One of my favorite memories from childhood was when I would get dressed up and my Daddy would take me to a classical music concert. I was mesmerized by everything about the orchestra and the music. It was no surprise to my parents when, at 8 years old, I came home from school and announced that I wanted to play the violin. Little did any of us know at the time, but that capricious decision would open many doors of opportunity for me. Over 30 years later I am still playing the violin… and I absolutely love it! Many parents want their kids to develop an appreciation for the fine arts.. or at least be exposed to great classical masterpieces. But how do you do that? How do you bring a young kid to a classical music concert without seriously irritating the other concert patrons? Well, in the Baltimore-DC area, there are a number of great options for families with even very young kids. Read on for inside details about ways to introduce your kids to classical music in the Baltimore area!
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Super Fun Ways to Introduce Young Kids to Classical Music in the Baltimore Area
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box Series
I LOVE this concert series and it is absolutely perfect for kids as young as.. well, as soon as they are aware of their surroundings. I started bringing Sweet Pea to these concerts when she was barely 1 year old and she has always loved them. Here are some reasons why you should consider attending these concerts:
- The Music Box Series Concerts are specifically designed for young children 6 months up through age 3. As such, the concerts are only 30 minutes long and seating is on the floor.
- Seating is on the floor and it is expected that there will be a lot of ‘ambient’ noise. Concerts feature a small ensemble from the orchestra and are hosted by a narrator that leads songs and interacts a lot with the kids. As a matter of fact, kids are actually encouraged to wiggle and dance.
- There are two concerts times, 10AM and 1130AM. Thirty minutes before the concert starts, kids can explore musical concepts further by making a simple craft, doing a coloring page, or playing with toy instruments.
- Upcoming Music Box Concert Performances are:
- Great Big Animals: 27 February at the Silver Spring Civic Building and 5 March at the Meyerhoff
- Birdie Melodies: 2 April at the Silver Spring Civic Building and 9 April at the Meyerhoff
- Life in the Water: 7 May at the Silver Spring Civic Building and 14 May at the Meyerhoff
- Concerts are $12/person.. including for all kids.
- For more information, click here.
Columbia Orchestra Young People’s Concert
The Columbia Orchestra Young People’s Concert is another favorite. Ok, I am a little biased… I am a violinist in the Columbia Orchestra. However, this concert is a favorite for area families who bring their kids year after year.
- The ‘perfect’ age range for this concert is probably 3 or 4-about 10 years old. However, younger children have attended and loved it. It all depends on your child’s interests and temperament.
- The concert is typically narrated by the wonderfully animated Greg Jukes, and there is always some sort of dance accompaniment.
- The concert lasts about 45 minutes and there are two performances, 1030AM and 1PM.
- In between performances, kids can get up close to various instruments and actually play them at the Instrument Petting Zoo.
- For the 2015-2016 Season, the Young People’s Concert is 20 February. Tickets are free for kids age 11 and under, and $15 age 12 and up. For more information, click here.
Other Area Family Concert Opportunities
- The National Symphony Orchestra schedules a few Family concerts throughout their season. For the remainder of the 2015-2016 season, they will play the following concerts:
- Teddy Bear Concert: 12-13 March
- Kinderclassics: 14 May
- Click here for more information.
- The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform their family concert on 14 May. This concert’s theme is Really Inventive Stuff- Theatrical Storytellers. Click here for more information.
Finally, if you decide to bring your toddler or preschooler to a concert, you might want to prep them by checking out one of these great books that talk about the orchestra (click the picture to find out more):
So, what are you waiting for! You and your kids will love enjoying these musical treats!
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