Classical Music
Nursery Age 0 Curriculum Suggestions
by Katrina Lybbert

Classical Music Overview

Music has always been a very important part of my life.  I have been excited to learn how music, especially classical music, can increase brain development.  There has been a lot of research done, and I am sure many of you have heard of "The Mozart Effect".  I have suggested some wonderful books in the resource list below that I recommend as essential reading for every parent.

For each lesson I recommend listening to the selection daily with your baby.  I find that feeding times work well, the music can be playing in the background.  Some of the selections will also work well as lullabies and can be played at bedtime.  Many of the Mozart selections are from the The Mozart Effect Music for Children CDs, Volumes 1, 2, & 3.  The final selection, Brahms Hungarian Dance No. 5, is a lively piece to celebrate the year of music you have shared with your baby.  I hope you will enjoy this musical experience.

Classical Music Resources

Suggested Reading

The Mozart Effect for Children by Don Campbell
Nurturing Your Child with Music by John M. Ortiz, PH.D.
Good Music, Brighter Children by Sharlene Habermeyer

Suggested Music CDs

The Mozart Effect Music for Children, Volume 1: Tune up Your Mind
The Mozart Effect Music for Children, Volume 2: Relax, Daydream & Draw
The Mozart Effect Music for Children, Volume 3: Mozart in Motion
The Mozart Effect Music for Babies - Playtime to Sleepytime
Build Your Baby's Brain Through the Power of Mozart Volume 2

Suggested Web Sites

The Classical Music Archives

Thoughts on the importance of music for young children:

Classical Music Lesson List
(You can substitute my choices with choices of your own.)

Lesson 1  Mozart: Andante, Symphony No. 17, K.129
Lesson 2 Bach: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Lesson 3 Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, 2nd Movement
Lesson 4 Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 5 "Spring" (Adagio molto espressivo)
Lesson 5 Mozart: Andante, Cassation, K.63
Lesson 6 Brahms: Waltz in A flat major, Op. 39, No. 15
Lesson 7 Mozart: Andante, Symphony No. 6, K. 43
Lesson 8 Smetna: The Moldau
Lesson 9 Mozart: Andante, Symphony No. 15, K.124
Lesson 10 Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - Waltz of the Flowers
Lesson 11 Mozart: Fantasy in D minor, K.397
Lesson 12 Debussy: Petite Suite - En Bateau
Lesson 13 Mozart: Concertante, Serenade No. 9, K. 320
Lesson 14 Saint-Saens: The Carnival of the Animals - The Aquarium
Lesson 15 Mozart: German Dance No. 4, K.602
Lesson 16 Bach: Cantata BMV 208, "Where Sheep May Safely Graze"
Lesson 17 Mozart: Adagio, Divertimento K.287
Lesson 18 Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 (Pathetique, Adagio Cantabile)
Lesson 19 Mozart: 5 Variations on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star K.265
Lesson 20 Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor




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