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Free Resource: Cartoon & Classical Music Collection - Compass Classroom Blog

Free Resource: Cartoon & Classical Music Collection


We live in a day and age where we have instant access to anything we could possibly want. This poses significant pros and cons when it comes to exposing our children to good music. On the one hand, it's easy for them to just get in a groove of what they like and never try anything new. On the other, there are so many easy and fun ways to open the door of classical music to them! It doesn't have to be boring or uptight.
We've compiled a fun new resource that will show your kids that classical music can be fun too--by connecting it to Looney Tunes!

Any of us who watched Looney Tunes growing up have been exposed to more classical music than we realize. They frequently use it as background music for their slapstick shenanigans.

NEW Free Resource: 9 Looney Tunes classical music pieces!

Show your kids the cartoons below, then download the audio for a fun connection to classical music!

Here are the songs included: 

Tales from the Vienna Woods, OP 325

This piece was written by German composer Johann Strauss II in 1868. It is inspired by the folk music of the people of Vienna.

It's featured in the cartoon A Corny Concerto

The Blue Danube, OP 314

This piece was also written by Strauss and is a classic. Chances are good your kids have heard it before! But have they heard it coupled with cartoon animal antics? Maybe not.

This piece is also featured in A Corny Concerto and you can hear it about 4 minutes and 10 seconds into the video.

Minute Waltz in D Flat Major

This piece was written by Frederic Chopin, a Polish composer. He wrote the majority of his music at a young age. This piece was written at age 37, a mere two years before he died.

It's featured in the cartoon Hyde and the Hare.

The Barber of Seville Overture

Gioachino Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote 39 different operas. The Barber of Seville is his most famous one.

The overture is featured in the cartoon Rabbit of Seville.


This piece (translated "Dreaming" in English) was written by Robert Schumann in 1838.

It is featured in the cartoon Hare Ribbin. Please note this cartoon might be disturbing to small children, and use your discernment.

Hungarian Dances

Johannes Brahms was pretty dedicated to Hungarian dances! He wrote 21 pieces based on them, finishing in 1838.

You can hear a selection of these pieces in the clip Pigs in a Polka.

Hungarian Rhapsody no. 2

This piece was written by Franz Liszt (try saying that three times fast!) and is frequently featured in various cartoons through the decades. It has a very whimsical flair to it.

You can see a collaboration of these cartoons below.

The Overture to the Flying Dutchman

Richard Wagner wrote this opera in 1843. It essentially put him on the map, and his repertoire is broadly beloved today.

The Overture is featured in the cartoon What's Opera, Doc?

Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walkure

Die Walkure is the second in an epic set of four operas written by Wagner. Ride of the Valkyries is a particularly well known song derived from that opera.

Rather than subject your kids to the 15 hours of music found therein, have them watch this short clip Kill Da Wabbit.

We hope the free resource we've provided opens a door to you and your children. It's easy to show them how fun classical music can be! Maybe this will be a springboard for them to explore even more genres of quality music.