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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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Tempo and Rhythm – Let’s Jam!

Learn all about two of the components of music that keep it moving and grooving: tempo and rhythm. All About Tempo Tempo is the speed of music – how fast or slow the music is. Let’s learn about tempo. Tempo Video Babies through Middle School Listen as Conductor Dan talks about two common tempos in …

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Music from Around the World

At our Tiny Tots programs last month, little ones and their grown-ups were encircled by our orchestra and special guest performers for a musical tour of the world. We played music from more than 12 different countries and cultures and featured 14 amazing individual guest artists. Here are just a few highlights with some activities …

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Multi-Sensory Music Fun

Multi-Sensory Music Fun Music is more than just sounds – it reaches so many different parts of the brain. Listening to music can spark memories or bring forward unexpected emotions. Music changes the mood of movies and can even alter the way that food tastes. If music crosses the barriers between senses naturally, why not …

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Music Listening Activities

Active Listening Activities for Kids Active listening is often a skill that is difficult for young children (and, who are we kidding, it can be difficult for adults as well). These activities will help engage your child in active music listening as well as teach them about the emotional, musical, and sequential characteristics of music. …

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Musical Bingo

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 regular Bingo, except instead of …

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Let’s Learn to Conduct

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 Beat Older learners may already …

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Imagination Musical Fun

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 musical adventure. Carnival of the …

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All About the Instruments – Brass and Percussion Families

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 the mouthpiece to get the …

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Mini-Music – Fine and Gross Motor Activities

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 Babies and young toddlers will …

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All About the Instruments – String and Woodwind Families

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. In an orchestra, the most …

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STEAM for All Ages

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 Math) experiments for kids in …

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