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The Music Box

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...more

Episodes

  • Meter: The Musical!

    Jun 03 2021

    This episode is an extra special musical journey that explores the world of time signatures, also known as meter. We're calling it "Meter: The Musical," which features original music from host Faith Murphy and Kiana Del, WUOL's engagement manager for music education. In the musical, two kids find a magical music box that transports them to Meter World, where they learn about different genres of music and try to find where they really belong. *** Meter: The Musical! Music and lyrics by Faith Mu...more

  • Fascinating Rhythm

    May 27 2021

    We'll look at rhythm patterns in music and how they can change the sound of a song. You’ll learn about the different ways you could fill up a measure, and how rhythm adds texture and excitement to music! *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

  • Practice Makes Perfect

    May 20 2021

    It's another visit to the magical land of Arpeggio, as the inhabitants learn what repetition and practice really mean. *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

  • Time Traveling with America's Black Composers - Part Two

    May 14 2021

    The second part of our feature on Black American composers features more time-traveling fun with Miss Kiana! Bring your dancing shoes and your listening ears. *** Featured music: Duke Ellington: Things Ain’t What They Used to Be Duke Ellington: Come Sunday, performed by Mahalia Jackson Sam Cooke: A Change Is Gonna Come Valerie Coleman: Red Clay and Mississippi Delta, performed by Imani Winds Valerie Coleman: Umoja, performed by Imani Winds *** Donate to support this and future seasons of T...more

  • Time Traveling with America's Black Composers - Part One

    May 13 2021

    We’re going on a musical journey with Miss Kiana this week, traveling through time to meet some of America’s Black composers! Bring your dancing shoes and your listening ears. *** Featured music: Florence Price: Symphony in E minor, performed by the Fort Smith Symphony Margaret Bonds: Bright Star, performed by Lara Downes Margaret Bonds: Troubled Water, performed by Joel Fan Margaret Bonds: The Ballad of the Brown King, performed by the Dessoff Choirs *** Donate to support this and future s...more

  • Tone It Up

    May 06 2021

    What does “tone color” mean in music? Isn't color something that you SEE? We'll dive into tone color and timbre today, using examples from pop, jazz, and classical music. *** Featured music: Antonio Carlos Jobim: The Girl from Ipanema Frank Sinatra: The Girl from Ipanema Amy Winehouse: The Girl from Ipanema Dizzy Gillespie: No More Blues Carmen McRae: No More Blues Chet Baker: I Talk to the Trees Vitamin String Quartet: Fake Plastic Trees Red Pants Trio: Hot Cross Buns Scott Bradlee: Bohemian ...more

  • Run, Rondo, Run

    Apr 29 2021

    We're learning about patterns and song form on The Music Box today! From binary to ternary to rondo and more, you’ll be able to identify the forms of some of your favorite music. *** Featured music: Shenanigans: Cross Dance Jörg Demus: The Wild Horseman (Schumann) Frank Sinatra: Fly Me to the Moon Tchaikovsky: March from The Nutcracker Dave Brubeck: Blue Rondo à la Turk *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

  • What Aria Talking About? Opera Plots Explained

    Apr 22 2021

    If you’ve ever been to the opera, you may have found yourself wondering what’s happening onstage. Sometimes opera plots can be tough to understand, especially if you’re a kid! Today we’ll learn about a couple of operas written specifically for kids: “L’enfant et les sortilèges” by Maurice Ravel, and “Brundibár” by Hans Krása. *** SPECIAL NOTE FOR GROWNUPS: “Brundibár” is best known for being premiered at the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1943, performed by a cast of interned children. W...more

  • Composers and Musicians of Latin America!

    Apr 15 2021

    Today’s episode is a virtual trip to Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, and more, as we explore the work of Latinx musicians and composers. We’ll practice some call and response, we’ll walk on a tightrope, and we’ll learn about how a composer’s background and experiences affect her music. ¡Vámonos! *** Featured music: Juventino Rosas: Sobre las Olas Maria Grever: Cuando Vuelva a tu Lado Leo Brouwer: Babalú Tania León: Alma Sergio Mendes: Fanfarra (Cabua-Le-Le) Arturo Márquez: Danzón #2 *** Donate to ...more

  • Dynamic Dinosaurs

    Apr 08 2021

    What do dinosaurs have to do with music? You'll find out when you listen to this episode, as we explore the range of dynamics and accents through the sounds that dinosaurs made. *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

  • The Hunt for Buried Measure

    Apr 01 2021

    We’re back in the magical Land of Arpeggio, going on a treasure hunt with a group of faun friends! Can you sing the right notes and help them find the treasure? *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

  • Don't Judge a Song By Its Cover

    Mar 25 2021

    We’ll take a look at how some of our favorite songs have been inspired by stories and books, including how you can make songs out of your favorites stories too! From fairy tales to Maurice Sendak and J.M. Barrie, we’ll take a trip around the library and find the songs that are hidden there. *** Featured music: Whitney Houston: “Impossible” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Alex Newell: “Mama Will Provide” from “Once On This Island” New Broadway Cast Recording Carole King: “Chicken...more

  • Ready Player Fun!

    Mar 18 2021

    We’re kicking off Season 5 with an exploration of music from your favorite video games! From Mario to Final Fantasy, from Zelda to Among Us, we’ll learn about how music shapes and enhances the experience of playing a game. *** Featured music: Nobuo Uematsu: Final Fantasy Prelude 1987 / Final Fantasy XIV, Prelude Koji Kondo: Super Mario Bros. Theme / Super Mario Bros. Star Theme Hajime Wakai: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Riding: Day Hans Zimmer: Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2 Mick Gord...more

  • Holiday Music History Mystery

    Dec 10 2020

    It's the holiday season, and that means holiday music! But you may not know as much about your favorite holiday songs as you think... In our final episode for this season, Miss Faith drops some holiday knowledge. And stay tuned after the show for a special holiday bonus! *** Featured songs: Andy Williams: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Alvin & the Chipmunks: Frosty the Snowman Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: Eight Days of Hanukkah Wham!: Last Christmas Gene Autry: Rudolph the R...more

  • Global Explorations: A Visit to Nicaragua

    Dec 03 2020

    Today’s the last installment of our series on music from around the world, where we’ll learn about the music of Nicaragua from Marlon Obando Solano, a native of San Lorenzo, Nicaragua, who now lives in Louisville, Kentucky. You’ll hear about different folk traditions, including dances that tell stories about Nicaragua’s people and history. You’ll also learn a new song about bananas! *** Featured music: La Mora Limpia - Otredad El Solar de Monimbo Nicaraguan Marimba El Gueguense Baile del Toro...more

  • Global Explorations: Mountain Music

    Nov 19 2020

    We’re going to the mountains today with musician Cari Norris, who teaches us about the traditional music of the Appalachian region. We’ll hear banjos and dulcimers, fun songs to sing along, and how this music can keep families connected. *** Featured music: Hillary Klug & Jim Wood: Arkansas Traveler Hillary Klug: Fire on the Mountain Jean Ritchie: Killy Kranky Jean Ritchie: Shady Grove *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

  • All Aboard the Tempo Train!

    Nov 12 2020

    We’re using some of our favorite happy songs to power an imaginary train ride, with a lesson in fast and slow tempo. From grave to presto and everything in between, we’ll move our bodies to the beat. *** Featured music: Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey: When You Believe John Lennon: Imagine Cast of The Wiz Live: Brand New Day Nat King Cole: Smile Katrina and the Waves: Walking on Sunshine Flo Rida: Good Feeling Eva Cassidy: People Get Ready Judy Garland & Barbra Streisand: Get Happy/Hap...more

  • Global Explorations: Drumming from Ghana

    Nov 05 2020

    Continuing our explorations of music outside the European tradition with our guide Charles Amewudah, a native of Ghana and a drumming teacher. We’ll learn about the different kinds of percussion instruments used in Ghanaian music, and how drumming is part of life in Ghana. *** Aseye Ensemble, the drum group led by Charles Amewudah More information on the Ewe drumming tradition, including images of the instruments A video of dancers with a drum ensemble from the Volta region of Ghana *** ...more

  • Global Explorations: Eastward Bound

    Oct 29 2020

    We're taking a (virtual) trip to different parts of the world and learning about music from different places! Today, we'll learn about music from Thailand and Iran with multi-instrumentalist and composer Jon Silpayamanant. *** Born in Udon Thani, Thailand, Jon Silpayamanant is an intercultural multi-instrumentalist, composer, and music educator based in the greater Louisville area. As a biracial Thai American with musical families on both sides of the world, he has been navigating musical code...more

  • Fairy Friend Feud

    Oct 22 2020

    Getting along with friends can be a challenge, but we've got the musical solution! We’re returning to the magical land of Arpeggio for today’s adventure. Sing along with the Three Fierce Fairies! *** National Standards incorporated: Exploring and demonstrating music concepts (such as beat and melodic contour) Creating musical ideas (such as answering a musical question for a specific purpose) Understanding the relationship between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, ...more

  • Beat to the Future

    Oct 15 2020

    It's a time-traveling musical adventure as we learn about beat and rhythm. We’ll put on a pair of magical boots that will help us save the future of music! *** National Standards incorporated: Exploring and demonstrating music concepts (such as beat and melodic contour) Creating musical ideas (such as answering a musical question for a specific purpose) Understanding how a specific music concept (such as beat or melody) is used in music *** Additional resources:  Music Lesson: Beat vs Rhyt...more

  • Dynamics Dynamite

    Oct 08 2020

    We'll explore the world of dynamics (how loud or soft a sound is) with a big box of fireworks! KA-BOOM! You’ll hear some very special pyrotechnics and learn some special words to describe dynamics. *** National Standards incorporated: Understanding the relationships between music and other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life. Understanding rhythmic and melodic ideas Demonstrating knowledge of musical concepts *** Additional resources: Music Theory for Beginners: Dynami...more

  • 1+1 = Etude

    Oct 01 2020

    You'll learn about how math is used to make music! Just like chopping vegetables in half, you can chop notes in half too. *** National Standards incorporated: Understanding the relationships between music and other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, and daily life. Understanding rhythmic and melodic ideas Demonstrating knowledge of musical concepts *** Additional resources: Musical Notation – The Quarter Note, the Half Note, and the Whole Note  Music Lesson – Steady Beat How to Rea...more

  • A Short Pause

    Sep 24 2020

    So many people in our community are grieving and reacting to current events related to the Breonna Taylor case. Out of respect, we’re going to postpone today’s episode until next week. We’d rather direct your attention to what’s happening in our city now. You can follow the news coverage from our sister station WFPL, and we’re putting some links below for how to talk with your family about racialized violence, justice, and equity. And don’t forget, there are lots of past episodes of The Music B...more

  • Women's Writes: A History of Women Composers

    Sep 17 2020

    So many of the composers we usually learn about in school are men -- but that's only telling half the story of who writes the music we love. *** National Standards Incorporated: Analyzing the elements of music (including form) of musical works, relating them to style, mood, and context, and describe how the analysis provides models for personal growth as composer, performer, and/or listener Understanding the relationships between music and the other arts, other disciplines, varied contexts, a...more

  • The Treble Troubadours and the Bass Balladeers

    Sep 10 2020

    It’s our Season 4 premiere! We return to the fantasy world of Arpeggio with a tale of two very different performing groups and how they learn to get along. *** National Standards incorporated: Exploring and demonstrating awareness of music contrasts (such as high/low, loud/soft, same/different) Applying personal and expressive preferences in the evaluation of music Understanding how to perform music with expression *** Additional resources:  The Music Show Episode #4: We’re Gonna Sing Hig...more

  • The Giant and The Fairy

    Jul 16 2020

    We’re wrapping up our season with a very special story, featuring a magical land full of extraordinary creatures. And you’ll learn a few new things you can do with your voice too! *** National standards incorporated: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music. *** Additional resources: Solfege Hand Signs Solfege Scale with Hand Signs *** Donate to support this and future seasons of The Music Box.

  • Meter Wars!

    Jul 09 2020

    We’ll learn about meters in music, also known as time signatures, using math. You'll be able to hear the difference between 3/4 and 4/4 and understand how to read a time signature. Then… it’s an epic battle between time signatures! Who will win?? *** Featured musical excerpts: The Beatles: Yellow Submarine Dionne Warwick: What the World Needs Now Rodgers & Hammerstein: My Favorite Things from “The Sound of Music” Post Malone: Sunflower Queen: Another One Bites the Dust Pentatonix: Waltz of...more

  • Kandinsky Can: How Art and Music Collide

    Jul 02 2020

    Artists and musicians can inspire each other's work, even though they use different materials and techniques! We’ll learn about some of the ways that art and music intersects, and we’ll take a turn being inspired ourselves. *** Featured musical excerpts: George Gershwin: An American in Paris, New York Philharmonic conducted by Leonard Bernstein Jane Ira Bloom: Jackson Pollack, from Chasing Paint: Jane Ira Bloom Meets Jackson Pollack John Cage: Sonata V, from Sonatas and Interludes for Prepare...more

  • Who Plays What?

    Jun 25 2020

    This is the final episode in our mini-series about songwriting: we’ll explore how instruments are used to tell stories in sound — most specifically, in movie soundtracks! You’ll be sure to hear a few familiar tunes here, and you’ll never watch movies the same way again. *** Featured musical excerpts: John Williams: Star Wars Main Theme, from “Star Wars” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Hans Zimmer: …To Die For, from “The Lion King” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack John Williams: Hedwig’s ...more

  • Name the Place and Time

    Jun 18 2020

    This is the second of three episodes on songwriting. This week, we’ll learn about how songs help us celebrate special occasions (hint: it involves cake and candles) and also how songs can make us feel strong in the face of hard times. We’ll hear some examples about songs that bring people together, and we’ll write our own verse to a well-known call-and-response song. *** Featured music: B.B. King: Why I Sing the Blues Aretha Franklin: A Change Is Gonna Come Pete Seeger & the Song Swappers:...more

  • It's Rhyme Time

    Jun 11 2020

    This is the first of a series of three episodes on songwriting. This week, we’ll learn about how rhyming words can help us tell a story. We’ll start with some songs you already know, and then we’ll write our own song! *** Featured music: W.A. Mozart: Variations on “Ah vous dirais-je, Maman” (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star) *** National standards incorporated: Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music** **Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines *** Addition...more

  • Hitting the Pause Button

    Jun 04 2020

    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. *** 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 M...more

  • The Answer, My Friend, Is Blowing in Woodwind

    May 28 2020

    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. *** 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) *** Natio...more

  • Brass Is A Gas

    May 21 2020

    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! *** 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) Wynt...more

  • Play That Percussion!

    May 14 2020

    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. *** 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...more

  • The String's The Thing

    May 07 2020

    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. *** 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...more

  • Waves, Waves, Waves

    Apr 30 2020

    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! *** 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. *** National Standards incorporated: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts. *** Additional Resources: WHAT IS SOUN...more

  • Tuning In

    Apr 23 2020

    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. *** 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 ...more

  • The Music Box is back for Season 3!

    Apr 15 2020

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

  • Rhythms, Names, and Nonsense

    Nov 21 2019

    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...more

  • Find Your Rhythm!

    Nov 14 2019

    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 Elem...more

  • Rhythm Nation

    Nov 07 2019

    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...more

  • How to "Beat" the System

    Oct 31 2019

    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 fo...more

  • Beat in the Middle

    Oct 24 2019

    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...more

  • All You Can Beat

    Oct 17 2019

    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 ...more

  • It's Going Down, I'm Yelling Timbre!

    Oct 10 2019

    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 Carte...more

  • A Visit to Timbre-land

    Oct 03 2019

    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 i...more

  • Shiver Me Timbres

    Sep 26 2019

    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 L...more

  • Pitch It Real Good!

    Sep 19 2019

    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 Penel...more

  • Pitch It Good!

    Sep 12 2019

    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 Louis...more

  • Pitch It!

    Sep 05 2019

    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. ...more

  • Season 2 Trailer

    Aug 22 2019

    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!

  • Wrapping up Season 1 of The Music Box with Homemade Instruments

    Mar 07 2018

    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...more

  • Meet a Composer! with Rachel Grimes on The Music Box

    Feb 21 2018

    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 ...more

  • The Music Box Episode 2: Superheroes and Time Machines!

    Dec 13 2017

    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 a...more

  • The Music Box Episode 1: The Golden Record

    Aug 02 2017

    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 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...more

  • Introducing The Music Box

    Jul 11 2017

    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 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-...more