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One of my goals as a music teacher-turned-blogger is to make classical music super accessible for everyone. Great classical music doesn’t have to be intimidating or confusing, and YOU are fully capable of teaching your kids great music – even if you aren’t the slightest bit musical yourself.
Last week I introduced my January playlist to help you infuse your home with seasonal classical music, and today I’m starting a new Mini-Lesson Monday series to help you begin incorporating this great music into your day – in an accessible way.
THE SKATER’S WALTZ
French composer Émile Waldteufel’s The Skater’s Waltz was written in 1882 to capture the feel of a wintery day of ice skating. The melody has a swirling quality that is intended to evoke a skater circling the ice.
Don’t tell your kids anything about the music, just have it playing while you do other work. You can find the Spotify list here (track #1) or use this Youtube video:
Once your child is familiar with the music, have them do some musical sketching to see what they come up with.
When they are finished, tell them a bit about the piece and what the composer intended listeners to hear. Have them listen again. Any change in what comes to mind?
I hope the January playlist is filling your home with great music. I’ll be back later in the week with another lesson.