Posts Tagged ‘brass’

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.


Be A Virtual Orchestra Conductor!

July 23rd, 2011

Hi! It’s Saturday, July 23, 2011 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Play Music

At this site you can become a virtual orchestra conductor and try playing a variety of musical instruments!

When you get to the site you will see a picture of a kid conductor. Click on the conductor and you will be taken to a stage filled with instruments divided into the sections in an orchestra — percussion, strings, brass, woodwind, etc.

When you click on a section of the orchestra, for example “percussion,” it will take you to a screen where percussion instruments are defined. You will have an opportunity to play an interactive game where sounds are played — and then you try to repeat them.

At the top of the screen you will see a display of all of the instruments that are classified under “percussion”. Click on any of them — cymbals, triangle, bass drum, etc., and you are transported to another screen where you can learn about that instrument — from its history to its parts — and you can listen to a short music clip to hear the instrument played!

You can literally spend hours at this site exploring the various instruments. The animation, sound, and ease of use makes this a terrific site for music education.

Virtual Field Trip to Cymbal Factory!

February 25th, 2011

Hi! It’s Friday, February 25, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Sabian Cymbal Factory

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This virtual field trip rocks! Ever wonder how cymbals are made?  At this website you can view a 7-minute video that explains how cymbals are made at the Sabian cymbal factory in Canada. 

When you get to the site, the “Quick Tour” will launch on the video screen that takes approximately 2 minutes. Directly below it, you’ll see options to view the “Full Tour” in English and German.  I recommend the Full Tour.  Just click on it and you can watch the fascinating manufacturing process. 

After watching the factory tour, click on the “Education” tab on the horizontal menu at the top of the page. You can learn about cymbal types, cymbal anatomy, cymbal finishes and more.

If you have a drummer in the family – they’re sure to appreciate this!



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling