It’s hard to believe it’s already the month of October! This month is one of my favorites, as far as classical music is concerned. There is so much wonderful music to use around this time of year!
Check out some of this month’s birthdays:
Julie Andrews (October 1st), Francis Poulenc (October 7th), John Lennon (October 9th), Luciano Pavarotti (October 12th), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, (October 27th)
Even though his birthday is not in October, I have featured Bach as my composer of the month for October in the past. At school, we called it Bach-tober. We learned about Bach throughout the month, and heard many different works by him. At the end of the month, we listened to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, which is perfect for Halloween.
Special Days in October
- Columbus Day (October 9th)
- Halloween (October 31st)
Suggested Playlist for October
- In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt), Edvard Grieg
- Danse Macabre, Camille Saint-Saens
- Purple People Eater, Sheb Wooley
- Night on Bald Mountain, Mussorgsky
- The Magic Flute, Mozart
- Love Potion Number 9, The Searchers
- The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Paul Dukas
- Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, J. S. Bach
- October, Eric Whitacre
- Monster Mash, Bobby Pickett
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:
*You will 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
If you’re not sure what kinds of activities you could add for step 3, here are some possible activities:
- bring out your music time basket! Fill it with small instruments (like egg shakers), puppets, stuffed animals, scarves, and bean bags
- retell the music- put on a puppet show to tell the story of the music.
- dance to the music-see what moves they come up with on their own! You can add scarves or bean bags to mix it up.
Hopefully, this gives you some fun ways to listen to music together during this month!