Each week find new materials that explore music and the CSO through activities, music listening, and resource links! For additional learning recommendations and resources follow our CSO Educator Network Facebook page!
Make your own rainstick using household items with Sound Discoveries at Home!
Learn about the lowest member of the brass, tuba, from Principal Tuba Christopher Olka!
CSO Musician Q&A Response: Viola
Are you a violist or viola enthusiast? Hear some common student viola questions answered by CSO violist Caterina Longhi!
DIY Kazoo with Sound Discoveries
Make your own kazoo and play along with the Cincinnati Pops!
Learn about the French horn from Lisa Conway!
ArtsWave Summer Mindful Music Edition - Continues!
ArtsWave and Mindful Music Moments are bringing you 12 more weeks of mindful listening! Find more information here.
For the next two weeks, check out educational resources from the May Festival to discover more about choral music!
Learn about choral music from different stylistic periods using recordings and accompanying listening guides!
Learn about the fascinating origins of solfege with Dr. Eva Floyd and Danny Mylott from the May Festival Youth Chorus.
Watch and explore the different types of voices in choral music!
Use this template to imagine a playlist of your own creation!
Make Music Day Cincinnati
Watch weekly videos from Make Music Cincinnati and don't forget to save the date to join in virtual Make Music Day on June 21st!
Make a conductor's baton
Follow along with Teaching Artist Liz Wu to make your own conductor's baton at home! Then conduct with the music of the Cincinnati Pops.
Meet the Trumpet
Learn about the Trumpet, a member of the brass family, from Associate Principal Trumpet, Douglas Stephen Lindsay
Compose with Soundtrap
Make your own music by following the guide to use the online composition platform Soundtrap!
Flex your percussion knowledge with this match-up activity!
CSO Musician Q&A
Watch the latest Musician Q&A response video addressing questions about the Tuba!
Just for fun: music puzzles
Take a break with a few short puzzles!
DIY bottle flute
Make your own bottle flute with Sound Discoveries at home!
Word Portrait & the Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Learn about Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and his many accomplishments, followed by a template to create a "Word Portrait" about your own accomplishments!
Meet the Brass
Learn about how Brass instruments make sound and measure out the lengths of the instruments at home!
Thus Drew Zarathustra
Follow along with this listening map to the prelude of the epic favorite Also sprach Zarathustra. Then draw a story to follow along to the musical sections!
Music in Space
Recommended for middle and high school students, learn about the Voyager Golden Record and imagine your own version! What recordings would you send into space?
Make a recycled shaker drum
Celebrate Earth Day by making a recycled drum with Teaching Artist Liz Wu using an aluminum can. Then jam out to the Cincinnati Pops with your new drum!
Solo Performance - "From the New World"
Watch CSO Principal English Horn Christopher Philpotts perform the solo from II. Largo from Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" by Dvořák. This performance was part of Mindful Music with the FREE Artswave Community Playlist by The Well. Sign Up today!
Meet the Cello with Ted Nelson
Learn about the unique qualities of the cello with CSO cellist Ted Nelson!
Learning at Home Bingo
Try and achieve "Bingo!" with the learning at home activities listed on the card!
DIY Glass Xylophone
Experiment with pitch and vibration as you make your own glass xylophone with Sound Discoveries at Home!
Music Notation Math
Combine your mathematical skills in basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, with learning music notation.
Strings with the Cincinnati Pops
Learn about the strings family and watch the Cincinnati Pops perform in American Soundscapes!
Make your own Guitar
With Sound Discoveries Teaching Artist Liz Wu, make and play your own guitar at home!
Learn about the Double Bass
Watch CSO Principal Bass Owen Lee demonstrate the double bass and learn more about the instrument with the handout!
Vivaldi's The Four Seasons
Explore the musical moods and scenes that Vivaldi creates in The Four Seasons, and read the sonnets that pair with each seasonal concerto!
Student Musicians: Ask the CSO!
Not sure how to keep practicing your instrument at home? Submit a question for a CSO musician to answer to help with your practice!
Emotion in Music
With Teaching Artist Liz Wu, create emotion cards to use in response to music listening!
Variations on a Theme
Something's lurking in the water! Watch Acting Associate Concertmaster, Charles Morey, perform a familiar tune from the sea.
Meet the Viola with Christopher Fischer
CSO Violist Christopher Fischer brings us the second week of Instrument Introductions: Viola!
Dvořák's Symphony No. 9
Dvořák's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World" has so much to explore! Listen and learn about the musical influences and familiar themes from this famous work.
Cincinnati Pops Superheroes!
Listen through the Cincinnati Pops album Superheroes! to explore the music of different heroes. Then take the time to draw and describe a hero in your own life!
Music Hall Virtual Tour
Take a virtual walk and complete the scavenger hunt for an inside look at Music Hall and the CSO!
Take Me Out to the Ballgame Sing Along
Read about the history and friendship between the Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Pops after singing along to the favorite baseball tune "Take Me Out to the Ballgame"!
Variations on Twinkle Twinkle
Join Acting Associate Concertmaster Charles Morey as he explores variations on a familiar theme!
Movement Map with William Tell
Show us your moves with our movement listening map to the famous Overture to William Tell! Tag us on Facebook and Instagram to show us you're up to the challenge.
Ginastera & Tambourine Craft
Learn about composer Alberto Ginastera and the rhythm and dance in his piece "Malambo" from Estancia Suite. Make your very own tambourine and play along with the music!
"Dance of the Hours" featuring Fiona the Hippo
Explore the popularity of "Dance of the Hours" from La Gioconda, including a clip of Fiona the hippo gliding along to the music!
Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 Finale
Compare the traditional musical score to a graphic score for Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, IV. Allegro con brio. Parents: graphic scores can be tricky so your assistance may be required!
Music & Coding Worksheet
Using the online resource Pencil Code Gym, create music of your own through coding.
Movement & Historical Learning - Price, Juba & The World's Fair
Elementary students can watch and learn "Juba Rhythms" with a body percussion tutorial, then imagine what your own "Cincinnati World's Fair" could look like. For parents, use the Lesson Plan to continue exploring Juba.
Reading & Comprehension - Composers Beethoven, Price, Ginastera
For late elementary readers, compare and contrast the lives and music of Ludwig Van Beethoven, Florence Beatrice Price, and Alberto Ginastera.
Listening & Exploring - Candide Overture
For parents and older students, read about Leonard Bernstein's life as an educator, composer, and conductor. For all students, explore the overture and music from Candide with audio and video.
Listening & Storytelling - The Firebird Finale
Learn about Igor Stravinsky's illustrative Finale from The Firebird. Follow along with a listening map and be inspired to write and draw your own interpretation of this famous Russian Folktale.
Artswave Edition of Mindful Music Moments
We are excited to be a partner for the launch of the ArtsWave Community Playlist by The Well and Mindful Music Moments/Poetry. Sign up to get free access to daily listening of classical music & mindfulness!