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Music Activities for Emotional Exploration and Management

Music is a powerful tool for expressing and processing emotions – and for finding ways to rest, get creative, and have fun. Here is a quick resource list of resources and activities for different emotions and moods. For anxious moments, here is a short playlist of soothing music along with two quick mindfulness activities you …

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Musical Bird Songs

Composers throughout history have used their music to tell a story or to imitate sounds that they hear around them. Some of the most common sounds composers have imitated in their music are bird calls. Music from hundreds of years ago all the way to music written today features bird calls played by instruments all …

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Scott Joplin – The King of Ragtime

Who Was Scott Joplin? Scott Joplin was an African American composer who is famous for the Ragtime style of music. Watch this short video about Joplin or read some of the facts below. Important Facts: Share this with your children to talk about Scott Joplin’s life, his challenges, and his successes. He came from a …

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Explore the Instruments of the Orchestra

On this page, you can learn all about each instrument of the orchestra, what they sound like, and even test your skills by identifying instruments in a sound quiz. To start, let’s explore each instrument more in depth. Click on each instrument to: Hear its name and its sound Watch original Inside the Orchestra videos …

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Art Party

Art Party Video We regularly release Virtual Art Parties to help you and your children connect with music and art at home. Virtual Art Parties are the perfect way for kids and adults of any age to let their creativity flow, relax with the calming power of music and art, and find some inner tranquility …

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88 Instruments – Story and Activities

Watch and Listen Watch as the main character strums, picks, and plunks his way to finding the perfect instrument for him, the piano! Hands-On Piano Activities Paper Piano – Babies to Elementary If you don’t have a piano or keyboard at home, this 2D piano is a great way for young ones to get hands-on. …

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Arts and Music Scavenger Hunt

Let’s go on a scavenger hunt! You can stay in your own home or backyard or go on an even bigger adventure outside. Once you’ve gathered your items, there are so many creative things you can do. Thank you to teaching artist Heather Hughes for working on this fun activity guide with us. Scavenger Hunt …

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Opera for Kids: Opera Conducting, Puzzle, Mad Libs, & Music

About Opera Conducting Opera Puzzle Conductor Steven explains that one of the main differences between conducting an orchestra and conducting an opera is all the different parts that have to come together in a performance. This puzzle is a fun way to visualize many of the things that have to join perfectly in order to …

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Time to Drum!

Percussion Videos Watch as percussionist Peter Cooper tells you about the percussion instruments in the orchestra. Percussion Activities for Babies – Preschool Pom Pom Drum Painting This is a fun activity to involve your littlest ones in both music and art-making at the same time! This tutorial makes drum sticks out of pom-poms and wooden …

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Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!

Thank you to Abner Genece for reading us this fun story. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! is a delightful story about the instruments of the orchestra that includes some simple musical math. Watch and Listen Musical Math for Toddlers through Elementary Toddlers through Preschool Basic counting is an important part of music. Use this simple, …

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Music High and Low

Watch and Listen Woodwind musician Kathryn Simpson shows off some of the high and low note sounds in the woodwind section using her Piccolo and English Horn. Watch a silly straw trick to see how the length of a tube changes the pitch of sound, listen to a beautiful English Horn melody, and then end …

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Inside the Story: Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo

Story Time: Watch and Listen Teaching artist Abner Genece Reads us Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo. Zoo Animal Song Babies to Elementary School One of the reasons we love children’s songs is that the lyrics can be so adaptable to fit any theme or subject. We suggest adapting “The Wheels on the …

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