Free Kids Streams Every Week: Meet the Instrument and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots

Seattle Symphony presents free weekly streaming for kids with Meet the Instrument on Wednesdays and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots on Fridays through closures

The Seattle Symphony presents weekly livestreams of Meet the Instrument on Wednesdays and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots on Fridays during Benaroya Hall’s closure through the end of May. Since the Hall initially closed on March 12 following COVID-19 guidelines from government and health officials, the Symphony has continued to share music with audiences in Seattle and around the world through concert rebroadcasts and livestreams.

After the programs' introductions in recent weeks, Meet the Instrument and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots now join the Symphony's regular streaming schedule to offer joy, discovery and fun for the young and young at heart. The educational content also serves as a resource for teachers and families with young children during this time of school closures.

On Wednesdays at 11am, Meet the Instrument introduces an instrument in the orchestra to viewers through short excerpts performed by the Seattle Symphony musician hosting that week's video. This program kicked off with the tuba and has since included the French horn and violin in subsequent weeks.

Following the musical exploration, children can follow instructions available on the Symphony’s website to make a craft inspired by the instrument of the week.

Upcoming broadcasts include Meet the Instrument: Clarinet with Seattle Symphony Clarinet & Bass Clarinet Eric Jacobs on April 15 and Meet the Instrument: Percussion with Seattle Symphony Principal Percussion Michael A. Werner on April 22. Viewers can tune in for the fun on Wednesdays on YouTube and Facebook.

Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots will be broadcast on Fridays at 11am and is modeled after the Symphony's Tiny Tots Concerts. Hosted by Seattle Symphony Horn John Turman, the program builds on each week's Meet the Instrument by exploring the related orchestral section.

Young viewers continue learning about other members of the instrument family through song and performances by orchestra musicians. Finally, the instruments unite for an ensemble performance to show how they work together.

Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots recently featured the brass and strings sections. Following their Meet the Instrument companion videos, Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots: Woodwinds will air on April 17 and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots: Percussion will air on April 24. Families can join in the musical adventure on Fridays on YouTube and Facebook​.

A selection of Meet the Instrument and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots videos will also be available on-demand on the Seattle Symphony’s YouTube channel starting one week after the initial air date.​

The Seattle Symphony will continue to organize additional free livestreams and rebroadcasts until the orchestra can return to the Benaroya Hall stage. Programming updates will be shared at seattlesymphony.org/live.

Those interested can also sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming Seattle Symphony rebroadcasts and livestreams. Audiences can view performances on YouTube and Facebook.

Inspired by the orchestra’s dedication to serving the community, more than 2,700 donors have stepped forward with a gift since the closure of Benaroya Hall. These funds launch the Seattle Symphony Future Fund, providing critical resources to ensure a bright future for symphonic music in our community.

The Seattle Symphony looks forward to welcoming audiences back to Benaroya Hall again very soon and wishes everyone health and comfort in the coming weeks.

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Posted on April 14, 2020

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