Posts Tagged ‘Mozart’

Fun & Games with Music

July 8th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 8, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

SFSKids – Fun and Games with Music

(www.sfskids.org/index.html?f=menu)

Age Range: 8-13 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

Explore the world of orchestral music with the fun activities at this website created by the San Francisco Symphony.

Through interactive games, students can learn about the instruments of the orchestra, the basics of conducting, and what is involved in composing music as well as listening skills to gain familiarity with orchestral music. Some audio excerpts are permanently part of the program while others that are noted with a leaf symbol are rotated out every 6 months to provide variety for the student.

When arriving at the SFSKids site, read the introduction then select the “Let’s Start!” link to read some brief instructions for using the site. There are instructions throughout each activity making this site very user friendly.

Exploration activities include: 

  • Sea of Knowledge – Discover Music – Discover facts about instruments, music, and composers.
  • Music Streams – Listen to Music – Listen to music selections from Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Copland, Gershwin, Liszt, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Prokofiev, Shubert, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi, Wagner, and many more.
  • Musical Skies – Play with Music – includes 2 different activities: 
    • Star Catcher – Select a musical piece and as you listen move your mouse to the rhythm of the music to catch stars with the rabbit.
    • Mood Journey – Make a musical selection then click on the ‘falling’ phrases to change the background as you listen.
  • Instrument Garden – Perform Music – Learn about and virtually play instruments.
  • Symphony Hall – Conduct Music – Learn how a conductor directs an orchestra with this activity.
  • Music Mountain – Compose Music – Learn the basics of music composition and compose your own tune.

There is a lot to explore on this website so be sure to bookmark to come back to time after time.

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.

Music with Mozart

July 26th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 26, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

Age Range: All (chidren with parental supervision)

 

Gather the family around the computer for a visual and audio treat about the life and music of one of the world’s great classical music composers, Mozart.
When you get to this site, you will see a painting of Mozart’s face. Look down on the left-hand corner of the screen and in tiny letters you will see the word “English”. Click on it and the site will be available in the English language. Then you will notice the menu on the upper right hand section of the screen. You have a choice of:
  • Concerts – watch and listen as your computer screen becomes a concert hall where you hear Mozart’s music compositions performed by various composers. You can even read the biographies of the composers who perform Mozart’s music!
  • Compositions – find a complete list of all of Mozart’s works along with Midi files so you can download and listen to them.
  • Biography – A beautiful, well-researched, pictorially stunning biography of the life of Mozart, complemented by his music.
  • Media Library – Discover paintings depicting Mozart, Sheet Music, and Audio files.

This is a remarkable website that serves as a wonderful introduction to the music and life of Mozart. If you don’t have a great deal of time to surf the entire site, then go directly to the “Biography”. The story of Mozart’s life will fascinate your children, the pictures are beautiful, and you will be treated to a sampling of his music.

Bring Orchestra Music Studies to Life!

May 24th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, May 24, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

ArtsAlive

 

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

 

This is a wonderfully colorful and fun interactive site with loads of printable lesson plans and worksheets and online activities to use with your students as they learn about orchestral music. 

 

Presented by the National Arts Centre located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, this website not only introduces students to the instruments of the orchestra but also the musicians, composers, and conductors who bring music alive.

 

Select from the following to start your musical adventure:

  • Music Resources – listen to music recordings, watch video clips, browse the music dictionary, find helpful advice for parents and teachers
  • Instrument Lab – learn all about the sections and instruments that make up an orchestra; examine virtual instruments and listen to the sounds that they make
  • Great Composers – investigate the lives and music of the great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and more as well as contemporary composers such as Adams, Morquez, Shafer, and others
  • NAC Orchestra and Friends – read interviews with the musicians, conductors and composers of the NACO
  • Activities and Games – play and learn with loads of fun games and activities such as the click and drag game “Compose Music”, the online quizzes like “Name that Composer” and “Name that Instrument”, and lots of printables
  • Orchestra on Tour – Read the online journal kept by NAC Orchestra musicians and staff during their 2008 performance and education tour

 

Be sure to check out the “Resources for Teachers” section of the website for more helpful resource including resource kits, lesson plans, and NAC Orchestra Student Matinee study guides. This website is a valuable resource of information and activities that encourage an engaging learning experience in your study of orchestral music.

Science Podcasts, News, Experiments, & More!

September 24th, 2013

It’s Tuesday, September 24, 2013 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Naked Scientists

Age Range: 10 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this site)

The name of this website, TheNakedScientists.com, alludes to the desire of a group of media-savvy physicians and researchers (from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom) to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public. The site provides free podcasts, news, and articles about every branch of science plus easy experiments you can do in your kitchen to help you enjoy science and have fun with it.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured resources. Click on any one of interest to jump right in and get started. Or use the horizontal menu at the top of the page that includes:

*Articles – Access interesting and informative articles that explain the science (including biology, chemistry, math, medicine, physics, technology, etc.), behind everyday things.  Read provocative titles such as:  Can a mother’s diet affect her baby’s genes?  Can my dog give me diarrhea?  A Traveler’s Guide to Bed Bugs!

*Podcasts – Listen to radio programs about science that are designed to teach as they entertain. Topics include Astronomy, Genetics, Neuroscience, and more. You can listen on the website, or download the mp3s to your computer.

*Kitchen Science – Get instructions to conduct a variety of science experiments using common, household materials that teach about chemistry, nature, physics, substances (gasses, liquids, etc.), and more!

*News – Learn about the latest discoveries and theories in every field of science.

*Questions – Get answers to intriguing questions such as: Why does the sense of smell heighten during pregnancy? Will technology increase the social divide? How much damage can a penny dropped from a height do? What is vertigo? Will listening to Mozart make you brainier?

There is a vast amount of content archived at this website. Bookmark the stie, as you’ll want to return often to explore it all.

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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