Archive for the ‘music’ category

Free Online Guitar Lessons

August 16th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 16, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Justin Guitar

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Whether you are just beginning to play guitar or have years of experience, this website provides hundreds of leveled lessons for learning to play the guitar. Created and hosted by London based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer, and educator, Justin Sandercoe, lessons are presented through the use of on-site embedded YouTube videos, texts, and images. Using the sidebar menu to select from the following:
  • Lesson Index
  • Beginner’s Course
  • Intermediate Method
  • Quick Tips
  • Skills
  • Practice Time
  • Exercises
  • Technique
  • Chords
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Ear Training
  • Guitar Gear
  • Recording Tech
  • Masterclasses
  • Blank Papers

In addition to lessons from above, students can also learn techniques for playing:

  • Blues (Lead & Rhythm)
  • Folk (Fingerstyle)
  • Rock & Metal
  • Jazz

There are loads of extras on this website which include lessons to play riffs and licks, insights into songwriting, music transcribing, and ukulele lessons. Also included are numerous instructional videos for playing specific songs by popular artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and many, many more, all grouped by learning level to complement the various lessons.

While this site is free to use, there are various advertisements throughout where you may purchase justinguitar.com materials or make a donation to the site. Please note that these solicitations are not intrusive to the use of the website nor do they interfere with the value of the site.

If you have ever thought about learning to play the guitar, this website is a wonderful resource that you will find yourself coming back to time after time.

Hummingbird Math

August 4th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, August 4, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project

 

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, children with parental supervision)

 

This website was designed to be a cross-disciplinary opportunity for students in grades K-12 to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. These little birds tolerate people well and are drawn to gardens and feeders where they can easily be studied. The data collected is shared via the website with students worldwide. You can access a great deal of information at this site for free, but they also offer the opportunity to register for $20/year, a fee that enables students to participate fully in the research project. (Details are at the site.) However, you don’t have to register to learn interesting facts about a variety of hummingbirds or to access the activities and lesson ideas in math, art, drama, music, geography, and writing.
When you get to the site you will see the introduction to “Hummingbird Math Activities” – just scroll down to review the lessons and click on the links to the other curriculum pages as well.

Want more hummingbird fun? Have your children make their very own hummingbird feeder and try some interesting activities like:

  • Hummingbirds weigh between 2 and 20 grams. If you have a kitchen scale, have the kids gather some items around the house they think weigh about as much as a hummingbird. Weigh them and see how close they come.

Music with Mozart

July 26th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 26, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Age Range: All (chidren with parental supervision)

 

Gather the family around the computer for a visual and audio treat about the life and music of one of the world’s great classical music composers, Mozart.
When you get to this site, you will see a painting of Mozart’s face. Look down on the left-hand corner of the screen and in tiny letters you will see the word “English”. Click on it and the site will be available in the English language. Then you will notice the menu on the upper right hand section of the screen. You have a choice of:
  • Concerts – watch and listen as your computer screen becomes a concert hall where you hear Mozart’s music compositions performed by various composers. You can even read the biographies of the composers who perform Mozart’s music!
  • Compositions – find a complete list of all of Mozart’s works along with Midi files so you can download and listen to them.
  • Biography – A beautiful, well-researched, pictorially stunning biography of the life of Mozart, complemented by his music.
  • Media Library – Discover paintings depicting Mozart, Sheet Music, and Audio files.

This is a remarkable website that serves as a wonderful introduction to the music and life of Mozart. If you don’t have a great deal of time to surf the entire site, then go directly to the “Biography”. The story of Mozart’s life will fascinate your children, the pictures are beautiful, and you will be treated to a sampling of his music.

Literacy, Spelling, & Grammar Activities!

July 9th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, July 9, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Ambleweb

 

Age Range: 7-12 (Grades 2-7, with parental supervision)

 

The Ambleside Primary School faculty and fourth-year students created the free language arts games and activities on this site.
The literacy portion of this site appears in two sections as follows:
I. When you get to the site you’ll see the word “Literacy” and below it a menu that includes short “Click-On” activities as follows:
*Interactive spelling worksheets Click and drag the missing letters to the blank spaces where they belong to complete the words.

*Proverbs – Click and drag the first and last parts of each proverb to place them together.

*Adjectives, Nouns, Verbs, and Prepositions – Drag each word into the correct category.

*Word Finder – Given a word, see how many smaller words can be made from its letters.

*Sentence Sorter – Put the words in order to create a sentence that makes sense.

II. Below the above menu, click on the words “Ambleweb Literacy Page” to find:

*Look, Cover, Write, and Check – A customizable spelling list. You look at the word, then click “cover” and type the word from memory. You will be informed whether you got the word correct or not.

*Book Reviews – Read reviews submitted by (mostly young) website visitors, or submit your own!

*Word Games and Quizzes – Create stories, limericks, or haiku. Work on vocabulary, spelling, reading comprehension, and more!

*Best Internet Resources – A long list of recommended links for further Language Arts learning and practice. (We did not review these links, so parents, as always, should preview the sites and supervise Internet use).

Bookmark this website and also use it for math, science, art, geography, music, just for fun and more! There is even an “infant zone” for the very young.

Keeping Score for Classical Music

July 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 5, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Keeping Score

 

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Created by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony and based on the PBS television series, this website provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the life and music of the composers featured in the series.
Through the use of audio, video, interactive materials as well as downloadable lesson plans specially created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program, students take an in-depth look into the composers’ political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

When arriving at the website, in the “Explore The Music” box, chose one of the following tabs to see what lessons are available:

  • Composers
  • Musical Technique
  • History
  • Musical Scores
  • Staff Picks

The composers covered are:

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Aaron Copland
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Education” to find more resources and lessons plans created by teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

Select “Interactive” to dig even deeper through images, videos, and text. Follow along with musical scores, experiment with various musical techniques, try your hand at conducting a symphony, discover the instruments and musicians of an orchestra, and much more.

Not only does the website provide a wonderful educational resource in the study of symphonic music, but it is a feast of sight and sound sure to encourage your student’s interest.

Learn Esperanto! What’s That? Find Out!

June 28th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, June 28, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Esperanto

Age Range: 2-Adult (Grades 2-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

We’d like to thank ClickSchooling member, Anna, for recommending this website. It offers a free, fun introduction to Esperanto – a language that was developed to help worldwide communication.

It is not spoken by any particular country or ethnic group; however, it has similarities to Latin, Germanic and Slavic words. Esperanto was deliberately designed to be simple for everyone to learn. It is highly phonetic, making it easy to read, pronounce, and spell.

It was introduced at the end of the 19th century to promote tolerance in worldwide communications as it doesn’t favor any particular people, country, or culture through its use. There are Esperanto websites, clubs, seminars, books, music and more.

Anna wrote, “Here is a really fun site that’s an introduction to Esperanto. The graphics are engaging, and by the time you’ve gone through the ‘course’ you’ll already know a few phrases.”

She’s right.

When you get to the site, you’ll be greeted by a friendly, animated host named “Zam” who will guide you through an introduction to Esperanto. This is something that your whole family may find fascinating. Because you can learn the language quickly – kids can speak “Esperanto” around the house, as a sort of “secret language.”

Anna also wrote, “In fact, I was so intrigued by the ease with which I could learn Esperanto that I signed up for a free course – with a tutor, even! – at this site.” Check it out!

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