Virtu(al) PianoKids

The Virtual PianoKids video series gives children (ages 3-8) the opportunity to travel the world with our hosts, Admiral Emily and Captain Joe, while they introduce them to the building blocks of music through fun and engaging programs. Videos will be 10-15 minutes in length and explore musical concepts such as timbre, tempo, pitch, and form, and will introduce children to music from different cultures around the world. These videos will include fun crafting components, and kinesthetic activities to engage children in multiple modes of learning, teach them how pianos work, and provide fun for the whole family. In addition to these videos, extension activities will be provided for children to continue their learning at home on their own.

The series culminates in a live performance on August 5 at 11:30 am on the Piano Cleveland website, where our youth participants will be able to apply what they have learned in an interactive performance.

All videos will be streamed on the Piano Cleveland website and remain on the Virtual PianoKids page for continued viewing and learning!

INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL PIANOKIDS July 16 11:30 am
icon-calendar July 16 11:30 am America/New_York INTRODUCTION TO VIRTUAL PIANOKIDS

Welcome to our Virtual PianoKids world tour, where we will be exploring the building blocks of music, and the countries from which our contestants will be performing! Get to know the piano in this introductory video and participate in a build-your-own piano craft to use during the rest of our series.

Welcome to our Virtual PianoKids world tour, where we will be exploring the building blocks of music, and the countries from which our contestants will be performing! Get to know the piano in this introductory video and participate in a build-your-own piano craft to use during the rest of our series.

PAINTING WITH MUSIC July 17 11:30 am
icon-calendar July 17 11:30 am America/New_York PAINTING WITH MUSIC

Experience the various color palettes of music as students learn about Timbre. Be ready to explore the different color tones of instruments and their sounds. Through hands-on, visual art activities, students will gain a better understanding of different sound qualities and how to express what they’re hearing.

Experience the various color palettes of music as students learn about Timbre. Be ready to explore the different color tones of instruments and their sounds. Through hands-on, visual art activities, students will gain a better understanding of different sound qualities and how to express what they’re hearing.

CHINA July 20 11:30 am
icon-calendar July 20 11:30 am America/New_York CHINA

Our first stop is China, where we will learn about its culture and music! From the pentatonic scale to its native instruments, we dive into the qualities that make Chinese music sound so unique. Using a sound painting activity, students will have the chance to apply their new knowledge about Timbre to Chinese music.

Our first stop is China, where we will learn about its culture and music! From the pentatonic scale to its native instruments, we dive into the qualities that make Chinese music sound so unique. Using a sound painting activity, students will have the chance to apply their new knowledge about Timbre to Chinese music.

PLAYING WITH PITCH July 21 11:30 am
icon-calendar July 21 11:30 am America/New_York PLAYING WITH PITCH

Join us as we explore the “highs” and “lows” of Pitch, where students will learn how to differentiate high notes from low notes. Through fun, hands-on activities and sing-alongs - not to mention help from the animal kingdom - students will also gain a basic understanding of solfege.

Join us as we explore the “highs” and “lows” of Pitch, where students will learn how to differentiate high notes from low notes. Through fun, hands-on activities and sing-alongs - not to mention help from the animal kingdom - students will also gain a basic understanding of solfege.

GERMANY July 22 11:30 am
icon-calendar July 22 11:30 am America/New_York GERMANY

Next stop: Germany! We will get the chance revisit the subject of solfege and Pitch as we learn a German children’s song. Students will want to get up and move to demonstrate the fun ups-and-downs of Oompah music!

Next stop: Germany! We will get the chance revisit the subject of solfege and Pitch as we learn a German children’s song. Students will want to get up and move to demonstrate the fun ups-and-downs of Oompah music!

MOVING WITH TEMPO July 23 11:30 am
icon-calendar July 23 11:30 am America/New_York MOVING WITH TEMPO

Come move with us as we explore the idea of Tempo! With the help of a crafting activity, we learn how to feel slow, medium, and fast tempos through movement, and we consider how different tempos make us feel.

Come move with us as we explore the idea of Tempo! With the help of a crafting activity, we learn how to feel slow, medium, and fast tempos through movement, and we consider how different tempos make us feel.

UNITED KINGDOM July 24 11:30 am
icon-calendar July 24 11:30 am America/New_York UNITED KINGDOM

Hop across the pond to the United Kingdom to learn about its culture and music. Students will get an opportunity to apply their knowledge of Tempo as we listen to a popular classical music piece and learn some moves to an old-English folk dance.

Hop across the pond to the United Kingdom to learn about its culture and music. Students will get an opportunity to apply their knowledge of Tempo as we listen to a popular classical music piece and learn some moves to an old-English folk dance.

FUN WITH FORM July 27 12:30 pm
icon-calendar July 27 12:30 pm America/New_York FUN WITH FORM

Ever notice that songs often repeat certain words and melodies? Learn why as we explore the music building block of Form. Using a familiar children’s song and engaging movement and drawing activities, we break down two musical forms in a way that even our youngest listeners will be able to understand.

Ever notice that songs often repeat certain words and melodies? Learn why as we explore the music building block of Form. Using a familiar children’s song and engaging movement and drawing activities, we break down two musical forms in a way that even our youngest listeners will be able to understand.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA July 28 11:30 am
icon-calendar July 28 11:30 am America/New_York UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Our journey around the world ends with a closer look at the culture and music of our home country: the United States of America. We will be taking students on a journey through Jazz that will have them singing using scat syllables and incorporating their knowledge of Form structure as they play accompaniment on their craft pianos.

Our journey around the world ends with a closer look at the culture and music of our home country: the United States of America. We will be taking students on a journey through Jazz that will have them singing using scat syllables and incorporating their knowledge of Form structure as they play accompaniment on their craft pianos.

VIRTUAL PIANOKIDS LIVE! August 5 11:30 am
icon-calendar August 5 11:30 am America/New_York VIRTUAL PIANOKIDS LIVE!

Join your hosts Captain Joe and Admiral Emily for a live, virtual performance of PianoKids! Come prepared to show off your musical skills and knowledge picked up along our world tour as we present a fun, and interactive final program.

Join your hosts Captain Joe and Admiral Emily for a live, virtual performance of PianoKids! Come prepared to show off your musical skills and knowledge picked up along our world tour as we present a fun, and interactive final program.