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(Last Updated: May 13, 2020)

With schools closed, we know it can be hard to fill your little ones’ days. To help, the Philharmonic Society is happy to share resources to entertain and inspire families with music. We’ll keep updating this list, and we invite fans to send us additional resources that we can share with the community by emailing

21 Classical Music Activities for Self-Isolating Families
From learning a new instrument to finding your favorite podcast, here’s our pick of musical ideas to help you keep children entertained while coronavirus quarantine measures are in place.

BBC’s Ten Pieces: Get Creative with Classical Music
BBC Ten Pieces opens up the world of classical music to 7-14 year olds. Explore our exciting films, lesson plans, instrumental arrangements & live events!

Benedetti Foundation: Virtual Sessions
The star violinist Nicola Benedetti and her fellow tutors are serving up daily online music lessons with fun and inspiring tutorials for all playing levels.

Boston Symphony Orchestra At Home: Homeschool
A collection of video tutorials with BSO musicians made to support students and at-home learning.

BrainPOP: Arts and Music
BrainPOP was created as a creative way to explain difficult concepts to young users. In the Arts and Music units, students can use the interactive learning tools to discover the world of classical music from watching videos about famous composers to learning music theory and creating their own piece. Right now, BrainPOP is offering free access for anyone impacted by school closures.

Camp Hello Bello
Camp Hello Bello is an ongoing free “virtual camp” that has everything including music, singing, dancing, story time, and everything else you’d get from counselors by a lake in the summer. Because the kids are at home all day, Camp Hello Bello is coming in to help fill the hours with some extra creativity. And it's all free to the online community.

Classical Kids Storytime
What happens when an adventurous girl discovers a house in the woods owned by bears and filled with classical recordings? Or what happens when a quiet boy named Ronan attends an orchestra concert for the first time? Kids can find out in the podcast Classical Kids Storytime, which offers classic and original stories with a classical music twist.

Carnegie Hall
Digital Musical Explorers takes young people and their families on a journey through music from around the world.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra for Kids
At this time when families are educating and entertaining while sheltering in place, the Negaunee Music Institute shares resources from past CSO School & Family Concerts. These resources will be fun and educational ways for your whole family to continue interacting with orchestral music and the CSO.

Classical MPR: Classical Kids Storytime
Classic stories with a classical twist — including 'The Tortoise and the Hare,' 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' and 'The Emperor's New Clothes.

Classics for Kids®
Learn about classical music and have fun too! Naomi Lewin brings classical music's great composers to life through music and stories. Have fun online with classical music games. Find Classics for Kids on the radio, listen to the podcast or listen to the programs online. Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.

Classics for Kids Podcast
Introduce children to classical music in a fun and entertaining way.

Chrome Music Lab
Music combines with science, math, and art in this interactive website. Adults and kids alike will be fascinated by soundwaves and artwork coming to life as sound and percussion loops provide the music.

Cliburn Kids Videos (Monday and Thursday Livestreams)
Kids can take a break from at-home school studies to have some music fun, as they explore rhythm, storytelling, dance, and listening games. Buddy Bray—Cliburn artistic advisor and co-author of the Cliburn in the Classroom signature in-school program—will lead kids on short (7- to 10-minute), entertaining, and educational journeys, on Mondays and Thursdays at 7am.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids
Learn about famous composers, build your own instrument with detailed guides, or watch videos.

David Walliams' Marvelous Musical Podcast
Join David Walliams as he goes on a marvelous musical journey of discovery and meets some of the most famous names from the history of music – from Ludwig ‘Grumpy’ van Beethoven to 19th-century rock star Franz Liszt.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Educational Concert Series
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has released their educational concert series just for you! Complete with educational materials, special hosts and thoughtfully chosen music, these concerts bring kids inside the orchestra.

From the Top Virtual Concerts
From the Top is an organization that funds and promotes the education of talented, young instrumentalists. You may know them from their NPR podcast. Well now, they are streaming virtual concerts on Facebook Live! Every Friday at 6pm (EST), tune in to the website linked above to catch artists, ages 8-18, performing your favorite classical music.

Go Classical for Kids!
In this interactive site, kids can explore the wonders of classical music by creating their own opera, participating in listening activities with parents, learning about music from classical pros, and much more!

The Greatest Classical Composers for Babies YouTube Playlist
Introduce young children to classical music with these sensory videos that combine iconic classical music with stimulating animation.

Happy Note
Happy Note music games are both amusing and educational. They offer a way to learn to read music notes in treble clef and bass clef the fun way.

Hear Here Podcast
Hear Here! is a music appreciation podcast for kids (K-5)! We explore different genres of music and the various ways music affects our lives. Each episode is accompanied by classroom activities, discussion prompts, and additional resources for parents and teachers.

Jam Zone
You’ve always wanted to join the band, and now you can! At Jam Zone, powered by HARMAN, you get free interactive tutorials, videos and instrumentals that will have you rockin’ on Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboard, and more in no time. Check it out today!

Let’s Play Music
A blog featuring countless educational musical activities to do with children with ages ranging from babies to elementary school.

Lincoln Center Pop-up Classroom
As a part of #LincolnCenterAtHome, Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom brings you your daily dose of creative art-making. Every weekday morning at 11am PDT, a Lincoln Center Teaching Artist leads families and kids in a workshop that uses simple materials found at home.

Met Opera Global Summer Camp
Join the Met Opera Global Summer Camp for a worldwide, virtual adventure in story and song! The Metropolitan Opera is hosting a FREE eight-week summer camp for ages 8 through 18—virtually! Each week they feature a different opera, with special guests and targeted lessons. Campers will create eight pieces of music, art, or choreography inspired by the eight operas!

The Music Box Podcast
The Music Box is an interactive music education podcast for kids, exploring fundamental music concepts through performing, responding and connecting.

Music Learning Community
This website contains hundreds of learning games of varying levels, all carefully planned to gain mastery of the elements of music theory, ear training and rhythmic skills in an exciting, challenging environment.

Music Notes
This guide introduces music theory, different styles of music, types of instruments, directions for music games to make learning fun, and provides several more excellent resources for those looking to continue learning about specific musical topics.
This website will teach you the basics of music theory, from identifying pitches and note duration, all the way up to building your own chords and cadences. There are lessons for when you are just learning and exercises to test your skills!

Myleene’s Music Klass
Watch musician and Classic FM presenter Myleene Klass in an online series of fun curriculum-based music lessons, all demonstrated alongside her two daughters.

My Promise Project
Pianist and arts activist Lara Downes has created the My Promise Project for those who are both musically- and civically- minded. Beginning on July 6, Lara Downes will use "Freedom and Protest songs as inspiration for students to create their own artistic statements of leadership and activism." These workshops challenge and engage young people as they envision futures built on awareness, intention, and action.

New York Philharmonic Kid Zone
Great graphics and fun games-like the clarinet scavenger hunt-make this New York Philharmonic website great, especially for instrumental students.

New York Philharmonic Very Young People’s Concerts @ Home
Families can enjoy fun musical episodes at home with this interactive video series. Host Rebecca Young and Philharmonic musicians introduce their instruments and the building blocks of music through games, silly songs, and activities that get your body moving and creativity flowing!

Orli Shaham's Bach Yard Playdates
The internationally acclaimed pianist Orli Shaham brings her interactive classical concert series for children to your home! Orli’s Bach Yard Playdates introduces musical concepts, instruments and the experience of concert-going to children. Each episode will be around ten minutes of music, activities, and interactive stories, posted each Sunday at 11am.

PBS Music Games
Play music with all your favorite PBS characters, as you learn about all genres of music and create your own!

Piano Teacher Playground
This resource site features printable games, free printable music theory worksheets that are fun for kids, holiday worksheets with fun themes and colorful graphics, and more in case you need to help your little one practice.

Play On: A New Online Platform for Music Education
Play On is a resource for all! Teachers can stay connected and become an even better teacher with our professional development opportunities, free resources and chance to share their views. Parents can make music a family affair by finding out how they can support their children on their musical journey and create musical moments that everyone at home can share. And students can get advice and great ideas to improve their playing or singing, have fun and share their musical journey!

Prodigies Music
Engaging and educational activities for kids ages 2-12. Your home or classroom will come to life with music as your kids learn to sing in tune, play their first instrument and understand the language of music.

Quaver Music
Continue your musical journey at home! Quaver curriculum resources are perfectly suited to be used for teacher-guided, at-home learning or self-guided exploration and fun.

Rainbow Kids Lullabies: Classical Music Videos for Babies
The Rainbow Kids Classical Music for Babies Playlist induces peaceful and relaxing feelings while stimulating critical thinking and creativity. Kids can listen to some of classical music’s greatest hits while watching kid friendly animation highlighting the composer’s use of dynamics and emotion.

The Royal Opera House: Create and Learn
From theatrecraft to learning a dance routine, the Royal Opera House have an amazing resource for families available on their website – full of ideas on how to get your children inspired by music and theatre.

San Francisco Symphony
SFS Kids Music Lab lets kids play around with musical ideas, listen to real recorded examples from the symphony, and learn about each instrument’s role.

Seattle Opera: Opera Time at the Opera Center
This musical storytelling program for the youngest opera lovers will be available in video form, delivered to you by one of Seattle Opera’s teaching artists.

Seattle Symphony: Meet the Instrument and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots
On Wednesdays at 11am, Meet the Instrument introduces an instrument in the orchestra to viewers through short excerpts performed by the Seattle Symphony musician hosting that week's video. Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots is broadcasted on Fridays at 11am and builds on each week's Meet the Instrument by exploring the related orchestral section through song and performances by orchestra musicians. Finally, the instruments unite for an ensemble performance to show how they work together.

Smart Music
SmartMusic is a web-based music education platform that connects teachers and students. In addition to their repertoire library of over 5,400 titles, SmartMusic practice tools provide immediate feedback to help identify notes and rhythms played correctly/incorrectly, as well as show comments by teachers individualized for the student. Free access is available until June 30.

This is a great site for music theory and ear training exercises.

TuneTrain App
TuneTrain is a music creation app where kids can quickly create and edit melodies through a fun line-drawing mechanic. TuneTrain presents itself as a transportation game: you have to create a train line that will connect different passengers. However, each passenger represents a pitch, each house represents a chord, and the train line becomes the melody. For every new path, you hear a new melody! By learning to play in a world governed by musical rules, kids learn about the fundamental structure of music.

Virtual SDMA+ Art of Elan
Enjoy innovative music and art experiences in the comfort of your home. Virtual SDMA+ Art of Elan is a series of short online experiences pairing The San Diego Museum of Art permanent collection with the thoughtfully curated music of Art of Elan. These ten-minute-or-less concerts showcase one musician's take on a work of visual art from the San Diego Museum. Every two weeks, you and your child can watch the visual and the auditory collide.

Welsh National Opera Play Opera – Every Saturday Morning
Join WNO for an interactive family show especially made to keep the little ones entertained during lockdown. Aimed at 3-8 year olds, WNO Orchestra and Chorus members will perform some special tunes just for them, as well as give behind the scenes stories, such as how they make wigs and costumes, do make-up, get the opera onto the stage and more. Kids will also learn about opera’s most treasured composers and hear some of opera’s most iconic songs brought to life through cartoons, animation, games and stories.

A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
An interactive game that guides kids through the ins and outs of the orchestra, all in a fun musical instrument digital safari.

YourClassical Kids
YourClassical, from American Public Media, is a collection of curated streams, exciting programs and approachable music-related videos to promote calm and focus in kids, as well as introduce them to classical music.

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