September 22, 2006

Musical Edumacation

Lest all my readers think my children only are getting exposure to pop music, we just finished studying Beethoven -- The Boy really likes Für Elise -- and I'm introducing them to Mozart. Not that the kids have gotten to their respective ages without hearing many great composers already, but up to this point we just listened and didn't learn much about the men behind the music.

After reading some biographies of Mozart, I pulled out my photo album from my semester studying in Europe and showed the kids pictures of Salzburg. They thought the pictures of the house where Mozart was born, his wife's grave and of the castle on the hill that had been drawn in our biography were interesting, and I'm glad I had personal photos of those to show them.

The lesson did lose a little bit in flipping through the pages of the photo album though. They thought the photos of me at age 19 and my picture of the Salzburg McDonald's sign were much more interesting.




I can see the Claire Dane resemblence. That sign almost makes McDonalds look fancy.

While visiting my mom last summer, she gave my wife some pictures taken during my college graduation, and an old girlfriend was captured on a print. I had to endure several minutes of "Who's that?!", both from wife and son before going onto other pictures. Don't know if you have any pictures of old boyfriends floating around for your children's "amusement".

[If you really want to get the Boy thinking, ask him who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Superman. This will typically lead to many other permutations of whatever superheroes he can name.]

Posted by: MarcV at September 22, 2006 10:28 AM

Mozart is my favorite.

I clearly remember hearing Symphony no.40 for the first time and crying because it seemed so so sad.

Posted by: mary at September 22, 2006 10:47 AM