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Build A Classical Music Library For Children


Classical Music - Start Your Music Collection and Share A Love Of Music With Your Children

Top ten picks by Harmony Art Mom (creator of Harmony Fine Arts homeschooling curriculum). Many times I am asked what would be my picks for the beginning classical music listener to have in their home library. I have gone through my collection and picked ten well-known composers that write music that would appeal to children and gathered them all here in this lens.

Many of the choices listed here can be purchased to have in CD format or they can be downloaded in MP3 format for you personal listening device or for your computer. I like to purchase the CD and then have the flexibility to load it onto my computer and then to my MP3 player as well.

Renaissance Instruments

Renaissance Instruments

How Did I Pick These Composers?

And How To Listen With Children

You will find many lists and books of lists trying to help you get started building a classical music CD collection. It can be very confusing! Over the last ten years I have read many of those lists and books and come to the conclusion that it really doesn't matter much which composers or which order you get started with but rather that you just get started. Taking the first step with the first composer will be enough to encourage you to try another composer and get to know them as well.

One composer at a time, listen to the music and begin to train your ear to appreciate the sound and the style of each one. Repetition is the key to training your ear and to start a love for classical music.

There is no right or wrong way to listen. I choose to listen on my computer which is not the best sound quality but it is very enjoyable. I also like to listen to CDs when I am in the car driving around town and on longer road trips. You can load the music on your iPod or MP3 player and listen when you take walks or when you exercise. Slip a few of your favorite pieces in with your regular playlists and soon you will be anticipating these songs as they come up to play.


Do You Need Children's Versions of the CDs?

No....listen to real recordings with great artists.

I don't like a lot of gimmicks when listening to classical composers. The music all by itself will be enough to get you started. You can tell your children the composer's name and a little bit about the composer if you wish but the important part of all is the listening to the music as often as possible.

The CDs listed on this page are ones that you can listen to with young children and still enjoy as adults. You will be listening to theses CDs for a long time to come and are wonderful choices for a beginning classical music library.

Mozart Portrait

Mozart Portrait

What Are Your Goals While Listening to Classical Music?

How Can You Help Your Children?

Your goal is to offer the music on a regular basis, tell a little about the composer that you think the children might be interested in, and then listen together. This is a perfect opportunity to work on narration skills with your children. After you listen to a piece, ask them what they thought of it. If your children need help getting started you can ask them basic questions like these:

1. Was it loud or soft?

2. Was it fast or slow?

3. Could they hear any particular musical instruments? (piano and violins are easy to hear usually)

4. Did the music remind them of something? Did any pictures come to mind?

5. What emotions did it bring up into their hearts? (Happy, sad, angry, etc)

"Music appreciation is different from playing an instrument in the same way that being a natural actor is different from enjoying a Shakespeare play, or being able to paint is different from enjoying a painted picture. I think that all children, not just the musically inclined ones, should learn to appreciate music."

Charlotte Mason

Joseph Haydn - Papa Haydn

Amadeus Mozart - Two Disk Set!

Ludwig von Beethoven

Johann Sebastian Bach

Sergei Rachmaninoff - Modern Era

Favorite Classical Composer



Peter Tchaikovsky - 2 Disk Set

Antonio Vivaldi - It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This!

Frederic Chopin - Piano At Its Best

Robert Schumann - 2 Disk Set - Also Available As MP3 Downloads

Anton Dvorak

Harmony Fine Arts

Harmony Fine Arts

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Looking For Classical Music Plans?

Check Out My Harmony Fine Arts Plans

If you are looking for plans for art and music appreciation, you may be interested in looking at my Harmony Fine Arts plans.

The idea behind this program came from my own home schooling experience. I was always searching for a plan for picture study and composer study. It seemed simple enough to do myself but I just never did it. I also wanted to use the classical style and Charlotte Mason's ideas for our art and music. I wanted all the great resources organized in the four-year cycle of history. I wanted it to be flexible and easy to use. I never found what I was searching for so I decided to do it myself!

This is the art and music appreciation program for busy people. We have done all the research and organizing. You are able to open our plan and offer a great program for your children.

I would love to hear your comments!

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on April 10, 2014:

Thanks for these suggestions. I agree with you that we should expose young minds to the finer things in life, like classical music.

Tricia Deed from Orlando, Florida on September 01, 2013:

Music is a universal language and learning the classics are critical for both lovers and non-lovers of music. The classics set the foundation of music appreciation for life. Many gifts of talents can be learned while these music pieces are being played during pregnancy. Scientific research supports this theory. And mothers who have done this type of pregnancy education have seen the results. Listen to the classics, they are great.

Gabriel360 on February 28, 2012:

Great lens! Good job!

TheArtLibrarian on January 18, 2012:

Great introduction -- thanks!

anonymous on December 07, 2011:

I had a hard time to decide between JSBach and Vivaldi. I play violin myself( my children learning too), always wanted to learn it, it is my favorite instrument( beside the viola da amore,that I would love to learn..). Classical music is my favorite music.I grew up w/ it, my mom always had it playing on the radio.Thanks for putting this on, classical music is so important. Blessings Friederike

thecrabbynook on October 06, 2011:

My granddaughters and I make music a big part of our get togethers. I love the idea that you have a kit available with everything we need!

angielichtenstein on September 16, 2011:

I played classical music to my son all the time when he was born. Now he loves playing musical instruments and conducting the orchestra on our Wii system. It's really great to watch! Hopefully it will give him a life long love for classical and all types of music. Great lens!

kdlovett on August 21, 2011:

Love this! I love to use music in the classroom. Thanks for sharing.

bolsen19 on August 20, 2011:

This is a great resource. Thank you for putting so much time and providing it for us.

sponias lm on August 17, 2011:

This lens is excellent!

DeannaDiaz on August 07, 2011:

Very informative site!

cr00059n on August 06, 2011:

Neat and effective storage solutions for classical music. Thanks.

TeddySteele1 on July 20, 2011:

Everyone needs some classical influence in their lives. Even though I'm not a huge fan of classical music, I think anyone who has had a basic education is familiar with the sound and is influenced in some way by it. Nice lens.

Lola4ever on July 17, 2011:

This is a great idea! Hopefully I will have kids and can teach them to learn to love classical music like I do!

adamthomas001 on June 28, 2011:

I love classical music...

Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on April 30, 2011:

A super lens for getting started with classical music. Blessed today :)

wolley811 on April 04, 2011:

Wow, I love your lens! My son loves the classical music he hears on videos like Baby Einstein and Little Einstein, but I'd love to build up an actual collection for him!

Jolyne LM on April 04, 2011:

When I was expecting, my aunt gave me some classical music for the baby and I listened to it every night, later when my daughter was born I would play it and it seemed to calm her :)

CathyLou LM on April 03, 2011:

I really like this lens! It is never too early or too late to learn to appreciate classical music.

CathyLou LM on April 03, 2011:

I really like this lens! It is never too early or too late to learn to appreciate classical music.

anonymous on March 26, 2011:

Nice lens and great info. Classical music is always good.

Violin-Student on March 23, 2011:

Good information here. It's amazing how much good classical music can do for kids. You mentioned that it is not necessary for kids to hear the "children's versions" of music. I think that's the case, but I also see value in the Beethoven's Wig types of albums. Then they remember where the theme is from. I got my start listening to classical music listening to Merrie Melodies's Rhapsodie in Rivets, Pigs in a Polka, Bugs Bunny's opera cartoons ("Kill da Wabbit", Rabbit of Seville, etc) and the like. Great music on funny, funny cartoons.

Liked and Lensrolled to

Fiddlesticks--A Home For Violins, Fiddles, Violinists and Fiddlers

I Play Cello

Suzuki Violin: Learn to Play by Listening?

Funny Viola Jokes -- Or is That Redundant?

and several other lenses.

blanckj on March 22, 2011:

Thank you for sharing your insight. It is very useful.

Norbert Isles from Philippines on March 20, 2011:

Excellent Lens! Though my kids were exposed to all day classical programming when they were young, what your lens shares would have been a great help then.

Lemming13 on March 19, 2011:

Brilliant. A super resource for home schoolers and anyone else who wants to get their kids into the classics.

PiccadillyPunkin on January 12, 2011:

Fantastic lens! I'm going to check out some of the books you recommend. Love your tips on here!

anonymous on January 04, 2011:

Great material. It's hard getting kids interested in classical music--I'm working on my grandchildren now!

BrickHouseFabrics on January 01, 2011:

Thankyou for the lens!

KDimmick on December 29, 2010:

Great lens! Blessed by an angel :)

AmateurAtHTML on December 26, 2010:

I love Classical Music. This is a good start for a classical music library. I've lensrolled it to my string quartets lens and favorited it. I love the Beethoven's Wig CD's as well. Getting kids to listen to Classical Music isn't that hard if you start when they are young and instill a love of fine melody and harmony. When I was growing up Classical Music was sometimes played behind cartoons. That was a great introduction as well. Thanks for this page!

anonymous on December 15, 2010:

Interesting lens - thanks for this.

anonymous on December 08, 2010:

My kids have enjoyed the silly Beethoven's Wig CD's, which have also helped them to identify composers in a few cases. I love hearing them whistle or sing classical music, and it surprises other people, because it's not typically what you hear from kids. :) Thanks for all the recommendations!

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on November 27, 2010:

It's so wonderful to be able to identify composers when you hear music. Even at Hong Kong Disney, my daughter referred to Tchaikovsky when she heard sections from The Nutcracker. I was so pleased!

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