Engaging videos, slide presentations, and activities created by New York Philharmonic Musicians and Teaching Artists especially for preschool, elementary, and middle- through high-school students. These resources offer further exploration and engagement with Philharmonic concerts found on our NY Phil Plays On webpage, Very Young People’s Concerts @ Home, Young People’s Concerts, and more. Check back often for frequent updates!

What’s In My Case?

A video series that allows students and music enthusiasts a glimpse into the gear used by professional musicians — plus practice tips and advice from the pros.

Activities, Learning, and More

Preschool–Grade 2 (ages 3–6)
The Sounds Around Us
Music and Movement
Have more fun with long and short sounds by exploring the sounds around us and the movements they inspire.

Tchaikovsky Swan Lake — Lesson 1
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake — Lesson 2
Explore how tempo makes music fun with activities to get you moving and counting!

Mozart Sinfonia concertante — Lesson 1
Mozart Sinfonia concertante — Lesson 2
Learn about Mozart, the violin, the viola, and Afro-French composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and create your very own Sinfonia concertante–inspired puppet show!

Elementary School (Grades 3–5)

Call and Response
Is it true that every question has an answer? Explore how composer Charles Ives used the popular composing technique call and response in his piece The Unanswered Question.

Pitch Set in the Orchestra
Explore the contemporary composing technique of using a pitch set. Write a short review of Rituel by composer Pierre Boulez.

Create an obstacle course inspired by Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto!

Winter Sounds
How would you describe winter without words? Explore how composer Antonio Vivaldi answered this question, and create your own winter landscape using sound.

Layering Sounds — Still’s Lenox Ave.
Musical Landmarks — Ellington’s Harlem
Explore the New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert An African-American Legacy: The Harlem Renaissance and activities on sound layering, musical landmarks, and the music of composers William Grant Still and Duke Ellington.

Concerto Form
Supporting One Voice
Learn about concerto form, tempo markings, and how an orchestra and solo instrument work together in Dvořák’s cello concerto.

Songs and Form
Storytelling and Creating German Lieder
Discover what ternary form is, create your own story, and explore Waldseligkeit and Cäcilie by Richard Strauss.

Dancing with Mahler
Have fun exploring how Mahler created a dance party in his Symphony No. 9!

Boléro Scavenger Hunt
Can you find the instruments in this version of Ravel’s Boléro performed by Musicians of the New York Philharmonic?

Middle School–High School (Grades 6–12)
Sounds in Space
Discover how contemporary composer Karlheinz Stockhausen used space to influence his composition Gruppen. Conduct your own experiments with how space can be used in your art.

Groups in Sync
Explore the interplay between dialogue and coordination in Stockhausen’s Gruppen, and create collages inspired by his technique of grouping sounds.

Vivaldi Musical Scavenger Hunt
Have you ever heard music while shopping, or watching a show that caught your interest and made you want to listen more? Explore the music in the background all around us.

Winter Sonnets
Are poems and music related? Find out how Vivaldi used music to illustrate a sonnet in his concerto Winter, from The Four Seasons.

Musical Tour of the Netherlands — Lesson 1
Musical Tour of the Netherlands — Lesson 2
Join us for an exploration of Amsterdam and the Netherlands, featuring a diverse and exciting landscape of contemporary music, our own Music Director Jaap van Zweden, and much more.

Activist and Soloist
Musical Tributes
Explore musical tributes and discover how Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is like a conversation between an individual and a large group.

Exploring Form in Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1
Challenging Stereotypes in Symphony No. 1 and Beyond
Learn how Prokofiev and other artists have used form and other techniques to challenge stereotypes through their art.

Monumental Firsts (Grades 6–8)
Learn about Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 and the challenge of approaching a big new project.

Mahler Symphony No. 10 — Lesson 1
Mahler Symphony No. 10 — Lesson 2
What happens when an artist is unable to finish a work of art? Find out how a musicologist and others helped complete Mahler’s Symphony No. 10, and try to complete an unfinished piece of music. Learn more about the opening of the piece with Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps.