10 Classical tunes that you may be familiar with but don’t know the name

1.Composer:  Ludwig Von Beethoven

Song title: No. 5: I Symphony No. 5: I


Word association: rousing

2.Composer: Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Song title: 1812  Overture

Year: 1880

Word association: Powerful

3.Composer: Amadeus Motzart

Song title: Eine Kline Nachtmusik : Allegro

Year: 1787

Word association: Formal

4.Composer: J.S Bach

Song title: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor


Emotional association: Scary

5.Composer: Gioachino Rossini

Song title: William Tell Overture

Year: 1829

Word association: Horses

6.Composer: Johann Pachelbel

Song title: Cannon in D

Year: 1694

Word association: Wedding

7.Composer: Johann Strauss II

Song title: Blue Danube

Year: 1866

Word association: Cartoon

8.Composer:  Carl Orff

Song title: Carmin Burana: O Fortuna

Year: 1936

Word association: Scary

9.Composer: Richard Strauss

Song title: Also Sprach Zarathustra

Year: 1896

Word association: Impending

10.Composer: Jacques Offenbach

Song title: Orpheus in the Underworld: Infernal Galop


Word association: Cartoon

10 great musicians for infant listeners.

In last week’s blog we referred to John M. Feierabend, Ph.D. 1996 article ‘Music and Movement for Infants and Toddlers: Naturally Wonder-full’. We briefly talked about the importance of having a strong artistic influence in an infant’s life in order to foster the appreciation and participation and literacy with music.

Infants appreciate early exposure to sounds, a variety of sounds are taken in by the infant as soon as they are born. This includes music, infants do respond to music despite any visual cues you may notice. Their brains are not basing music on whether it’s a ‘hit’ or not, rather their brains are trying to make sense of all the sounds and how they relate to each other.

Despite common mythology, there is no neurological evidence that listening to classical music will make you smarter. So although listening to baby Mozart will foster an appreciation of that style of music it will not necessarily affect your intelligence. So good news for some! Listening to all kinds of music is really the most ideal situation for children to be in.

Singing to your infants is also recommended. Playing music for them, dancing with them can also create an early bond with music.

In his article “No Really: Teach Your Toddler Perfect Pitch” Garth Sundem

 Quoted Diana Deutsch, University of California San Diego professor and president of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition, and she said the trick is pairing pitch with meaning — early!

Pairing music with meaning! This treats music as a learned language as opposed to a heavenly gifted talent. Listening to lots of different types of music allows the infant to make associations with sounds and things that they relate to. A child can associate a note with a song they like or an instrument that played it, or if the music has a ‘scary’ part in it…etc. There are infinite ways a child can associate a musical note with some type of meaning. It can be deliberately taught and recognized and refined. Children naturally make association with the sounds they hear, if they are then reinforced by a person of influence they can strengthen these associations and work more actively to sought them out.

I have a strong tendency to lean on storytelling for education. For this very reason! Hearing a human story can strengthen the bond to a particular piece of music/art/ literature. Using colors to associate them with notes using animals…really anything that the child can relate to, can form a pathway to creating meaning behind the notes!

Here are a list of 10 Musicians that are great jumping off points for infant listening

1.Louis Armstrong

2. Ludwig Beethoven

3.J.S Bach

4.Benny Goodman

5.Duke Ellington

6.Pyotr Tchaikovsky

7.The Beatles

8.Aretha Franklin

9.Ella Fitzgerald

10.Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Listening to music with infants/toddlers- Children can be finicky with music. They will tend to fall in love with one song and want to hear it over and over and may complain or whine when those requests are not made. Make them to listen to different kinds of music they will become accustomed to it, if it is forced on them.

 When I say ‘force’ I don’t mean physically force of any kind! I mean be deliberate. When going on a car ride make a rule. Everyone gets to pick one song but then we listen to what the grown up driving wants whatever it is just be deliberate and follow through. Lead the way, if you can tell a story about the music if you know anything. When they are infants they are just absorbing the world and building expectations.

This may mean as an adult breaking out of your own listening habits and being deliberate about searching out music that you don’t usually listen to. Use this list as a reference point. Between these musicians on the list there are literally hundreds of amazing songs to find, not to mention associated artists.

https://www.wikipedia.org/ is a great starting point for searches on these musicians personal journey’s

Listening to complex music is good for infants!

In John M. Feierabend, Ph.D. 1996 article ‘Music and Movement for Infants and Toddlers: Naturally Wonder-full’ makes a strong assertions.

  ‘Many people have not developed basic sensitivities which would allow them to function musically in society. Most adults should be able to demonstrate basic musical behaviors including

  1. comfortable and accurate singing;
  2. comfortable and accurate moving;
  3. Expressive sensitivity when listening and/or responding to music.

Too often I hear ‘oh I can’t sing’ ‘oh I don’t dance’ which to me sounds silly. I think in today’s media environment I think we often pair musical performance with commerce and fame and not the simple skill and joy of music appreciation.

Saying ‘I can’t sing’ for most people either means I don’t enjoy singing or I don’t sound like my favorite popular musician.

The African proverb goes “If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk, you can sing.”

Music is a skill, talking and reading are also skills. We work on talking and reading every day so it is second nature. How many illiterate people do you know? Maybe some…not many…is it that these people who can read have special talents?

He then goes on to say

If we believe adults should be able to sing to their children and dance with their spouses and appreciate good quality music literature, then we must sing to our babies, and dance with our babies, and do both with quality children’s music literature.”

A century ago there was little need for music class, in that music performance was more integrated into everyday life. Before many of the technological devices we have today many children would be more inclined to look at a personal instrument as a prized possession. The idea of playing an instrument and starting a band with your friends was as common as any group activity there was. The joy of music performance wasn’t competing with the television or the smart phone.

Parents need to be deliberate nowadays about providing a musical education whether it is in the home, through the school, or through supplemental developmental programs. Ideally a combination of all three of these would be a fixture in a growing child’s cultural landscape


  • If children are to develop a sophisticated spoken vocabulary, they must hear a sophisticated vocabulary.
  • If children experience good grammar, enunciation, and expressive speaking they will assimilate those skills.
  • If children hear a limited vocabulary, incorrect grammar, and poor enunciation, they likewise will assimilate those language patterns.
  • If children are read to in an expressive voice, they will later read aloud and to themselves with appropriate expression.
  • If children are to grow into adults that have a thirst for good books, they must be nurtured with exemplary children’s


  • If children are to develop healthy bodies, they must be nurtured with healthy food and exercise.
  • If children are to grow to appreciate good music, they must be nurtured with excellent examples of children’s music literature sung with sensitive expression.

The tendency is to go for things branded ‘baby’ this includes music. There is no such thing as ‘baby music’. The music that infants listen to should be varied and include a significant amount of ‘complex’ music. ‘Complex’ music as categorized as music that deviates from standard elementary harmony and rhythm. Listening to your favorite pop tunes is great, but also listening to challenging music is going to help tune the pathways of the mind to understand the complexity of musical expression and can give a child the opportunity to develop ‘perfect pitch’.

At the heart of John M. Feierabend article is a point I personally incorporate into my teaching philosophy. Music is a language that is learned, not a magical skill reserved for the ‘talented’. If the education is built on a foundation of appreciation and normalized participation, then music can be accessed in a similar fashion as any other activity we enjoy. Next week we will discuss some fun listening that you can explore with your kids!


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