Posts Tagged ‘keyboard’

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.

Vatican Museums Virtual Tours

June 17th, 2016

 

It’s Friday, June 17, 2016, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vatican Museums

(mv.vatican.va/3_EN/pages/MV_Visite.html)

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

 

At this, the official website of the Vatican Museums, you can take a virtual tour of the Museums within the Vatican including: 

  • Pio Clementino Museum
  • Chiaramonti Museum
  • New Wing
  • Gregoriano Profano Museum
  • Gregorian Egyptian Museum
  • Gregorian Etruscan Museum
  • Ethnological Museum
  • Sistine Chapel
  • Raphael’s Rooms
  • Pinacoteca

You can view the stunningly beautiful artwork created by masters like Raphael and Michelangelo that are included in the Museum’s collections, and zoom in for details of paintings, frescoes, and other artwork. Information on the pieces is provided as well.

While the artwork will appeal to many ages, exploring the sites requires the ability to read and use a computer keyboard, making this an excellent site for family explorations.

In order to view the virtual tours, your browser must have Java activated and the site must be allowed.

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 Typing Lessons and Games

May 25th, 2016

 

It’s Wednesday, May 25, 2016, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

FreeTypingGame.Net

(www.freetypinggame.net/)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides free touch-typing lessons as well as practice games and tests.

When you get to the site use the display menu or the menu tabs at the top of the screen to access:

  • Free Typing Lessons – Use your computer’s keyboard and follow the simple instructions on the site to learn to type. The interactive program teaches 2 keys at a time, starting with the “home row.” Beginners will find a proper hand placement guide too.
  • Free Typing Games – Choose from several different interactive, fun, arcade-like games that reinforce typing skills. For example, play “Meteor Typing Blast” and protect your spaceships from meteors and hostile UFOs – by using your typing skills to blast them out of the universe! Or for something a little less intense, try “Save the Sailboat Race.” Type the falling letters before they land on the boats and ruin the race!
  • Free Typing Tests – Get an accurate word per minute assessment of your typing ability. The tests have timer options of 1 to 5 minutes. When you’re through, submit your speed on the world wide scoreboard for all to see. Or print out a certificate with your name and typing speed.

Bookmark this one to return often.

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.

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