Music Education Islington


We have gathered a selection of ideas and websites for musical activities to do while homeschooling. We hope you enjoy these and we will update this page regularly, so please do check back. Last updated on 2 July.

We welcome your comments, suggestions or questions about the content on this page.

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Take Five!

Each week, we will share five free inclusive online music-making activities for children, young people and their families selected by the Music Education Islington team.

We have now also added a new Listening Corner feature for Listen & Learn activities.

Here’s our current music and sound menu.

Listening Corner

  • Welcome to the Arctic

    A clip from Arctic Sound Walk, an immersive, slow radio experience of hiking through the Arctic tundra.

    Listen & Learn (2 mins, BBC Radio)

    Arctic Sound Walk

  • British Music's Caribbean Roots - The Documentary

    Discover the Caribbean roots of Black British music from grime to UK garage, to drum to jungle, to gospel to lovers rock, from roots and dub to ska, to reggae and calypso.

    Listen & Learn (53mins, BBC Radio)

    British Music's Caribbean Roots

Kitchen Percussion

Take the 5-step Kitchen Percussion Challenge with Justin Hines, percussionist with New York Philharmonic. Strike, shake and scrape your way to make music using your kitchen for inspiration. Part of the NY Phil Learning @Home series.

Musical Sounds & Instrument Discovery

Join LSO Music Director Sir Simon Rattle and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra for a short online family-friendly concert, suitable for children aged 5+. Learn about the instruments in an orchestra, take a quiz and discover what music inspires the musicians.

Where’s Simon? LSO Online Family Concert

Where’s Simon?

Using the Voice: Sing, Rap, Beatbox

Learn about the different styles of improvisation including singing, rap and beatboxing. Have a go at improvising your own song.

BBC Bitesize

Learn about sound and make an instrument

Join Myleene Klass and her daughter for a basic guide to how sound is made. Also learn how to build and play your own mini glass harp.

Virtual DJ and Beat Making

Become a virtual DJ with this fun browser-based app to create basic beats using virtual turntables, an eight track loop deck, mini-keyboard and other tools.

Fantasy DJ

Why 'Take Five'?

We've named this section Take Five after the best-selling jazz single of all time, recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet and originally released in September 1959. Composed by saxophonist, Paul Desmond, Take Five is written in the unusual time signature of 5/4 i.e. five beats to a bar.

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The Story of Take Five

Short Courses

Try one of our free Music Education Islington short courses - perfect for home learning.

Check back regularly for new modules.

Calling all young instrument players

Passionate about music and want to play live with other young people?

Join MEI Guildhall Young Artists - new members are very welcome.

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Learning to Play?


Develop your musical skills, technique and music theory knowledge with this selection of free video tips, lessons and guidance for a range of instruments and abilities.

MiSST at Home Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme

Courtesy of The Music in Secondary Schools Trust (MiSST)

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