It’s October! Each month, I share a playlist you can use in your home or preschool with your children. We focus on special days or holidays unique to that month. I also like to feature a musician of the month. I like to mix it up between famous composers and musicians from pop culture.
This month, we say “happy birthday” to several musicians: Julie Andrews (October 1st), Chubby Checker (October 3rd), Francis Poulenc (October 7th), Lowell Mason (October 8th), John Lennon (October 9th), Luciano Pavarotti (October 12th), Paul Simon (October 13th), Angela Lansbury* (October 16th), Chuck Berry (October 18th), John Lithgow* (October 19th), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (October 27th) Franz Schubert (October 31st).
*Angela Lansbury and John Lithgow might be a bit surprising, but it gives you the chance to use Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Beauty and the Beast, and John Lithgow’s popular children’s books, like Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo.
Special Days in October
- Columbus Day (October 10th)
- Halloween (October 31st)
Suggested Playlist for October
- In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt), Edvard Grieg
- Danse Macabre, Camille Saint-Saens
- Night on Bald Mountain, Mussorgsky
- Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart
- The Magic Flute, Mozart
- My Favorite Things (The Sound of Music), Julie Andrews
- A Spoonful of Sugar (Mary Poppins), Julie Andrews
- Johnnie B. Goode, Chuck Berry
- The Twist, Chubby Checker
- Marche Militaire, Franz Schubert
How to do a listening lesson
If you have never done a listening lesson before, check out some of my previous lesson ideas (here’s September’s list). It’s really easy to incorporate listening into your day.
Here are some simple tips for getting started:
*play the piece you’ve selected a few times
- The first day, play the piece once, having your child just listen.
- The next listening, you can add background information on the music and the composer
- for the last listening, add an activity: a listening log/journal, coloring a picture as they listen
Hopefully, this gives you some fun ways to listen to music together during this month!
P. S check out the listening lesson I made to go along with In the Hall of the Mountain King