Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Distance Learning in Music Education

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!

Kendra Green
Director of Education Engagement
Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra

Materials and Resources

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. Video lessons will be posted every Monday and Wednesday, so be sure to check back to see the latest installment!

Other Lessons and Resources

An overview of the life and work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

An overview of the life and work of one of history’s most famous composers: Ludwig van Beethoven.

LA Phil Activity Books
The Los Angeles Philharmonic has made music activity books available for free on their website. We didn’t have anything to do with the creation or production of this, but it’s a GREAT educational resource for younger children!

What is a Conductor?
Bakersfield Symphony Conductor Stilian Kirov takes us through the ins and outs of being “Maestro,” with a little help from his son and a stuffed animal orchestra.

Music and Emotion
A video lesson designed for younger elementary students (K-2) focusing on how music expresses different emotions.

Instruments of the Orchestra PowerPoint
A PowerPoint presentation outlining the different sections and instruments of the orchestra, with links to video examples of each instrument being played.

Vivaldi’s Spring, movement 1, video lesson
A 12-minute video outlining the first movement of Vivaldi’s Spring violin concerto. Extension questions/activities are given at the end of the video.

Websites and Online Resources
A list of free online resources that may be useful for music educators developing distance learning curriculum.

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