Posts Tagged ‘music’

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

March 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 25, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

(www.vegetableorchestra.org/index.php)

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

 

Listen to the music of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra! No kidding! A group of Austrian musicians got together and created an entire line of instruments from vegetables! Not only that, they record their music and perform in concert halls!

When you get to the website, select the “Info” link in the upper menu to learn about the group. While these performers take their music seriously, they do have a sense of humor. Terrific puns and double entendres are peppered throughout the text making it a delicious read! Use the menu to navigate the site that includes: 

  • Instruments (found under “Info”) – See photos of the various instruments and their names.
  • Questions & Answers (also found under “Info”) – Get most of your questions about the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra answered. Then use the “ask us” link at the bottom of that page to query the VVO further.
  • Sound – Listen to “cuts” from the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra’s CDs.
  • Video – THE BEST PART! Watch video performances and a video of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra shopping for their instruments at the vegetable stand in the local marketplace, transforming the veggies into musical instruments (with the aid of knives and drills), and then performing a concert. (Be sure to turn on your speakers!)

If you and your kids want to see more edible instruments, then check out the YouTube video, Introduction of Handmade Musical Instruments“. A Japanese musician plays the carrot flute, asparagus panpipes, cucumber trumpet and more. While he speaks in Japanese, there are English subtitles. (Note: This is YouTube – as always parents should preview to determine suitability of content.)

Play Music Games

March 4th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 4, 2017, and time for Music at 

ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Pedagogy Plus

(www.pedaplus.com/cms/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website created by piano teacher, Jon Ensminger, provides great games for improving music skills.

Interactive games that can be played on the computer or an iPad include: 

  • Flashnotes – Identify the notes on the 4 clefs: treble, bass, alto, and tenor clefs.
  • Flashnotes Keyboard – Identify the piano keyboard key indicated on the clef.
  • Keyboard Draw – Fill in the piano keyboard colored keys based on the first note indicated.
  • Flash Scale Degrees – Indicate how many scale degrees a note is on the staff.
  • Flash Intervals – Identify the degree and type of intervals between two notes.
  • Flash Key Signatures – Identify the key based on the signatures in the staff.

Games that require the Adobe Flash plugin and can only be played on a computer include: 

  • Treble Clef Beginner
  • Bass Clef Beginner
  • Treble Clef Advanced
  • Bass Clef Advanced
  • Alto Clef Advanced
  • Tenor Clef Advanced

The above games help practice identifying notes on the different clefs.

This website is a wonderful tool for young musicians wishing to perfect their music reading skills.

Songs for Learning Grammar

February 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, February 11, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Garden of Praise: Grammar Songs

(gardenofpraise.com/mugram.htm)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website was created by a veteran classroom teacher and provides free songs that teach grammar along with online and printable activities and materials to reinforce learning. The idea here is that learning rote grammar rules and parts of speech is easier when set to music.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a menu of parts of speech including: 

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Pronouns
  • Adjectives
  • Adverbs
  • Prepositions
  • Conjunctions
  • Articles
  • Punctuation

Below the menu, are instructions for how to teach the lessons using the songs and printable cards and posters.

Click on any menu item, and a new page opens with a definition, examples, a link to the song (with music and lyrics), as well as links to downloadable activities. (For example, if you click on “Noun,” you’ll be able to access a crossword puzzle in pdf, and a link to another website containing an interactive noun game.)

Solve Musical Mysteries

January 21st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, January 21, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Musical Mysteries

(www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/4_11/music/mm/)

Age Range: 7-11 (Grades 2-6, with parental supervision)

 

This fun, animated website from the BBC takes children on a mystery adventure to find the “Lost Music” as they learn about music.

Navigate through the story by clicking the next or “Get Going” option when ready. Games include: 

  • Seaside Activity – Complete the sound search puzzle.
  • Sound Story – Match the sounds to the words in the story.
  • Cave Sounds – Make a sound composition.
  • Mood Music – Listen to the music and select the emotion it creates.
  • Animal Match Up – Match the music to the animal you would associate it with.
  • Fact Files – Learn about the parts of an orchestra.
  • Instrument Match Up – Match the sound of the instrument to its image.

When you are finished with the activities, take a quick quiz to test what you have learned. Click the “Teacher’s Guide” link in the side bar, then select the “Teacher’s Area” text link on the page to be taken to another page with more links to printable lesson plans and worksheets to accompany the site.

Maple Syrup Day Resources

December 15th, 2016

 

It’s Thursday, December 15, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Maple Syrup Day Resources

(See below.)

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

 

National Maple Syrup Day is December 17! We thought it would be fun to learn about maple syrup.

Read The Legend of Maple Syrup

(sugarmakerstimes.blogspot.com/2007/10/native-americans-and-legend-of-maple.html)


North America is the only place where maple syrup is produced. It was originally made by Native Americans. At this website you can read “The Legend of Maple Syrup” online.

Watch Videos on How Maple Syrup is Made
Part I (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVXeBOl4fXY)

Part II (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tidds7_gDM)


These videos were lovingly made by a family who has been in the maple syrup business for years. Gather your family around the computer, turn on the speakers to hear the music and narration, and enjoy a delightful virtual field trip to a maple sugar tree farm.

Maple Math (hubpages.com/education/maple-math)

A terrific presentation of a math lesson to discover line symmetry in maple leaves.

Maple Syrup Coloring Page

(homeschooling.about.com/od/freeprintables/ss/maplesyrupprint.htm#step7)


Print and color a picture of tapping the maple trees.

These websites are sure to whet your appetite for maple syrup. Have a Maple Syrup Taste Test! Purchase some real maple syrup and compare it to pancake syrup that is typically made from corn syrup and artificial maple flavor. Which do you like best?

Christmas Music Printable Lyrics and More

December 3rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, December 3, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Various

(See below.)

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

 

The Christmas season is quickly approaching, so brush up on your favorite Christmas songs with the help from these websites.

Kidsjellybean.com

On this simply laid out website, listen online or download MP3 or Midi audio files of some of the most popular Christmas songs to use for a sing-along. Click the “Printable Lyrics” link by each title to open a new window with the lyrics in plain text. Use your browser print option to print them out.

Print a Song 

Over 100 different Christmas song lyrics, downloadable in PDF format, from popular standards like the “12 Days of Christmas”, “Away in the Manger”, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” to more modern tunes such as the “12 Pains of Christmas”, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, “Feliz Navidad”, “Snoopy and the Red Baron”, and “Where are you Christmas”. Click on the individual titles on the list to open the PDF in a new window to either save or print. There is also a 6-page “Caroling Group” of songs that include: 

  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire (Christmas Song)
  • Silver Bells
  • Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  • Winter Wonderland
  • White Christmas
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Frosty the Snowman

Free Christmas Carols Book

Download the 125-page PDF book called “The Caroler” to keep handy throughout the holiday season. Please note that at one time there were links to sheet music and midi files for the songs in the PDF, but those links no longer work. But don’t let that deter you from checking out this one-stop resource.

These sites will have you ready to sing your way through the holidays.

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