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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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    • Kids & Family
    • 4.4 • 112 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.

    Meter: The Musical!

    Meter: The Musical!

    This episode is an extra special musical journey that explores the world of time signatures, also known as meter. We're calling it "Meter: The Musical," which features original music from host Faith Murphy and Kiana Del, WUOL's engagement manager for music education. In the musical, two kids find a magical music box that transports them to Meter World, where they learn about different genres of music and try to find where they really belong.

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    Meter: The Musical! Music and lyrics by Faith Murphy and Kiana Del; book by Faith Murphy
    Special thanks to our guest musicians: Noah Barker, Trevin Little, Jailynn Lake-Noel, Fiona Palenski, and Stephen Murphy
    Recording and mixing engineer: Eric Matthews

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    • 23 min
    Fascinating Rhythm

    Fascinating Rhythm

    We'll look at rhythm patterns in music and how they can change the sound of a song. You’ll learn about the different ways you could fill up a measure, and how rhythm adds texture and excitement to music!

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    • 14 min
    Practice Makes Perfect

    Practice Makes Perfect

    It's another visit to the magical land of Arpeggio, as the inhabitants learn what repetition and practice really mean.

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    • 13 min
    Time Traveling with America's Black Composers - Part Two

    Time Traveling with America's Black Composers - Part Two

    The second part of our feature on Black American composers features more time-traveling fun with Miss Kiana! Bring your dancing shoes and your listening ears.

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    Featured music:
    Duke Ellington: Things Ain’t What They Used to Be
    Duke Ellington: Come Sunday, performed by Mahalia Jackson
    Sam Cooke: A Change Is Gonna Come
    Valerie Coleman: Red Clay and Mississippi Delta, performed by Imani Winds
    Valerie Coleman: Umoja, performed by Imani Winds

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    • 10 min
    Time Traveling with America's Black Composers - Part One

    Time Traveling with America's Black Composers - Part One

    We’re going on a musical journey with Miss Kiana this week, traveling through time to meet some of America’s Black composers! Bring your dancing shoes and your listening ears.

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    Featured music:
    Florence Price: Symphony in E minor, performed by the Fort Smith Symphony
    Margaret Bonds: Bright Star, performed by Lara Downes
    Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water, performed by Joel Fan
    Margaret Bonds: The Ballad of the Brown King, performed by the Dessoff Choirs

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    • 10 min
    Tone It Up

    Tone It Up

    What does “tone color” mean in music? Isn't color something that you SEE? We'll dive into tone color and timbre today, using examples from pop, jazz, and classical music.

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    Featured music:
    Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Girl from Ipanema
    Frank Sinatra: The Girl from Ipanema
    Amy Winehouse: The Girl from Ipanema
    Dizzy Gillespie: No More Blues
    Carmen McRae: No More Blues
    Chet Baker: I Talk to the Trees
    Vitamin String Quartet: Fake Plastic Trees
    Red Pants Trio: Hot Cross Buns
    Scott Bradlee: Bohemian Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin/Queen Mashup)

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    • 14 min

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