A Letter to Educators
"Teach Arts as a spirit to be danced with, not a dragon to be slain."
- Classical Kids Creator & Originator, Susan Hammond
Welcome to the world of Classical Kids. As a music specialist and symphony educator, you will find a wealth of concrete activities in music, social studies, writing and other arts.
Classical Kids presents each composer in context, as part of a story rich in historical detail and vivid music. While all the facts about the period are true, a fictional child leads the audience into the composer's world. These stories are neither didactic nor reductionist in their language level and music quality. Children will expand fearlessly into any space we create for them. If we create small, condescending worlds, we create small, passive minds.
"The best way to unlock the heart and mind of a child to the wonders of musical masterpieces."
- New York Daily News
We respect your time and space and the limitations of available arts budgets, so included with the new Teaching Edition are digitized versions of our Teacher's Notes. These notes are designed to allow you to print and share with students and colleagues as you go. No need to fill valuable space with boxes of text and workbooks.
In terms of educational theory, these Notes support the Integrated Curriculum, Whole Language Learning, Enquiry-based Learning, and Visual Thinking Strategies. You will find practical suggestions for every level of general student and musician. Together, they develop long-term learning, multi-level thinking, memory, cooperation and time management.
This package also includes an exclusive Slideshow DVD, featuring hundreds of images from the composers' times. Feel free to share this valuable teaching resource as part of your educational outreach or community engagement program.
Enjoy your journey into the classical world!
"In combination with newly released Classical Kids Teaching Edition, Classical Kids Live! serves as one of the world's best educational outreach programs for promoting the long-term health of classical music."
- Classical Kids Music Education, NFP,