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

Activity -

The Horn

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

Questions to Consider:

  • How does a horn make sound?
  • What was the horn originally used for? (Hint: it wasn’t used to make music!)
  • Kristi has a triple horn (meaning her horn has more tubing than a single or double horn). How many feet of tubing makes up her instrument? What animal is as tall as her horn?

Fun at Home!

  • You can make your own horn at home! To make a typical horn, you’ll need some tubing (such as a garden hose), a funnel (which you can make from construction paper if you don’t have one), a plastic bottle, and duct tape.
  • Step 1 - Wrap your tubing material in a circle the size of the french horn and tape the sides if the tubing overlaps. (If you don’t have a tube, you can use an empty paper towel roll. Your horn will end up more like a trumpet, but it is the same idea!)
  • Step 2 - Attach the funnel to one end of the tubing using duct tape.
  • Step 3 - Have an adult help you with this step. Cut the neck of a plastic bottle off and tape to the other end of the tubing. Make sure the width of the plastic bottle is as close as possible to the width of your tubing.
  • Step 4 - Buzz into the plastic bottle “mouthpiece” and create your own music!
  • BONUS - Share a video or picture of your homemade horn!

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More Learn At Home! Activities:

The Bass

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

Carnival of the Animals

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

Musical Rivers!

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

The English Horn

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

The Cello

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

The Flute

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

Conduct with Yaniv

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

Green Pepper Shakers

Make a Rhythm Instrument from a Green Pepper!

Carrot Kazoo

Make a kazoo from a carrot!

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/.