Yikes, summer got away from me! I realized I never did a playlist for the month of August! So as summer is quickly coming to a close, I decided to get a head start on sharing my September listening lessons playlist. This month, we’ll go through a couple (or maybe even one, if it’s anything like July) pieces from our playlist. Did you know that September is classical music month?? What a great excuse to dedicate some time to listen to some hits from the great composers!
Before we get started, if you’re just now visiting my site, each month, I share a playlist filled with music suggestions for listening lessons. You can use the playlists in your own home with your children, in a daycare or preschool setting, if you homeschool, or even if you are a teacher in the classroom. This is my second year creating the playlists, so you’re welcome to check out last year’s, as well as this year’s (minus the month of August, of course!).
One more thing before we get started. If you’re not sure how to do a listening lesson, be sure to check out this post. I’ve also created a printable you can download to help you as we go!
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 (Monday, September 4th) – celebrated on the first Monday of September
- Grandparents’ day (Sunday, September 10th) – a national holiday in the U.S since 1978 celebrating grandparents
- Patriot Day (Monday, September 11th) – a day of remembrance for the events of 9/11, 2001.
- Autumnal Equinox ( Friday, September 22nd) – the beginning of fall
Suggested Playlist for September
- Chaconne in F Minor, Johann Pachelbel
- Piano Trio in G Minor (Op. 7), Clara Schumann
- The Planets, Gustav Holst
- Summertime, George Gershwin
- Autumn (The Four Seasons), Vivaldi
- Someone to Watch Over Me, George Gershwin
- America, The Beautiful
- Adagio for Strings, Samuel Barber
- First Suite for Military Band in E flat, Gustav Holst
- Album for the Young, Pyotr Tchaikovsky
*Note: Usually I like to include a mixture of classical music and more modern selections, but I decided to keep this month’s playlist more traditional, as September is the official Classical Music Month. But, since it is September, a fun bonus song would be September by Earth, Wind and Fire.
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! Happy September!