Posts Tagged ‘brass’

Opera Game & Lesson Plans!

November 9th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, November 9, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Create Kids Education Assoc: Design Your Own Opera

Age Range: All (With parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance.)

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that  provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being:

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about:

*The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.

*Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.

*Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.

*Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Pacido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.

*Teacher ResourcesDownload free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete.  It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!   

Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra!

January 12th, 2013

Hi! It’s Saturday, January 12, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Carnegie Hall: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Age Range: 8 and up (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, 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 Interactive ‘Hansel & Gretel’ Opera!

December 8th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, December 8, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Creative Kids Central: Hansel & Gretel

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

Kids of all ages can learn music appreciation while choosing different settings for their own animated opera based on the fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel.”

When you get to the site, enter your name (or pseudonym) and click “Next” to launch the game. A new page opens with the opera program containing a description of all three acts. Notice that your name is listed in the credits. Click on “Next” and the opera begins. You’ll hear the introductory music and see the animated presentation begin to unfold.

With each scene, you’ll hear the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel.” The meaning and nuances of the music are pointed out by a narrator. The lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline. You’ll have an opportunity to engage in activities that include:

  • A Costume Designer – Select costumes for Hansel and Gretel.
  • A Choreographer – Make Hansel and Gretel do various dance steps.
  • A Set Designer – Choose the backdrop you like best.
  • A Property Manager – Provide props for the actors.
  • A Lighting Technician – Move your cursor to control the spotlight.

Then, during “Intermission,” try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the opera is over, you can go backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the “spotlight menu” to learn all about:

*The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.

*Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.

*Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about fairy tales along with some downloadable activities.

*Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.

*Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned!

This educational activity takes about 45-60 minutes to complete. Navigating this site is easy as long as you follow each step in the order presented. I didn’t find a way to fast-forward – and if you hit the back button at any time, you may have to start the presentation all over again. So, plan to visit when you have the time to really enjoy every step of the presentation – it’s fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

Free Music Games & Activities!

November 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, November 10, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

New York Philharmonic Kidzone

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

Gather the family around the computer and turn on the sound to listen and learn all about the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra! You’ll learn about every facet of the symphony orchestra (and even music composition) through incredible games and activities.

When you get to the site you’ll see an animated picture of a symphony concert hall. Place your cursor over each person or thing in the picture and you’ll see some text identifying a menu item. The menu includes:

*Composer’s Gallery – Meet over 60 composers, read their bios, and listen to their music.

*Games Room – Play games to learn about instruments, music theory, composers and more.

*Dressing Rooms – Take a virtual trip to the backstage dressing rooms to meet renown conductors, musicians, and singers.

*Musician’s Lounge – Read interviews with the musicians of the orchestra and find out how they got their jobs.

*Instrument Storage Room – Discover every instrument of the orchestra including brass, string, woodwind, and percussion.

*Composition Workshop – Create your own minuet and other compositions. Find out what it sounds like when different instruments play the same piece of music. Learn about some kid-composers.

*Instrument Lab – Get free instructions for creating home-made instruments using common materials. Make a French Horn, Trombone, Kazoo, Bassoon, Guitar, Xylophone and more!

*Newsstand – Read stories and learn about music around the world.

*Videos – Watch videos of open rehearsals and musicians playing various orchestra instruments.

Click on the topic of interest and a new page opens featuring a multi-media treat for the senses! Bookmark this one to return often.

U.S. Marine Band for Kids!

July 21st, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, June 21, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Marine Band Kid’s Corner

Age Range:  6-12 (approximately, with parental supervision)

America’s oldest professional musical organization, the United States Marine Band, offers this fun musical tour of the White House for kids! Your animated host is conductor and composer, John Phillip Sousa, who not only leads the tour of the mansion, but provides information about historical music events at the White House, the history of the Marine Band, and an introduction to brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.

When you get to the site, simply click on the arrows to enjoy this animated musical adventure that includes activities that teach about:

  • The various bands and orchestras that provide music for White House functions
  • Trivia about White House guests and dignitaries, and the music and dances featured during their visits
  • Instruments of the bands and orchestras
  • Rooms of the White House including Entrance Foyer, the State Dining Room, the East Room, etc.
  • Musical compositions by John Phillip Sousa, Scott Joplin, and other American composers

In each section of the tour, be sure to search for clues to more interesting historical trivia about the White House, Presidents, and music.  Don’t forget to use the menu to access the free, printable Marine Band Coloring Book!

 

Free Music Lessons, Worksheets, Games & More!

March 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, March 10, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Making Music Fun

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision.)

This ad-supported website provides engaging, FREE music appreciation resources including music lessons, interactive games, printable sheet music and music theory flashcards designed for kids.

When you get to the site you’ll see three menu choices that include:

*Oliver Octopus Arcade — Play music theory arcade games and learn to identify the whole note, half note, eighth note, etc. Learn note names for the treble and bass clef.

*Print It! — Get free printable sheet music that you can preview and listen to online. From beginner to intermediate players – you’ll find sheet music for the piano, violin, flute, recorder, trumpet and trombone.

Don’t miss the “Free Composer Worksheets” too! Print out fun wordsearch and dot-to-dot puzzles based upon your favorite classical composers including Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Chopin, Gershwin, Joplin, Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and more!

You’ll also find practice charts, theory worksheets, and even printable award certificates.

*Music Library — THIS IS AN AMAZING RESOURCE! Access an archive of FREE music lessons on video for piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, percussion, and bagpipe. There are even video flashcards for learning music theory!

You’ll also find biographies of great composers in the baroque, classic, romantic, and modern music eras.

Learn the instruments of the orchestra (woodwind, brass, string, percussion, and keyboard) with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and other fun facts.

Don’t miss the “Homeschool Music Resource Index” of suggested music activities created just for homeschool parents. Print out music lessons that help children learn about tempo, rhythm, pitch, musical symbols, form, and much more.

There’s even a “Jazz Index” with lessons and resources for learning about jazz music and great jazz musicians.
 
This site provides the very best in blending music with educational technology.

 

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