43 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 atmusicboxpod.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
    • 4.4 • 91 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 atmusicboxpod.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.

    Global Explorations: Mountain Music

    Global Explorations: Mountain Music

    We’re going to the mountains today with musician Cari Norris, who teaches us about the traditional music of the Appalachian region. We’ll hear banjos and dulcimers, fun songs to sing along, and how this music can keep families connected.

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    Featured music:
    Hillary Klug & Jim Wood: Arkansas Traveler
    Hillary Klug: Fire on the Mountain
    Jean Ritchie: Killy Kranky
    Jean Ritchie: Shady Grove

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    • 13 min
    All Aboard the Tempo Train!

    All Aboard the Tempo Train!

    We’re using some of our favorite happy songs to power an imaginary train ride, with a lesson in fast and slow tempo. From grave to presto and everything in between, we’ll move our bodies to the beat.

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    Featured music:
    Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey: When You Believe
    John Lennon: Imagine
    Cast of The Wiz Live: Brand New Day
    Nat King Cole: Smile
    Katrina and the Waves: Walking on Sunshine
    Flo Rida: Good Feeling
    Eva Cassidy: People Get Ready
    Judy Garland & Barbra Streisand: Get Happy/Happy Days Are Here Again

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    • 11 min
    Global Explorations: Drumming from Ghana

    Global Explorations: Drumming from Ghana

    Continuing our explorations of music outside the European tradition with our guide Charles Amewudah, a native of Ghana and a drumming teacher. We’ll learn about the different kinds of percussion instruments used in Ghanaian music, and how drumming is part of life in Ghana.

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    Aseye Ensemble, the drum group led by Charles Amewudah

    More information on the Ewe drumming tradition, including images of the instruments

    A video of dancers with a drum ensemble from the Volta region of Ghana


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    • 12 min
    Global Explorations: Eastward Bound

    Global Explorations: Eastward Bound

    We're taking a (virtual) trip to different parts of the world and learning about music from different places! Today, we'll learn about music from Thailand and Iran with multi-instrumentalist and composer Jon Silpayamanant.

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    Born in Udon Thani, Thailand, Jon Silpayamanant is an intercultural multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music educator based in the greater Louisville area. As a biracial Thai American with musical families on both sides of the world, he has been navigating musical code switching and bimusicality for much of his life and uses that experience to inform his understanding of how music ecosystems interact, hybridize, and evolve into new styles and genres.

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    More information on the Saw U

    More information on the kamancheh

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    • 11 min
    Fairy Friend Feud

    Fairy Friend Feud

    Getting along with friends can be a challenge, but we've got the musical solution! We’re returning to the magical land of Arpeggio for today’s adventure. Sing along with the Three Fierce Fairies!

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    • 9 min
    Beat to the Future

    Beat to the Future

    It's a time-traveling musical adventure as we learn about beat and rhythm. We’ll put on a pair of magical boots that will help us save the future of music!

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    Featured music:
    Dancing in the Street - Martha Reeves and the Vandellas
    Stayin’ Alive - The Bee Gees
    The Power of Love - Huey Lewis and the News
    Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith
    I Gotta Feeling - Black Eyed Peas

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    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
91 Ratings

91 Ratings

KikiPfalz ,

So good!

Engaging episodes that are perfect for learning music concepts (especially during NTI)!

AnnieElizabeth11 ,

PERFECT for learning at home during covid

This is the best tool for parents and educators everywhere who are seeking to instill a love of music in their students! So fun and engaging!

Flautista211 ,

❤️

My children loved the rhythm episodes! Great work!

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