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The Music Box

The Music Box is an interactive music education podcast for kids, exploring fundamental music concepts through performing, responding and connecting. The current season is hosted by music educators Kiana Del and Fiona Palensky. Each episode gets listeners involved in making music! Short episodes are perfect for a car ride or just hanging out at home. Get printable lesson plans and ideas for extending the learning at musicboxpod.org. The Music Box is produced by Louisville Public Media and made possible in part by support from PNC and the Norton Foundation.

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  • Experimentation Station!

    For season six’s FINALE, we’ll board the finest time traveling locomotive this side of the train soundboard once again to explore experimental music throughout history! We’ll be going all the way from Pauline Oliveros to Bjӧrk, remembering all the things we’ve talked about this season, like improvisation, drum machines, and more! Learn about musical experiments, meet up with an old friend, and get your ticket to hop aboard at musicboxpod.org. Recommended for grades 3-8, but all students can join in on the time traveling fun!!

    musicboxpod.org. Recommended for grades 3-8, but all students can join in on the time traveling fun!!

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  • The Music Doctors: Funk’s Got a Brand New Groove

    In the words of James Brown, “get funky with me! C’mon!” We’re back in the operating room this week, so put on your lab coats and get ready to examine all the elements of our next patient - Funk! Join us as we explore rock steady beats, staying on the one, and grooving supporting guitar chords.

    This episode is recommended for grades K-5, but everyone can groove with us! Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.



    In the words of James Brown, “get funky with me! C’mon!” We’re back in the operating room this week, so put on your lab coats and get ready to examine all the elements of our next patient - Funk! Join us as we explore rock steady beats, staying on the one, and grooving supporting guitar chords.

    This episode is recommended for grades K-5, but everyone can groove with us! Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.



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  • Music Made By Bugs?!

    Creepy crawlies, wriggling worms, buzzing bees, singing cicadas, oh my! Get your daily dose of music AND science as we dive into the bug's life and the music they inspire.


    This episode is recommended for grades K-5, but everyone can join in on the flying fun. Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.


    Creepy crawlies, wriggling worms, buzzing bees, singing cicadas, oh my! Get your daily dose of music AND science as we dive into the bug's life and the music they inspire.


    This episode is recommended for grades K-5, but everyone can join in on the flying fun. Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.


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  • Behind the Music: I'm a Music Therapist!

    We’re going behind the music once again this week! We’ll learn all about what it means to be a music therapist in an interview with an expert from the field. Join as we talk about how music affects your brain with music therapist Marissa Thomas of Sharing Music and Mindfulness! Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org. Recommended for grades 6-8 and 9-12, but younger students can join in on the fun with some guidance.

    We’re going behind the music once again this week! We’ll learn all about what it means to be a music therapist in an interview with an expert from the field. Join as we talk about how music affects your brain with music therapist Marissa Thomas of Sharing Music and Mindfulness! Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org. Recommended for grades 6-8 and 9-12, but younger students can join in on the fun with some guidance.

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  • Meeting Asian Composers with Kojin Tashiro

    This episode is a special one! We’ll board violinist and sound designer Kojin Tashiro’s private jet and fly all around the Asian continent, meet 4 great composers and learn about the music they make.


    Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org. Recommended for grades K-5, but everyone can embark on this ethereal journey.

  • Synthesizer to Space!

    Blast off on the SS Wendy Carlos with the Music Box team and learn about all things synthesizers. From sine waves to square waves, we’ll explore the musical galaxy together to uncover all there is to know about these otherworldly electronic instruments.


    Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org. Recommended for grades K-5, but everyone can embark on this ethereal journey.

  • Broke Down Somewhere near Jupiter

    Oh, no! Looks like Kiana and Fiona need a little more time to fix up their spaceship before you can come aboard. Luckily, they have everything under control (they took the manual with them).


    Get ready to blast off on September 7th. Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org. Recommended for grades K-5, but everyone can have a seat on the spaceship.

  • Behind the Music: I'm a Producer!

    What IS a producer anyway? How many hats do they wear? How does a producer help a music track come to life? Find out the answers to all your questions on this episode of The Music Box! We’re going behind the music with producer Antonio Garder, AKA Yons!


    Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org. This episode is recommended for grades 6-8 and 9-12, but younger students can join in fun with some guidance.

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  • Pass The Melted Butter! Polyrhythms and Polymeters

    Have you ever tried to count rhythms with an apple or a pineapple? Tried to pass the melted butter? Maybe a hot cup of tea? Find out what all these wacky expressions mean on this episode of The Music Box. We’re exploring all things polymeters (and their super fun mnemonic devices!)


    This episode is recommended for grades K-5, but everyone can join in on the polyrhythmic groove. Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.

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  • I Scream! You Scream! We All Scream for the Drum Machine!

    You’ve heard about the instrument families from woodwinds, to brass, to strings, even percussion, but have you explored the mean green drum machine?! On this episode of The Music Box, we’ll be learning all about how musical legends like J Dilla and Sly & the Family Stone used the drum machine as a tool, and how you can too!


    Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.

    This episode is recommended for grades 3-5 and above, but all students can catch the beat with some guidance!

    You’ve heard about the instrument families from woodwinds, to brass, to strings, even percussion, but have you explored the mean green drum machine?! On this episode of The Music Box, we’ll be learning all about how musical legends like J Dilla and Sly & the Family Stone used the drum machine as a tool, and how you can too!


    Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.

    This episode is recommended for grades 3-5 and above, but all students can catch the beat with some guidance!

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  • Behind the Music: I'm a recording engineer!

    We’re going on a completely different journey for this episode! We’ll learn all about what it means to be a recording engineer in an interview with an expert from the field. Join as we go behind the music with Anne Gauthier from La La Land Studios right here in Louisville, Kentucky!


    Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.


    This episode recommended for grades 6-8 and 9-12, but younger students can join in fun with some guidance.

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    This episode recommended for grades 6-8 and 9-12, but younger students can join in fun with some guidance.

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  • Improvisation Station!

    This episode, we’ll board the finest time traveling locomotive this side of the train soundboard to explore improvisation through time! Some very special Louisville legends will join us as magical musical guests, taking us from the medieval period all the way to the future of improvisation.


    Join in on your own futuristic improvisation with THIS Playtronica Synthesizer.


    Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.


    This episode is recommended for grades 3-5 and 6-8, but anyone can join in on the time traveling fun!

    This episode, we’ll board the finest time traveling locomotive this side of the train soundboard to explore improvisation through time! Some very special Louisville legends will join us as magical musical guests, taking us from the medieval period all the way to the future of improvisation.


    Join in on your own futuristic improvisation with THIS Playtronica Synthesizer.


    Additional lessons and resources at musicboxpod.org.


    This episode is recommended for grades 3-5 and 6-8, but anyone can join in on the time traveling fun!

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