The month of October brings the beginning of fall. The air is colder, leaves are falling, pumpkins are everywhere, and many children are getting ready for Halloween or other harvest festivities.
Here are my top 5 picks for Classical music pieces to experience with your children this month:
1. Dance Macabre– this song has a very mysterious sound. It could be spooky, or just mysterious, depending on your interpretation.
2. Peer Gynt– this one is a favorite with children. It is usually a familiar tune to children. The main theme is very catchy, and they get very into it, as it gets louder and faster. There are many children’s versions of the story of Peer Gynt that would go along with the recording. Check out this post I did for more activities to use with this piece: Peer Gynt listening activities
3. Autumn, Four Seasons (Vivaldi)-this piece is very light-hearted. It uses the music to capture the season of autumn. This piece is great for talking about the changes the season of autumn brings, and then listening for those things in the music.
4. Fossils, Carnival of the Animals (Saint-Saens)-The Carnival of the Animals is always a big hit with children. Fossils was one of my students’ favorites because of the way the xylophone sounded like bones. The music does not sound scary. It is very lively. Here is a fun listening lesson I found on teachers pay teachers to go along with Fossils.
5. Toccata and Fugue in D minor , Bach- this well-known organ piece is very popular around Halloween. Many children are not familiar with the sounds of the organ, and this is a great introduction for them. It has been featured in tv shows and movies. Here is a coloring page (listening glyph) to go along with it from teachers pay teachers.
Hopefully, you are able to use some of these suggestions with your little ones. I’d love to hear what other suggestions or activities you have!