Susan Hammond's Classical Kids

When my children were small, easily our best discovery of music to listen to  - children and adults - was this series of CD's.  Happily they are still available, and for anyone who missed them, I'm happy to write bit to let you know about them.  Do you have a child in your life? This is the gift!

Susan Hammond is from Toronto, and in the 80's and 90's produced this series. She wrote beautiful and engaging stories and added music from many of the great classical and baroque composers. They are woven together and very well done. I was reminded to write about this when I heard a YouTube video the other day of a Vivaldi Recorder concerto that transported me immediately back 25 years, to the many playings of this recording. We had long trips from the Cariboo to Vancouver and Calgary in those days, and these were our favourite accompaniments!

They are available on Amazon and almost all libraries have copies to loan. The series includes Mr. Bach comes to call, Beethoven lives upstairs (my son's favourite) Vivaldi's Mysterious Ring, Mozart's Magical "something", Tchaikovsky Discovers America. There is also a 9 recording box set with teacher plans for each of them. Would be most fabulous home schooling project.

She also did at least two others not focussed on individual composers, Daydreams and Lullabys, and a Christmas one.  All first class.  Would be great to listen to together, by internet or in person, and I can guarantee that the adults will enjoy and learn as much as the kids.

Happy to hear about your favourites!

3 comments

  • Bonnie Chaban
    Bonnie Chaban california
    I have a iphone x and what to to able to listen to these cds on my phone. My son loved these when he was young. could not locate on spotify. any suggestions?

    I have a iphone x and what to to able to listen to these cds on my phone. My son loved these when he was young. could not locate on spotify. any suggestions?

  • Marilyn Rummel - Harp Canada Studio
    Marilyn Rummel - Harp Canada Studio
    Well, I got the spotify info from a search when I worte this - something said, stream on spotify - but I just looked and couldn't find it either. Will change it. Best way is to get a CD and copy it onto your computer and then upload it to your cellphone. I also just found it on Amazon music, which you might get with prime, alothough they just tried to get me to pay for it, the series was there, however. Will investigate...

    Well, I got the spotify info from a search when I worte this - something said, stream on spotify - but I just looked and couldn't find it either. Will change it.

    Best way is to get a CD and copy it onto your computer and then upload it to your cellphone. I also just found it on Amazon music, which you might get with prime, alothough they just tried to get me to pay for it, the series was there, however. Will investigate...

  • Marilyn Rummel - Harp Canada Studio
    Marilyn Rummel - Harp Canada Studio
    more to report - just found I could access amazon music with my prime account, but they only have "Mozarts Magic Fantasy", none of the others on the free list.

    more to report - just found I could access amazon music with my prime account, but they only have "Mozarts Magic Fantasy", none of the others on the free list.

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