Learn At Home!
Learn about instruments, composers, music, and even how to conduct from the comfort of your home!


Green Pepper Shakers

Make a Rhythm Instrument from a Green Pepper!

Questions to Consider:

  • What kinds of things could you put inside the pepper to make different sounds?
  • Try guessing what the sounds will be like from each of those. 
  • After you make your shaker, and hear the sound, how would you describe it?
  • What happens when more than one family member is playing together? 
  • What happens when you try different kinds of rhythms? Which do you like the best?

Fun at Home!

  • First, view the video of the entire musical performance on vegetables. Isn’t it amazing?
  • Next, watch the video on how to make the shaker-type instrument from a green pepper and whatever you decide to put inside.
  • 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 the first in a series. We will be showing how you can make all kinds of instruments from fruits and vegetables!

Click here to check out more Learn At Home activities!

You Can Help Keep the Music Going!

If you enjoy our weekly activities, please consider a donation to the BSO. The BSO does over 90 in-school performances each year, reaching thousands of students throughout Whatcom County.


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 during the pandemic, the BSO posted 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/.