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With many children not due to return to primary school until September, we have put together our favourite musical educational resources and activities for kids which you and your children can get stuck into over the summer.
Each week the BBC are showcasing a different piece of classical music. You can watch a video all about the piece which might tell you who wrote it, what it’s about and how it might make you feel, and then you are invited to take part in a follow-up activity like making your own piece of art or poetry which you can send in to be displayed on the Ten Pieces website.
Over the last few months there have been plenty of things to feel emotional about and a great way to explore all of these feelings is to try writing your own song. You don’t need any musical experience – just send a recording of you singing just the tune of your song to Notivate and they will choose 4 tunes each week to make into a full-formed song with an instrumental backing track.
Since the start of lockdown, pianist, presenter and broadcaster Myleene Klass has been making 10 minute music lessons with her kids. Together they talk about rhythm, notes and harmony, find out more about different composers and the kind of music they wrote, and listen to each other perform.
ABRSM and Classic FM are making Classical 100, their musical resource originally created for primary schools, available to parents for free until September. Explore recordings of 100 amazing pieces of music which you can sort by mood, style, historical period, instrument and composer.