Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.
Zoltan Kodaly 4: The Kodaly Method
Zoltan Kodaly developed a method for teaching music. It is still used by teachers around the world today. Jill Trinka, who teaches the Kodaly Method, talks with Naomi Lewin.
Zoltan Kodaly 3: Classical Composers who Used Folk Music
Zoltan Kodaly was not the only composer to use folk tunes in the music he wrote. Here are some others.
Zoltan Kodaly 2: The Story of Hary Janos
Kodaly's opera Hary Janos is about a real person who told real whoppers - big, fat lies. If you listened to him, you'd think he defeated Napoleon's army all by himself.
Zoltan Kodaly 1: About Zoltan Kodaly
Zoltan Kodaly was born in a small town in Hungary. His father worked for the Hungarian railroad, so the family moved around a lot. This meant that as a kid, Zoltan heard folk music from many different parts of the country. When he grew up, Hungarian folk music became his passion. Kodaly spent a large part of his life collecting his native music, and teaching his countrymen about it.
Franz Liszt 5: What is a Rhapsody?
"Rhapsody" is an ancient word that means "songs stitched together". The Greeks used to write long poems in praise of their heroes, and then take bits and pieces of those poems and string them together for performance. In music, a rhapsody is a free-form piece that takes different tunes and strings them together.
Franz Liszt 4: Famous Pianist - Composers
In his day Franz Liszt was most famous as a pianist. So, were Mozart, Beethoven and a lot of other composers.
What a discovery!
I would also love to find topics regarding e.g. Carmen, the Flying Dutchman ...
I'm not a kid, but I found these short 6-minute podcasts perfect for getting acquainted with composers, music genres, and a bit of history without getting into too much detail and time commitment. You know you will never read a full biography of Brahms! This will give you an idea and a sense of the music to go along with it. The host and creator keeps it light and entertaining.