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Have you met this month’s MADE in Lake County business owner Laura Knight? Laura is the owner of Knight Music Academy, a community music school in Lake Zurich. She is here today with a guest post sharing some of the Academy’s instructors’ favorite musical pieces to share with your children.
Whether you have a child formally involved in music, or if you’re thinking about it, listening to professional recordings is a great way to introduce or reinforce concepts such as tempo, dynamics, and phrasing while exposing your child to different styles, sounds, instruments, and genres.
Music is many things, including a great conversation starter. It is also a way to develop critical listening skills. Here are some questions to ask after (or while) listening:
- How did that piece make you feel?
- Did that piece sound happy or sad or scary or funny?
- Was that piece fast or slow?
- What kind of instruments did you hear?
- You can also call out when music is getting louder or softer.
The instructors of Knight Music Academy have shared some of their favorite pieces in different categories. A complete list of each teacher’s favorites can found on the Knight Music Academy instructors’ website bio page.
Favorite orchestral works:
Symphony No. 7 & 9 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Romeo and Juliet Suites by Sergei Prokofiev
Daphnis et Chloe by Maurice Ravel
Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) by Igor Stravinski
Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Finlandia by Jean Sibelius
Music for Bedtime:
Julia Florida by Agustín Barrios
Yo-Yo Ma’s Eternal Vow from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” soundtrack
Arthur Rubenstein’s recording of Chopin Nocturnes
Clair de lune from “Suite bergamasque” by Claude Debussy
Ambient 1: Music for Airports by Brian Eno
Sleep by Eric Whitacre
Favorite solo pieces:
Cello Concerto by Edward Elgar
3rd Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Veni Veni Emmanuel by James MacMillan (percussion)
Sonata for Flute and Piano– Yuko Uebayashi
Morgan by Richard Strauss (voice)
Tres Piezas Españolas by Joaquin Rodrigo (classical guitar)
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