Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood: New App Makes Classical Music for Children Accessible

Introducing children to classical music is a passion of mine; thank you to MomSelect for sponsoring this post!

Classical Music For Children

Children have a naturally positive relationship to music.  From the first lullaby as an infant, children learn to associate music with comfort and ease.  As a former orchestral musician, my philosophy has always been to expose children to as many musical genres as possible, and let them find what resonates best with them.  I believe children have an innate love of classical music, especially if they are exposed to it early, but as they get older, other genres (ahem, KIDZ BOP) can drown out those earlier preferences.

Since classical music is important to me personally, and because of the wealth of research showing it to be beneficial to children’s learning outcomes, there are a few strategies I use to pipe more Bach, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky into my children’s lives.

Classical Music for Children:

5 Tips to Make it Accessible

  1. Meet children where they are.

Children love cartoons. There are many cartoons that do a wonderful job of seamlessly integrating beautiful music into the programming. Little Einsteins is a favorite of ours. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice is another classic.

2. Use technology

Peter and teh Wolf in Hollywood

Several new apps have recently come on the market that are geared towards music appreciation. Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is an absolutely GORGEOUS app (for iOS) that combines stunning visuals with the iconic music of Prokofiev and narration by Alice Cooper (yes, THAT Alice Cooper). My children and I adore this app! It really brings the music to life in a uniquely 21st century way.

3. Make music a part of everyday life

While I’m cooking I like to listen to Beethoven symphonies (or more typically, his Choral Fantasy which is 20 minutes long, and raucously gorgeous).   The kids are in and out of the kitchen, making the music a natural part of their day.

4. Let children pick the soundtrack

Streaming services like Amazon Prime and Spotify have a dizzying array of free classical music to listen to. I’ll pick a starting song that I know my kids love, like the 1812 Overture (who doesn’t love cannons?) and have them find similar pieces to listen to.

5. Tell them the stories behind the music

Many pieces have a compelling backstory.  Beethoven wrote his ninth symphony while completely and profoundly deaf.  The Baba Yaga piece from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is full of aural imagery, with a Slavic folktale to boot.

 

What is your favorite piece of music to share with children?

 

 

About:

Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is a revival of the classic Peter and the Wolf tale, set to music by Prokofiev, and brought to you by acclaimed production company, Giants Are Small. This version brings Peter to Hollywood to meet his hippie grandfather while bringing classical music elements to life. Peter, along with all of the characters in the movie book, are narrated and brought to life by Rock n’ Roll legend, Alice Cooper. Connect with Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood on Facebook and Twitter.

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