11 episodes

A music appreciation podcast about the building blocks that make up your favorite sounds. Music Blocks explores how songwriters and composers use sound to express their emotions and share their experiences. Each episode runs about 5 minutes to fit easily into family time, classroom discussion or your podcast queue. Hosted by Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg, the show spans genres, cultures and eras to inspire listeners to explore music more deeply. Music Blocks was developed with middle and high schoolers in mind, but it's fun for listeners of any age.

Winner of the 2022 Best Podcast for Kids prize at The Ambies, aka The Awards for Excellence in Audio.

Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio with help from music educators.

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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

A music appreciation podcast about the building blocks that make up your favorite sounds. Music Blocks explores how songwriters and composers use sound to express their emotions and share their experiences. Each episode runs about 5 minutes to fit easily into family time, classroom discussion or your podcast queue. Hosted by Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg, the show spans genres, cultures and eras to inspire listeners to explore music more deeply. Music Blocks was developed with middle and high schoolers in mind, but it's fun for listeners of any age.

Winner of the 2022 Best Podcast for Kids prize at The Ambies, aka The Awards for Excellence in Audio.

Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio with help from music educators.

    In Season 2, Hear The Stories Of Our Lives

    In Season 2, Hear The Stories Of Our Lives

    Music Blocks, the podcast about the building blocks that make up your favorite sounds, returns Aug. 16 for a new series of fun sonic explorations!

    In Season 2, hosts Rebekah Romberg and Luis Antonio Perez explore how musicians help us tell The Stories of Our Lives. You’ll hear romantic melodies, inspirational lyrics and songs about the places we call home.

    Music Blocks is a music appreciation podcast that spans genres, cultures and decades. Developed with input from educators and students, each episode runs about 5 minutes to fit easily into family time or classroom instruction. Every “lesson” explores a different type of musical storytelling and is accompanied by a playlist and discussion questions to inspire more sonic exploration. We designed the show with middle schoolers and high schoolers in mind. But anyone can listen and enjoy.

    Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio’s Audio Innovations Studio. If you’re excited about the show, have questions or want to tell us about how you’re using Music Blocks, please drop us a line: Hello@MusicBlocksPodcast.org.

    • 2 min
    Happy (And You Know It!)

    Happy (And You Know It!)

    Happiness is one of the most basic human emotions and a feeling composers often express through music. But what makes a piece of music sound joyful? Hear how Pharrell Williams, Ludwig van Beethoven, Red Velvet, Prince Nico Mbarga and John Coltrane have conveyed happiness through their music.

    Stuff to think about after you’ve listened:


    What are some sounds that you associate with happiness?
    What are songs that you listen to when you are experiencing happiness? What made you choose these songs?


    Ready to explore more music about happiness? Check out our playlists on Spotify or Apple Music.

    This is one of eight Music Blocks episodes exploring how musicians express emotions through sound. You can listen in any order. Find more episodes, discussion questions and playlists at MusicBlocksPodcast.org.

    Tell us how you're using Music Blocks in the classroom or at home, or share your playlists and music creations inspired by the podcast! Email us: Hello@MusicBlocksPodcast.org

    Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    Hosts and Producers: Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg
    Editors: Jo Erickson and Dennis Funk
    Education Advisor: Carla Aguilar, Ph.D.
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner

    Thank you: Monika Vischer at CPR Classical, Bruce Trujillo and Willobee Carlan at Indie 102.3, Jodi Gersh, Kim Nguyen, Mia Rincón, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg, and all the teachers and students who shared feedback and attended virtual focus groups as we developed this podcast.

    • 6 min
    The Sound of Fear

    The Sound of Fear

    Fear is primal. It’s how we react to the unknown. And when composers and songwriters set out to make frightful music, it opens up a world of creative possibilities. We’ll hear vivid examples from John Williams, Modest Mussorgsky, John Carpenter, Christian Scott and The Shirelles.

    Stuff to think about after you’ve listened:


    What do you think is the best way to express fear in music?
    Which song in the episode was the most fearful to you?


    Ready to explore more frightful music? Check out our playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

    This is one of eight Music Blocks episodes exploring how musicians express emotions through sound. You can listen in any order. Find more episodes, discussion questions and playlists at MusicBlocksPodcast.org.

    Tell us how you're using Music Blocks in the classroom or at home, or share your playlists and music creations inspired by the podcast! Email us: Hello@MusicBlocksPodcast.org

    Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    Hosts and Producers: Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg
    Editors: Jo Erickson and Dennis Funk
    Education Advisor: Carla Aguilar, Ph.D.
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner

    Thank you: Monika Vischer at CPR Classical, Bruce Trujillo and Willobee Carlan at Indie 102.3, Jodi Gersh, Kim Nguyen, Mia Rincón, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg, and all the teachers and students who shared feedback and attended virtual focus groups as we developed this podcast.

    • 5 min
    Grrr... Feeling Angry

    Grrr... Feeling Angry

    Angry music can feel potent, like a release of pressure for a singer or a musician. So how do musicians express anger in creative ways? Check out some anger-inspired sounds from Fela Kuti, Alabama Shakes, The Clash, Netta and Coolio.


    Stuff to think about after you’ve listened:


    What is a style of music that you turn to when you are angry?
    What are some sounds that you associate with feeling angry?


    Ready to explore more angry songs? Check out our playlists on Spotify or Apple Music.

    This is one of eight Music Blocks episodes exploring how musicians express emotions through sound. You can listen in any order. Find more episodes, discussion questions and playlists at MusicBlocksPodcast.org.

    Tell us how you're using Music Blocks in the classroom or at home, or share your playlists and music creations inspired by the podcast! Email us: Hello@MusicBlocksPodcast.org

    Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    Hosts and Producers: Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg
    Editors: Jo Erickson and Dennis Funk
    Education Advisor: Carla Aguilar, Ph.D.
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner

    Thank you: Monika Vischer at CPR Classical, Bruce Trujillo and Willobee Carlan at Indie 102.3, Jodi Gersh, Kim Nguyen, Mia Rincón, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg, and all the teachers and students who shared feedback and attended virtual focus groups as we developed this podcast.

    • 5 min
    Sad, Sad Songs

    Sad, Sad Songs

    Grab a box of tissues. This episode of Music Blocks is about the powerful and inventive ways musicians take sadness and turn it into memorable music. We’ll hear examples from Four Tet, Charles Mingus, Samuel Barber, Joeboy, Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry.

    Stuff to think about after you’ve listened:


    Sometimes when we are sad, we want to feel that emotion. Are there songs that you play that help you to feel sad?
    Think about a person or an event that you want to write a sad song about. What kinds of sounds would you use?


    Ready to explore more sad sounds? Check out our playlists on Spotify or Apple Music.

    This is one of eight Music Blocks episodes exploring how musicians express emotions through sound. You can listen in any order. Find more episodes, discussion questions and playlists at MusicBlocksPodcast.org.

    Tell us how you're using Music Blocks in the classroom or at home, or share your playlists and music creations inspired by the podcast! Email us: Hello@MusicBlocksPodcast.org

    Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    Hosts and Producers: Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg
    Editors: Jo Erickson and Dennis Funk
    Education Advisor: Carla Aguilar, Ph.D.
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner

    Thank you: Monika Vischer at CPR Classical, Bruce Trujillo and Willobee Carlan at Indie 102.3, Jodi Gersh, Kim Nguyen, Mia Rincón, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg, and all the teachers and students who shared feedback and attended virtual focus groups as we developed this podcast.

    • 6 min
    Surprise!

    Surprise!

    Surprises can be wonderful or shocking, delightful or jarring. And when musicians find clever ways to surprise listeners, things get really interesting. Here’s a look at unpredictable music from Björk, Igor Stravinsky, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Claude Debussy and The Yoshida Brothers.

    Stuff to think about after you’ve listened:


    Which of the ideas of surprise in music that were featured in this episode do you want to listen to again?
    What are some ways to use sound that are surprising to you?


    Ready to explore more surprising sounds? Check out our playlists on Spotify or Apple Music.

    This is one of eight Music Blocks episodes exploring how musicians express emotions through sound. You can listen in any order. Find more episodes, discussion questions and playlists at MusicBlocksPodcast.org.

    Tell us how you're using Music Blocks in the classroom or at home, or share your playlists and music creations inspired by the podcast! Email us: Hello@MusicBlocksPodcast.org

    Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

    Hosts and Producers: Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg
    Editors: Jo Erickson and Dennis Funk
    Education Advisor: Carla Aguilar, Ph.D.
    Executive Producer: Brad Turner

    Thank you: Monika Vischer at CPR Classical, Bruce Trujillo and Willobee Carlan at Indie 102.3, Jodi Gersh, Kim Nguyen, Mia Rincón, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg, and all the teachers and students who shared feedback and attended virtual focus groups as we developed this podcast.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

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Amazing

This is so digestible and enjoyable. I love how short these are and you walk away with so much information.

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