Archive for the ‘music’ category

Explore Harmonicas

May 16th, 2015


It’s Saturday, May 16, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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The Alan G. Bates Harmonica Collection


Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)


Introduce your family to the joy of owning and playing the harmonica!
Did you know that more harmonicas have been sold than any other musical instrument? Harmonicas have been around in their current form for 175 years. At this site you can see samples of some of the unusual and fascinating harmonicas that Alan G. Bates has collected including a player harmonica – just like a player piano!

When you get to the site read about the highlights of the collection. Scroll down and you can read about the collector, Alan G. Bates. Then, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the arrow pointing to the right. A new page appears with a text menu under an arrow icon with the heading “Click arrows to take Bates Gallery Tour.” Click on any of the “Image” listings to see photographs and read about some very rare and unusual harmonicas – the shapes and decorations on these are not to be missed!

Visiting this harmonica gallery may inspire the kids to want to learn to play the harmonica. If so, here is a website that explains what kind of harmonica to get and provides free lesson plans for how to play harmonica.

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

April 25th, 2015


It’s Saturday, April 25, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)


This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.
When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 
  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music
When choosing from an instrument category, the section is further broken down into categories such as music genre, skill levels, and/or occasion. There are also resource links for lessons, forums, tuners, and more.

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Search by level or lesson. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Composer and Artist biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest” category to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

(Please note that in the free portions only one page at a time can be printed when selecting the printer icon. Also subscribers only have access to the “Play”, “Play Along – Piano Accompaniment”, “Play Along Band Accompaniment”, and “Play Along – Slow Piano Accompaniment” features.)

Easy Homemade Musical Instruments

April 18th, 2015


It’s Saturday, April 18, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Preschool Education – Musical Instruments


Age Range: 4-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)


Don’t let the “preschool” title in this website stop you from taking a look at this activity.
This website page offers instructions on how to make 9 different musical instruments including:
  • Tambourine
  • Drum
  • Chimes
  • Horn
  • Cymbals
  • Xylophone
  • Comb Buzzer
  • Guitar
  • Handbells
All instruments are made with common items that you probably have around the house. While preschoolers will enjoy the activities and the joyful noise they can make, older children may also enjoy making these useful toys. Perhaps you can enlist their help in making some for their younger siblings – but don’t be surprised if everyone joins the family band!

Kid Songs and Rhymes of Ireland

March 14th, 2015


It’s Saturday, March 14, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Mama Lisa’s World – Kid Songs and Rhymes of Ireland


Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-7, with parental supervision)


At this ad-supported page of the larger Mama Lisa’s World website, discover nursery rhymes, game songs, lullabies, traditional, and folk songs of Ireland.
When arriving at this link, visitors will find a list of songs or rhymes from which to choose. At the end of some titles there are symbols that indicate that in addition to the lyrics there are videos, midi files, MP3s, and/or sheet music available. Simply click on the text link to view the selection. Songs include such familiar tunes as: 
  • Cockles and Mussels
  • Danny Boy
  • I See the Moon, the Moon Sees Me
  • It’s a Long Way to Tipperary
  • Michael Finnigan
  • Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)
There are also a few songs available in Irish Gaelic:
  • A haon, a dó, muc is bó – One, Two, A Pig and A Cow
  • Dilín ó deamhas – Forever Oh
  • Lámh, lámh eile – Hand, Other Hand
  • Oíche Shamhna – Halloween, Halloween
  • Oró, sé do bheatha abhaile – Yay, Welcome Home!
  • Seoithín, Seo Hó – Hush-a-bye, Baby
  • Tá Mé ‘mo Shuí – I am Up
This website is a good, simple introduction to Irish music and rhymes.

Free On-Line Piano Lessons

January 10th, 2015


It’s Saturday, January 10, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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Age Range: 6-Adult (Grades 1-12, children with parental supervision). 


This site offers traditional, free piano lessons for beginners including: 
  • learning to read notes
  • keeping rhythm
  • playing simple songs.
The course comes complete with a series of on-line lessons and quizzes delivered through text and audio. You learn the lesson and transfer what you’ve learned to your own piano or keyboard at home. To begin, simply go to the site and click on the “start here” icon.

The lessons are also available as a PDF download.

This is a great way to get an introductory course in playing the piano without having to invest a lot of time and money – and it can help those who want to brush up on their skills too.

The Sounds of Classical Music

December 20th, 2014


It’s Saturday, December 20, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!


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


This website is wonderful ensemble of classical music.
When arriving at this website, you can choose from the sidebar menu to browse the greatest hits sorted by: 
  • Everything
  • Chamber
  • Concerto
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Piano
  • Vocal
Click the song you would like to listen to. When the page opens you are presented with a bit of information about the composers and a video of the selection. (Please note that there are also Amazon Offer links related to the composer and other links to off-site related items for purchase such as the sheet music for the song.)

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Composers” and you can search for a composer by name or search the lists by the following time periods:

  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Modern
Selecting a composer brings up a list of related videos and brief composer synopsis and links to Wikipedia for more information.

Select “Timeline” and explore composers by date to discover contemporaries of your favorites. The composers in the timelines are clickable as well, making it easy to study and compare composers of the same time frame.

Finally, choose “Playlists” to listen to music to set the mood for:

  • Calm
  • Drama
  • Excitement
  • Romance
  • Study
This website is an excellent resource for expanding your listening pleasure options.