Archive for the ‘music’ category

Free online music lessons and resources

May 11th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 11, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

School Radio: Music

(www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2bL2NL6Cwlsj2Cs4BXkvg9X/primary-music)

Age Range: 3-11 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website from BBC School Radio will help you teach music to your children using stories, videos and lots of resources.

When you get to the site, you’ll see icons of the song topics giving age range and a short summary including: 

  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Great Fire of London
  • Viking Saga Songs
  • The Tempest
  • Treasure Island
  • and much more

Each one has an introduction and most have an animated video with lyrics to follow along with the song. Plus many of the programs are supported by “Teacher’s Notes” in pdf files that you can download for free. They include lesson plans, follow-up activities, and curriculum ideas – as well as links to other resources to enhance learning.

Visit a Virtual Piano Museum

April 20th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 20, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Piano Museum

(www.concertpitchpiano.com/VirtualPianoMuseum.html)

Age Range: 6 and up (Grades 1 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

Presented by Concert Pitch Piano Services in Toronto, explore the history and care of pianos with this simple-to-navigate website.

When you get to the site, browse the Museum by clicking on a piano next to a list of links including: 

  • Story of the Piano
  • A Brief History
  • Evolution
  • Invention
  • Pianos in the Home
  • Americans Take the Lead
  • Timeline: Chronological History
  • And more!

After perusing the museum lobby, be sure to check out the sidebar for even more discovery. Choose “Diagrams & Images” to: 

  • Learn to identify piano types
  • Examine the construction of a grand piano
  • View drawn animations of keys in motion
  • Find the serial number on a piano to help determine its age
  • Understand how to properly measure a piano
  • Identify worn and properly shaped piano hammers

And if you still want to dig deeper, check out the other links on the side bar: 

  • Story of the Piano
  • What’s Concert Pitch?
  • What’s a Pitch Raise?
  • Piano Tuning Facts
  • What’s Regulation?
  • What’s Voicing?
  • Piano Care Tips
  • And much more!

If you are interested in learning all about pianos, then this commercial website has a lot to offer.

Sing and Play with Bobby McFerrin

March 30th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 30, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

BobbyMcFerrin.com

(http://bobbymcferrin.com/sing-and-play-with-bobby/)

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

 

This website provides two interactive music games using two popular songs from ten-time Grammy Award winner and innovative performer-composer-conductor Bobby McFerrin – who also happens to be a tireless advocate for music education.

When you get to the website you will see a menu with two choices: 

  • Launch “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” – McFerrin composed and performed this song that is one of the most popular of the late 20th century. The entire song is composed of McFerrin’s 4-octave range voice that mimics instruments. The song was created with 7 different overdubbed vocal parts all sung by McFerrin. Explore each of the 7 vocal parts and create your own versions of the song.
  • Launch “Just Enough” – Find out how Bobby created the bass, percussion, melody, and riffs for this song that has 8 different parts. Create your own versions of the song.

When you’re through playing these games, you can visit the rest of McFerrin’s site to learn more about him by clicking his name in the upper left corner of the website.

Math with MIT’s “Scratch”

March 25th, 2019

 

It’s Monday, March 25, 2019, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Scratch

(https://scratch.mit.edu/ideas)

Age Range: 8-16 (Grades 3-10, with parental supervision)

 

The good folks at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) developed this website that offers “Scratch,” a new programming language designed to help young people “create their own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art” – and then share them on the web.

As kids (8 and up) use Scratch, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, think creatively, analyze systematically, gain a deeper understanding of the process of design, and use technology to develop learning skills for the 21st century.

Scratch is available FREE online and/or can be downloaded for Mac OS and Windows at the website.

When you get to the site, choose a tutorial or start with the Getting Started tutorial. The categories are: 

  • Animation
  • Art
  • Music
  • Games
  • Stories

Follow along and then try for yourself! There are also activity guides, and coding cards to download.

This is a great way to engage in math while having fun!

Also, ScratchJr is available – a simplified version of Scratch designed for ages 5 to 7.

Strike up the Band with John Philip Sousa

March 9th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 9, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Complete Marches of John Philip Sousa

(tinyurl.com/yaxs58vp)

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

 

This website features a lot of the works of John Philip Sousa – most famous for his marches, particularly, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the official march of the United States of America.

When you get to the site, click on any of the marches listed to read a little blurb about each work. You can download the track, download the full score and parts, and/or listen to the U.S. Marine Band play the piece. You can also download each of the 4 volumes to listen any time!

To learn more about Sousa’s life, The Library of Congress has links to a biography and articles about “The March King” and a timeline. Start the parade!

Classical Music Learning for Kids

February 16th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 16, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Go Classical For Kids

(classicalkusc.org/kids/)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers one of the best, web-based educational activities on classical music that we’ve seen – designed just for kids!

When you get to the site choose from the following icons to watch and listen: 

  • Hansel & Gretel – Learn about opera and interactively control the elements in the scenes. Includes lesson plans, text transcripts form the game, a quiz to test knowledge, and hands on activities.
  • Scheherazade Interactive – The symphonic music of Rimsky-Korsakov is set to the story of “The Thousand and One Arabian Nights.” Parents can enjoy this activity using the listening guides on each screen and four music games for kids. Don’t forget to click on the “oil jars” at the bottom of the screen for further learning. Includes free, downloadable teachers’ lessons and guides.
  • Brahms – This online educational experience sets Brahms’ music to a story about Brahms and the culture of Vienna Austria in the 1890s. It includes chamber music, listening guides, and games. Includes free, downloadable teachers’ lessons and guides.
  • Alan Chapman Studio – Take a virtual tour of classical radio station KUSC, 91.5 FM, Los Angeles, with a popular radio host!
  • Family Listening Activity – Enjoy listening to music that imitates the sound of water. Classical pieces have been selected wherein the music sounds like a ship on the sea, a mermaid’s song, a storm, a river, and a fountain. This listen-and-learn exercise comes with simple, helpful text and suggestions that parents – who don’t have any previous experience in music education – can do and enjoy with their children.

And more!

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