Kids Commute: Back to School Week!

Sep 5, 2017

Kids Commute 2017 - Week One - Back to School!

Congratulations on your new school year, and welcome back to IPR's Kids Commute! Tune in to Classical IPR this morning at 7:40, or listen any time at the link below!

This week is "Back to School Week," on the Kids Commute.

EPISODE FOUR (Friday, September 8, 2017)

Today, we'll hear some music by composer John Williams from his score to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - meet Hagrid the Professor!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


Music can have a big effect on how you view a movie scene. Listen for the music we heard on today's program in the clip below. What do you think the music tells us about how Hagrid feels about teaching in this scene?

That's it for "Back to School Week," on the Kids Commute. Next week... Mermaids!!!

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EPISODE THREE (Thursday, September 7, 2017)

Today, we'll hear the "School Room Suite," by composer Leroy Shields, who wrote some delightful tunes to go with the 1930's short films, "The Little Rascals."

Here's today's Kids Commute:

See and hear some of this great music in action! Here's School's Out, a classic Little Rascals film. The kids adore their teacher Miss Crabtree, but they're afraid she's going to get married and leave them, so they do whatever they can to keep that from happening. If you enjoy The Little Rascals as much as your parents and grandparents did, there are lots more of these to find online!

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EPISODE TWO (Wednesday, September 6, 2017)

Today, we'll meet the three silliest schoolgirls in Ancient Japan - at least according to British composers William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan!

Here's today's Kids Commute:

Click "play" above, to listen.  Scroll down for a video of our Little Maids - or, if you're up for it, a full version of The Mikado!

Think you know the answer to our Quizlet? Text the answer with your name and address to: 231-237-7482. If you get it right, we'll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack!

Here are our Three Little Maids in action, from Topsy Turvy, a movie about composers Gilbert & Sullivan:

If you'd like to see an entire production of The Mikado, here's one from the D'oyly Carte Company (Gilbert & Sullivan's original troupe) done in 1992.
 

Have a question or a comment for us? Leave it in the comments section at the bottom of this page! Want to hear your voice on Kids Commute? Click here to learn how!

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EPISODE ONE (Tuesday, September 5, 2017)

Today, we'll hear some of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's 12 Variations on "Ah vous dirae-je maman." You may think you don't know this piece of music - but we're willing to bet you do!

Here's today's Kids Commute:


We didn't have time to include all twelve variations in our program today, but you can hear them all in this recording featuring pianist Jeno Jando:

Think you know the answer to this week's Quizlet? Text us your answer with your name and address to: 231-237-7482. If you get it right, we'll send you a Kids Commute Prize Pack!

We'd love to hear from you! Leave us a question or comment in the "comments" section at the bottom of this page!