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

Activity -

Make a Watermelon Drum & Bubbler!

Learn how to make a drum out of a watermelon!

Here are some written directions for making your watermelon instrument!

Questions to Consider:

  • What happens to the sound as you move your watermelon drum up and down and tap it?
  • What other kinds of things can you use instead of peanuts? 
  • If you try some, what is your favorite?
  • Why should you only do the bubble instrument outside or where your parents say you can?

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 your watermelon drum.  Be extra sure to ONLY do this with an adult!.
  • 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!

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.


More Learn At Home! Activities:

Gourd Ocarina

Make an ocarina out of a gourd!

Carnival of the Animals

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


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

Musical Rivers!

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

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.

The Bass

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

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!

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)

Green Pepper Shakers

Make a Rhythm Instrument from a Green Pepper!

Cauliflower Trumpet!

Make a conch or trumpet from a cauliflower!

Carrot Kazoo

Make a kazoo from a carrot!

Radish Scraper

Make a scraper instrument from a Daikon radish!

Breanna Sinclaire

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

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.

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/.