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Resources for Families and Kids

Music exploration and learning begin at home with you! Carnegie Hall celebrates families and music making around the world through free online resources. Drawn from programs created by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI), this collection of activities for families with children encourages musical learning, discovery, and play.

WMI is dedicated to serving people around the world through innovative education and social impact programs. Explore our growing collection of free online learning resources for all ages.

For Babies and Toddlers

Album cover that features illustrated shooting stars beneath a watercolor baby mobile

Unwind with Soothing Lullabies

World-renowned artists, from Patti LuPone to Angélique Kidjo, perform a heartwarming collection of personal lullabies on the album Hopes & Dreams: The Lullaby Project.
Topic: Lullabies
Activity: Listening
Time commitment: 15 minutes–2 hours

A father cradles his young daughter

Relax, Listen, and Sing Along

Fiona Apple, Billy Joel, Alison Krauss, and others present popular lullabies, new songs, and tips for singing and creating music with your little ones in this Spotify playlist.
Topic: Lullabies
Activities: Singing, Listening
Time commitment: 15 minutes–1 hour

Emily Eagen sings to her smiling young child

Sing a Simple Lullaby

Singer-songwriter and mother Emily Eagen shares how you can personalize and sing a simple lullaby with your child.
Topic: Lullabies
Activities: Watching, Singing, Songwriting
Time commitment: 15 minutes

A mother holds her sleeping baby while writing lullaby lyrics

Write a Personal Lullaby

Bring your own lullaby to life using this journal with step-by-step instructions on developing lyrics, choosing a musical style, and more.
Topic: Lullabies
Activities: Singing, Songwriting
Time commitment: 45 minutes–2 hours

A mother looks into her baby’s eyes

Sing with Your Baby

Follow these helpful tips and use singing to soothe, bond, and play with your child.
Topic: Lullabies
Activities: Singing, Play Time
Time commitment: 15 minutes–1 hour

Two mothers sing to their baby

Share Musical Moments Together

From movement to brain-building activities, use this instructional guide for sharing musical moments with your little one.
Topic: Early Childhood Development
Activities: Singing, Play Time, Movement
Time commitment: 15 minutes–1 hour

For Children in Grades K–5

An illustrated map shows the musical artists’ countries of origin

Explore Music from Around the World

Artists from around the world introduce children to their music and culture through songs, movement, and more in these Musical Explorers Activities for Families.
Topics: Instruments, Composers
Activities: Listening, Singing, Watching, Movement
Time commitment: 15 minutes–2 hours

Images of cellos projected on the wall behind an orchestra

Discover the World of the Orchestra

The music, composers, and instruments of the orchestra are front and center in these Link Up Activities for Families.
Topics: Orchestra, Instruments, Composers
Activities: Singing, Listening, Movement, Recorder Playing
Time commitment: 45 minutes–2 hours

An illustration of personified orchestra instruments

Go On a Listening Adventure

This interactive, online game dives into the components of the orchestra through Britten’s iconic piece for young audiences.
Topics: Orchestra, Instruments
Activity: Play Time
Time commitment: 15 minutes–2 hours

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Take a Peek Into Carnegie Hall History

Learn about Carnegie Hall’s exciting history in this playful animated video filled with music by artists who have graced its stages, from Tchaikovsky to the Beatles and beyond.
Topic: Carnegie Hall
Activity: Watching
Time commitment: 10 minutes

Carnegie Hall Kids’ Coloring Booklet

Color, Listen, and Sing

These music-themed coloring pages let you listen and sing along to music from around the world as you create your own colorful masterpiece.
Topics: Carnegie Hall, Instruments, Composers
Activities: Play Time, Listening, Singing
Time commitment: 15 minutes–2 hours

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Lead support for Lullaby Project is provided by Nicola and Beatrice Bulgari, The ELMA Music Foundation (U.S.), William Penn Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Ameriprise Financial

Major funding is provided by Ameriprise Financial, MetLife Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Additional support has been provided by JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation and Mary Anne Huntsman Morgan and The Huntsman Foundation.

Public support has been provided by the NYC Health+Hospitals Arts in Medicine Department, with support from the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and the Department of Correction in partnership with the Office of the Manhattan Borough President.

The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

Fund II Foundation

Lead support for Link Up is provided by Fund II Foundation.

Additional funding for Link Up is provided by Linda and Earle S. Altman, The Barker Welfare Foundation, JJR Foundation, and Joan and Sanford I. Weill and the Weill Family Foundation.

Link Up in New York City schools is made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.

The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

Fund II Foundation

Lead funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by Fund II Foundation, Linda and Earle S. Altman, Siegel Family Endowment, and Ralph W. and Leona Kern.

Additional lead funding for Musical Explorers has been graciously provided by JJR Foundation and JMCMRJ Sorrell Foundation.

Disney

Major funding for Musical Explorers has been provided by The Walt Disney Company.

Additional support has been provided by The Edwin Caplin Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, and KPMG LLP.

Musical Explorers is also made possible, in part, by an endowment gift from The Irene Diamond Fund.

The Weill Music Institute's programs are made available to a nationwide audience, in part, by an endowment grant from the Citi Foundation.

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