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Family Music Resource Center

Family Music Resource Center

Welcome to the Family Music Resource Center! On this page you will find a variety of fun and creative videos that explore different aspects of classical music. We invite you to check back regularly as we continue to add new exciting video content.


Pre-K Music and Literacy Program

In this new program, children discover the similarities between the rhythmic features of words and the rhythmic sounds we hear in music. This emphasis on the sounds of words is based on research that shows that listening comprehension is a predictor of reading comprehension and reading fluency.

This program includes the premier of the NBSO’s new storybook, “A Concert at the Zoo” written by David MacKenzie, Dave Prentiss and Terry Wolkowicz with illustrations by Olivia Coucci. A musical piece for solo cello and narrator was composed by David MacKenzie in which the prosodic elements of the text are imitated in the music’s melodic contour and rhythm.

After listening to the story performance, children can practice speaking and drumming the animal and instrument word pairs from the book in the following video exercises.

Exercise Number 1: Cat, Drum, Monkey, Tuba

Exercise Number 2: Cat, Drum, Monkey, Tuba

Exercise Number 3: Baboon, Bassoon, Raccoon with Cat and Drum

Exercise Number 4: Elephant, Timpani with Cat, Drum, Monkey, Tuba

Create your own Music Pet by giving a stuffed animal friend a musical name!

Then listen to the video link below to hear your Music Pet’s favorite music.

Music Pets Playlist

Music Pet Name: Adagio

Adagio likes music that moves at a slow tempo or speed.

Music Pet Name: Arpeggio

Arpeggio likes to play the notes of a chord one at a time.

Music Pet Name: Allegro

Allegro likes music that moves at a fast tempo or speed.

Music Pet Name: Beat

Beat likes the steady pulse in the music.

Music Pet Name: Coda

Coda likes the tail end section in a piece of music.

Music Pet Name: Dolce

Dolce likes to play the music in a sweet and tender way.

Music Pet Name: Duet

Duet likes to play music with another musician.

Music Pet Name: Forte

Forte likes to play music loudly.

Music Pet Name: Harmony

Harmony likes to combine with other music notes to create a combination of sounds.

Music Pet Name: Legato

Legato likes to play the notes in a smooth and connected way.

Music Pet Name: Mallet

Mallet likes to strike the percussion instruments.

Music Pet Name: Marcato

Marcato likes to add an accent to each note.

Music Pet Name: Melody

Melody likes to lbe the main musical line in the music.

Music Pet Name: Piano

Piano likes to play music softly.

Music Pet Name: Rondo

Rondo likes to repeat the opening section of music in between new sections of music.

Music Pet Name: Rhythm

Rhythm likes to combine notes of different lengths or duration.

Music Pet Name: Staccato

Staccato likes to play each note very short.

Music Pet Name: Vivace

Vivace likes to play the music really, really fast.

Symmetry in Shapes and Classical Music

Video Number 1: Watch as we explore slide symmetry in shapes and Mozart’s Piano Sonata in C Major.
Video Number 2: Watch as we explore mirror symmetry in architecture, imagery and Haydn’s Symphony No. 47. 
Video Number 3: Watch as we explore flip symmetry in shapes and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3. 

Music and Math

Musical Arrays and Equations.
Parallel, Oblique and Perpendicular Lines in Math and Music.

Thinking of Friends: Elgar characterizes friends and family through music

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