Water, Our Most Precious Resource


The Minnesota Sinfonia is very pleased to offer another of our Music in the Schools programs, Water, Our Most Precious Resource, in a special all-video format to the students and children of the state of Minnesota. The curriculum includes:

  • Curriculum packet (download below) which includes descriptions of the music, composers, and backgrounds
  • State-mandated benchmarks and activities for grade levels K-6
  • Videos of the Minnesota Sinfonia performing the entire program



Curriculum Guide: Water, Our Most Precious Resource

El Barquito – Vocal

El Barquito – Piano and Vocal

It’s Raining – Vocal (Two Voices)

It’s Raining – Piano and Vocal (One Voice)

It’s Raining – Piano and Vocal (Two Voices)



The orchestra ensures that it is in tune before playing the “Acorazado Rivadavia Tango Argentina” by Ángel Villoldo.


The Minnesota Sinfonia depicts a thunderstorm from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony Number 6.


How many raindrops do you think fall during the Minnesota Sinfonia’s performance of Frédéric Chopin’s “Raindrop Prelude?”


The Minnesota Sinfonia performs “The Water Goblin,” by Antonín Dvořák, as a reminder of the importance of water safety.


Envision a stroll by a moonlit lake while enjoying a performance of “Water in the Moonlight” by Blind Tom Wiggins.


All aboard for a journey by boat to Fingal’s Cave in the Minnesota Sinfonia’s rendition of “Fingal’s Cave” by Felix Mendelssohn.


It’s your turn to perform! Sing along as the Minnesota Sinfonia performs “El Barquito” and “It’s Raining” – in English and Spanish!


Chadwick “Niles” Phillips narrates the Minnesota Sinfonia’s version of the classic story, “The Ugly Duckling” by Jay Fishman and Bernie Fishman.


Enjoy watching Chadwick “Niles” Phillips sing “Water Wheel” by Paul Schulz and Steve Lang – and help propel the song along when Chadwick asks you to clap and shout!


The Minnesota Sinfonia end its program with a bouree from George Frideric Handel’s “Water Music.”

Watch all ten videos, one after the other, with this play list!

Students and teachers – check out these short instructional videos!

The Minnesota Sinfonia is pleased to offer a series of videos focusing on each instrument of the orchestra. These instructional videos are like having private lessons with every musician of the Minnesota Sinfonia. Access the first group of videos here.



PLEASE help The Minnesota Sinfonia continue to secure funding for our Music in Schools program – which is provided FREE OF CHARGE to schools and students – by completing the survey after watching all videos with your class. It takes only a few moments to answer a quick SURVEY with 10 easy questions about your students’ Music in Schools experience. Your input is important. THANK YOU!