[f_minor] OT: Intro to Classical Music for a young lad ?

Anita Monroe rubatoatm at gmail.com
Tue Dec 6 18:56:41 PST 2011

Hi Pat,  I introduced hundreds of students to classical music.  I didn't
tell them what it was, just played it and sometimes had them figure out
"the beat".  They loved Beethoven's 5th.  It has great rhythm.  The second
movement can make anyone sway,even sitting at a desk.  I would just sit
with the kid, listen to good stuff and beat the rhythm, maybe with a little

Let me know how it goes.

I "taught" my own children to eat vegetables by telling them that broccoli
and asparagus were just for adults, and they were not to eat it, that it
was just too expensive for kids and not meant for them.  They kept sneaking
into the refrig to get little bites of both.  (-:


On Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 12:23 PM, Pat <pzumst at bluewin.ch> wrote:

>   Dear all
> I am fairly desperate, Amazon, Yahoo Answers and teh Internet in general
> have been useless so far, forgive the OT. Because you are such a nice and
> clever bunch of people I thought I’d ask you guys.
> I got a godson who is around 10, a bright and clever lad for his age who
> does not get fooled easily. He is about to get an mp3 player for chrissie
> and I intend to introduce him to (amongst other musical styles) Classical
> Music.
> I do firmly  believe that you can shape the musical taste and intellect of
> a child at this particular age. Of course he will decide what he likes best
> but suggesting new, cool and fun stuff is what Godfathers are for, right ?
> Problem is, I can’t find what I am looking for.
>  What I would really like to get apart from Peter and the Wolf, Carneval
> des animaux and dear old Lenny or Britten is something like this : Deutsche
> Grammophon i.e. has a series in german in which a little woodworm living in
> an opera house explains operas to the kids and young adults, but that is
> only in german. (Der Holzwurm in der Oper). I think DG also has a series in
> which composers are being introduced to the young ones, but also only in
> german.
>  Does anybody know if something like that exists in english ? Would also
> be  very nice to have summet for individual composers, musical styles and
> history, introduction to the instruments of a symphony orchestra etc . A
> sorta Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories but for Classical Music. Or The
> Glenn Gould Trilogy, but for kids.
> I must do everything in my power to prevent him from ending up listening
> to Rap, Taylor Swift or, Darwin forbid, Nickelback and Good Charlotte. Yuck
> !
> At present I am rather reluctant to hand over the GG GBs or Two and Three
> Part Inventions without any background info as much as I would like to.
> Would be a bit too much I reckon.
>  Any ideas or suggestions ?
> I am talking about giving the joy of classical music (music in general for
> that matter) to a new generation after all, or at least trying to. And if
> you think me a Fool go and ask your local school about music education.  If
> they stil have any, that is.
> Thank y’all in advance for some good advice.
> Pat
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