Tuning In

Welcome to Season 3 of The Music Box! Today’s episode will help us learn how music makes us feel. From silly to sad, from angry to energetic, we’ll discover the tools and tricks that composers use to affect our emotions. *** Featured musical excerpts: The Washington Post March - John Philip Sousa In the Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg Russian Sailors’ Dance - Reinhold Gliere Happy - Pharrell Williams Hakuna Matata - The Lion King soundtrack Poor Unfortunate Souls - The Little Mermaid soundtrack Nocturne No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 9 No.2 - Frederic Chopin *** National Standards incorporated: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music Evaluating music and music performances *** Additional Resources: YouTube: Green Eggs and Ham: A Dramatic Reading by Ms. Faith, featuring the music of Edvard Grieg YouTube: Class Notes: A Recipe for Emotion in Music *** Please consider supporting our work with a donation!

Education for Kids
Published: April 23, 2020, 11 a.m.

The Music Box is back for Season 3!

Introducing our new host, Faith Murphy! Season 3 starts on April 23.

Education for Kids
Published: April 15, 2020, 8:31 p.m.

Rhythms, Names, and Nonsense

We'll explore the rhythms of our own names, and the special nonsense sounds we use sometimes to speak rhythms aloud. This is the final of three episodes about rhythm; this one is mainly for 4th and 5th graders, but even little ones have fun with the silly syllables. Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Hazelwood Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Kiara Watts and everyone at Hazelwood for hosting us. Music credits: Amber Citrine - Sarah the Illstrumentalist Money Loving - Water Mirrors The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Nov. 21, 2019, noon

Find Your Rhythm!

Rhythm patterns coming at you again this week -- and this time we'll try putting different rhythms on top of each other to make a BIG pattern! We'll use the length of your hair to play with rhythms — what?? This is the second of three episodes about rhythm; this episode is aimed at 2nd and 3rd grade, but anyone can play. Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Hazelwood Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Kiara Watts and everyone at Hazelwood for hosting us. Music credits: It’s Getting Blurry - Alvaro Antin Playground Fun - Alex Ora The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Nov. 14, 2019, noon

Rhythm Nation

Rhythm is a pattern! We'll practice listening to rhythms and clapping them back. This is the first of three episodes about rhythm; this episode is aimed at kindergarten and first grade, but everybody will have fun with these tricky rhythms. Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Hazelwood Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Kiara Watts and everyone at Hazelwood for hosting us. Music credits: Lenox Avenue - Guy Trevino and Friends Unknown Switches - Esme Cruz The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Nov. 7, 2019, noon

How to "Beat" the System

Rocking to a steady beat... and waltzing, and marching, and bopping, and more. This is the final of three episodes about beat; this one is aimed at 4th and 5th grade level, but all ages will have fun counting and stepping. Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Eisenhower Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Jenny Yankey and everyone at Eisenhower for hosting us. Music: Dappy Hays - Homebody (ES) Wrap Up - Isola James (ES) The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Oct. 31, 2019, 11 a.m.

Beat in the Middle

We'll keep exploring that steady beat! This time we'll learn about how beats are grouped in different ways to make time signatures, and we'll move around to a march, a waltz, some jazz, some hip hop, and more. This is the second of three episodes about beat; this episode is aimed at 2nd and 3rd grade levels, but everybody's welcome to bop along. Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Eisenhower Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Jenny Yankey and everyone at Eisenhower for hosting us. Music credits: Keep It - Dylan Sitts (ES) Health - Heath Cantu (ES) The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Oct. 24, 2019, 11 a.m.

All You Can Beat

Beat is STEADY! We'll be moving around to different types of music today -- get ready to tiptoe, skip, walk, and hop. This is the first of three episodes about beat; this episode is aimed at kindergarten & 1st grade, but anyone can jump to the beat! Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Eisenhower Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Jenny Yankey and everyone at Eisenhower for hosting us. Music credits: Manhattanite - Frook From Within - Heath Cantu The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Oct. 17, 2019, 11 a.m.

It's Going Down, I'm Yelling Timbre!

Our special music word is "timbre" which means the way something sounds. We'll be using different timbres to tell a story from our imagination -- we'll supply the timbres, you supply the story! This is the final of three episodes about timbre; this episode is aimed at the 4th and 5th grade levels, but everybody enjoys a good story. Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Carter Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Lisa Lucey and everyone at Carter for hosting us. Music credits: Lots of Fun - Spectacles Wallet and Watch Valium - nothanks Returning to Base Camp - John Barzetti The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Oct. 10, 2019, 11 a.m.

A Visit to Timbre-land

We'll continue our investigation of timbre (a music word that means "the way something sounds") with a movement activity that'll get you going in all directions. Plus, we'll make our own version of the cha-cha slide! This is the second of three episodes about timbre; this episode is aimed at the second and third grade levels, but anyone can play. Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Carter Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Lisa Lucey and everyone at Carter for hosting us. Music credits: The Setup - Gerhard Feng Life of Finn - Alice Spence Caribbean Christmas - Guustavv The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Oct. 3, 2019, 11 a.m.

Shiver Me Timbres

Timbre = the way something sounds! We'll play with different timbres, and we'll use body percussion to make our own thunderstorm. This is the first of three episodes about timbre; this episode is aimed at the kindergarten and first grade level, but is fun for everyone. Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Carter Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Lisa Lucey and everyone at Carter for hosting us. Music credits: Kinda - Gettz The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Sept. 26, 2019, 11 a.m.

Pitch It Real Good!

Pitch is high, pitch is low -- and we'll use some singers you know (and a few you probably don't) to explore different pitches in the human voice. This is the final of three episodes about pitch; this one is aimed at 4th and 5th grade, but we can all sing along. For more information, including printable lesson plans and ideas for extending the learning, visit us at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Semple Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Penelope Quesada and everyone at Semple for hosting us. Music credits: Racks on Racks - Da Tooby Everything to Win - Experia The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Sept. 19, 2019, 11 a.m.

Pitch It Good!

High pitch or low pitch or something in between? We'll use pitch to help us know which way to go, and we'll hear different members of the instrument families with high or low pitches. This is the second of three episodes about pitch; this one is aimed at 2nd and 3rd grade, but there's something for everyone here. For more information, including lesson plans and ideas for extending the learning, visit us at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Semple Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Penelope Quesada and everyone at Semple for hosting us. Music: Every Second of My Life - Vividry On a Better Day - Arthur Benson The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Sept. 12, 2019, 10 a.m.

Pitch It!

Pitch is high, pitch is low. We'll have some fun with animal sounds that make high and low pitches, and we'll pretend to be birds and cows. This is the first of three episodes about pitch; this one is aimed at kindergarten and 1st grade, but everyone can do an animal sound or two. (Moooooooo!) Additional information, including lesson plans and suggestions for extending the learning, available at musicboxpod.org. This episode was recorded in part at Semple Elementary School in Louisville, KY. Thanks to music teacher Penelope Quesada and everyone at Semple for hosting us. Music heard in this episode: Away on a Stroll - Nocturnal Spirits Nap Time - Josef Falkenskold The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and PRX, with support from PNC. Connect with us on social media! Facebook: Music Box Twitter: Music Box Instagram: Music Box

Education for Kids
Published: Sept. 5, 2019, 11 a.m.

Season 2 Trailer

A new season of The Music Box is coming soon! Hosted by musician and educator Jecorey Arthur, we’ll explore four fundamental music concepts — beat, rhythm, pitch and timbre — with episodes for all ages. Our website at musicboxpod.org includes extras like teaching ideas for extending the learning. New episodes coming September 5!

Education for Kids
Published: Aug. 22, 2019, 11 a.m.

Wrapping up Season 1 of The Music Box with Homemade Instruments

Don't have an instrument? Don't you worry! Sometimes if you practice all you need is a leaf to make beautiful music. Listen to our final episode of Season I and get inspired to make your own homemade instrument. We have special guests from the 1st grade music class at Kentucky Country Day plus we'll hear from experts Dr. Aaron Allen from North Carolina and Dr. Robin Ryan all the way from Australia! Credits: Hosted and produced by Sara Louise Callaway, WUOL Curriculum design by Paul Robinson, JCPS Photography by Tyler Franklin Special Guests: Dr. Robin Ryan, Dr. Aaron Allen, and the KCD 1st grade music class and their teachers- LuAnne Hayes, Heather Ribblett, Rebecca Gallian, and Gregory Acker. Music Credits: 00:00 Happiness Nuggets by Colleen 00:36 Birth Of The Blues written by Ray Henderson, Lew Brown, and Buddy DeSylva, performed by Herb Patten, Gumleaf 3:10 Sonata No. 6 (a Manuel Quiroga) performed by Rachel Barton Pine, Violin 3:56 Rain, Rain Go Away! Performed by Ms. Hayes’ 1st grade class 5:52 Waltzing Matilda by Christina Macpherson performned by Herb Patten, Gumleaf 6:24 Happiness Nuggets by Colleen The Music Box is supported by PNC +

Education for Kids
Published: March 7, 2018, 4:03 a.m.

Meet a Composer! with Rachel Grimes on The Music Box

Rachel Grimes is a composer from Carroll County, Kentucky. The ukulele class at Harmony Elementary interviewed her about what it's like to be a composer today. Listen and you'll learn that you can be a composer too! Sometimes you just need to start small. Just like you can build cities out of legos you can build symphonies out of just a few notes. Hosted and produced by Sara Louise Callaway, WUOL Curriculum design by Paul Robinson, JCPS Photography by Tyler Franklin Recording Assistance by Anne Gauthier Host: Harmony Elementary and James Albritton Music Credits: 00:00 Happiness Nugetts by Colleen :36 The Corner Room by Rachel Grimes 1:48 Brooks Farm Field Recording by Aaron Rosenblum 3:37 The Corner Room by Rachel Grimes, performed by Jason Seber and the Kansas City Symphony 7:02 Dorothy Susan Grimes (Mama Dot) 8:35 Going to the Chapel of Love by The Shirelles 9:21 My Dear Companion by Rachel Grimes 10:32 Every Morning by Rachel Grimes 11:24 Every Morning, Birds by Rachel Grimes  12:01 She Was Here by Rachel Grimes 12:40 G7 Blues by The Harmony Elementary Ukulele Ensemble 13:18 Every Morning, Birds by Rachel Grimes +

Education for Kids
Published: Feb. 21, 2018, 6 a.m.

The Music Box Episode 2: Superheroes and Time Machines!

Instruments that can talk?! Mozart as a super hero?! An old time machine in the back of the UofL music library?! How did this craziness happen? Oh ya, we let the 4th grade orchestra write the script… and it’s great! What exactly is classical music, we ask. Well, answers are always more complicated than we hope but it’s worth the ride. Hop on but make sure you buckle up and have your signed permission slip! Access our learning resources and complete music credits at wuol.org/musicbox under the activities tab Episode Credits: Sara Louise Callaway, Host and Producer Paul Robinson, Curriculum Design Helen Haverstick, collaborating teacher 4th Grade Orchestra Class at Lincoln Elementary, episode collaborators Lucas Adams, voice of Mozart Matt Ertz, UofL Music Library Anne Gauthier, Recording Assistant Tyler Franklin, Photographer The Music Box is a production of Louisville Public Media and is made possible by PNC +

Education for Kids
Published: Dec. 13, 2017, 5:27 p.m.

The Music Box Episode 1: The Golden Record

Visit The Music Box site Somewhere out in space there floats a golden record… Listen to the 2nd grade class at Lincoln Elementary school as they explore classical that’s way out there, like past the Oort cloud out there. That’s right, there are symphonies floating in interstellar space just waiting to be heard. How? Find out in our opening episode where it doesn’t matter if you’ve ever heard classical music before, or even music, or even live on planet earth! Listen, learn, and then upload your own golden records for outer space with our resources. +

Education for Kids
Published: Aug. 2, 2017, 5:08 p.m.

Introducing The Music Box

Subscribe to The Music Box podcast | Visit The Music Box site Music boxes were invented to make music small enough to fit in your pocket, just like this podcast. With a tap you’ll be carried into classrooms, across the city, and out into the field where we ask what is music and how do we make it. We’re taking classical music out of the box and giving you the inspiration and tools to compose your stories into music. The Music Box is complete with ready-to-use activities integrating core grade-level standards. Target audience: Pre-K through elementary school classrooms, families, and the forever curious. Episode I coming August 1st, 2017! Produced and hosted by Sara Soltau Curriculum by Paul Robinson Recording Assistant Anne Gauthier Photographer Tyler Franklin The Music Box is a program of Louisville Public Media and 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville. Supported by PNC. +

Education for Kids
Published: July 11, 2017, 2:21 p.m.

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