SPRING Resource Activity Ideas
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra stands in solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities, including those in the MSO family. We condemn racism and the acts of violence against AAPI communities, and we will continue the work of bringing a more inclusive future into being.
- AAPI Heritage Month honors Americans with cultures ranging from Chinese, Japanese and Korean to Samoan, Indian, Filipino and Polynesian. To help represent these voices, here are some resources to help you and your students celebrate AAPI Heritage this month and all year!
- We are the Children – Smithsonian Learning Lab – Grades 5-12
- Island Soundscape: Musics of Hawai’i, the Solomon Islands, and Papau New Guinea – Grades 3-5
- An Introduction to the Music of Mongolia – Grades 9-12
- Soran Bushi: Exploring Japanese Work Song – Grades 3-6
- Gateway Experiences in the Music of North India – Grades 3-5
- Storytelling Scroll of Identity & Community – Bangladeshi-American artist Monica Jahan Bose (full instructions found here)
- Picture books and texts
- Precut fabric; white or cream quilting squares
- 8x8 in or 10x10 in
- Adhesive or needle and thread
- Printer paper
- Portraits as a Window Into History (full instructions found here)
- Camera or webcam
- Editing software
Maclear, Kyo. It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way. Illustrated by Julie Morstad, HarperCollins, 2019.
Loomis, Ilima. Ohana means Family. Illustrated by Kenard Pak, Neal Porter Books, 2020.
Patel, Meenal. Priya Dreams of Marigolds and Masala. Beaver’s Pond Press, 2019.
- Celebrate LGBTQ+ Month with this lesson from Learning for Justice titled Sounds of Change.
- As an extension of this lesson, have students analyze and reflect on messages presented in songs without words, such as in the Classical World. Here are some examples to consider (please research these examples before presenting to your class).
- John Corigliano – Symphony No. 1 “AIDS Symphony”
- Jessie Montgomery – Soul Force
- Mark Camphouse – A Movement for Rosa
- David del Tredici – Bullycide
- Rainbow Door
- Colored construction paper
- Plain construction paper
- Cotton balls
- Robert Rauschenberg’s Passport (video instructions here)
- Thick sheet of paper/cardstock
- Disposable dish
- Masking tape
- Paint brush
- Paint (at least four colors)
- Four found or made objects
Out - Trailer (2020) Pixar Disney+ Short Films – Available May 22nd
Queer Kid Stuff – a YouTube Channel with LGBTQ+vids for kids!
Hall, Michael. Red: A Crayon’s Story. Greenwillow Books, 2015.
Sanders, Rob. Stonewall: A Building, An Uprising, A Revolution. Illustrated by Jamey Christoph, Random House Books, 2019.
ARCHIVE TEACHER RESOURCE GUIDES
MSO Teacher Resource Guides are full of background information about the music and composers, as well as suggested lesson plans and student activities. Below is a selection of Teacher Resource Guides from previous seasons. Follow the MSO Education Spotify Channel and listen to these past Concerts for Schools programs.
Teen (6th - 12th grades)
- Mendelssohn: Elijah (2018.19
- Bernstein 2018! (2017.18)
- Poulenc’s Gloria (2016.17)
- Dona Nobis Pacem (2015.16)
Youth (3rd - 8th grades)
- Beethoven: A Birthday Celebration (2019.20)
- American Reflections: This is Us (2019.20)
- Notes from Home (2018.19)
- Trills and Chills II (2018.19)
- Finding the American Voice (2017.18)
- Music of the Earth (2017.18)
- Notes from the Heart (2016.17)
- Your Heroes (2015.16)
Music for Me! (K4 – 2nd grades)
TSOUNDS KIDS offers “how to” videos, games and puzzles.
The Kennedy Center is providing digital performances to enjoy from home!
Carnegie Hall is offering numerous activities for families and kids ranging from infancy to 5th grade.
Watch and listen to professional musicians. The Philharmonia’s expert players guide you through the intricacies of the instruments they play.
DSO Kids includes videos, information on instruments and composers, and activities.
SFS Kids provides fun and games with music! An interactive website where children can discover, listen, play, perform, conduct, and compose. (Need to allow Flash Player in order to run).
PBS Kids has a variety of music games for children in Pre-K through 2nd grade.
Go Classical for Kids! An interactive website with a variety of games and activities.
World Music with DARIA. The instrument section allows children to color, hear and find pdf instructions on how to make world music instruments!
Join Violet and Uncle Ollie on an instrument Safari! An interactive website that introduces and describes the instrument of an orchestra through numerous mini-games.
U BETTER Sing! A fun interactive singing game app in the Apple Store.
The Cleveland Orchestra Music Explorers. A video series designed for students ages 3-6 and their families.
The Cleveland Orchestra presents teacher videos with ready-to-go lesson plans and activities.
►https://www.clevelandorchestra.com/lessonlibrary (Lesson Library)
Carnegie Hall is offering numerous resources for teachers ranging from K-12 as professional development opportunities.
DSO Kids includes information on instruments and composers, activities, and teacher resources and lesson plans.
PBS Learning Media provides a wealth of music-ed films, interactive lessons, and more.
The Kennedy Center has a vast collection of theatre, music, and dance resources.
Virtual Learning Resources for Music Educators: Ideas from NAfME Members for Fellow Music Educators
VIRTUAL AND ONLINE EXPERIENCES
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra: Musical Journeys, Broadcast Series, and Backstage Conversations with Composers
Milwaukee Art Museum 360 Degrees
Milwaukee Public Library
Milwaukee County Historical Society presents “Moment at the Museum” series
Arts@Large virtual community art events
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum Play in the Cloud
Milwaukee Public Museum Community of Curiosity
Milwaukee Repertory is offering a digital streaming version of its classic production of A Christmas Carol.
IN THE BOX ENTERTAINMENT presents: Paint In A Box: Painting For One. A zoom-based theatrical experience that is fun for the whole family. Available February 9-20.