Archive for the ‘music’ category

Explore the Science of Music

September 1st, 2015


It’s Saturday, July 18, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Exploratorium: The Science of Music



Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)


Part of the larger Exploratorium website, the museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California, this website explores the science of music through online exhibits, movies, and questions.
When arriving at the website, use the text links in the introductory paragraph to select where you would like to begin. Learn about the science involved in music with the interactive, online exhibits which include: 
  • Dot mixer – Using sound samples from different types of music discover the science of “mixing”.
  • Kitchen sink-o-pation – Discover how context has an impact on how we interpret the sounds we hear.
  • Step re-mix – Explore the musical dance form of stepping which uses the body as a percussion instrument.
  • Online drum circle – Join a live, world-wide drum circle (please note that this may not be working during your visit).
  • Headlands experiments – View videos of Exploratorium staff members experimenting with musical sound in the hills north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Take the beat back – Examine the origins and evolution of some interesting instruments.
Movies include an instrument builder who uses unusual materials to create his instruments, a demonstration and explanation of stepping, the specifics of orchestra tuning, and following a saxophonist to different locations to discover how acoustics affect music.

Learn the answers to the following questions:

  • How do opera singers carry notes for so long?
  • Why do some songs get stuck in your head?
  • Why can you hear the bass from a distance, but not the treble?
  • Why does some music give you goose bumps?
  • Why does your recorded voice sound strange?
  • Why does sad music sound sad?
  • Why does singing in the shower sound so good?
Music is all around us and this website encourages visitors to appreciate the science behind it.

Games & Listening Guides from Carnegie Hall

June 27th, 2015


It’s Saturday, June 27, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Carnegie Hall: Games and Listening Guides



Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)


This website offers 4 interactive programs to help kids learn about music. Designed for kids 6-12 (but fun for the whole family), the activities introduce instruments of the symphony orchestra, classical music and concepts such as musical notation.
When you get to the site you will see a menu of the four programs that include: 
  • “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by Benjamin Britten – In this game you and an animated guide collect instruments on an instrument safari. (Note: Read the FAQ on this BEFORE you launch the game to better understand how to play.)
  • Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 – A clever use of Dvorak’s own comments about his music and life helps kids understand his classic symphony, “From the New World”.
  • Carnegie Hall Animated History – Learn all about the symphony hall’s history and some of the renown figures who have performed there.
  • An Interactive History of African American Music – Through the use of an interactive timeline, text, images and audios, discover the history of African American music.
These games take some time to play – so be sure to visit the site when you’re not rushed.

Little House on the Prairie Activities

June 17th, 2015


It’s Wednesday, June 17, 2015, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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Laura’s Prairie House (


Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)


This website claims to be the definitive place for information, resources, and learning activities based on the Little House on the Prairie book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The content here is terrific, even if the ads are a nuisance.
When you get to the site you’ll see Google ad links, followed by an introduction to the site and a list of the books written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Click on the book titles to read a brief description of each book. Then, continue to click on subsequent links, or use the menu to find: 
  • Crafts, Lessons, Recipes, Music, & Activities – Make maple syrup candy, do a book character word search puzzle, print out worksheets and lesson ideas that include how to grind wheat, churn butter, make a braided rug, and more! You’ll even find lyrics to some of the songs & hymns mentioned in the books.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder & Little House Historical Sites – Get suggestions for taking an educational vacation by visiting memorial sites across the US.
  • Biographies of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Friends & Families – Learn more about some of your favorite characters from the books.
  • Little House on the Prairie Television Series – Find episode guides for all 10 seasons, the cast of characters, and more.
There is a great deal of content and resources here that fans of this series are sure to appreciate. Many of the activities can be enjoyed, even if you haven’t read the books.

Explore Music with Chuck Vanderchuck

June 6th, 2015


It’s Saturday, June 6, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion



Age Range: 6-9 (Grades 1-4, with parental supervision)


Join PBS characters Chuck Vanderchuck, Ramona, and Chuck’s dog, Zeppelin, on an interactive exploration of music genres, instruments, ear training, and music composition. (You’ll need Adobe Flash Player 9 Plug-in installed on your computer to view this site.)
When arriving at the game page, select from: 
  • Jam Sessions – Use the arrows to choose a music genre, then click play to learn about that genre. Next play the 3 games below to open the Main Gig to apply what you have learned and win your award: 
    • Lyrical Solarium – fill in the blanks to write lyrics
    • What Sounds Like What – discover the sounds of instruments used to play different music genres
    • Zen of Composition – learn how patterns are used in music to make songs
  • Dance Beat Explosion – Choose the character you want to play as then answer the questions to earn ‘dance moves’. At the end of the game the winner gets to use their moves to make their character perform the dance. If you have a web cam you can watch yourself dance on the screen.
  • Costume box – just for fun, dress up the characters in attire related to a musical style, take a picture, and print out if you want
  • Road Trip – choose a music genre then, in this classic video game style game, use your keyboard to move along the route to collect points and the musical instruments needed. But be careful of the dangers along the way because you only have 5 lives to complete your mission.
  • Awards – check out the awards you have collected playing the games.
There are also great resources for Parents and Teachers found by clicking the links at the bottom of the home page. The parent’s page includes an overview of the site, information about the show, the characters, and music genres as well as additional downloadable activities to keep the learning going. In the teacher’s area find video clips about the music genres and information about which games relate to the genre.

While this website may be geared for elementary aged students, it can easily be enjoyed by older students. With the help of this site, learning musical concepts is a fun and entertaining experience.

Explore Harmonicas

May 16th, 2015


It’s Saturday, May 16, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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The Alan G. Bates Harmonica Collection


Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)


Introduce your family to the joy of owning and playing the harmonica!
Did you know that more harmonicas have been sold than any other musical instrument? Harmonicas have been around in their current form for 175 years. At this site you can see samples of some of the unusual and fascinating harmonicas that Alan G. Bates has collected including a player harmonica – just like a player piano!

When you get to the site read about the highlights of the collection. Scroll down and you can read about the collector, Alan G. Bates. Then, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the arrow pointing to the right. A new page appears with a text menu under an arrow icon with the heading “Click arrows to take Bates Gallery Tour.” Click on any of the “Image” listings to see photographs and read about some very rare and unusual harmonicas – the shapes and decorations on these are not to be missed!

Visiting this harmonica gallery may inspire the kids to want to learn to play the harmonica. If so, here is a website that explains what kind of harmonica to get and provides free lesson plans for how to play harmonica.

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

April 25th, 2015


It’s Saturday, April 25, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)


This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.
When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 
  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music
When choosing from an instrument category, the section is further broken down into categories such as music genre, skill levels, and/or occasion. There are also resource links for lessons, forums, tuners, and more.

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Search by level or lesson. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Composer and Artist biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest” category to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

(Please note that in the free portions only one page at a time can be printed when selecting the printer icon. Also subscribers only have access to the “Play”, “Play Along – Piano Accompaniment”, “Play Along Band Accompaniment”, and “Play Along – Slow Piano Accompaniment” features.)