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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Hey Kids’ Commuters! Welcome back to Eighth Blackbird week. Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall are part of a music group called Eighth Blackbird. Today, we’ll continue delving into the music piece, “Thirteen Ways.”

 

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

 

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we are going to hang out with Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall. Lisa is the pianist, and Matthew is the percussionist for “Eighth Blackbird.” The music group is currently the artist-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy. All week we’ve been exploring a piece of music written expressly for Eighth Blackbird, called “Thirteen Ways.”

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

 


Kids' Commute Eighth Blackbird Week: Pantomime

Apr 7, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are going to hang out with Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall. Lisa is the pianist, and Matthew is the percussionist for “Eighth Blackbird.” The music group is currently the artist-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy. All throughout this week, they’re taking us through the different movements of the very first piece ever written for the group, called “Thirteen Ways.”

 


Kids' Commute Eighth Blackbird Week: Blinking eye

Apr 6, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are going to hang out with Lisa Kaplan and Matthew Duvall. Lisa and Matthew are members of a music group called “Eighth Blackbird,” which is the current artist-in-residence at Interlochen Arts Academy. What is an “artist-in-residence,” you ask? Well, it basically means that they stay on campus for a bit teaching workshops and collaborating with students. 

This week, they are going to be talking about “Thirteen Ways” which is a piece of music composed by their friend Thomas Albert, and written specially for “Eighth Blackbird.” 

 


Kids' Commute: spring break

Mar 30, 2015

Kids' Commute is on spring break this week!

If you still need your daily fix, this would be a great week to check out our archived episodes.

Hope you enjoy your time off school, and we'll talk to you next week. 

Hasta semana próxima!

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

To help us learn more about the Trumpet, we’re talking with Abigail Rowland, who is majoring in trumpet at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout the week, we’ll hear what a trumpet is, why Abigail chose to play it, and get to listen to some of her favorite trumpet music. One thing is clear, she loves her instrument, and she just might convince you to play the trumpet yourself!

 


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

To help us learn more about the Trumpet, we’re talking with Abigail Rowland, who is majoring in trumpet at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout the week, we’ll hear what a trumpet is, why Abigail chose to play it, and get to listen to some of her favorite trumpet music. One thing is clear, she loves her instrument, and she just might convince you to play the trumpet yourself!

 

Kids’ Commute Trumpet Week: Beautiful but fierce

Mar 25, 2015

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

To help us learn more about the Trumpet, we’re talking with Abigail Rowland, who is majoring in trumpet at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout the week, we’ll hear what a trumpet is, why Abigail chose to play it, and get to listen to some of her favorite trumpet music. One thing is clear, she loves her instrument, and she just might convince you to play the trumpet yourself!

 


Kids’ Commute Trumpet Week: Buzzing lips

Mar 24, 2015

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

To help us learn more about the Trumpet, we’re talking with Abigail Rowland, who is majoring in trumpet at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout the week, we’ll hear what a trumpet is, why Abigail chose to play it, and get to listen to some of her favorite trumpet music. One thing is clear, she loves her instrument, and she just might convince you to play the trumpet yourself!

 


Kids’ Commute Trumpet Week: Bright sound

Mar 23, 2015

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

To help us learn more about the Trumpet, we’re talking with Abigail Rowland, who is majoring in trumpet at Interlochen Arts Academy. Throughout the week, we’ll hear what a trumpet is, why Abigail chose to play it, and get to listen to some of her favorite trumpet music. One thing is clear, she loves her instrument, and she just might convince you to want to play the trumpet yourself!

 


Kids' Commute Young Voices: Bruce

Mar 20, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

So, are you ready to listen to some talented kids making some fun music? 

 


 

Kids' Commute Young Voices: Pigogo

Mar 19, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

So, are you ready to listen to some talented kids making some fun music? 

 


Kids' Commute Young Voices: Uberlebensgross

Mar 18, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

So, are you ready to listen to some talented kids making some fun music? 

 


Kids' Commute Young Voices: Chit-Chat Polka

Mar 17, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

So, are you ready to listen to some talented kids making some fun music? 


Kids' Commute Young Voices: Rikki Tikki Tavi

Mar 16, 2015

This week on Kids’ Commute, we are celebrating young voices from around the world! 

The music throughout the week will feature children’s choirs singing songs from different cultures and in different languages.

So, are you ready to listen to some talented kids making some fun music? 

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top

He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top

He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top
He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top

He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


This week on Kids’ Commute, we’re taking a trip back through the ages with music buff and Interlochen alumus, Michael Thurber! 

Michael is in town this week for his appearance on the NPR Show, From the Top. He’ll be collaborating with Interlochen students to debut his composition, “The Three Musketeers”. This week, Michael will take us through the past five centuries of classical music, focusing on five different composers. Are you ready to take a trip in the music history time machine? Strap yourself in, and let’s go!

 


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