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Classical Music Resources

Meet Beethoven, study the science behind the instrument, and discover how classical music is anything but boring

Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson will introduce students to both conceptual and practical elements of classical ballet
Grade 5 Lesson
Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the brass family
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the percussion family
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students explore how pitch is altered based on the width and length of the string
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family
Article
A list of ten musical masterpieces to help inspire a love of the classics in your child
Article
The basics for a harmonious family outing
Article
What happens when a double date goes terribly wrong? Just ask Mozart!
Your Brain On Music
Putting the "sad" in sad songs
Field Guide
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a concert hall
Field Guide
Everything you need to know before you go to a symphonic, orchestral, or jazz concert performance
Connections
No matter how you say it or play it, music and language connect
Connections
An odd couple? No way. The connections between math and music add up
Connections
From the lab to the band room—find real-life examples of science concepts in music
Audio Slideshow
Part 1 of the Beethoven Rocks series: Get to know Classical music's biggest star
Audio Slideshow
Part 2 of the Beethoven Rocks series: The Riff Heard ‘Round the World
Audio Slideshow
Part 3 of the Beethoven Rocks series: The Pastoral
Audio Slideshow
Part 4 of the Beethoven Rocks series: Ode to Joy
Slideshow
Learn to identify the strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments that make up an orchestra
Flash Interactive
Explore the relationship between history and music with the pieces and activities from the Sounds Historic concert
Flash Interactive
Batter up! This multimedia exploration introduces students to the most enduring all-stars of the orchestra: the instruments
Flash Interactive
Dust off the cobwebs and warm up your imagtination to hear composers tell stories about supernatural creatures and events.
Audio Series
Follow the course of classical music in America from colonial times to the present in a series of NPR podcasts
Audio Series
Fragments of papyrus and stone provide clues to recreating music not heard in thousands of years
Audio Series
When it comes to creating music, composers like to push the limits. Get ready to hear how!
Audio Series
What does a hero sound like? Get ready to find out!
Audio Series
Without any words at all, music is a language that anyone can understand
Audio Series
We’re off on a Musical Tour of Europe, where composers were inspired to try their hand at pushing classical music to new limits
Video
These Bolivian musicians may practice classical music at home, but here they share their interpretation of traditional Bolivian music
Video
Conductor Emil de Cou leads an expedition to the Kennedy Center's grand Concert Hall
This Day in the Arts
January 07, 1924: George Gershwin begins work on “Rhapsody in Blue”
This Day in the Arts
January 21, 1941: Plácido Domingo is born in Madrid, Spain
This Day in the Arts
January 25, 1858: A royal couple popularizes the “wedding march”
This Day in the Arts
January 27, 1756: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is born in Salzburg, Austria
This Day in the Arts
February 09, 1867: Johann Strauss II debuts The Blue Danube waltz
This Day in the Arts
March 01, 1810: Frederick Chopin is born in Zelazowa Wola, Poland
This Day in the Arts
March 19, 1892: The Nutcracker premieres in theaters
This Day in the Arts
March 21, 1865: Johann Sebastian Bach is born in Eisenach, Germany
This Day in the Arts
April 19, 1836: Augustus Juilliard is born on a boat to America
This Day in the Arts
April 24, 1934: The pipeless organ is released to the public
This Day in the Arts
April 27, 1810: Beethoven composes Für Elise
This Day in the Arts
May 05, 1891: Carnegie Hall officially opens in New York City
This Day in the Arts
May 07, 1833 and 1840: Johannes Brahms is born in Hamburg, Germany; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is born in Votkinsk, Russia
This Day in the Arts
June 11, 1864: Richard Strauss is born in Munich, Germany
This Day in the Arts
June 17, 1882: Igor Stravinsky is born in Oranienbaum, Russia
This Day in the Arts
August 25, 1918: Leonard Bernstein is born in Lawrence, Massachusetts
This Day in the Arts
August 31, 1945: Itzhak Perlman is born in Tel Aviv, Israel
This Day in the Arts
September 05, 1912: John Cage is born in Los Angeles, California
This Day in the Arts
September 08, 1971: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors
This Day in the Arts
October 07, 1955: Yo-Yo Ma is born in Paris, France
This Day in the Arts
October 09, 1835: Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns is born in Paris, France
This Day in the Arts
October 10, 1813: Giuseppe Verdi is born in Le Roncole, Italy
This Day in the Arts
October 12, 1935: Luciano Pavarotti is born in Modena, Italy
This Day in the Arts
December 16, 1770: Beethoven is born in Bonn, Germany
This Day in the Arts
December 22, 1858: Giacomo Puccini is born in Lucca, Italy
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