Dear Music Educators,
With recent events surrounding the coronavirus pandemic forcing closures of schools, venues, and cancellations of events, our education programs are no longer able to provide these live music opportunities for your students. However, the Bakersfield Symphony is still working toward its goal of supporting you in your teaching and supporting our community in this uncertain time. We will be releasing regular “mini-lessons”: pieces of material or videos that would be functional in a distance-learning situation. If you have any thoughts or ideas about what kinds of material would be most useful in your situation, don’t hesitate to share your insight. We are all in this together!
Scroll down to find links to resources. The most recent releases will be at the top of the list.
Stay safe and healthy!
Director of Education Engagement
Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra
Materials and Resources
Website: So You Want to Play an Instrument?
This website is a tool for music teachers and parents of students who would like to start learning to play an instrument.
Gustav Holst: The Planets – Video Lesson Series
This series of videos takes students through Gustav Holst’s Planets Suite from start to finish, one movement (or planet) at a time. Lessons explore basic scientific facts surrounding the planets in addition to Holst’s astrological interpretation of the planet’s nature in his music, and each lesson is followed by questions and activities that students can complete after watching the videos.
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition – Video Lesson Series
This series of videos takes students through Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition one movement at a time. Lessons explore the meaning (and art) behind each movement, as well as a variety of musical concepts. Each lesson is followed by questions and activities that students can complete after watching the videos.
These videos are basic overviews of the life and work of some of history’s most famous composers.
These video lessons are stand-alone resources that are geared toward a variety of age levels.
Other Materials and Resources
Check out some other resources and materials to help with teaching or learning about music from home!