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Composer Spotlight: Leonard Bernstein

Composer Spotlight – Leonard Bernstein From the Activity Guide: Easy Music Composing for Kids Leonard Bernstein was one of America’s best-known composers. He was also an accomplished pianist, conductor, and educator. Learning about Leonard Bernstein is a lot of fun because he was alive recently enough that you can see videos of him in action […]

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STEAM Composition Activity

STEAM Composition Activity From the Activity Guide: Easy Music Composing for Kids STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math and this composition activity combines music and math is such a smart and simple way. Children will get to flex their creativity and work on their basic addition or subtraction skills all at the

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Music Maps: Elementary & Older

Active Listening Activities: Elementary & Older From the Activity Guide: Music Listening Activities Music Maps are great advanced listening tools for kids to work on independently from elementary school and up. Depending on the age of your kid(s), they’re likely already familiar with the concept of story maps – visual representations of what happens in

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Mozart Madness Audio Playlist

Mozart Madness Spotify Playlist From the Activity Guide: Pick the Parts – Mozart Edition Rondo alla Turca is only one of more than 600 pieces that Mozart wrote in his lifetime! Check out some of his other music in this all-Mozart playlist. For activities to go along with this playlist, go to Activity Guide: Pick the Parts

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Mozart & Orchestra Activity Sheets

Mozart & Orchestra Activity Sheets From the Activity Guide: Pick the Parts – Mozart Edition Mozart was a master of the orchestra and you can be too as you explore the orchestra through activities. Want to teach young children about Mozart’s life, including his childhood years? Check out this list of children’s books all about

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Interactive Activity: Pick the Parts!

Interactive Activity: Pick the Parts! From the Activity Guide: Pick the Parts – Mozart Edition About the Music: Rondo all Turca Rondo alla Turca is from Mozart’s Piano Sonata no. 11. Although originally composed for piano, it has been orchestrated, or rewritten, for many different groups of instruments. It is one of his best-known pieces

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Musical Activities for Different Moods: Happy

Musical Activities for When You’re Feeling Happy From the Activity Guide: Music & Activities for Different Moods Check out some orchestra music that makes us happy. Happiness Activities We think one of the best things to do when you feel happy is to find a way to share it with others. The more happiness is

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Creative Instruments Audio Playlist

Creative Instruments Spotify Playlist From the Activity Guide: Professional vs. DIY Listen for the following instruments in these songs: The Typewriter – I think it’s pretty clear what you’re listening for here! Toy Symphony – This piece uses many different toys and noisemakers throughout. Anvil Chorus – That metal banging sound you hear throughout the

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Video: Professionals vs. DIY Instruments

Professional vs. DIY From the Activity Guide: Professional vs. DIY We challenged two of our professional musicians to play the famous Also Sprach Zarathustra on their usual instruments and then DIY versions of their instruments. We love how this shows that anyone can make music at home, even if you don’t have any instruments. Make

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Rhythm & Tempo Audio Playlist

Orchestra Music that Grooves Spotify Playlist From the Activity Guide: Tempo and Rhythm – Let’s Jam! Check out our playlist full of music that grooves thanks to its fun tempo and rhythms. For activities to go along with this playlist, go to Tempo and Rhythm – Let’s Jam! For activities to go along with this

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All About Rhythm

All About Rhythm From the Activity Guide: Tempo and Rhythm – Let’s Jam! Rhythm in music is patterns of long and short notes combined together. Rhythm is what gives the music it’s groove. Rhythms can be simple- a song like Twinkle, Twinkle Litte Star has the same quarter note rhythm throughout the whole piece. Or

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