Classical Music for Children and Halloween

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra hosted its Children’s Halloween Concert on October 21st at the Michigan Theatre in Jackson. My husband and I were fortunate to attend this event, while our children were celebrating at a birthday party. Although they couldn’t join us, this family-friendly concert was intentionally designed to nurture a fondness for classical music in young audiences. The turnout was remarkable, with nearly a full house at the Michigan Theatre, where both kids and parents adorned costumes, creating a festive atmosphere alongside the talented symphony orchestra.

The Importance of Immersing Children in a Variety of Musical Styles

Exposing children under the age of 8 to a diverse range of musical styles is amazing for their overall development. Children’s brains become increasingly specialized in musical absorption and development during the critical period between the ages of 2 and 9. With the most rapid development occurring around age 6 or 7.

Music transcends cultural boundaries and fosters cognitive, emotional, and social growth. By introducing children to various musical genres, they not only cultivate a broadened appreciation for different cultures but also enhance their cognitive abilities. Classical music, with its intricate compositions can:

  • Boost a child’s intellectual development
  • Enhance problem-solving skills
  • Enhance spatial-temporal reasoning
  • Improve memory retention

Classical Music and Themed Songs for Children and Halloween

Classical music isn’t just for adults. It can be thoughtfully themed for children, engaging them in imaginative journeys. Moreover, it provides the perfect backdrop for playful exploration of seasonal themes like Halloween. Through whimsical adaptations and child-friendly arrangements of classical compositions, kids can experience the enchanting and mysterious side of classical music. A delightful way to celebrate the Halloween season. By introducing children to classical works, parents and educators can create a Halloween atmosphere filled with excitement, suspense, and creativity.

Music Program:

Below is the program lineup for the Children’s Halloween Concert, accompanied by a brief explanation of how each song may have been chosen to foster a love for Halloween tunes among young children. You can also listen to the entire playlist of songs our our Spotify!

  1. “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Grieg engages children with its suspenseful and playful melodies, making classical music a thrilling adventure for young ears.
  2. “Ohne Sorgen” by Strauss introduces children to the joyful and lively world of waltz, offering a taste of elegance and celebration through musical diversity.
  3. Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances” captivate young listeners with their lively folk rhythms, connecting children to cultural diversity and the charm of traditional music.
  4. Mussorgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain” immerses children in a world of musical drama and fantasy, allowing them to explore the enchanting and slightly eerie side of classical music.
  5. Symphonie Fantastique: IV. March to the Scaffold” by Berlioz introduces children to the world of orchestral storytelling, encouraging them to embrace diversity in classical music through vivid musical narrative.
  6. Saint-Saens’ “Danse Macabre” captures children’s imaginations with its spooky yet captivating melodies, providing an opportunity to explore the intriguing side of classical music.
  7. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Dukas (most popularly recalled from Disney’s Fantasia with the dancing brooms) offers children an enchanting journey filled with magic and imagination.
  8. John Williams’ “Adventures of E.T.” introduces children to the enchanting and heartwarming world of film music, demonstrating the diverse and emotional aspects of musical storytelling.