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Pacific Symphony Home Learning

Activities for the curious student, covering John Williams, short educational musical activities, STEAM education and further educational resources.

The Music of John Williams

Short Music Learning Activities for Parents and Children

STEAM Activities for Parents and Children

Resources for Music and Arts Learning for Families

The Music of John Williams: Home Activity Packet and Supporting Materials

Adapted from Pacific Symphony’s award-winning program Class Act, the home activity packet has cross-curricular activities to explore the music of composer John Williams

Home Activity Packet

Supporting Materials for the Home Activity Packet

Included are recordings of pieces used for the activities, and exclusive interview with John Williams, as well as Williams biographies

Coming Soon: Video lessons from the Home Activity Packet, taught by Pacific Symphony’s Education and Community Engagement Team

Short Music Learning Activities for Parents and Children

If you are looking for a quick, fun, and easy way to infuse music into your home school classroom, look no further than these fun and educational activities. 

STEAM Activities for Parents and Children

Adapted from the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities that regularly appear as part of the lobby activities for our Family Musical Mornings Concerts, as well as at community events around Orange County, these short activities explore topics ranging from The Science of Space to The Science of Sound.

Resources for Music and Arts Learning for Families

There is so much amazing content being created by arts organizations across the country. Here are some of our favorites!


Carnegie Hall has provided an interactive resource walking kids through this piece that introduces children to the different instruments in the orchestra.

The New York Philharmonic Kidzone is chock full of information to learn about instruments, music and the orchestra.

Little Kids Rock offers free interactive tutorials, videos, and instrumentals to get your kids rockin’ out in no time! 

San Francisco Symphony is providing the nine one-hour documentaries from their Keeping Score series free of charge during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Each episode features San Francisco Symphony's Music Director, Michael Tilson Thomas, exploring major classical works. Each episode also features a concert program by the San Francisco Symphony.


The Getty Museum offers online games, information about art, and even ideas for how to do art projects at home.


BrainPOP is a website that provides activities and information about a variety of subjects, including STEM, Arts & Music, Social Studies, and English. BrainPOP is aimed toward upper elementary/middle school students, and they have also offer resources for K-3 in their BrainPOP Jr. section. As of this writing, BrainPOP is offering free access for families as long as schools are closed (30-day minimum).