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 - we've studied Composers A to Z, Classical music from around the world, music about animals - everything you can think of! We've explored 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!

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Kids' Commute: Weird Instruments - Didgeridoo

May 8, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, get ready for some weirdness! From the Sackbut, to the Hurdy-Gurdy, to the Theremin, to the Didgeridoo, we’re going to have fun exploring some of the craziest and weirdest instruments on the planet! 

Are you ready to get “weirded out?!”

The didgeridoo is the oldest instrument we’ve highlighted this week. Native Australians called aborigines invented the didgeridoo over 1500 years ago. 

 


Kids' Commute: Weird Instruments - Theremin

May 7, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, get ready for some weirdness! From the Sackbut, to the Hurdy-Gurdy, to the Theremin, to the Celesta, we’re going to have fun exploring some of the craziest and weirdest instruments on the planet! 

Are you ready to get “weirded out?!”

The theremin is named after it’s inventor, Léon Theremin, who invented the instrument in 1928. Now as you can see from the picture above, the theremin doesn’t look like a musical instrument at all, but instead sort of looks like a radio. It’s a box, with dials, and a couple of antenna on the sides. 

 


Kids' Commute: Weird Instruments - Celesta

May 6, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, get ready for some weirdness! From the Sackbut, to the Hurdy-Gurdy, to the Theremin, to the Celesta, we’re going to have fun exploring some of the craziest and weirdest instruments on the planet! 

Are you ready to get “weirded out?!”

The celesta was invented in Paris in the late 1800’s, by a man named Auguste Mustel.
It comes from the French word “celeste,” which means “heavenly.” 

 

Kids' Commute: Weird Instruments - Hurdy-Gurdy

May 5, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, get ready for some weirdness! From the Sackbut, to the Hurdy-Gurdy, to the Theremin, we’re going to have fun exploring some of the craziest and weirdest instruments on the planet! 

Are you ready to get “weirded out?!”

The hurdy-gurdy is another very old instrument. It was popular during the Renaissance Period about 500 years ago. It is a crazy looking instrument! In a weird way, it’s kind of a combination between a fiddle, an accordion, and a music box.   

Did you know the hurdy-gurdy kind of sounds like a bagpipe. In fact, you can play any bagpipe music with a hurdy-gurdy because it sounds so similar.

 


Kids' Commute: Weird Instruments - Sackbut

May 5, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, get ready for some weirdness! From the Sackbut, to the Hurdy-Gurdy, to the Theremin, we’re going to have fun exploring some of the craziest and weirdest instruments on the planet! 

Are you ready to get “weirded out?!”

The sackbut is a very old form of a trombone. It’s so old, that it dates back to the 1400’s. Like a trombone, the sackbut has a slider, a long piece of metal that you push back and forth. This either shortens or extends the tubes of the instrument, thereby changing the pitch of the instrument. 


Kids' Commute: Trombone Friday with Brett Kelly

May 1, 2015

It’s all about the Trombone this week on Kids’ Commute! 

To help us learn more about the Trombone, we’re chatting with Brett Kelly. Brett is a trombone major at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout this week, we’ve heard some of his favorite music, talked about why he loves the instrument, and why he thinks you too, should consider playing the Trombone!

 


Kids' Commute: Trombone Thursday with Brett Kelly

Apr 30, 2015

It’s all about the Trombone this week on Kids’ Commute!

To help us learn more about the Trombone, we’re chatting with Brett Kelly. Brett is a trombone major at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout this week, he’ll hear some of his favorite music, talk about why he loves the instrument, and why he thinks you too, should consider playing the Trombone!


Kids' Commute: Trombone Wednesday with Brett Kelly

Apr 29, 2015

It’s all about the Trombone this week on Kids’ Commute! 

To help us learn more about the Trombone, we’re chatting with Brett Kelly. Brett is a trombone major at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout this week, he’ll hear some of his favorite music, talk about why he loves the instrument, and why he thinks you too, should consider playing the Trombone!

 


Kids' Commute: Trombone Tuesday with Brett Kelly

Apr 28, 2015

It’s all about the Trombone this week on Kids’ Commute! 

To help us learn more about the Trombone, we’re talking with Brett Kelly, a student at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout this week, we’ll hear some of Brett’s favorite music, why he loves the instrument, and why he thinks you too, should consider playing the Trombone!

 


Kids' Commute: Trombone Monday with Brett Kelly

Apr 27, 2015

It’s all about the Trombone this week on Kids’ Commute! 

To help us learn more about the Trombone, we’re talking with Brett Kelly, a student at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout this week, we’ll hear some of Brett’s favorite music, why he loves the instrument, and why he thinks you too, should consider playing the Trombone!

 


Kids' Commute - Spring has sprung: Strauss

Apr 24, 2015

Spring has sprung, this week on Kids’ Commute! We will be welcoming spring with the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Ástor Piazzolla, and Johann Strauss. All these composers wrote specific, spring themed compositions, celebrating one of our most beloved seasons of the year. Are you ready to “spring” into spring?!

 

 

Kids' Commute - Spring has sprung: Piazzolla

Apr 23, 2015
Spring has sprung this week on Kids' Commute!
Carpe Diem Photography

Spring has sprung, this week on Kids’ Commute! We will be welcoming spring with the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Ástor Piazzolla, and Johann Strauss. All these composers wrote specific, spring themed compositions, celebrating one of our most beloved seasons of the year. Are you ready to “spring” into spring?!

 


Kids' Commute - Spring has sprung: Vivaldi part III

Apr 22, 2015

Spring has sprung, this week on Kids’ Commute! We will be welcoming spring with the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Ástor Piazzolla, and Johann Strauss. All these composers wrote specific, spring themed compositions, celebrating one of our most beloved seasons of the year. Are you ready to “spring” into spring?!

Antonio Vivaldi is most famous for writing “The Four Seasons,” a collection of four violin concertos representing each season of the year. He wrote this music way back in 1725.

 


Kids' Commute - Spring has sprung: Vivaldi part II

Apr 21, 2015
Spring has sprung this week on Kids' Commute!
Carpe Diem Photography

Spring has sprung, this week on Kids’ Commute! We will be welcoming spring with the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Ástor Piazzolla, and Johann Strauss. All these composers wrote specific, spring themed compositions, celebrating one of our most beloved seasons of the year.

Are you ready to “spring” into spring?!

Antonio Vivaldi is most famous for writing “The Four Seasons,” a collection of four violin concertos representing each season of the year. He wrote this music way back in 1725.

 

Kids' Commute - Spring has sprung: Vivaldi part I

Apr 20, 2015

Spring has sprung, this week on Kids’ Commute! We will be welcoming spring with the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Ástor Piazzolla, and Johann Strauss. All these composers wrote specific, spring themed compositions, celebrating one of our most beloved seasons of the year. Are you ready to “spring” into spring?!

 

Antonio Vivaldi is most famous for writing “The Four Seasons,” a collection of four violin concertos representing each season of the year. He wrote this music way back in 1725.

 


Kids' Commute Rossini Overture Week: William Tell

Apr 17, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are exploring the overtures of Gioachino Rossini! 

The Italian composer wrote some famous operas, sacred music, chamber music, songs, and other instrumental and piano pieces. Now just to remind you, the an overture is the first thing you hear before an opera, for instance. It gives you the musical sense of what you’re about to hear, often containing little themes from the music in the main opera. 

 

Kids' Commute Rossini Overture Week: La Cenerentola

Apr 16, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are exploring the overtures of Gioachino Rossini! 

The Italian composer wrote some famous operas, sacred music, chamber music, songs, and other instrumental and piano pieces. Now just to remind you, the an overture is the first thing you hear before an opera, for instance. It gives you the musical sense of what you’re about to hear, often containing little themes from the music in the main opera. 

 

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are going to explore the overtures of Gioachino Rossini! 

The Italian composer wrote some famous operas, sacred music, chamber music, songs, and other instrumental and piano pieces. Now just to remind you, the an overture is the first thing you hear before an opera, for instance. It gives you the musical sense of what you’re about to hear, often containing little themes from the music in the main opera. 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we are going to explore the overtures of Gioachino Rossini! 

The Italian composer wrote some famous operas, sacred music, chamber music, songs, and other instrumental and piano pieces. Now just to remind you, the an overture is the first thing you hear before an opera, for instance. It gives you the musical sense of what you’re about to hear, often containing little themes about what you’ll hear in the main opera. 


Kids' Commute Eighth Blackbird Week: Glass equipage

Apr 10, 2015

Welcome back, Kids’ Commuters. Today is the final day of Eighth Blackbird week. Eighth Blackbird is the artist-in residence at Interlochen Arts Academy, teaching workshops and collaborating with the students. All week, they’ve been taking us through the piece of music composed especially for their group, called “Thirteen Ways.” Ready for the final day?

 

The focus of today’s episode is on the eleventh movement.

 

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