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20 for 20: Our favorite classical music hand washing themes

Posted by Rachel Krueger on Apr 1, 2020 10:00:00 AM



Hand washing is the best weapon we have against the spread of virus or bacteria. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds before and after preparing food, before eating, after touching public surfaces and definitely before touching your face.  We at SHAR also recommend that you follow proper hand washing guidelines before and after handling your instrument.  But, 20 seconds can seem like a long time to suds up.  Some recommend singing a tune to help get in the proper scrub time.  So, with all of those daily trips to the sink, we've decided to put together a list of our 20 favorite melodies from classical music that are guaranteed to keep you washing for at least 20 seconds.  Most segments are a bit longer, just in case you rush. Let us know if you've given any a try or better yet shoot a video of yourself trying out one of these or another of your favorite hand washing melodies!  #classicalhandwashing


We suggest singing or humming at least the measures in the brackets to cover 20 seconds.


1) Spring by Vivaldi

Spring Vivaldi



2) Les Toreadors by Bizet

Les Toreadors Bizet-1


3) Jupiter by Holst

Jupiter Planets Holst-1


4) Polovstian Dances by Borodin

Polovtsian Borodin-1



5) Fur Elise by Beethoven

Fur Elise Beethoven-1


6) Ride of the Valkyries by Wagner

Ride Valkyries Wagner-1



7) Symphony No.9 by Dvorak

dvorak New World-1


8) Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart

Eine Kleine Mozart-1

9) Symphony No.5 by Beethoven

Symphony 5 Beethoven-1


10) Also Sprach Zarathustra by R Strauss

Also Sprach Strauss-1

11) Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring by JS Bach

Jesu Bach-1

12) William Tell Overture by Rossini

William Tell Rossini-1




13) Trepak by Tchaikovsky

Trepak from Nutcracker Tchaikovsky-1

14) Symphony No.9 by Beethoven

Symphony 9 Beethoven-1


15) Canon in D by Pachelbel

Canon Pachelbel-1

16) Triumphal March by Verdi

Triumphal Aida Verdi-1

17) Violin Concerto by Brahms

Violin Concerto Brahms-1

18) Hallelujah Chorus by Handel

Hallelujah Handel-1

19) Hungarian Dance No.5 by Brahms

Hungarian 5 Brahms-1


20) Blue Danube by J Strauss II

Blue Danube Strauss-1



We hope you enjoyed.  Stay safe and well!


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