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. Hosted by musician and educator Jecorey Arthur, 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
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 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

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Mar 07, 2018
Meet a Composer! with Rachel Grimes on The Music Box
13:57

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 +

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 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 +

Dec 13, 2017
The Music Box Episode 1: The Golden Record
18:16

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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. +

Aug 02, 2017
Introducing The Music Box
02:19
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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. +

Jul 11, 2017