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Free Kids Music

January 5th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 5, 2019, and time for Music  at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Kids Music

(freekidsmusic.com/)

Age Range: 3-12 (Grades PreK-7, with parental supervision)

 

Many of the songs you’ll find on this site are from talented, independent children’s music artistsThese are complete songs – not samples. As the website explains, the artists post free music downloads here to introduce you to their music with the hope that if you like what you hear, you’ll buy their tunes or book them for a gig.

When you get to the site you’ll see some information about featured artists and their songs in the center of the screen. Use the menu at the top of the page to view: 

  • Artists 1,2,3,4 – This is an alphabetical listing of artists who have free songs available for download on the site. You may not recognize the names of these artists or bands (for example, Oren and the Hiccups) – but you’re sure to have fun getting to know them and their music.
  • Traditional Children’s Songs – Select classic children’s songs by title such as “The Alphabet Song,” “Do Your Ears Hang Low,” “Found A Peanut,” “Frere Jacques,” “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “Kumbaya,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and many more.
  • Kids Music Videos – View a selection of independent artist YouTube videos of kid songs.

To check out the available music, click on a song title or an artist’s name and a new page opens where you can access their music in a downloadable MP3 file – and you’ll even find lyrics and chords so you can sing or play along.

Please note: We had trouble downloading the MP3 files per the site’s instruction and received an error message about updating browser and Flash plugin. However, we found this work-around that seemed to do the trick: 

  1. Once the song page opens, locate the audio file under the “Free Song Downloads Section.
  2. Look to the upper right of the frame for the stacked windows icon (pop-up window icon). Select this.
  3. When the new window opens, we were now able to right-click to get the “Save link as” option to be able to download the MP3.

Oh, and if you happen to be a children’s music artist, click on “Promote Your Music” and find out how to get your music featured on this site.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

December 15th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 15, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Moscow Ballet

(www.nutcracker.com/gallery/great-russian-nutcracker)

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

 

Adapted from E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story, The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and originally choreographed by Marius Petipa, The Nutcracker is a beloved classic Christmas story and one of the most popular and recognized ballets of all time.

At this website, visitors can watch 9 videos of the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. The Moscow Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker includes variations of the traditional story which include a setting in Moscow and the inclusion of Russian folk characters.

When arriving at the link, select from the videos including: 

  • The Nutcracker Doll
  • The Snow Forest
  • Dove of Peace
  • Arabian Variation
  • Pas De Deux
  • and more!

If you want to see the Kissy Doll and Harlequin video, use this link instead. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRfsRPfU864) The embedded YouTube videos are mostly about a minute long and can be viewed in full screen mode if you wish. When you have finished watching the videos, learn more about the Great Russian Nutcracker by selecting the “About Us” option in the menu bar, then choose “About the Great Russian Nutcracker” and/or “History of the Nutcracker”.

Visitors can also view videos from other ballets performed by the Moscow Ballet such as Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, by selecting “Gallery”. 

Whether you have an aspiring young ballet dancer in your home or simply want to share the holiday tradition of this colorful ballet, this website will help bring the magic into your home.

Listen to the Music of Colonial America

November 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 24, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Music of Colonial and Revolutionary America

(https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLp35KhnpWUYVQoTyKeE6n1fYE_SaGxYrS)

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

 

This large YouTube Playlist pulls together an assortment of musical renditions of songs from the colonial and revolutionary times in America.

Many of the videos present the music played with similar instruments traditionally used during the time period and some videos are from a variety of re-enactment fairs or locations. 

Because this is a playlist and a selection opens in a new window, once you have watched the video, use the left-hand side list to either return to the playlist page or select another video in the collection. Please be aware that video suggestions under the playlist on the video page may contain content that may not be appropriate for your family, so it may be best to monitor use of this page. 

Please also note that because the list currently contains 270 videos and is added to regularly, we were not able to view every video, but the ones we did select were fine and quite pleasant. Parents should always preview any YouTube video prior to allowing children to view them.

This playlist could add a bit of interest to your history studies as well as provide an overview of what colonial American music was like.

Free Orchestra Game for Kids

November 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 3, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Carnegie Hall: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

(listeningadventures.carnegiehall.org/index.aspx)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This website, sponsored by Carnegie Hall, offers a free, interactive, animated game based on Benjamin Britten’s composition, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Children will learn about the instruments of the orchestra including the brass, strings, wind, and percussion instruments.

When you get to the site you must register (with a nickname and password) to play the game. You’ll learn about a symphony orchestra stage, the placement of the instrument families on the stage, and learn to identify the instruments and hear how they sound.

Free Learn to Dance Videos

October 13th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 13, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ballroom Dancers

(www.ballroomdancers.com/Dances/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn basic ballroom dancing with this site.


When arriving at today’s link, choose a dance you would like to learn from three categories: International Style, American Style, and Social & Nightclub Dances. Dance selections include: 

  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Cha Cha Cha
  • Samba
  • Rumba
  • Paso Doble
  • Jive
  • Swing
  • Bolero
  • Mambo
  • Lindy Hop

After a dance selection has been made, a page opens with information about the dance and a list of the available dance step lesson videos. After a lesson has been selected the video automatically begins playing. Below the video you will find more information and instruction including an overview, the man’s part, the lady’s part, and more. 

This site provides a great starting point for learning ballroom dancing steps.

Intro to Jazz for Kids

September 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 22, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: A Child’s Introduction To Jazz

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkORhAHXJ3o)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this YouTube website you can listen (for free) to an entire album, released in 1961, titled “A Child’s Introduction to Jazz” that is narrated by the jazz saxophonist, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.

It’s a relaxed discussion of the history of jazz, and some samplings of legendary jazz figures including Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and more.

This is a wonderful compilation of jazz roots and sounds that provides a terrific introduction to the jazz genre of music. Listening to this album is a great way for the family to spend forty-six minutes together learning while being entertained. 

Note: This is a YouTube site with random advertisements and uncensored viewer comments. As always, parents are advised to preview the site and supervise Internet access.

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