When giving children access to screen time, it can be hard to find the right apps or sites for them to use that will be fun and educational. We have some suggestions for websites you can visit that will engage the little ones in your life with music in just about every way, from playing to listening; identifying instruments to composing. These pages are fun, user-friendly, and have a variety of activities that can engage children of many ages. Check out some of our suggestions below. We’re not sponsored by any of these organizations – we just think they’re great.
This site has it all – there are options for streaming music if you just want to play something in the background, but the real fun comes in the interactive elements. In the “play” section, you can choose to capture stars in rhythm to a wide variety of orchestra pieces (better for younger children) or react to the mood of the music by picking phrases that sum up how the music makes you feel (best for kids who can read on their own). In the “perform” section, kids can select from a wide variety of instruments and experiment with their sound. The “conduct” section lets you learn the basics of conducting. The “compose” section teaches about music composition and lets you start experimenting with creating your own music. This site has a variety of options for a variety of ages. Very young children would need help with exploration, but for kids who can navigate a screen and read, there are hours of options to engage them.
For a more relaxed experience, we suggest exploring the Naxos Records “Classics for Children” site. There you will find a long list of children’s stories set to music by a variety of composers, including Bartok, Prokofiev, and Ravel (all composers we have highlighted in Tiny Tots). Many well-known personalities narrate the stories. Try one for a different kind of bedtime story, where kids can experience story and music together. The next day, try listening to a piece of music and create your own stories from how the music makes you feel.
There are many more resources out there, and we will continue to share them with you. Check back here for more activities to engage your kids with the world of music. You can also follow us on Pinterest, where we share ideas and activities to keep the little ones in your life engaged and enthralled.