Archive for the ‘music’ category

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!

Groundhog Art!

February 2nd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, February 2, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Groundhog Day

(www.groundhog.org/resources-for-teachers)

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

 

Today, February 2nd, is Groundhog Day! In North America the groundhog is said to wake from winter hibernation and crawl out of its burrow.

If the groundhog sees his shadow, he gets frightened and returns to his den for another six weeks, prolonging winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, he emerges from his home and spring begins. The “official” groundhog is named Punxsutawney Phil. He lives at Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

NOTE: This site gets so much activity on February 2nd, that you may get an error message. Don’t let it deter you. Keep trying or wait until tomorrow and try again. The lesson plans and educational activities can be done anytime. So, bookmark this site to access them when there’s less traffic. Happy Groundhog Day!

When you get to the site, you will see a list of the most popular activities including: 

  • Color Phil
  • Phil’s Letter Trace
  • Shadow Play
  • and more

Be sure to check out the More Resources on the right hand sidebar for Preschool, Elementary, Middle School and High School in categories such as Math and Music.

Want more? Then don’t miss the fun and games designed especially for little ones at Universal Preschool hereFind out how to make a paperbag groundhog or a cardboard box burrow or go on a groundhog hunt!

Music with Mozart

January 26th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, January 26, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

(www.classicsforkids.com/composers/composer_profile.php?id=46)

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

 

Gather the family around the computer for a treat about the life and music of one of the world’s great classical music composers, Mozart, born January 27, 1756.

This site has archived radio shows that bring great composers to life through music and stories. When you get to the site, you will see a painting of Mozart’s face and a little biography about him. Scroll down to the two audio clips and you can listen to music written by Mozart that may be familiar to you. Then scroll down further to the six ‘shows’ about Mozart:

  • About Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Mozart’s Operas
  • Janissary Music
  • What’s a Rondo?
  • Child Prodigy Composers
  • The Magic Flute

Each one is about 6 minutes long and has music and narration to learn more about this great composer and his music.

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.

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