The Music Box

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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.


Episode Date
Hitting the Pause Button
0:59

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)

Jun 04, 2020
The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in Woodwind
10:49

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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May 28, 2020
Brass Is A Gas
10:53

We’ll be exploring all the different instruments of the brass family this week. We’ll learn about what defines a brass instruments, the various sounds they make, and all the different kinds of music they play. And we’ll practice blowing into our own imaginary brass instruments — it sounds pretty funny!

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Featured musical excerpts:
Hector Berlioz: Damnation of Faust, Hungarian March
John Philip Sousa: Sound Off
Jeremiah Clarke: The Prince of Denmark’s March (performed by Wynton Marsalis)
Wynton Marsalis: RJ
Kai Winding: Black Coffee
Trombone Shorty: Buckjump
W. A. Mozart: Horn Concerto in E-flat, K. 417, Rondo: Allegro (performed by Felix Klieser and Camerata Salzburg)

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*National Standards incorporated:
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Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Understanding music in relation to history and culture

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Additional resources:
Music from Home: The Brass Family and Making a Homemade Trumpet
BBC National Orchestra of Wales: Brass
10 Famous Trumpet Players

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May 21, 2020
Play That Percussion!
09:58

Percussion instruments are anything you can hit, shake, or scrape — which means they can be a LOT of fun to play! We’ll learn about the two main categories of percussion instruments, we’ll play a game to tell them apart, and there might even be some dancing, too.

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Featured musical excerpts:
Djembe solo by Master Drummer M’Bemba Bangoura
Get Lucky (Daft Punk)  - Steel Pan cover played by Jonathan Scales
Legend of Zelda - Main Theme on marimba
Die
Glocke :: 12 Pieces for Glockenspiel [Part 1] by Brett William Dietz
Work (Rihanna) - Steel pan cover played by Keishaun Julien
Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV 988, Variation 1 a 1, performed by Glenn Gould
Djembe Solo by Laurent Camara
Send Me On My Way - Rusted Root

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**National Standards incorporated:
Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Understanding music in relation to history and culture

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Additional resources:

Music with Ms. Faith: Hair, Hair and More Hair!
Music with Ms. Faith: All About Drums
Wave Drum Tutorial

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May 14, 2020
The String's The Thing
11:23

Did you know that we can put most musical instruments into family groups? Just like your family, there are larger and smaller members, and they all make different sounds. We’ll start learning about the string family today: violins, violas, cellos, and more.

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Featured musical excerpts:
Sonata for Violin Solo, No. 1 in G Minor - J.S. Bach
Viola Sonata, Op. 25, No. 1: III. Sehr Langsam - Paul Hindemith
Passacaglia for Violin and Viola - Johan Halvorsen
Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major - J.S. Bach
Capriccio No. 2 for Solo Double Bass - Dave Anderson
Living in the Country - George Winston
Quintet in A Major, D. 667, “Trout” (Opus 114), Andante - Franz Schubert

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National Standards incorporated:
Listening to, describing, and analyzing music

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Additional Resources:
Karen Meets the String Family
How do string instruments make a sound?
Make guitars and stringed musical instruments

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May 07, 2020
Waves, Waves, Waves
09:49

We’ll learn about the ways that sound can move, both in the air around us and inside our bodies. Get ready to surf the musical waves with us!

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Featured musical excerpts:
Catchy Song - Dillon Francis
Gretchen am Spinnrade, D. 118 - Franz Schubert
Mandala Offering - The Gyuto Monks Tantric Choir
Be Like the Water - A.N.D.

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National Standards incorporated:
Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

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Additional Resources:
WHAT IS SOUND? | LEARNING WITH SARAH | Educational videos for Kids
Sound Experiments for Kids | Science for Kids | Kids Academy
How Do We Sing?
7 Cool Sound Science Experiments for Kids Nov. 19, 2018

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Apr 30, 2020
Tuning In
11:07

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.

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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

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National Standards incorporated:
Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Evaluating music and music performances

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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

Apr 23, 2020
The Music Box is back for Season 3!
0:56

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

Apr 15, 2020
Rhythms, Names, and Nonsense
09:07

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.

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Nov 21, 2019
Find Your Rhythm!
08:30

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.

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Nov 14, 2019
Rhythm Nation
07:40

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.

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Nov 07, 2019
How to "Beat" the System
08:46

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.

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Oct 31, 2019
Beat in the Middle
06:46

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.

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Oct 24, 2019
All You Can Beat
07:07

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.

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Oct 17, 2019
It's Going Down, I'm Yelling Timbre!
06:16

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.

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Oct 10, 2019
A Visit to Timbre-land
10:45

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.

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Oct 03, 2019
Shiver Me Timbres
08:36

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.

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Sep 26, 2019
Pitch It Real Good!
08:17

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.

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Sep 19, 2019
Pitch It Good!
08:00

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.

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Sep 12, 2019
Pitch It!
08:30

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.

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Sep 05, 2019
Season 2 Trailer
02:27

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!

Aug 22, 2019
Wrapping up Season 1 of The Music Box with Homemade Instruments
07:25
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 you’re own homemade instrument. We have special guests from the 1st grade music class at KCD plus we’ll hear from experts […] The post Wrapping up Season 1 of The Music Box with Homemade Instruments appeared first on 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville.
Mar 07, 2018
Meet a Composer! with Rachel Grimes on The Music Box
13:57
Episode III of The Music Box is out!! Listen and Learn with our audio and activities HERE. 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 […] The post Meet a Composer! with Rachel Grimes on The Music Box appeared first on 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville.
Feb 21, 2018
The Music Box Episode 2: Superheroes and Time Machines!
23:21
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 […] The post The Music Box Episode 2: Superheroes and Time Machines! appeared first on 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville.
Dec 13, 2017
The Music Box Episode 1: The Golden Record
18:16
Subscribe to The Music Box podcast | 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 […] The post The Music Box Episode 1: The Golden Record appeared first on 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville.
Aug 02, 2017
Introducing The Music Box
02:19
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 […] The post Introducing The Music Box appeared first on 90.5 WUOL Classical Louisville.
Jul 11, 2017