To Parents, Teachers and Lovers of Music Discovery:
Your child's need for a creative outlet only grows stronger as the pandemic lingers on. Science shows there's nothing that keeps their brain as fully engaged as learning to play music.
CPR Classical has scoured Colorado's music education landscape, so that you and your child can easily access the many, awesome, virtual ways to stay engaged and Learn Music! Think of it as CPR Classical's online Music Education Lifeline during the pandemic. Whether you're looking to help your child (or children) explore the magic and power of music, build upon their skills and school music program, or learn a new instrument, you'll find resources right here from Colorado and beyond.
Search age-appropriate opportunities below for virtual and in-person learning (as safety restrictions allow) for the beginner through to the advanced student. Best of all, many online resources are free or have some free content. And many of those with fees have low cost or scholarship programs. ~ Explore and enjoy!
What are you looking for?
Music movement videos, family classes, and music related activities.
Video learning, virtual and in-person music lessons, and self-paced courses.
Classical concerts in Colorado and online.
Single classes, workshops, auditions and music education events.
In-person and virtual lesson plans, activities, music ed. software and visiting musician school programs from groups like the Colorado Symphony.
Opportunities for youth who already play or sing to advance their musical skills.
Delve deeper into musical subjects with CPR Classical podcasts, articles and videos from the performance studio.
CPR Classical Spotify and YouTube playlists based on a composer or theme.
Music Fun For Kids
|Boulder Opera On Demand||ages 5+||Videos: Puss in Boots (English), Gato con Botas (Spanish). Location: Boulder|
|Boulder Phil Storytime||all ages||Videos: Boulder Phil musicians and staff present a music-focused books. Selections in English and Spanish.|
|Carnegie Hall Resources for Families and Kids||age 0-11||Videos: Music and dance, DIY activity guides|
|Chrome Music Lab||all ages||Interactive: Music computer games|
|Downtown Steamboat Springs Music Scavenger Hunt||ages 8-14||In-person: App based scavenger hunt from Strings Music Festival. Location: Steamboat Springs.|
|Lincoln Center #ConcertsForKids||ages 5+||Videos: Concert|
|Little Swallows TV||ages 0-6||Videos: Social emotional learning themes and activities from Swallow Hill Music in Denver.|
|Opera Colorado Storytime Sessions||ages 5+||Videos: Performances introducing students to the world of opera.|
Learn to Play or Sing
|Avanti Music School||all ages||Virtual, in-person: Private and group music lessons. Location: Highlands Ranch.|
|Boulder Children's Chorale||grades K-9||Virtual: 4 age-based choirs with optional private lessons and creation of virtual performance. Location: Boulder.|
|Carnegie Hall Resources for Families||grades K-12||Virtual: Educational and concert videos|
|Center for Music Arts||all ages||Virtual: Music classes for all ages. Location: Boulder.|
|Cleo Parker Robinson Creative Dance Class||ages 3-6||In-person (outdoor): Rhythm and movement skills for young children. Location: Denver.|
|Cliburn Kids||grades K-6||Virtual: Buddy Bray leads kids on 7-10 min video educational journeys, twice a week.|
|Colorado Children's Chorale||ages 7-14||Virtual, in-person: 6 choirs for beginner to advanced singers. Auditions and rehearsals follow social distancing guidelines outlined by the city. Location: Denver|
|Colorado Symphony Virtual Music Hour||grades 3-6||Virtual: Concert audio, educational video, music walkthroughs and activities organized by composer. Location: Denver|
|The Dalcroze School of the Rockies||all ages||Virtual, in-person: Classes grouped by age for rhythm games, songs, gesture, and movement. Location: Denver|
|Distance Learning with Education Through Music||grades K-5||Virtual: Educational and concert videos, DIY activity guides, music software.|
|El Sistema Colorado||grades preK-12||Virtual, in person: Priority enrollment for Free & Reduced Lunch families. Tuition-free, daily music classes and instruments, beginner to advanced ensembles, currently teaching violin, viola, cello and bass (Spanish and English). Location: Denver.|
|Kanopy||grades 8-12||Virtual: Courses on learning piano, guitar and music history. Access this video service for free through your Colorado public library or University.|
|Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom||K-12||Virtual: Music, dance, and art videos.|
|Lynda.com||grades 8-12||Virtual: Courses on learning music notation, various instruments and music recording software. All residents of Colorado can access this video service for free through with a Douglas County Library Card.|
|Music Together Online||ages 0-5||Virtual: Whole family music classes with optional practice app.|
|Outside the Orchestra||all ages||Virtual or in-person: Activity database from Inside the Orchestra. Location: Denver|
|Overdrive||all ages||Virtual: Available with many Colorado public library cards, including Denver and Douglas county. Check out ebooks, audio books, and videos on piano instruction or guitar instruction.|
|Parlando School of Musical Arts||all ages||Virtual: Group and private music classes, including play dates for kids. Location: Boulder.|
|Rocky Mountain PBS Learning Media||preK-adult||Virtual: Lesson plans, interactive webpages, and videos sortable by topic and age|
|Smithsonian Folkways Recordings||grades 5-12||Virtual: Audio courses in guitar, accordion, mandolin, and fiddle as well as tonal & modal counterpoint, the instruments of the orchestra, the art of arranging, traditional harmony, and 12-tone composition. With a Denver Public Library Card, you can stream many of these albums for free using Alexander Street. Lesson plans available directly from Folkways Records.|
|Swallow Hill Music||all ages||Virtual: Private and group music classes. Location: Denver.|
|Visual Musical Minds||grades K-6||Virtual: YouTube lessons for singing, ukulele, and recorder.|
|Young Voices of Colorado||ages 5-18||Virtual or in-person: 5 choirs for beginner to advanced singers. Auditions and rehearsals follow state and local guidelines. Location: Englewood.|
|8notes.com||all ages||Virtual: free sheet music and lessons.|
|Boulder Phil Discovery Program||grades K-12||Virtual: Curriculum, interactive recorded performances by Boulder Phil musicians, virtual pop-in presentations for classes by Boulder Phil musicians.|
|Carnegie Hall Resources for Educators||grades K-12||Virtual: Lesson plans, activities, teaching videos, and full concert videos.|
|Classics for Kids from Cincinatti Public Radio||grades 4-12||Virtual: computer games, audio lessons, DIY activity guides and lesson plans about classical music.|
|Colorado Symphony's Canta y Baila Conmigo||grades K-12||Virtual or in-person: 12 week bilingual music and movement program introducing Spanish language through the music traditions of Latin-American children songs. Location: Denver.|
|Colorado Symphony's Lift Every Voice Virtual Youth Concert||grades 3-12||Virtual: Online and in-class curriculum, video, and activities for educators and parents. Location: Denver.|
|Colorado Symphony's MusiCurious Kids||grades K-3||Curriculum: Music and mindfulness. Students examine ten International Baccalaureate Learner Profile Attributes through the lens of a composer who exemplifies one or more of these traits. Location: Denver.|
|Explorable Places||all ages||Virtual or in-person: Online directory of arts, culture and science programs in the Denver-Metro area. Find assemblies, field trips, workshops and PD training for all grade levels.|
|Music and the Brain At Home||grades K-12||Virtual: Online lessons, videos, and activities|
|Music Play Online||grades preK-6||Virtual: Video lessons by grade level and online sheet music. Content in French and English.|
|NOTES: Music! Words! Opera!||grades 4-8||Curriculum: Interactive lesson plans based on child-appropriate operas|
|NY Phil Learning@Home||grades 3-12||Virtual: Lesson plans, digital learning resources, activities and videos|
|Opera Colorado Guidebooks||grades 3-12||Curriculum: Detailed walkthroughs, activities, and listening links. Location: Denver.|
|San Diego Opera's Music and Science Curriculum||grades 6-12||Curriculum: Lesson plans connecting singing with biology, physics, and physical science.|
|Save the Music's Directory of Music Ed. Resources||all ages||Virtual or in-person: Resource guide for schools and parents.|
|SmartMusic||grades K-12||Virtual: Interactive learning software for Mac, PC, iPad, or Chromebook.|
|Think 360 Arts: Sound Investigations||grade 3-6||Virtual: Videos and lesson plans. Location: Denver.|
|VOCES8 Method||grades 5-adult||Curriculum: Videos and textbooks which encourage music making in a way that links music with literacy, numeracy and linguistics.|
|Young Composers Playground||grades K-6||Curriculum: Videos, lesson plans and optional teaching visits from Playground Ensemble artists. Location: Denver.|
Challenge Me - Advanced Music
|Chet - Ear Training||grades K-12||Virtual: Interval and rhythm recognition app for iPhones and iPads|
|Colorado Symphony Master Mentors||grades K-12||Virtual or in-person: Visits from Colorado Symphony musician Teaching Artists. Location: Denver.|
|Colorado Youth Symphony Orchestras||‘school-age’||Virtual or in-person: Four wind and strings ensembles. Placement by video audition based on skill and age. Location: Denver|
|Denver Young Artists Orchestra||ages 7-23||In-person: Three orchestras. Placement by audition based on skill and age. Location: Denver.|
|Ella - Sight Singing||grades K-12||Virtual: Sightsinging app for iPhones and iPads|
|Greater Boulder Youth Orchestra||ages 6-21||Virtual or in-person: Three orchestras and a wind ensemble, virtual music lab and masterclasses. Location: Boulder.|
|Monster Musician Reader||grades K-12||Virtual: Music reading practice app for iPhones and iPads|
|Off the Hook Arts' Chamber Music Academy||grades 4-12||In-person: For students who fluently read music and play a string instrument, piano or intermediate level and above woodwind player. Location: Fort Collins|
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