Archive for the ‘music’ category

Free Orchestra Game for Kids

November 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 3, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Carnegie Hall: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

(listeningadventures.carnegiehall.org/index.aspx)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

 

This website, sponsored by Carnegie Hall, offers a free, interactive, animated game based on Benjamin Britten’s composition, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.

Children will learn about the instruments of the orchestra including the brass, strings, wind, and percussion instruments.

When you get to the site you must register (with a nickname and password) to play the game. You’ll learn about a symphony orchestra stage, the placement of the instrument families on the stage, and learn to identify the instruments and hear how they sound.

Free Learn to Dance Videos

October 13th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 13, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ballroom Dancers

(www.ballroomdancers.com/Dances/)

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

 

Learn basic ballroom dancing with this site.


When arriving at today’s link, choose a dance you would like to learn from three categories: International Style, American Style, and Social & Nightclub Dances. Dance selections include: 

  • Waltz
  • Tango
  • Foxtrot
  • Quickstep
  • Cha Cha Cha
  • Samba
  • Rumba
  • Paso Doble
  • Jive
  • Swing
  • Bolero
  • Mambo
  • Lindy Hop

After a dance selection has been made, a page opens with information about the dance and a list of the available dance step lesson videos. After a lesson has been selected the video automatically begins playing. Below the video you will find more information and instruction including an overview, the man’s part, the lady’s part, and more. 

This site provides a great starting point for learning ballroom dancing steps.

Intro to Jazz for Kids

September 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 22, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: A Child’s Introduction To Jazz

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkORhAHXJ3o)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)

 

At this YouTube website you can listen (for free) to an entire album, released in 1961, titled “A Child’s Introduction to Jazz” that is narrated by the jazz saxophonist, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.

It’s a relaxed discussion of the history of jazz, and some samplings of legendary jazz figures including Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Scott Joplin, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and more.

This is a wonderful compilation of jazz roots and sounds that provides a terrific introduction to the jazz genre of music. Listening to this album is a great way for the family to spend forty-six minutes together learning while being entertained. 

Note: This is a YouTube site with random advertisements and uncensored viewer comments. As always, parents are advised to preview the site and supervise Internet access.

Free Violin Lessons

September 1st, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 1, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fiddlerman.com

(fiddlerman.com/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn to play the violin with the free lessons available from the Fiddlerman, Pierre Holstein.

The homepage includes a bullet list of places to visit on the site, including a “START HERE” first lesson for those who have “never touched a violin before.” Below this list are many video tutorials to browse through as well as his latest blog posts. Use the upper menu and hover over the Videos/Tutorials link to reveal a categorized list of the sorted lessons including:

  • A Tune a Week
  • Beginners Tutorials
  • Advanced Tutorials
  • Duets Minus 1
  • Learn the Play the Blues
  • Performances
  • Fiddlerman Virtual Group YouTube Projects
  • Fiddlerman’s Q & A

Lessons are either presented as text or videos. Also available on the upper menu are downloadable PDFs for “Sheet Music” sorted by level or type, “Learning Tools” such as games, reference charts, a metronome and more.

This site provides a lot of information and instruction for your budding violinist.

“Family Math Night” Activities!

August 20th, 2018

 

It’s Monday, August 20, 2018, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Math Night Modules

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

“Math Night” supported by the National Science Foundation is a fun event that was created for kids in elementary school and their parents. On Math Night, families go to school together and explore math displays (similar to a science fair), make math crafts, and compete in games to solve math problems.

Now, homeschoolers can join in the fun too! At this website you can get free access to the Math Night resources including math displays, crafts, games, and activities. You can print them out and use them to enjoy fun math projects at home.

When you get to the site just click on any item on the icon menu that includes: 

  • Abacus Arithmetic
  • Topology Tricks
  • Wrapping Paper Symmetry
  • Math is a Piece of Pi
  • Bridges of Koenigsberg
  • Binary Numbers
  • Geometry Gems
  • Algorithms, Braids, and Kolam Figures
  • Clock Arithmetic
  • Secret (and not so secret) Codes
  • Construction by Instruction
  • Mathematics of Music
  • Methods of Multiplication
  • The Slide Rule
  • Cake Walk Math
  • Mirror, Mirror
  • Make a Mountain Out of a Map
  • Math ‘N Music Notes
  • You Can Count On It!

A new page opens with a virtual tri-fold display about that activity. Use the menu at the top of the screen to learn about the module and access the printable materials you’ll need.

Want to try other activities? Look on the menu on the left side of the screen to access some “Pencil and Paper Games” as well as the rules for playing “Math Jeopardy.”

Historical Music from the Library of Congress

August 11th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, August 11, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: National Jukebox

(www.loc.gov/jukebox/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision. NOTE: See warning below.)

 

The Library of Congress provides a “National Jukebox” that makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge.

This exhibit transforms your computer into a gramophone featuring more than 10,000 78rpm disc recordings issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925. You can listen to a broad range of songs including marching band music, novelty tunes, hits from musical theater productions, dance tunes, and opera arias. You’ll also find spoken recordings.

When you get to the site, you’ll see the music audio player – and just above it this: 

WARNING: Historical recordings may contain offensive language.

These music selections are presented as part of the record of the past. They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of people in a very different time period. For that reason, they may contain content that is offensive to users. As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE and supervise all Internet activity.

Once you get past the disclaimer, look below the audio player to find a menu of featured recordings and playlists. Use the menu in the left margin that includes: 

  • Browse all Recordings – Search by language, target audience, record label, date range, composer, lyricist, performer and genre.
  • Artists – Browse the artists from A-Z. Find recordings by music greats such as opera singer Enrico Caruso, Broadway legends Al Jolson and Fanny Brice, whistling virtuoso Charles Kellogg, composer and band leader John Philip Sousa, and thousands more.
  • Genres – Find a wide selection of genres of music including classical, opera, religious, popular music, blues, ethnic music, humorous songs, etc.

This is an AMAZING musical resource that takes time to explore. Bookmark it to return often.

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