Posts Tagged ‘Mozart’

Bring Orchestra Music Studies to Life!

May 24th, 2014


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


Recommended Website:




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,, 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.


Best Classical Music Website for Kids!

January 14th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, January 14, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 5-14 (with parental supervision; all ages can enjoy aspects of the site)

ClickScholar Gayle reminded me of this website that we featured in 2007 and is worth revisiting. She wrote, “ has live radio recordings as well as worksheets and interactive games highlighting various composers, styles of music and music elements. It is practically the only site we have used for music.”

The site, which is continuously updated, is a supplement to the “Classics for Kids” radio program. You will find information on stations that air the show at the website, and you can listen to the archived programs that bring great composers to life through music and stories. You can also download activities and lessons (pdfs) that focus on National Standards for the Arts and Music.

When you get to the site you will see the current month’s featured composer, and a horizontal menu tab below it that includes:

*On The Radio – Includes the current week’s radio show, an archive of past shows, and activity sheets that include wordsearch puzzles, games, and trivia.

*Composers – Read biographies of about 90 different composers (across a timespan from 1685 to 2010) including Bach, Bernstein, Brahms, Britten, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Handel, Joplin, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Sousa, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and more!

*Games – Play fun, interactive, online games that teach rhythm and notation.

*More About Music – Hear music, learn the instruments of the symphony orchestra, explore a musical dictionary, and learn about musical careers.

*For Grownups – Access free lesson plans, activity sheets, and get tips and advice for music education.

Bookmark this one, you’ll want to return often!


Children’s Literature Games & Puzzles

November 2nd, 2011

Hi! It’s Wednesday, November 2, 2011 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with parental supervision)

This website was developed by an English language and literature teacher who is also the president of a media company that promotes literacy through innovative educational content, resources, and fun games, puzzles, and quizzes.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to find the menu of free activities that includes:

*Lit Quizzes – Answer multiple choice questions about children’s books such as Watership Down, Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix, and Dork in Disguise. Can you answer questions about Roald Dahl’s life? (He is the author of such classics as Mathilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, etc.)

*Crossword Puzzles – Brush up on vocabulary, spelling, and logic and reasoning skills with this assortment of puzzles about children’s authors, history, science, and more.

*Assorted Games – Test your skill with word games, word scrambles, spoonerisms, poems, and more!

*Bio Quizzes – Answer questions about the lives of famous historical people such as Galileo, Amelia Earhart, Benjamin Franklin, Mozart, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you’re through exploring the games, click on “Word Play” on the horizontal menu at the top of the page. A new page opens called “The Vocabaret.” Click on the words “hundreds of archived word puzzles” in the description to unlock a treasure trove of word plays and puzzles that are sure to challenge and boost your vocabulary.

There is so much content here that I simply could not review it all. Therefore, as always, parents should preview the games for suitability of content and supervise all Internet use.

Every Kid’s Mozart!

September 24th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 24, 2011 and time for Music with ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age: 4-10 (designed for young children with parental assistance, and fun for all ages)

Gather the kids around the computer for a visual and audio treat about the music of Mozart and the instruments that bring it to life.

Sponsored by a company that sells classical music CDs and CD-ROM products for kids, this website also offers a terrific selection of free, multi-media resources that enable you to learn about the life and music of Mozart and the musical instruments of the orchestra.

When you get to the site, you’ll see information about the products for sale. LOOK over on the right side of the screen where it says “For a taste of what’s inside EVERY KID’S MOZART try these FREE samples.” There is a menu below it that includes:

1) Learn About Musical Instruments – Click on this item and a new screen opens that introduces the instruments of the orchestra including wind, string, and percussion.  You’ll hear each instrument play Mozart’s music while the narrator reads a clever poem. Further info about the instrument is displayed for you to read.

2) Play Our Famous Orchestra – Enjoy an interactive game that allows you to identify the different orchestral instruments.

3) Read An Account of Mozart’s Life – As you listen to Mozart’s music, read the pages of a simple biography of Mozart’s life.

4) Listening Lounge – Enjoy a variety of Mozart’s music.

These free activities serve as a wonderful introduction to the music and life of Mozart, as well as the instruments of the symphony orchestra.