The Well-Tempered Ear

How do you best introduce classical music to children? Professionals and parents respond with suggestions. | May 29, 2011

By Jacob Stockinger

If you don’t already follow NPR’s classical music blog Deceptive Cadence, you should.

The latest big issue they tackle – and they tackle many – is: What is the best way to introduce children to classical music.

And it isn’t just pontificating by NPR’s classical fans or NPR’s very smart classical blog director Tom Huizenga.

NPR also invited various professional musicians including conductor Marin Alsop (below), pianist Leif Ove Andsnes and soprano Christine Brewer to answer the question.

NPR writer Anastasia Tsioulcas also has some observations and suggestions to make as a parent.

I found it enlightening and suggestive, although I also have my own ideas.

Apparently many readers and listeners, many of them parents themselves, also responded with suggestions and observations. Here are some:

Perhaps you will have a similar reaction.

And the picture of the young Nigel Kennedy – who later become a punky virtuoso violinist by the single name of Kennedy and then went back to his full name – is worth a look.

How were you introduced to classical music?

The Ear wants to hear.

Posted in Classical music

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