Archive for the ‘music’ category

The Particle Adventure!

August 26th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Particle Adventure

 

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

 

This website offers an award-winning interactive tour of quarks, neutrinos, antimatter, extra dimensions, dark matter, accelerators, and particle detectors. Sponsored by the Particle Data Group of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, it is available in an impressive array of languages including Spanish, French, Greek, Italian, German, Finnish, Polish, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, Slovenska, and Norsk!
Click the “Go” button to begin the adventure. Once you begin, the menu appears in the left column, and you can jump to any topic of interest. The best way to make sure you don’t miss anything is to proceed sequentially by using the arrows at the top right of each page.
Lively illustrations and good-natured humor keep you smiling as you learn fascinating and amazing facts about physics and the microscopic wonders of the world in which we live, plus a section on unsolved mysteries and several sections explaining how scientists have learned what we know so far.
Learn what Einstein tried, but failed, to find! Because each page contains only a short segment of text, this is highly readable and accessible even if you have no physics background at all.
In the lower part of the main page, you can also find links to more particle physics exploration for high schoolers, classroom activities (quiz yourself on what you have learned from this site!), a two-page summary of particles and their history, and a glossary of relevant terms. Older students can find some really advanced topics here! Younger children will enjoy the introductory page of “The Fireworks of Particles.” Also, “Quarkdance” takes you to a cute animation of quarks dancing to some toe-tapping accordion music. Make sure your speakers are on! There are also links here for further exploration of this topic, including posters about contemporary physics (frontier physics).

Free Online Guitar Lessons

August 16th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 16, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Justin Guitar

 

Age Range: 10-Adult (Grades 5-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Whether you are just beginning to play guitar or have years of experience, this website provides hundreds of leveled lessons for learning to play the guitar. Created and hosted by London based guitarist, songwriter, performer, producer, and educator, Justin Sandercoe, lessons are presented through the use of on-site embedded YouTube videos, texts, and images. Using the sidebar menu to select from the following:
  • Lesson Index
  • Beginner’s Course
  • Intermediate Method
  • Quick Tips
  • Skills
  • Practice Time
  • Exercises
  • Technique
  • Chords
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Ear Training
  • Guitar Gear
  • Recording Tech
  • Masterclasses
  • Blank Papers

In addition to lessons from above, students can also learn techniques for playing:

  • Blues (Lead & Rhythm)
  • Folk (Fingerstyle)
  • Rock & Metal
  • Jazz

There are loads of extras on this website which include lessons to play riffs and licks, insights into songwriting, music transcribing, and ukulele lessons. Also included are numerous instructional videos for playing specific songs by popular artists such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Counting Crows, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, and many, many more, all grouped by learning level to complement the various lessons.

While this site is free to use, there are various advertisements throughout where you may purchase justinguitar.com materials or make a donation to the site. Please note that these solicitations are not intrusive to the use of the website nor do they interfere with the value of the site.

If you have ever thought about learning to play the guitar, this website is a wonderful resource that you will find yourself coming back to time after time.

Music with Mozart

July 26th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 26, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Age Range: All (chidren with parental supervision)

 

Gather the family around the computer for a visual and audio treat about the life and music of one of the world’s great classical music composers, Mozart.
When you get to this site, you will see a painting of Mozart’s face. Look down on the left-hand corner of the screen and in tiny letters you will see the word “English”. Click on it and the site will be available in the English language. Then you will notice the menu on the upper right hand section of the screen. You have a choice of:
  • Concerts – watch and listen as your computer screen becomes a concert hall where you hear Mozart’s music compositions performed by various composers. You can even read the biographies of the composers who perform Mozart’s music!
  • Compositions – find a complete list of all of Mozart’s works along with Midi files so you can download and listen to them.
  • Biography – A beautiful, well-researched, pictorially stunning biography of the life of Mozart, complemented by his music.
  • Media Library – Discover paintings depicting Mozart, Sheet Music, and Audio files.

This is a remarkable website that serves as a wonderful introduction to the music and life of Mozart. If you don’t have a great deal of time to surf the entire site, then go directly to the “Biography”. The story of Mozart’s life will fascinate your children, the pictures are beautiful, and you will be treated to a sampling of his music.

Keeping Score for Classical Music

July 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 5, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Keeping Score

 

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Created by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony and based on the PBS television series, this website provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the life and music of the composers featured in the series.
Through the use of audio, video, interactive materials as well as downloadable lesson plans specially created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program, students take an in-depth look into the composers’ political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

When arriving at the website, in the “Explore The Music” box, chose one of the following tabs to see what lessons are available:

  • Composers
  • Musical Technique
  • History
  • Musical Scores
  • Staff Picks

The composers covered are:

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Aaron Copland
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Education” to find more resources and lessons plans created by teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

Select “Interactive” to dig even deeper through images, videos, and text. Follow along with musical scores, experiment with various musical techniques, try your hand at conducting a symphony, discover the instruments and musicians of an orchestra, and much more.

Not only does the website provide a wonderful educational resource in the study of symphonic music, but it is a feast of sight and sound sure to encourage your student’s interest.

Learn Esperanto! What’s That? Find Out!

June 28th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, June 28, 2014, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Esperanto

Age Range: 2-Adult (Grades 2-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

We’d like to thank ClickSchooling member, Anna, for recommending this website. It offers a free, fun introduction to Esperanto – a language that was developed to help worldwide communication.

It is not spoken by any particular country or ethnic group; however, it has similarities to Latin, Germanic and Slavic words. Esperanto was deliberately designed to be simple for everyone to learn. It is highly phonetic, making it easy to read, pronounce, and spell.

It was introduced at the end of the 19th century to promote tolerance in worldwide communications as it doesn’t favor any particular people, country, or culture through its use. There are Esperanto websites, clubs, seminars, books, music and more.

Anna wrote, “Here is a really fun site that’s an introduction to Esperanto. The graphics are engaging, and by the time you’ve gone through the ‘course’ you’ll already know a few phrases.”

She’s right.

When you get to the site, you’ll be greeted by a friendly, animated host named “Zam” who will guide you through an introduction to Esperanto. This is something that your whole family may find fascinating. Because you can learn the language quickly – kids can speak “Esperanto” around the house, as a sort of “secret language.”

Anna also wrote, “In fact, I was so intrigued by the ease with which I could learn Esperanto that I signed up for a free course – with a tutor, even! – at this site.” Check it out!

Songs for Teaching

June 14th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, June 14, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Songs for Teaching

 

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

Wow! For those of you who find it easier to learn any subject when it is set to music – you will love this website! Songs for Teaching offers an incredible directory of songs that help teach the following subjects:
  • Reading
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Everyday Activities
  • Movement
  • Math
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Music

–and more!

When you get to the site you will see a short introduction and a menu selection in the center of the screen. We found the menu in black and white on the left side of the screen much easier to use to navigate the site. Click on the blue “L” beside the subject you are interested in and a new page will open with a menu of songs in the middle of the page. If you click on the green “P” you are taken to a page with the products available for purchase. The lyrics pages also have ordering information available for the different titles.
Please note that this is also an ad supported website. The only problem we found was that not all of the links for every song title work. That’s not a big surprise considering the size of this site, the number of links, and how much the web changes from day to day. Most of the links we tried did work.

What is really remarkable and worthwhile about this site is that they have listed so many musical choices in each subject category. You can use this site online to learn songs that help reinforce educational facts, or you can purchase the CDs/MP3 downloads that contain the songs you want to listen to at home or in the car. This is a great resource tool for home educators.

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