Kids sing pop lyrics to classical music, create YouTube hit

26 October 2012, 10:36 | Updated: 26 October 2012, 10:43

A new musical experiment called 'How To Get Kids Into Classical Music' shows a novel way to get young people acquainted with classical music - with a little help from Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, One Direction and more.

Looking for a way to get your kids into classical music? A new musical experiment from CDZA, called 'How To Get Kids Into Classical Music' shows an innovative way to get young people acquainted with the key repertoire - by getting them to sing pop lyrics over the top.

So, you can hear the poetry of Lady Gaga, One Direction, Justin Bieber, Adele and more set to the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Grieg. CDZA, short for The Collective Cadenza, say that the experiment is designed to connect young students with the classics.

The video's YouTube page outlines a rather more academic reasoning behind the video: "Teachers can use these entertaining exercises by CDZA as an entry point to teach their students the fundamentals of music. Why do the lyrics of a Katy Perry song work well with classical music? What underlying principles of music make this mashup happen?"

Previous experiments by CDZA have included a video detailing the history of whistling in pop songs, a musical version of Mark Zuckerberg's life and an orchestral medley of mobile phone ringtones. You can view more of them at their website.