Posts Tagged ‘band’

Strike up the Band with John Philip Sousa

March 5th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, March 5, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Music of John Philip Sousa

(www.dws.org/sousa/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the Dallas Wind Symphony, features all of the works of John Philip Sousa – most famous for his 136 marches, particularly, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the official march of the United States of America. If you’re not certain you know the music, a friendly ClickScholar writes in to remind us that, “It’s that famous song. You know, ‘Be kind to your web-footed friends, for a duck may be somebody’s mo-o-other…'”

Sousa was a man of many talents. Use the navigation bar to learn about the man and music, listen to his marches and operettas, read descendent-approved biographical information and primary source accounts of Sousa’s life and work, and much more.

Under “Works” in the menu, look for the “Complete Works of Sousa” and click on it to see a comprehensive listing of Sousa’s work along with sound clips from many of his original recordings with his actual band.

As a Clickscholar commented, “The music alone is really worth the visit.”

Classical Music and Games

December 12th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, December 12, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sphinx Kids

(www.sphinxkids.org/index.html)

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

 

This website is a companion to the Sphinx Organization that “envisions a world in which classical music reflects cultural diversity and plays a role in the everyday lives of youth.” Sphinx Kids bring classical music into underserved schools nationwide. The website, partially sponsored by AT&T and the New York Philharmonic, provides free interactive games that introduce kids to the world of classical music, instruments of the orchestra, and the diversity of many composers of classical music.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Minority Composer’s Forum – Learn about the lives and musical compositions of renown minority composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Undine Smith Moore, Heitor Villa-Lobos and more. Listen to samples of their compositions.
  • Practice Room – Pick a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) and watch videos of minority musicians playing scales and etudes.
  • Minorities On Stage – Watch videos of performances by minority musicians, and be sure to click on “See What’s Going On Backstage” to watch video-interviews with the musician-laureates. Their stories are inspirational.
  • Orchestration Station – Get familiar with the instruments of the orchestra. Pick one and hear it played.
  • Rhythm Band – Use a virtual pencil to place notes on a scale, then pick one or several instruments to hear how it sounds.
  • Music Match: Composers – Match the classical composers to their musical compositions.
  • Music Match: Instruments – Play a match game with instruments of the orchestra.
  • Instrument Storage Room – Take an animated tour of the storage room and learn about each instrument and hear it played.
  • String Instrument Gallery – Learn about each part of the violin, viola, cello, and bass and what it does.
  • Composer’s Gallery – Take an animated tour of a gallery of composers born from the 1600s through the 1900s. Read their bios and hear samples of their music. Includes: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gershwin, Ellington, Debussy, Danielpour, Chopin, Britten, Brahms, Bernstein, Beethoven, Beach, Handel, Mozart, Lindberg, Leon, Kolb, Kodaly, Joplin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Sheng, and many more.

This is a terrific way to introduce children and their families to classical music and to the diversity of the composers of that music.

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

April 25th, 2015

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

 

8notes.com

 

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!

 

Recommended Website:

 

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!

Calling All Young Inventors

November 18th, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, November 18, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Museum of Education: Inventucation Central

 

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

 

The National Museum of Education’s website encourages young inventors by providing all kinds of information on inventors, inventions, and how to invent. It encourages students to invent with interactive games to challenge thinking and improve science skills. It also has a database of online science experiments, and terrific invention contests and competitions. They also maintain a “Hall of Fame” featuring student inventors!
When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction. Scroll down to the main menu featuring five items:
  1. Student Inventors – Read comics featuring the biographies of student inventors, explore the student inventors and their inventions in the “Gallery for America’s Young Inventors”, and find out how you can submit an invention and be inducted to the hall of fame.
  2. Invention Competitions – Students can participate in competitions, awards, scholarships, and more. Check out the BubbleWrap competition, the Rubber Band Contest, Student Ideas for a Better America, and more.
  3. Science Activities – Check out this fantastic database of online activities that help kids learn how to design and build inventions, problem-solve, think scientifically, and use physics to develop their inventions. All of these lessons and experiments link to websites with terrific content for students of all ages and abilities. Who needs textbooks? This is a science curriculum all by itself.
  4. Inventors and Inventions – Explore this archive of famous and not-so-famous inventors from around the world (including African-American and women inventors). Check out the U.S. Patent Office for kids. Get a short list of museums featuring weird and wonderful inventions.
  5. Resources for Teachers – Get FREE invention curriculum, lesson plans, printables for your students, invention graphic organizers, recommended books, and more!

Bookmark this website – your young inventors will want to return often!

Science & Engineering Thru Comics

June 3rd, 2014

 

It’s Tuesday, June 3, 2014, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

HowToons

 

Age Range: 8 and up (Grades 3 to adult; children with adult supervision.)

 

This Do-It-Yourself website provides a free and unique way for kids to learn science and engineering by building cool things using illustrations and instructions provided in comic-book format.
The website is the brainchild of three people – a comic book artist, an inventor, and a toy designer – whose mission is to provide engaging science content that inspires creativity, art, and imagination by using “tools of mass construction.”
When you get to the site, you’ll see a variety of information, but to get right to the projects and activities simply click on an item in the “Howtoon Menu” on the left side of the homepage that includes:
  • Animation – Learn how to make a zoetrope.
  • Computing – Use your hands to count in binary mode.
  • Communication – Write letters using materials from nature.
  • Energy – Make an alternative energy source with baked beans, or have fun with a DIY pin wheel.
  • Engineering – Make a soda bottle submarine or spring-loaded chopsticks.
  • Environment – Gauge the wind speed with the Beaufort scale.
  • Fashion – Try on a stylish trash-bag raincoat!
  • Holiday – Make your own snow globe.
  • Music – Become a one-person marching band!
  • Play – Make a marshmallow shooter or a pair of stilts.
  • Tools – Try on a pair of soda bottle goggles.
There is much, much more. Just click on an item and a new page opens with a cartoon story related to the project, a materials, list, downloadable/printable materials, illustrations and even how-to video instructions.
This is a terrific science resource – bookmark it to use again and again.
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