Learn about the instruments, composers, pieces, and how to conduct - from our home to yours!

Activity of the Week -

Gourd Ocarina

Make an ocarina out of a gourd!

Questions to Consider:

  • Do you think different shaped gourds will sound the same, or different? Why?
  • What song would you like to try to play?

Fun at Home!

  • Try making different gourd ocarinas that play different notes.
  • Can you use a simple looping app to play different parts on the song?
  • For a fun “green” additional activity, compost the fruit or vegetable afterwards. 

Here is a video of a musical piece performed on vegetable instruments!

This is part of our series showing how you can make all kinds of instruments from fruits and vegetables!

Be sure to check our website each week for more activities coming your way!

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More Learn At Home! Activities:

Carnival of the Animals

Here is a fun Carnival of the Animals activity to do with your kids!

The Horn

Learn about the horn with Kristi Kilgore, member of the BSO horn section!

Conduct with Yaniv

Learn how to conduct with Maestro Yaniv! (Featuring Jonah)

The Flute

Learn about the flute with Debbie Arthur, Principal Flute of the BSO!

The English Horn

Learn about the English horn with Ken Bronstein, English horn of the BSO!

Green Pepper Shakers

Make a Rhythm Instrument from a Green Pepper!

Musical Rivers!

Here is a fun activity to do with your kids involving a piece about a river - The Moldau!

The Cello

Learn about the cello with Olivia Kingsley, BSO Program Intern!

Carrot Kazoo

Make a kazoo from a carrot!

The Bass

Learn about the Bass with Mark Tomko, Principal Bass of the BSO!

She Sang for a Nation

Here is a lesson about Marian Anderson and her experience as a black woman denied a hall to perform.

William Grant Still

Here is an activity featuring composer William Grant Still and his music.

Tona Brown

This week’s lesson features Tona Brown, the first Black transgender woman to perform at Carnegie Hall and to perform for a United States President.

Breanna Sinclaire

This week’s lesson features Breanna Sinclaire, the first transgender person to sing the National Anthem at a professional sporting event!

Make a Watermelon Drum & Bubbler!

Learn how to make a drum out of a watermelon!


Here is a fun activity to do with your kids involving Haydn’s “Surprise” Symphony!

Cauliflower Trumpet!

Make a conch or trumpet from a cauliflower!

Radish Scraper

Make a scraper instrument from a Daikon radish!

Whatcom Arts Project

The BSO is a proud participant and a founding member of the new Whatcom Arts Project, a group of over 30 community arts nonprofits. The goal of the Whatcom Arts Project is to reach our community during this time of need to provide hope, entertainment, learning opportunities, and a sense of togetherness. Each week, the BSO posts learning activities and videos on our website and to social media as part of the Whatcom Arts Project. To learn more about the Whatcom Arts Project and home friendly activities in our area, please visit: www.facebook.com/WhatcomArtsProject/ or https://www.bellingham.org/whatcom-arts-project/.