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This post is part of a series designed to help get great classical music in your kids’ ears. I like to think of music seasonally, just like food. Sure you can eat a watermelon in January, but will it be good? The sense of waiting and rotating is part of what makes seasonal produce delicious. Music can be the same, which is why I encourage using these monthly playlists. A little infusion of new music each month keeps things fresh and lively. You enjoy it for a time, and then you enjoy moving on. Find the March playlist on Spotify HERE or use the Youtube links below.
The Four Seasons (Spring) // Vivaldi
When you live in the south, the transition from winter to spring is fuzzy at best. Nevertheless the real first day of spring falls in March. So, of course, the March playlist must kick off with the ultimate spring piece: Spring from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. I included Winter in the January list, and I can’t wait for your kids to hear Antonio’s ode to springtime.
Symphony #101 (The Clock) // Haydn
(Note: head to 8:25 in the linked video to get to the clock part.)
The Clock is a clever little piece from Joseph Haydn. Your kids will be able to hear how the music sounds like a ticking clock. I included this one to coincide with the switch to Daylight Savings time this month. (Also known as, the precise date at which it becomes impossible to get my kids to bed at a reasonable hour.)
Symphony #6 (Storm) // Beethoven
In honor of March roaring in like a lion, I’ve included Beethoven’s Storm from his Pastoral Symphony (also known as Symphony #6). Beethoven was a lover of nature, and he wrote the Pastoral Symphony to reflect it’s different facets. The Storm movement is great for kids because they can hear the difference between the storm and the sunshine.
Spring Song // Sibelius
Spring Song is another great piece for celebrating springtime’s arrival. There’s actually an incredible amount of classical music related to spring. So much that there will be several pieces included in the April and May playlists as well.
Mars from “The Planets” // Holst
Mars from Gustav Holst is a nod to the origin of this month’s name. The Planets is a collection of music based off, well, the planets. I love studying this music with my older students because they often already know a lot about outer space. They are naturally able to make fun connections between the music and the solar system.
Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring // Bach
Happy birthday Mr. Bach! The greatest of the greats has yet to appear on a monthly playlist, and his birthday is the perfect reason to include good Johann here. Born March 21, 1685, Johann Sebastian Bach is considered the pinnacle, the tippy-top, the top dog of all classical composers. If you don’t know a single thing about classical music, I bet you still know this piece.
Voices of Spring Waltz // Strauss
More spring music, this time a waltz. So much classical music was originally composed to give people dancing music. Not that different from today, when you think about it!
Turkish March // Mozart
Wink, wink. See what I did there? A March for March. This is another piece you will recognize, even if you don’t think you know classical music at all. This is Mozart’s first appearance on a playlist. We are diving into the big guns this month.
The William Tell Overture // Rossini
One of the most engaging pieces of classical music for children is Rossini’s William Tell Overture. It makes the list because of a significant historical event: it was the first piece of recorded music ever broadcast via radio, an event taking place on March 5, 1907. Pretty cool, huh? And Rossini himself was quite the character. At his height, he was basically the most famous musician on earth. He walked away from it all to become a foodie. For real.
Londonderry Air (Danny Boy) // Traditional
Finally, a little something for St. Patrick’s Day. There’s not much connection between Ireland and traditional classical music, but I couldn’t help but include this beautiful tune that has become so completely associated with the Land of the Leprechauns. It’s a gorgeous melody, and we will don our green and learn about it’s history this month.
Infuse your home with great music, my friends!