Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam

Educational Apps

Together with publisher Uitgeverij Follow a Muse, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is developing a series of educational apps for all primary school-aged children. The PC versions of these apps are made available to schools free of charge and can be used on the interactive whiteboard (IWB).

Each RCO Kids app contains six ready-to-use sets of lesson material. The apps have been compiled to help meet core objective 54 of the Intermediary Objectives and Learning Continuity Pathways (TULE) and the new SLO curriculum framework for artistic orientation in primary education. The apps provide lesson material for an in-class project lasting three to four weeks.

They can be used as part of a broad educational context, the lessons focusing on aspects of the visual arts and general knowledge in addition to music. Accordingly, the apps are designed primarily for use by core teachers, but they can serve the needs of the enthusiastic music teacher, too.

The PC apps for primary education are made available free of charge thanks to contributions to the RCO donors’ foundation Stichting Donateurs, the Jacobson Fonds, the FIL Foundation and the Fiep Westendorp Foundation.

Peter and the Wolf

at home on your iPad…

Who doesn’t have childhood memories of Peter and the Wolf – listening to the LP, looking at the picture book while sitting on a parent’s or grandparent’s lap and just listening to the music? Using modern technology, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s interactive iPad app now introduces young listeners at home or on the go to the adventures of Peter, his grandfather, the cat, duck, bird, and of course that nasty wolf.

The app is built around a video recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, performed by a very enthusiastic Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Otto Tausk. The recording is enriched with beautiful interactive illustrations and animations by Cristina Garcia Martin and features actor Tom Jansen as the narrator. The app teaches children all about music and the instruments of the orchestra in a fun, captivating way.

Would you prefer to read the story aloud to your child? Just switch off the narration, and the text to be read aloud appears at the bottom of the screen. The app also contains lots of extra details and facts about the music, the composer and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Winner of the 2015 Gouden @penstaart Award.

Download the free app today

… and at school on the interactive whiteboard

Peter en de Wolf digibord app

The Peter and the Wolf IWB app was developed for use in primary school years 3 and 4, but was also enthusiastically adopted by second- and fifth-year pupils at our pilot schools.

The application is launched on the teacher’s PC, and Peter and his animal friends appear as if by magic in the classroom on the IWB.

The app can be used as part of a broad educational context. The lessons and worksheets help pupils learn about everything from music and animals to emotions and even Russia. Accordingly, the app is designed primarily for use by core teachers, but it can serve the needs of the enthusiastic music teacher, too.

The educational module contains six ready-to-use sets of lesson material, which were developed in collaboration with Meesters in Muziek (Moet je doen – muziek). The app was compiled to help meet core objective 54 of the Intermediary Objectives and Learning Continuity Pathways (TULE).

The app provides lesson material for an in-class project lasting three to four weeks.

Pictures at an Exhibition

at school on the interactive whiteboard

What does a scary gnome sound like? Or the great stately gate of a city? How do dancing chicks sound? And how can you paint music?

The Pictures at an Exhibition app was developed for use in primary school years 5 and 6. 

This beautiful interactive app lets children create their own melody, their own painting, their own musical animation and finally – ta-da! – their very own exhibition.

The app is built around a recording of Musorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Mariss Jansons.

The educational app contains six ready-to-use sets of lesson material. The app has been compiled to help meet core objective 54 of the Intermediary Objectives and Learning Continuity Pathways (TULE) and the new SLO curriculum framework for artistic orientation in primary education. The lessons focus on aspects of the visual arts and general knowledge in addition to music. The app provides lesson material for an in-class project lasting three to four weeks. 

Romeo and Juliet

at school on the interactive whiteboard…

Romeo and Juliet is the third app in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s series of educational apps. It introduces children in years 7 and 8 to the world’s most famous love story, to the Bard himself William Shakespeare and to the composer Sergey Prokofiev. 

Through this modern-day illustrated Romeo and Juliet, children learn all about the most famous love story ever written! They get to know the music of Prokofiev, play swinging body percussion together and even write their own rap. 

The app is built around a recording of Romeo and Juliet, performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of Daniele Gatti.

The educational app contains six ready-to-use sets of lesson material. The app has been compiled to help meet core objective 54 of the Intermediary Objectives and Learning Continuity Pathways (TULE) and the new SLO curriculum framework for artistic orientation in primary education. The lessons focus on aspects of general knowledge as well as music. 

The app provides lesson material for an in-class project lasting three to four weeks.

…and on your iPad

Dream away with the musical love story of Romeo and Juliet, the star-crossed lovers from feuding families. The app combines a video recording of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with contemporary animations that help illustrate the storyline. The app also features a read-aloud function, with over twenty-five minutes of the most enjoyable viewing, listening and reading material. The text was written by rapper Pascal Griffioen (aka Def P) and is read aloud by Martijn Lakemeier.

As popular today as it ever was, this is the tragic story of the love between two young people, a love that was doomed from the start because of the centuries-long feud between their respective families. 

The story has inspired books, ballets, films and music. The music featured in the app is that of composer Sergey Prokofiev and is performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Would you prefer to read the story aloud to your child? Just switch off the narration, and the text to be read aloud appears at the bottom of the screen. The app also contains lots of extra details and facts about the music, the composer and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Download the free app today