Archive for the ‘music’ category

Explore The Singing Voice

March 22nd, 2014


It’s Saturday, March 22, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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The Singing Voice


Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)


This is a wonderful site for people who love to sing – and because it also contains some fascinating information on singing anatomy, technique, history, and the biographies of some singers, it can be used to enhance the study of subjects other than music as well.

For singers, the site has information on:

  • Vocal health
  • A timeline of the evolution of singing techniques and styles
  • A dictionary of singing terminology
  • Extensive information on opera (including scores, books, and CDs).

Links to other sites devoted to singing abound. There are chat rooms and message boards so that singers can share information and resources with one another.


The site seems to be intended for users about high school level and up. Parents with young singers may want to preview the site, find the areas that will be of interest to your children, and explore that category with them.

A Visual Dictionary

March 12th, 2014


It’s Wednesday, March 12, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!


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The Visual Dictionary


Age Range: all (with parental supervision)


This website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows:
*Vegetal Biology – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
*Animal Biology – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
*Human Biology – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
*Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
*Transport - Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
*Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

In addition to the visual images in this dictionary, you’ll also find some videos that promote learning.

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

Tell Stories with Wildlife Art

March 8th, 2014


It’s Saturday, March 8, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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Art Tales: Telling Stories with Wildlife Art


Age Range: All (with parental supervision)


This is really an amazing site that is as much about learning to write a story, as it is about art. This is an activity-based site, so you must allow at least 30 minutes (probably more) to fully engage in the project. You won’t regret the time invested here. The results are worth it.


After arriving at the site, choose “Who will you be?”

  • Frontier Explorer
  • Field Guide Writer
  • Museum Curator


Once making your selection, a new page opens that presents you with a selection of wildlife art from the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Choose the pictures that you like or that inspire you. Each of your choices will be featured, one-by-one on your screen, and you are prompted with questions that cause you to think about what is being depicted by the artist. Then, you type your thoughts about that picture into a journal on the screen keeping in mind that you are creating a story based on the character you originally chose. You also get to select music to set the mood for your story! When finished, you can submit your story to be featured on the site.


If you prefer, you can read the story entries that were created by other visitors to the site – before you try your hand at the activity.


This is a great way to blend art and literature, really integrating language arts with art history and appreciation.

Make Music with Virtual Instruments

March 1st, 2014


It’s Saturday, March 1, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Virtual Musical Instruments


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


Using only your keyboard and mouse, have fun experimenting with these Virtual Musical Instruments. After arriving at this super simple, ad supported website, simply select the instrument you would like to play and follow the instructions. Choose from these virtual instruments:


  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Panflute
  • Drums
  • Bongos


As an added bonus there is also a virtual guitar tuner to aid guitar players in tuning their instruments. Don’t let this uncomplicated site fool you. There is a lot of fun and learning potential available here!

Free Piano and Music Appreciation Lessons

February 8th, 2014


It’s Saturday, February 8, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 5 to 9 (Grades K-3, approximately, with parental supervision)


Designed for beginner and elementary level students, this website offers several video piano lessons as well as music appreciation lessons of famous composers and sing-a-longs.


This site is provided by Maria Miller, creator of Math Mammoth.  Presented in a fun, friendly, and informative way, current piano lessons included are:


  • Lesson 1: How to sit at the piano
  • Lesson 2: Names of the white keys on a piano
  • Lesson 2b: Names of the black keys on a piano
  • Lessons 3 & 4: Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Lesson 5: Chords
  • Lesson 6: Mary Had a Little Lamb, with chords
  • Lessons 7 & 8: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Lessons 9 & 10: Old McDonald Had a Farm
  • Lessons 11 & 12: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Lesson 13: Alphabet Song
  • Lesson 14: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

The famous composers section includes examples from the Baroque, Romance, Classical, and 20th Century periods. Each of these lessons provides a brief biography, images, and video and/or audio examples of great works being performed by various artists.


In the sing-a-long section not only will you find videos for your favorite children’s songs, but also the accompanying lyrics and downloadable sheet music!


This site is a great place to start when teaching your children piano and music appreciation.

Music and Football

January 25th, 2014


It’s Saturday, January 25, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


Touchdown Songs


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


This lesson plan from The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge archive examines the connection between music and football.


Audio presentations narrated by composer Tom Hedden thoroughly explain how music and sports are intertwined. Listen online or download as MP3s to listen at your leisure on your computer or portable MP3 listening device.

These 12-15 minute presentations are broken into three parts: 

  • Fight Songs – Where did they start and what make a great song?
  • Half-time Sounds – How has halftime become an American institution and brought us marching band music uniquely American?
  • NFL Film Music – What does it take to write music that makes you think “football”?

While listening to the segments use the questions found on the “Think About” tab to help your student become an active listener. Dig deeper into your study with the links under the “Learn More” tab or use the suggestions “For The Educator” to expand your study.

You don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate this engaging mini-study.