30 episodes

The Music Box is an interactive music education podcast for kids, exploring fundamental music concepts through performing, responding and connecting. The current season is hosted by music educator Faith Murphy. Each episode gets listeners involved in making music! Short episodes are perfect for a car ride or just hanging out at home. Get printable lesson plans and ideas for extending the learning at musicboxpod.org. The Music Box is from Louisville Public Media and PRX, sponsored by PNC and also made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

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    • Education for Kids
    • 4.5, 67 Ratings

The Music Box is an interactive music education podcast for kids, exploring fundamental music concepts through performing, responding and connecting. The current season is hosted by music educator Faith Murphy. Each episode gets listeners involved in making music! Short episodes are perfect for a car ride or just hanging out at home. Get printable lesson plans and ideas for extending the learning at musicboxpod.org. The Music Box is from Louisville Public Media and PRX, sponsored by PNC and also made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

    Kandinsky Can: How Art and Music Collide

    Kandinsky Can: How Art and Music Collide

    Artists and musicians can inspire each other's work, even though they use different materials and techniques! We’ll learn about some of the ways that art and music intersects, and we’ll take a turn being inspired ourselves.

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    Featured musical excerpts:
    George Gershwin: An American in Paris, New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein
    Jane Ira Bloom: Jackson Pollack, from Chasing Paint: Jane Ira Bloom Meets Jackson Pollack
    John Cage: Sonata V, from Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano, performed by Giancarlo Cardini

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    National Standards incorporated:
    Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
    Understanding music in relation to history and culture

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    Additional resources:
    Wassily Kandinsky: 100 Famous Paintings Analysis and Biography
    Jackson Pollock: 100 Famous Paintings Analysis and Biography
    Pablo Picasso: 150 Famous Paintings, Bio & Quotes by Picasso
    A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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    • 10 min
    Who Plays What?

    Who Plays What?

    This is the final episode in our mini-series about songwriting: we’ll explore how instruments are used to tell stories in sound — most specifically, in movie soundtracks! You’ll be sure to hear a few familiar tunes here, and you’ll never watch movies the same way again.

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    Featured musical excerpts:
    John Williams: Star Wars Main Theme, from “Star Wars” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Hans Zimmer: …To Die For, from “The Lion King” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    John Williams: Hedwig’s Theme, from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Opetaia Foa’i, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Marc Mancina: We Know the Way, from “Moana” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Rachel Portman: Tino, from “A Dog’s Purpose” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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    National standards applied:
    Listening to, analyzing, and describing music*
    *Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
    Understanding music in relation to history and culture

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    Additional resources:

    “Tino” from A Dog’s Purpose
    10 film composers you should know -- besides John Williams
    Female composers are trying to break film’s sound barrier
    THE POWER OF MUSIC IN FILM - How music affects film
    Moana: On-set visit with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i & Mark Mancina

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    • 12 min
    Name the Place and Time

    Name the Place and Time

    This is the second of three episodes on songwriting. This week, we’ll learn about how songs help us celebrate special occasions (hint: it involves cake and candles) and also how songs can make us feel strong in the face of hard times. We’ll hear some examples about songs that bring people together, and we’ll write our own verse to a well-known call-and-response song.

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    Featured music:
    B.B. King: Why I Sing the Blues
    Aretha Franklin: A Change Is Gonna Come
    Pete Seeger & the Song Swappers: We Shall Not Be Moved

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    National standards incorporated:
    Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. 
    Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.
    Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.
    Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

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    Additional resources:
    Songwriting With Kids
    How To Teach Children to Write Songs
    Sing Me A Story - Songs and Stories for Kids in Need

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    Resources for discussing current events with your kids:

    Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations About Race and Racism (Anti-Defamation League)

    75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice (Medium)

    How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids (Common Sense Media)

    Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence With Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education)

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    • 12 min
    It's Rhyme Time

    It's Rhyme Time

    This is the first of a series of three episodes on songwriting. This week, we’ll learn about how rhyming words can help us tell a story. We’ll start with some songs you already know, and then we’ll write our own song!

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    Featured music:
    W.A. Mozart: Variations on “Ah vous dirais-je, Maman” (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)

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    National standards incorporated:
    Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music**
    **Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines

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    Additional resources:
    Songwriting With Kids
    How To Teach Children to Write Songs | Songwriting Tips
    Sing Me a Story - Stories and Songs for Kids in Need

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    • 10 min
    Hitting the Pause Button

    Hitting the Pause Button

    We had a new episode all ready to go for you, but it just doesn’t feel right in this moment. Listen in and we’ll tell you why we’re hitting pause this week. And we’ll be back with you next week with a new episode about how you can write your own songs.

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    Resources for discussing current events with your kids:

    Race Talk: Engaging Young People in Conversations About Race and Racism (Anti-Defamation League)

    75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice (Medium)

    How White Parents Can Use Media to Raise Anti-Racist Kids (Common Sense Media)

    Resources for Talking About Race, Racism, and Racialized Violence With Kids (Center for Racial Justice in Education)

    • 59 sec
    The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in Woodwind

    The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in Woodwind

    We’re wrapping up our roundup of the instrument families with the woodwind instruments this week! We’ll learn how they make sound (with some activities you can do at home) and even learn about a couple of surprise members of the family.

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    Featured musical excerpts:
    Bottle Boys: Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae Jepson cover on bottles)
    Corrente: Bartolome de Selma y Salaverde
    Bagpipe Master: Going Home played on bagpipes
    Roman Andrukhiv: Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder cover on accordion)

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    National Standards incorporated:
    Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
    Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
    Understanding music in relation to history and culture

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    Additional resources:
    How to make a reed for a woodwind instrument featuring Ms. Faith!
    BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Woodwind
    How To Turn A Carrot Into A Recorder

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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
67 Ratings

67 Ratings

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My children loved the rhythm episodes! Great work!

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A+!!

I was blown away by this delightful podcast. I listened to the entire episode before the kids even got home - they will love it!

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First of its kind

I haven't seen an educational podcast quite like this before where production includes students in classrooms and the curriculum is as extensive and is aimed at integrating multiple content areas.

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