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Intergenerational Learning Activities: Music

Sometimes reaching out to children and youth can be as easy as singing, playing or listening to music together. Whether it is whistling a tune or listening to a full orchestra, a grandparent or older adult volunteer can engage children and youth through music.

The possibilities for intergenerational connections through musical activities are limitless.  With the support of the Verizon Foundation and resources on Thinkfinity.org, this guide provides brief activity descriptions geared toward a broad range of ages. We encourage you to submit additional suggestions and to connect with other older adults in an online user group for grandparents and volunteers with similar interests.

Kindergarten to Grade 6: Why Do Orchestras Need So Many People?

  • Discover together why orchestras need so many people
  • Learn about the connection between poetry and music
  • Explore the history of jazz music

Grades 9 to 12: Music in Movies

  • Pick the soundtrack for a movie
  • Listen to music from and learn about the Civil Rights Movement

Additional Resources:

  • Listen to music together online at Radionomy


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