Field Trips, Music

Virtual Field Trips: Music and Concerts

Virtual Field Trips: Music and Concerts

Originally published in TEACH Magazine, November/December 2021 Issue

Music education has been shown to improve memory and focus, literacy skills, creativity, and empathy, as well as overall academic achievement. And what better way to get students interested in learning to play an instrument than by letting them see those instruments in action? These virtual concerts, workshops, and accompanying resources are great opportunities to show students all the joys and wonders that music can bring.

Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
Grade level: K-12

Introduce students to music from around the world with the help of these digital programs. Each K-5 program includes videos, audio tracks, lessons, and activities, while the 6-12 courses are more student-led for independent learning. Be sure to take a look at the toolbox of additional resources for music educators as well.

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
New York, NY
Grade level: K-6

The Lincoln Center’s at-home series, #ConcertsForKids, was designed to provide diverse musical performances to kids and families. Several of the concerts also include activity guides, which can easily be adapted for use in the classroom: check out Music from the Sole, Soul Science Kids, Nobuntu, 123 Andrés, as well as many others.

National Arts Centre
Ottawa, ON
Grade level: K-12

The National Arts Centre is offering a variety of virtual music workshops and performances. Students can learn about Cree music and culture, explore beat-making and lyric-writing, discover different types of body percussion, and more! Additional free music resources are also available.

New York Philharmonic
New York, NY
Grade level: K-12

Educators can browse through a video library of pre-recorded concerts and instructional videos on the New York Philharmonic’s Learning @ Home page. This digital collection also includes educator resources, curriculum guides, and activities to help students explore their own musical creativity.

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Vancouver, BC
Grade level: K-7

By subscribing to the Music Room, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s virtual learning platform, educators can gain access to all kinds of music education content. Send students on a journey through Spanish rhythms and culture with España!, or take a walk on the wild side and watch animals come to life through Carnival of the Animals. With plenty of interactive musical experiences to choose from, there’s no shortage of fun to be had!