September is here! 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 a few musicians: Johann Pachelbel (September 1st), Antonin Dvorak (September 8th), Clara Schumann (September 13th), Gustav Holst (September 21st), and George Gershwin (September 26th).
Special Days in September (labor day, grandparents’ day, start of fall)
- Labor Day (Monday, September 5th) – a public holiday dedicated to the contributions of the American worker, celebrated on the first Monday of September
- Grandparents’ day (Sunday, September 11th) – a national holiday in the U.S since 1978 celebrating grandparents
- Patriot Day (Sunday, September 11th) – a day of remembrance for the events of 9/11, 2001.
- Autumnal Equinox (Thursday, September 22nd) – the beginning of fall
Suggested Playlist for September
- Canon in D, Johann Pachelbel
- Piano Concerto in A Minor (Op. 7), Clara Schumann
- The Planets, Gustav Holst
- Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin
- Autumn (The Four Seasons), Vivaldi
- I Got Rhythm, George Gershwin
- America, The Beautiful
- This Land is Your Land
- St. Paul’s Suite, Gustav Holst
- The Hunt (The Seasons), Pyotr Tchaikovsky
How to do a listening lesson
If you have never done a listening lesson before, check out some of my previous lesson ideas. 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!