Archive for the ‘music’ category

Piano Lessons with the Piano Nanny

June 18th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 18, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Nanny

(www.pianonanny.com/)

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

 

Learn piano and music theory with the help of this website.

PianoNanny.com acquired the award-winning “Piano on the Net” online course which provides over 30 lessons at three different levels: 

  • Starter – Learn the basics of piano such as music notation, notes, and terms, fingering the keys, and more.
  • Intermediate – Build upon the starter lessons and expand knowledge base in musical studies with chords and more.
  • Advanced – Learn about the different genres of music and a more in depth understanding of music.

Lessons can include images, text, and sometimes audios. The student is encouraged to have a small keyboard in front of them as they go through the lessons so that they can learn the material.

Whether your student is a beginner or more advanced student, there is a lot to be learned with these free online piano lessons.

Play Virtual Gametone Instruments

May 28th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 28, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Gametone Instruments

(wrybread.com/gametone/instruments/virtual-gametone/index.shtml)

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

 

This website provides the opportunity to play virtual Gamelan-influenced instruments online for free! What is “Gamelan”? It’s a musical genre that originated in Indonesia featuring gong-like drums, chimes, xylophones, plucked string instruments, and more.

This site is sponsored by a group of musicians called the Gametones who improvise music on homemade Gamelan-type instruments. They offer visitors the opportunity to play virtual versions of their instruments.

When you get to the site you’ll see three main options that include: 

  • Play the GameGongs – Use your mouse of keyboard as a virtual mallet to play the gongs made out of old paint can lids and hubcaps. You can also play loops of recorded songs and improvise as you play along.
  • Play the Drone Gambira – Use your mouse to click on tongs and create your own musical composition. This also offers loops of recorded music that you can use to play along.
  • Play the Game Chimes – Click on pictures of metal tubes to create short bursts or sustained tones. Play the pre-recorded loops as you experiment with the various sounds and tones.

Note: It may take a few minutes for all of the sounds to completely load. Be patient, turn on your speakers, and then use your mouse to create your own musical “click compositions” with the Gametone instruments.

Please note that there are other links on this site but they led to error messages when we tried them. Parents, as always, should preview and supervise exploration of this website.

Free Interactives for Art, Music, and More!

April 16th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 16, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Toy Theater

(www.toytheater.com/)

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

 

This website offers all kinds of interactive games for learning art, music and more. It was recommended by Maaria Hoagland, the wife of the website designer. She wrote, “My husband has spent many years creating ToyTheater.com as a free and quality educational website for PreK through Grade 5. It is completely free and will remain that way. We want children to learn!”

Because this is Saturday and “Electives Day” at ClickSchooling, we focused on Art and Music for this review. When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Art – Your child can use interactive online media to draw, color, make collages, create animations and more.
  • Music – Your child will have fun composing music, creating drum beats, and using a virtual puppet to play piano tunes.

Just click on either topic and a new page opens with a selection of activities that will engage and entertain your kids.

Then, when you are through having fun and learning with Art and Music, get ready to explore the MAIN CONTENT on this site that is archived in these menu items: 

  • Math – Play a variety of interactive games that teach kids about patterns, matching, shapes, counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, time, algebra and more.
  • Reading – Enjoy an animated alphabet, learn to type and practice keyboard skills, read a few jokes, play a crossword puzzle, or create your own road signs. All of these activities are designed to enhance language arts skills.

You’ll also find puzzles and games at the site – so be sure to bookmark it to return often.

Listen to Classical Keyboard Music

March 26th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, March 26, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Society

(www.pianosociety.com/)

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

 

This simple website created by Robert Ståhlbrand, Erik Helling and Joffrey Wallaart provides visitors with a large variety of classical piano and keyboard music recordings to listen to for free.

Using the top menu, begin your search for music by: 

  • Artists
  • Composers
  • Improvisations

Once you have narrowed your search option, select an appropriate sub link in the menu. When the page opens there will be an introduction about the artist or composer then a list of recordings available. Select the composition or type you wish to listen to and then choose the piece you would like to hear by clicking the text links in the tables.

The music is recorded in MP3 format and can be downloaded to your computer. After selecting the song and the page opens, right click on page and selecting the “Save As” option. This is an excellent option for those who would like to listen on their MP3 players while on the go.

Be sure to bookmark this one as there are so many beautiful piano recordings – you will want to come back again and again to listen to them all.

Language Arts Quizzes

March 16th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, March 16, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Quiz Tree (www.quiz-tree.com/)

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

 

This website offers animated, interactive educational quizzes on a variety of subjects including Spelling, Reading, Geography, History, Science, Music, and Foreign Languages.

Students of all ages can use the quizzes to test their knowledge, prepare for an exam, or learn something new. For example, children in grades K-3 (who are just learning to read) can try the Dolch sight words. Spelling Bee hopefuls can try mastering the lists of misspelled words. Older students can prepare for the SAT and GRE.

When you get to the site, scroll down to see the menu. It may seem sparse, but each line in that menu opens to a new page with numerous quizzes. You can even access the quizzes by grade level.

These quizzes (games) are fun, eye-pleasing, and include sound effects (so turn on your speakers). Some are drag-and-drop, and some are multiple-choice. Sometimes hints are available but may cost you points. Some quizzes are timed. If you get an answer wrong, one of a set of disappointed tones will sound and you will get another chance. A different set of sounds applaud your successes. At the end of the quiz, your score will be displayed and you will be given a chance to try the quiz again.

A bonus feature is that you can download a fully-functional trial version of a program called Quiz-Buddy to create your own quizzes offline!

Bookmark this page to return often!

Ingenious Music & Math Activities!

March 7th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, March 7, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

PhilTulga.com

(www.philtulga.com/resources.html)

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

 

Phil Tulga is a professional musician and music instructor. He has developed educational programs that weave music through the curriculum in almost every subject. As a complement to his music programs, Phil has developed a series of FREE, interactive math and music activities that are available on his website.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes Math and Science – Phil takes popular math manipulatives and enhances them with rhythm and music. You’ll find: 

  • Unifix Cube Drum Machine – This shows students how famous composers have used repeating patterns to create music. Students can make their own rhythm or drum patterns with popular Unifix cubes.
  • Musical Fraction Bars – Mathematicians like Pythagoras discovered that musical pitches are derived from fractions. In this activity, students compose and play their own songs using Musical Fraction Bars. Not only that, you’ll find instructions for how to build a homemade musical instrument that is based on these fractions.
  • Pattern Block Rock – Song melodies are patterns of short and long sounds. In this activity, students compose and play their own rhythmic songs using geometric shapes.

After exploring the math activities check out the “Language Arts” section. Get Phil’s tips for how to encourage a love of reading in your child. Then, use the innovative “Cucumber Pickle Machine” to show your kids how to make rhythmic meters by combining two and three syllable words! Phil uses the musical score of “Peter and the Wolf” to teach storyline components complete with story maps!

Don’t miss “Homemade Instruments” where you’ll find directions for making your own panpipes, water bottle xylophone, tubular Glockenspiel, and melodic tube drums!

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