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JUNE 2020

All Around This World’s

interactive world music for kids

introduces families to almost 300 songs that originate from more than 100 countries, each of which All Around This World founder and lead teacher Jay Sand rearranged so parents and kids can easily can sing along

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Backstage with Shen Yun:
Intro to Beyond the Notes

When you are first learning the music notes for piano or any other musical instrument you will want to practice reading lots of easy music to get your note-reading reflexes sharp. In the early stages of learning how to read music or how to sight read music the act of identifying notes is the first hurdle to cross. Once you know the notes of the treble and bass clef, I highly recommend you get a great book for sight reading.

LINCOLN CENTER ► #ConcertsForKids

Enjoy this special concert by Etienne Charles and his band, Creole Soul, as it brings the danceable excitement of Caribbean music to families at home for #ConcertsForKids!

For family audiences, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts is teaming up with a remarkable group of artists who will bring world-class performances and diverse musical perspectives straight from their homes to yours.

Enjoy a few of NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts

History of Concerts in Parks: NYC

Meet the child genius who became world’s youngest orchestra conductor at 11

At just 11 years old, Matthew Smith could play four instruments. He could play the guitar, drums, piano and viola. But what brought the child music prodigy to the limelight was when he led Nottingham Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus in April 2017. This made him the world’s youngest conductor ever to take to a professional stage in Britain.

It’s nap time with Classical Baby!

Nursery Rhymes w/ Solfège Hand Signs #1 • Preschool Prodigies Music Lesson From Prodigies

Create your DIY Percussion Instrument!

Want to make your own homemade instruments? In this article, we’ll show you how to make 15 fantastic homemade musical instruments, including a guitar, flute, and xylophone!

History of Drums

The drum is a musical instrument that has been around for thousands of years. It is still one of the most popular parts of music today. Drums have been found in China which date back to ancient times. The drums were often used in religious rituals or ceremonies. Cymbals are typically made of metal and used to make a dinging or tinkling sound. They were originally made in ancient Turkey or China, but were also used in Israel and Egypt. Sri Lankan history shows that drums were once used as a form of communication between cities or tribes. The pattern or tone of a drum beat might mean a variety of messages.

The 50 Best Music Documentaries of All Time.

The list of 50 documentaries features old classics, new favorites, and a few films that deserve a wider audience. It touches on pop, hip-hop, rock, punk, R&B, jazz, country, and folk; collectively, it tells a story of art forms, cultures, and business models in transition. Most important, these documentaries contain performances that are as essential to understanding these artists as any of their records. Think of these 50 titles as a time capsule, ready to be opened today, next year, or decades from now.


APRIL 16  | 8:00 PM EST

Sound Mind: A Covid-19 Mental Health Benefit Concert

Chad Urmston of Dispatch, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Foy Vance, Langhorne Slim, Jade Bird, Ballroom Thieves and more 

Disney Medley Behind the Scenes PLASTIC BOTTLE INSTRUMENT

Meet Jet – a plastic bottle instrument genius!

We love this classic with a go-go spin!

                        The Gogo Pokey puts a new spin on an old classic. Filled with infectious and danceable melodies, this song will have children and their parents groovin’ all day long.


One lone cow (whose voice sounds decidedly like a cello) sings the “Going Home” theme from Dvořák’s New World Symphony. A pig and then a chicken are inspired to join in from afar. A heartfelt small collaboration, created by Yo-Yo Ma and Sandra Boynton for Ma’s #SongsOfComfort which he began online in March 2020 as a way to offer solace to all. 

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Make Homemade Music with These 6 DIY Instruments

Did you know that singing in schools helps children feel better about themselves and improves their community spirit? And that mastering a musical instrument improves the way the human brain processes parts of spoken language? So why not make music fun and inventive with some homemade instruments? Here are six DIY instruments that you can make at home with your kids that will help you teach them musical concepts.

Take a moment of self-care, listen to Heather Mae’s
“You are my Favorite.”

fun apps!

Propellerhead Figure


Mussila Music School

Mazaam - The Musical Genius


Sago Mini Music Box

Baby Mozart - Children Music

Musical Me! HD - by Duck Duck Moose

Sesame Street Makes Music

Piano Maestro by JoyTunes - Piano practice

BabyFirst: Bedtime Lullabies

BEAT MP3 2.0 - Rhythm Game



ALL AGES | Website Version & App Version

Drag and drop icons onto the avatars to make them sing and start to compose your own music. Find the right sound combos to unlock animated choruses that will enhance your tune.

MUSIC MAKER, peg + cat


AGES 3-6 | Website Version & App Version


San Francisco Symphony | SFSKIDS!

K-5 | Website Version 

Use the rhythm of the music as your guide and capture all the stars in the sky! Listen to the music and show what you feel through words and pictures, then share it with your friends!


Katie Hecklinger, Director of Education singing "Don't Cry for Me Quarantina"!

Freeze Dance Game!

PETER AND THE WOLF, Sergei Prokofiev


FIFTY NIFTY United States!

JUST DANCE! Despicable Me

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