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Opera North's Little School of Music

Looking for something fun to keep the kids entertained? Our Little School of Music offers a series of free, interactive, pick-and-mix activities designed to encourage families to explore the world of music together.

Aimed at 5-11 year olds, discover crafts, games and music-making challenges that use household items or parts of the body! The activities have been created using the expertise of our award-winning In Harmony team, and while the activities do include a learning element, the emphasis is on enjoying a break from traditional lessons.

We’d love to see what you’ve been creating! Share with us on social using #ONLittleSchool.

Opera North’s Little School of Music is kindly supported by The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation.

Activities for ages 5+

Sounds Around the Home: The Kitchen

Sounds Around the Home: The Kitchen

There is sound EVERYWHERE – can you be a sound detective in your own home? 

Musical Hand Kite

Musical Hand Kite

Create your own musical hand kite and make it fly as you listen to music!

 

Dancing Around

Dancing Around

Are you ready to move? Put on your comfy shoes and let’s get dancing… 

Sounds Around the Home: The Living Room

Sounds Around the Home: The Living Room

Follow the activities to discover what sounds you can hear and make.  

Making Art with Music

Making Art with Music

Can you imagine what colours would go best with a piece of music? Could music inspire you to draw?

Activities for ages 7+

Rhythmic Challenge

Rhythmic Challenge

Get creative with claps, knee pats, clicks and more as you create your own performance using only yourself and the objects around you.

The Music of the Vikings

The Music of the Vikings

Have you ever wondered what music the Vikings might have played? Listen, learn and even have a go at viking singing yourself! 

Journey to the Moon

Journey to the Moon

Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year by making your own origami boat and learn a traditional Chinese folk song.

Explore the natural world

Explore the natural world

Explore nature and discover pieces of music that were written about things we may find or experience within our world.

Activities for ages 9+

A Musical Adventure in Space

A Musical Adventure in Space

Learn more about Richard Strauss and a piece he wrote which was used in a famous film set in space. Can you then create your own film story to go with the music?

Body Percussion

Body Percussion

Join us as we learn about different body percussion styles and have a go at making our own performances and patterns…

Meet the Orchestra

Meet the Orchestra

Learn more about all the different musical instruments which make an orchestra. And why not have go at conducting?

Pitch Perfect

Pitch Perfect

Learn a folk pop song from the 1930s which featured in a Hollywood film and have a go at performing it accompanying yourself with cups!

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