Archive for the ‘music’ category

Play Music Games

March 4th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 4, 2017, and time for Music at 

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Pedagogy Plus

(www.pedaplus.com/cms/)

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

 

This website created by piano teacher, Jon Ensminger, provides great games for improving music skills.

Interactive games that can be played on the computer or an iPad include: 

  • Flashnotes – Identify the notes on the 4 clefs: treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs.
  • Flashnotes Keyboard – Identify the piano keyboard key indicated on the clef.
  • Keyboard Draw – Fill in the piano keyboard colored keys based on the first note indicated.
  • Flash Scale Degrees – Indicate how many scale degrees a note is on the staff.
  • Flash Intervals – Identify the degree and type of intervals between two notes.
  • Flash Key Signatures – Identify the key based on the signatures in the staff.

Games that require the Adobe Flash plugin and can only be played on a computer include: 

  • Treble Clef Beginner
  • Bass Clef Beginner
  • Treble Clef Advanced
  • Bass Clef Advanced
  • Alto Clef Advanced
  • Tenor Clef Advanced

The above games help practice identifying notes on the different clefs.

This website is a wonderful tool for young musicians wishing to perfect their music reading skills.

Songs for Learning Grammar

February 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garden of Praise: Grammar Songs

(gardenofpraise.com/mugram.htm)

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

 

This ad-supported website was created by a veteran classroom teacher and provides free songs that teach grammar along with online and printable activities and materials to reinforce learning. The idea here is that learning rote grammar rules and parts of speech is easier when set to music.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of parts of speech including: 

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Articles
  • Punctuation

Below the menu, are instructions for how to teach the lessons using the songs and printable cards and posters.

Click on any menu item, and a new page opens with a definition, examples, a link to the song (with music and lyrics), as well as links to downloadable activities. (For example, if you click on “Noun,” you’ll be able to access a crossword puzzle in pdf, and a link to another website containing an interactive noun game.)

Solve Musical Mysteries

January 21st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 21, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Musical Mysteries

(www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/music/mm/)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun, animated website from the BBC takes children on a mystery adventure to find the “Lost Music” as they learn about music.

Navigate through the story by clicking the next or “Get Going” option when ready. Games include: 

  • Seaside Activity – Complete the sound search puzzle.
  • Sound Story – Match the sounds to the words in the story.
  • Cave Sounds – Make a sound composition.
  • Mood Music – Listen to the music and select the emotion it creates.
  • Animal Match Up – Match the music to the animal you would associate it with.
  • Fact Files – Learn about the parts of an orchestra.
  • Instrument Match Up – Match the sound of the instrument to its image.

When you are finished with the activities, take a quick quiz to test what you have learned. Click the “Teacher’s Guide” link in the side bar, then select the “Teacher’s Area” text link on the page to be taken to another page with more links to printable lesson plans and worksheets to accompany the site.

Christmas Music Printable Lyrics and More

December 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, December 3, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

The Christmas season is quickly approaching, so brush up on your favorite Christmas songs with the help from these websites.

Kidsjellybean.com

On this simply laid out website, listen online or download MP3 or Midi audio files of some of the most popular Christmas songs to use for a sing-along. Click the “Printable Lyrics” link by each title to open a new window with the lyrics in plain text. Use your browser print option to print them out.

Print a Song 

Over 100 different Christmas song lyrics, downloadable in PDF format, from popular standards like the “12 Days of Christmas”, “Away in the Manger”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to more modern tunes such as the “12 Pains of Christmas”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, “Feliz Navidad”, “Snoopy and the Red Baron”, and “Where are you Christmas”. Click on the individual titles on the list to open the PDF in a new window to either save or print. There is also a 6-page “Caroling Group” of songs that include: 

  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (Christmas Song)
  • Silver Bells
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Winter Wonderland
  • White Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Frosty the Snowman

Free Christmas Carols Book

Download the 125-page PDF book called “The Caroler” to keep handy throughout the holiday season. Please note that at one time there were links to sheet music and midi files for the songs in the PDF, but those links no longer work. But don’t let that deter you from checking out this one-stop resource.

These sites will have you ready to sing your way through the holidays.

Learn to Play the Drums

November 12th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, November 12, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeDrumLessons.com

(www.freedrumlessons.com/drum-lessons/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website offers a terrific and comprehensive archive of free drum lessons presented by expert drummers through informative and entertaining videos.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Beginner Drum Lessons – Learn the basics on how to play the drums, hold the drumsticks, tune a drum, and more.
  • Drum Theory & Notation – Learn to read drum notation, count notes from 1/4 notes to 32nd notes, and more.
  • Dynamic Drumming – Find out how to accent with rim shots, do snare drum cross-sticking or cymbal choking, play off-beat hi-hats, etc.
  • Drum Set Rudiments – Practice various drum rolls, flams, paradiddles, dragadiddles, and ratamacue.
  • Rock Drum Lessons – Learn the basic beats including funk, blues shuffle, and odd-time beats and fills.
  • Jazz Drum Lessons – Discover patterns, beats, snare and bass drum comping and more.
  • Latin Drum Lessons – Play Rumba, Bossa Nova, Songo, and Cascara drum beats.
  • Double Bass Drums – Do your warm-ups and then play double bass drum beats and fills. Get some speed tips.
  • Drum Play-Alongs – Enjoy playing along to rock, contemporary, funk, folk rock, heavy metal, jazz, country, Latin, blues, hard rock, classic rock and techno music.
  • Drum Solos – Watch, learn, and listen to drum solos by the masters.

You can also listen to covers of popular songs that feature great drumming, watch videos of live drum lessons, and read many articles on drumming techniques and tips.

Just click on an area of interest and a new page opens where the video lesson is launched. 

NOTE: You may have to watch a randomly generated commercial before you see each video lesson. That’s one reason why parents should (as always) supervise use of the site.

Learn to Square Dance

October 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, October 22, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Video Square Dance Lessons

(videosquaredancelessons.com/lessons/)

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

 

Square dancing has been around for hundreds of years and now you can gather your family and friends together and learn how to square dance with help from the video lessons on this website. Using Mainstream and Plus dance calls, lessons are explained by caller Larry Kraber from the Saddlebrooke Squares dance club in Tucson, Arizona.

There are more than 25 lessons where you will not only learn the positions such as “heads” and “sides” but also calls such as: 

  • Circle left/right
  • Do Sa Do
  • Promenade
  • Allemande
  • California Twirl
  • Different types of “thru”s
  • Sashay
  • Box the Gnat
  • See Saw
  • Bend the Line
  • Various Wheels
  • Swings
  • Waves
  • Acey Deucey
  • Thars
  • Tag the Line
  • Load the Boat
  • And many more fun-named calls.

Each video lesson explains the call while the dancers demonstrate the moves first slowly then as it would be done in a dance.

This website provides those unfamiliar with this dance style a great way to have fun while discovering something new.

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