Introducing Your Children to Classical Music By Marcia Washburn
Music is one of those subjects we all feel guilty about.
“I really ought to expose my children to great music,” we tell ourselves. We know that
music gives us opportunities to express our emotions and draws us together socially. And we remember the Scriptural commands to make music.
Martin Luther wrote, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.”
Music touches us in every area of our lives
body, soul, mind, and spirit. Nothing has quite the same power over us, other than the Holy Spirit Himself. It is a gift that we can take to Heaven with us.
But that niggling little voice inside reminds us, “But you don’t know anything about music,” or “We just don’t have the money to buy a bunch of CDs,” or “My kids won’t like classical music anyway, so why bother?” And of course there is the time objection: “I have so many
other subjects to teach
—how can I fit in music, too?”
What if you could use the Internet to teach music? No expensive CDs or concert tickets to buy
just your trusty computer and the world of classical music is opened to you. Below is a sample lesson for you and your family to enjoy. There are several optional activities so it will likely interest even your least musically-inclined child.
Some children will enjoy hearing stories about the composer’s life. Others
will be fascinated by the science behind how the music is performed. The computer-lovers in your family will enjoy the bar graph version of the music.
Let’s get started on your ready
-made introduction to classical music.
TIP: Don’t try to do all of the activities below; choose those of interest and spread them out
over several days.
Capture Their Interest
Have you heard this music before? Where?
What does it make you think about? Encourage the use of vivid adjectives and even stories.
What instrument is the man playing? How is the sound made?
The pipe organ’s sound comes from air passing through a collection of pipes of various
lengths. Before the harnessing of electricity, air had to be pushed into the pipes by hand- or foot-operated bellows. A young boy was often given the job of pumping the bellows for the organist during rehearsals and church services.