If you didn’t know the cello originals, you’d happily accept these as keyboard suites. … spectacular in Bindman’s hands… Fascinating, and fun; Bindman’s scholarly but readable notes seal the deal, and the recording is excellent.
Most parents know by now that Mozart is food for the brain and that learning musical notation can help develop abstract thinking.
We want to expose our kids to all that good stuff. Children are natural music lovers, singers and dancers, but when it comes to learning a musical instrument even the most gifted need some help. Music is easily one of the most popular extra-curricular pastimes and a lot of time, money and effort is invested in taking lessons. Yet a lot of that effort, time and — let’s be practical here — money can be wasted.
As an educator, Eleonor feels compelled to further the reach of classical music into our society. Listening together at home is THE MOST effective way to make kids more receptive to it. Furthermore, listening is free and accessible to everyone these days, as opposed to taking lessons. Put on some classical music when your toddlers are eating instead of a video, when your kids are doing homework, when you are making breakfast on a weekend morning and they are playing…. Children are completely open to the “wordless” language of music – despite our apprehensions that might they need lyrics to engage. Bonus: if you have pets, they will enjoy it too!
Please follow Eleonor’s Twitter initiative @Classical4Kids and spread the word!