Adorable Kids Sing Mashups of Classical Tunes and Pop Lyrics

How do you get kids to like music written hundreds of years before they were born? The viral video collective cdza has a plan. Imagine "party rock is in the house tonight!" sung to the tune of Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik."  Actually you don't have to -- just watch the video below. Two young singers, Alyssa Lower and Aiden Medina, give famous classical pieces a pop spin and hilarity ensues. Who knew that Grieg's Peer Gynt overture would mesh so well with the lyrics of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"? 

On their YouTube page, the "Philosopher Emeritus at CDZA University's Department of Musical Pedagogy," Matt Werner elaborates: 

President Ronald Reagan said, "Civilizations are most often remembered for their art and thought." Giving students an entry point into eighteenth and nineteenth century music can interest them in the history of the music and study the society that produced it. Liberal arts education is unfortunately under threat with budget cutbacks across the U.S. But education in the arts is necessary to create a well-rounded person, foster intellectual development, and provide a cultural framework and aesthetic lens to appreciate great works of art. Furthermore, getting students interested in classical music through popular music today, can help drive interest and hopefully engage the next generation of great musicians to create their own work.

Check out his full statement here. Created by Joe Sabia, Michael Thurber, and Matt McCorckle, cdza brings a rotating cast of professional musicians together to create inventive videos around music, amassing millions of views on their YouTube channel. Don't miss their previous hits, like History of Whistling and History of Lyrics That Aren't Lyrics: 

For more from cdza, visit http://www.cdzamusic.com/.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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