commute team is going to break it up into two weeks, so be sure to keep listening for more zoological exploration in the near future.

Welcome back to our musical journey through the zoo in Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This musical suite composed by Camille Saint-Saens is so big, we have to break it up into two weeks. Our guest host is Leonard Bernstein who give fantastic descriptions of each musical suite.  The musical selection of the day is “Tortoises.” “Can-can” you imagine a tortoise dancing the Can-Can? Camille Saint-Saens did! He pokes fun at the slow-moving amphibian by slowing down the music to a tortoise’s pace.

  Welcome to the second day of Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Classical IPR.  This week is the first of a two part presentation of French composer Camille Saint-Saens musical suite, “Carnival of the Animals.”  Leonard Bernstein is our guest host this week as we highlight the movements in this suite of whimsical compositions. Today is “two for Tuesday”, as we listen to “Hens and Roosters,” immediately followed by “Wild Donkeys.”  After the music we’ll give you the first hint for this week’s Kids Commute Quizlet.

  Hi Kids Commuters!  Thanks for joining us for Carnival of the Animals Week on Kids Commute from Classical IPR.  “Carnival of the Animals” is a fourteen movement musical suite by French composer, Camille Saint-Saens.  Meant to be humorous and fun, “Carnival of the Animals” is a big enough suite that we’re going to present it over two separate weeks.

Kids Commute - Bernstein Week! Thursday

Apr 18, 2019

Hi Kids Commuters!  We're glad you're back for another episode of Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  It's Bernstein Week, and that means we're learning about the life and career of famous American conductor and composer, Leonard Bernstein.  We've heard selections from his most famous composition, "West Side Story," and "Candide."  Yesterday, we learned what inspired him to write a song cycle with the title, "I Hate Music."   Today, we get a little more serious with the musical selection.  "The Lark" was a play written about Joan of Arc.  Leonard Bernstein was commissioned to write

Kids Commute - Bernstein Week! Wednesday

Apr 17, 2019

Welcome back to Bernstein Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  This week, we're exploring the career and compositions of American conductor Leonard Bernstein.  So far we've learned about his early career as a young conductor.  Today we discuss his ability to effortlessly connect with people, especially young people.  We'll also find out why his roommate hated music, inspiring him to write a cycle of five songs written from a young person's perspective titled, "I Hate Music."  Stick around after the music for another hint for this week's Kids Commute Quizlet.  Of course, if y

Hey Kids Commuters! Welcome to Day Two of Bernstein Week on IPR's Kids Commute! This week, we're looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein - beloved 20th century composer, conductor and educator.

Today, we'll hear some jolly-sounding wickedness from Bernstein's 1956 operetta "Candide" - based on the philosophical novel by the French author Voltaire. The dastardly Governor of Buenos Aires, Argentina sends Candide off on a voyage - on a leaky boat!


Hi Kids Commuters! Welcome to "Bernstein Week" on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio. This week, we’re looking at the life and career of Leonard Bernstein, one of the most popular conductors of the 20th century. His expressive conducting style, his love for music education, and his ability to connect with people made Bernstein a household name.


Kids Commute - Carmina Burana Week! Friday

Apr 12, 2019

Happy Friday!  We’re glad you’ve come back to hear the conclusion of Carmina Burana Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio.  All week long, we’ve explored highlights from German composer, Carl Orff. Special guest Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been giving us insights into Orff’s famous oratorio.   Today’s selection is a rousing a jolly piece that highlights the brass section of the orchestra. “Were All The World Mine,” has a prominent rhythmic motif that is similar to the later composition “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” used in the 1968 film.

Kids Commute - Carmina Burana Week! Thursday

Apr 11, 2019

Welcome back to Carmina Burana Week on Kids Commute from Interlochen Public Radio!  Special guest Kevin Rhodes, conductor of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, has been guiding us through highlights of German composer Carl Orff’s famous oratorio, “Carmina Burana”.  Today, we hang out in a tavern, enjoying “endless recess,” as Mr. Rhodes describes it. Enjoy the boisterous “In the Tavern,” by Carl Orff!

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