Music

Fill your home with the sound of all sorts of music, from classical to hip-hop, while learning about history and culture.

Also see our favorite kindie rockers & playlist and upcoming live concerts.

Carnegie Hall Music Explorers

Learn about musical culture and tradition around the world – African-American Freedom Songs, South African Zulu songs and many more – with lessons plans, music and video featuring global artists. The well-designed site features a world map to explore.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Academy

Watch curated educated videos on the from Jazz at Lincoln Center’s educational programs and learn about it’s roots in African-American traditions and communities.  WeBop instructors demonstrate fun activities to get families swinging and singing, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra share performance secrets,  and Middle School Jazz Academy instructors break down jazz techniques.…

Flushing Town Hall Global Arts for Global Kids

Learn about international music, dance and more through short videos with post-lesson activities featuring African drumming, Chinese dance, Pop-up Page Making and more.

Also explore the Smithsonian Year of Music collection and video archive. Focus on Jazz, Blues & Rock, Folk & Country, and Latin Music through items from the Smithsonian, such as bomba drums and…

Lincoln Center At Home

Watch short #concertsforkids recorded (at home) by world-class artists including musician Etienne Charles celebrating a cross-section of cultures from the African Diaspora, Soul Science Kids weaving soul, funk, hip-hop and educational themes and many more diverse voices.

Learn puppetry, dance, songwriting and other art forms with simple materials found at home with Lincoln Center…

Chamber Music Society

Engage with the vast CMS archive of concerts and lectures including the Meet the Music family programs, short videos with the wacky Inspector Pulse and Digging Downbeats with Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry (who has his own web series). Weekly themed classical music playlists include fun assignments and activities.

Little Orchestra Society

Find interactive videos on writing melody, making pitched percussion and more musical topics plus musical storytimes and short funny features with Professor Treblemaker, the star of one of our favorite kids concert music series.

 

Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures

Learn about symphony orchestras in an animated adventure through The jungle based on Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Play digital games about instruments to journey through the jungle.

Note you must enable Flash in your browser to play.

Kennedy Center Education

Explore music, dance, theater, opera, visual and media arts through informative and engaging Kennedy Center Education  interactive lessons with music videos. Learn about African-American History,  US President’s Favorite Music, all sorts of dance, Dance, popular American songs and more.

Designed for grades K-12.

Met Opera Streams

See weekly free streams of an opera specially selected for young audience members, and hear from some of the artists who helped make it happen. Download illustrated synopsis, coloring pages, informative educator guides and more.

Additional daily Live in HD screenings of the Met’s repertory are not necessarily kid-friendly (watch out for murder/rape/etc), but the…

Classical Kids

Explore classical music with dramatic stories based around works by Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi and other great composers.  My kids especially love Mozart’s Magic Fantasy: A Journey Through ‘The Magic Flute’ about a girl and a dragon’s  journey through the Queen of the Night’s realm to Sarastro’s castle featuring dialogue mixed in…

Kaufman Center

Kaufman Music Center’s social channels posts Online Encores of favorite moments from past performances. See videos of Broadway Playhouse, one of our favorite kids’ performance series, celebrating composers like Jeanine Tesori (Shrek The Musical and Steven Schwartz (Wicked) with entertaining tales, killer songs and fun mini-musicals. and short classical music-themed Orli…

Ear Snacks

Kindie musicians Andrew & Polly and their friends consider music, science, art and culture in a fun-filled family-friendly podcast enjoyable for kids and grown-ups. Developmentally appropriate & absurdist but never untrue.

Noodle Loaf

Explore music in an interactive podcast and video series born from the brain of a music education teacher and his goofball kids. Each approx. 10 minute episode features inventive sing-alongs and activities. Geared for kids 3-9 years old but all ages get into it.

The Yo-Yo Mo Show: Musical Doodling

Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Mo Willems, author/illustrator the beloved Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny, and the Elephant and Piggy series, offer a series of playful experiments that show how art and music inspire each other. Watch, listen and join in from home with paper and doodling implements.

Also…

Broadway Babysitters Virtual Private Lessons

December 5 @ 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Take virtual private lessons in everything from voice, piano, dance, ballet, yoga, flute, cello, violin, improv, and more with professionally trained sitters, some of whom happen to be Broadway veterans and stars. Get top-notch training while supporting the arts community whose livelihood has been deeply affected by COVID-19.

Music for Autism Concert

December 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Enjoy a free autism-friendly virtual concert open to all families with children on the spectrum. Each concert in the series features different acclaimed musicians. Siblings and friends welcome. Please register in advance online.

Hanukkah Family Day

December 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the Jewish Museum for an exciting mix of Hanukkah related activities and performances that will launch on their YouTube channel for families to explore. Groove with musicians Daphna Mor, Saskia Lane, and Daniel Freedman in partnership with the Beineinu community during a festive concert. Discover and sketch unexpected Hanukkah objects on a virtual tour.…

Folksbiene Virutal Chanukah Spectacular

December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Usher in the Festival of Lights with the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene. Enjoy a virtual evening of music with a mix of live performances and video greetings from with more than fifty
 performers from around the world including Mandy Patinkin, Billy Crystal and Barry Manilow.

Online Songs For Seeds

December 9 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

Join live, online, interactive early education music classes for babies through age 6. Sing, dance and play instruments along with other kids. Musician/teachers lead “travel” around the world as they reinforce shapes, colors, animals, numbers, counting and so much more.

Take unlimited classes three times a week for one monthly fee.

Met Opera Free Student Streams

December 9 @ 5:00 pm - December 11 @ 6:00 pm

Each week, watch one opera specially selected for young audience members, along with opportunities to learn more about the production and hear from some of the amazing artists who helped make it happen. Download illustrated synopsis and educator guides plus join live artists chats, arts workshops and more.

Additional daily Live in HD screenings of…

L.O.S. Kids: Hansel & Gretel

December 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

The delightful Little Orchestra Society concerts go virtual this season with actors, young soloists, dancers, special guests, animatio and more. See a professional Orchestra – and the hilarious Professor Treblemaker – in an interactive format. In December, explore Humperdinck’s classic fairytale opera.

Videos available for two weeks after the premiere.

Broadway Princess Holiday Party

December 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Broadway’s original Cinderella, Belle, and Jasmine celebrate the season in a cinematic live-streamed concert from Feinstein’s/54 Below. Two-time Tony-nominee Laura Osnes (Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella), Tony-nominee Susan Egan (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and voice of ‘Meg’ in Hercules), and Grammy-nominee Courtney Reed (Disney’s Aladdin) sing the petticoats off every princess and holiday song in…

The Young Americans The Magic Of Christmas

December 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Watch talented, spirited youth ages 15-21 sing and dance in a holiday-themed revue in an annual tradition gone online. For nearly 60 years, The Young Americans has been touring the world and impacting the performing arts community on a global scale through its music, performances, and educational programs and services. Performance is free, but donations…

A Season of Hope and Inspiration

December 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Enjoy a night of holiday songs with Broadway Inspirational Voices, a diverse, professional choir of Broadway artists with guest stars including Patti LuPone, Leslie Odom Jr. and Billy Porter.

Home for the Holidays

December 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Some of Broadway’s most celebrated stars perform songs based on traditions from their homes and from where their shows are set. Songs comedic to heartfelt include the welcoming warmth of Come From Away‘s Gander, Newfoundland and the rich culture of South Africa through cast members from The Lion King. The illustrious lineup includes Alan Cumming,…

Paul Winter’s 41st Annual Winter Solstice Celebration

December 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Seven-time Grammy winner Paul Winter and his colleagues annual feast of music and dancing from the diversity of cultures and creatures of the world goes online. Watch be a retrospective tapestry highlighting iconic performances from the first four decades of the event.

In keeping with the inclusivist embrace of the solstices and the intercultural,…

Sounds of Blackness The Night Before Christmas: In Concert

December 19

Minnesota’s three-time Grammy Award-winning, international music sensation Sounds of Blackness brings Soulful Santa, Mrs. Claus, Santa’s Fine Reindeer, and the famous Dancing Chitlins to life with show-stopping, roof-raising music in a contemporary adaptation of the beloved holiday classic poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Songs in styles ranging from R&B and hip hop, to jazz,…

Nefesh Mountain

December 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Enjoy the toe-tapping sounds of Nefesh Mountain, led by singer Doni Zasloff and her multi-instrumentalist husband Eric Lindberg. Dance to a vibrant blend of bluegrass, Celtic, and Appalachian tunes with a Jewish soul, as the band performs original melodies from their notable family release Songs from the Mountain and heralded album Beneath the Open Sky…