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Musical Bingo

3/27/2020 | Sara

What's Musical Bingo? Musical Bingo is a fun way to help learners young and old to recognize the sounds of the instruments. Your musical ears will really be put to the test as you work towards being able to shout out BINGO in victory! Musical Bingo is the same as... Read More

Let’s Learn to Conduct

3/26/2020 | Inside The Orchestra

Have you ever wondered what a conductor does and how they do it? A conductor's job is to help the orchestra perform beautifully, keeping the music together and bringing out the best sounds possible as a whole group. This no-prep lesson will have you conducting in no time. Find the... Read More

Easy Music Composing for Kids

3/25/2020 | Inside The Orchestra

Anyone can be a composer! Though it may seem intimidating at first, composing music does not have to be a difficult thing - by the end of this post, you'll already have composed your first (and perhaps second and third) piece of music. Learn more about composing your music and... Read More

Imagination Musical Fun

3/24/2020 | Inside The Orchestra

Just because you're stuck indoors, doesn't mean you can't explore the world! Use your imagination to adventure to faraway places, imagine exotic animals, and turn yourself into fun characters. Take A Look & Listen Watch and listen as Inside the Orchestra's very own flutist, Valerie Johnson, takes you on a... Read More

All About the Instruments – Brass and Percussion Families

3/22/2020 | Sara

We've explored the string and woodwind families of the orchestra and now it's time to have some fun with the other two families of the orchestra - the brass and percussion instruments. The Brass Family The sound starts on a brass family instrument when a musician buzzes their lips into... Read More

Musical Games!

3/19/2020 | Sara

Use the game packet downloads to play orchestra games with your family in person or play Orchestra Memory online. Who knew orchestra games could be so fun? Orchestra Guess Who Guess Who is a classic game that is perfect for teaching about the instrument families in the orchestra. It can... Read More

Mini-Music – Fine and Gross Motor Activities

3/19/2020 | Inside The Orchestra

Check out the short playlists and activities below to engage kids in fine motor or gross motor activities. Turn up the music and let them have some independent activity time. Fine Motor Playlist Check out our fine motor mini-playlist, featuring steady music to help little ones concentrate. Fine Motor Activities... Read More

All About the Instruments – String and Woodwind Families

3/18/2020 | Inside The Orchestra

Instrument Families Orchestra instruments are grouped into four main families: the string family, the woodwind family, the brass family, and the percussion family. Today, we will learn about the string and woodwind families. The String Family String family instruments are any instruments that use vibrating strings to create their sound.... Read More

STEAM for All Ages

3/16/2020 | Sara

Music is a fascinating blend of physical vibrations, basic counting, complicated mathematical patterns and rules complete with a whole lot of creativity and humanity thrown in. Because of this, it’s the perfect medium for early learners to explore the scientific process. Below are three STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and... Read More

No-Prep Musical Exploration

3/15/2020 | Sara

Instructions: Follow the prompts or simply use them to inspire your own creative fun.Degree of Involvement: Starts with a discussion, then independent activities.Age range: Preschool through Middle School Orchestra music and storytelling go hand in hand. Orchestra music that tells a story is called program music. Program music is a... Read More

Travel the Musical World this February at Tiny Tots: Music of the World

2/4/2020 | Shelby

[DENVER, CO, February 4th--] Inside the Orchestra is proud to present the 2020 Winter Tiny Tots Concert series: Music of the World. Starting on February 15th at the McNichols Building, kids and their adults will take a trip around the musical world, exploring music from Mexico, Japan, Africa, Italy, Ireland,... Read More

5 Positive Outcomes of Music Education

12/3/2019 | Lauren Harrison

Music is a powerful learning tool for growing minds. In early childhood, music is used to mark the importance of new tasks such as cleaning up, establishing routines, or to engage with others. Continued research on the subject has shown that music has an even stronger impact than previously understood.... Read More