Posts Tagged ‘music’

Free Music Lesson Plans

June 9th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 9, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Carnegie Hall: Music Educators Toolbox Resources

(www.carnegiehall.org/Education/Educators/Music-Educators-Toolbox/Resources)

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

 

Discover a variety of music lesson plans and resources at this page from the larger Carnegie Hall website.

Plans are arranged by grade level and focus on the fundamentals of music including “rhythm, meter, singing, form, dynamics, articulation, tempo, pitch, and performing.” Each plan provides all the needed information and resources to use in the classroom as well as downloadable assessments and more. A sampling of plans includes: 

  • Exploring the Sounds Around Us – Kindergarten students listen to a selection of audios and use a downloadable, colorful worksheet to identify the sounds and then answer thought-provoking questions to increase sound awareness.
  • Dynamics Hide and Seek – First graders will enjoy playing this variation of the “Hot and Cold” game. Instead of using “hot” or “cold,” students sing either forte or piano to help the seeker locate the hidden object and learn these musical terms.
  • Classroom Thunderstorm – Kids in second grade will enjoy learning musical terms such as accelerando, ritardando, crescendo, decrescendo and accent while creating a human thunderstorm with sounds they create.
  • Goldilocks Sings – Third graders learn how posture affects their singing using the characters from Goldilocks and the Three Bears as examples.
  • Listening for Contrasts in Genre – Students in fourth grade discover how expressive musical qualities in music work together like a recipe to create different genres of the same song.
  • We’ve Got the Blues – Fifth grade children learn about the unique facets of blues music focusing on musical scales.

Even though the plans are geared towards a specific age group, they could be adapted for other grades and can serve as a supplement to any music program.

Fabulous Online Songbook

May 19th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 19, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Fabulous Songbook

(kristinhall.org/songbook/Songbook.html)

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

 

This website offers a terrific, free songbook with printable pages to use at home, on-the-go, or ’round the campfire.

Don’t let the lackluster look of the website deceive you – because as free online songbooks go, this one is very useful for parents, teachers, youth group leaders, and singers everywhere.

When you get to the site you’ll see a lot of introductory text. Scroll below it to the songbook menu where you’ll find an amazing variety of choices that include: 

  • Ballads
  • Blues & Standards
  • Call & Response
  • Campfire Songs
  • Circle Games
  • Classic Kids Songs
  • Foreign Songs
  • Gospel Tunes
  • Hand Games
  • Holiday Songs
  • On And On Songs
  • Part Songs & Rounds
  • Patriotic Songs
  • Protest, Political, & Social Commentary Songs
  • Sea Shanties & Pub Songs
  • Silly Songs
  • Singalongs
  • U.S. Folk Songs
  • There are even songs By Indie Artists and Metal, Hard, Grunge & Progressive Rock groups. (Again, parental discretion advised.)

The songs, many of which were collected by the author for use with her Girl Scout group, are categorized by type as well as by first line. For example, some are “Make ’em Up” – which would be the ones that you make up as you go along, such as “Down By the Bay.” Others are activity games, such as “London Bridge is Falling Down,” which are fun to play with a group of children. Then you have “Call and Response,” wherein a person or group repeats after a caller, such as “Are You Sleeping” or “Bear in the Woods.”

Some (but not all) songs include activities, mp3’s, sheet music, and chords. The songbook hasn’t been updated since 2011, but don’t let that stop you from visiting as many of the songs are timeless favorites.

Interactive Art Activities

May 5th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 5, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NGAkids Art Zone

(www.nga.gov/education/kids.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

The National Gallery of Art’s website for kids offers free interactive art projects that inspire creativity while providing engaging lessons in art and art history.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of possibilities that includes: 

  • Faces & Places – This exploration of American folk art, uses the NGA art collection for inspiration. Kids create portraits and construct panoramic landscapes that include folk music and animations.
  • Brushster – Make your own abstract art! Experiment with tools to create sophisticated non-representational paintings.
  • Photo Op – Get familiar with digital photography and image editing. As explained at the website, “Use the virtual camera to snap pictures, then experiment with the easy-to-use photo editing tools to give your art a whole new look. The special effects palette, colorizing options, collage tools, warps, and mirrors will transform your photographs.”
  • Still Life – Mix everyday objects with those borrowed from art in the NGA collection to create your own still life masterpiece.
  • Dutch Doll House – Explore an interactive doll house based on the paintings of well-known 17th-century Dutch artists. Kids can “mix and match colorful characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist’s studio, and courtyard.”
  • Jungle – Inspired by the art of Henri Rousseau, this activity allows kids to make a jungle scene filled with tigers, monkeys, and other exotic creatures.
  • And much more.

Use the “Paintbox” option to make a mini-painting online, try out the “Collage Machine,” or use the latest “Flow” tech-tools to create artwork that moves.

Don’t miss the “3-D Twirler” to design three-dimensional, moving geometric shapes, and be sure to try “Pixelface,” an interactive portrait maker.

BONUS! These activities can be downloaded to your computer for use offline or find the NGAkids App for iPad.

Free Piano Lessons

April 28th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 28, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zebra Keys

(www.zebrakeys.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn the basics of playing the piano with the over 50 free lessons at this website.

After reading the home page overview information, select the “Start Lessons Now” button to begin with lesson 1. Please note that you will need to have Flash installed to view the animated lessons and be sure to have your volume on. Lessons include instructional text and animations as well as videos and other online tools. Practice what you are learning on the Zebra Keys Virtual keyboard using either your mouse or computer keyboard then test your knowledge on an interactive keyboard trainer. 

Lessons are broken into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels and each are divided into five mini sections: 

  • Learn Songs
  • Chords
  • Music Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Technique

It is suggested that if the student is new to the world of playing the piano that they should start with the “Preparation” section to learn basic playing concepts.

Browse the left-hand side bar menu to find: 

  • Sheet Music – downloadable PDFs of piano music as well as links to specific song lessons
  • Articles – general information from tips on buying a piano or keyboard to how to learn to read piano music and more
  • Links – links to outside resources to anything piano related
  • Reviews – opinions on piano related DVDs, books, keyboards and accessories
  • Reference – Read the FAQs, search the glossary, use the music notation chart, or access the virtual piano chord chart to locate chords on a keyboard.
  • Music Tools – Here you will find links to the Virtual Keyboard, Keyboard Trainer, Note Trainer, Interval Ear Trainer, Scale Ear Trainer, and Chord Ear Trainer tools used throughout the lessons.

This is a wonderful site for anyone wishing to learn the piano or improve on their playing skills.

User-Created Timeline

April 12th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 12, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Timeline Index

(www.timelineindex.com/content/home.php)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision – also see note at bottom of review)

 

One of our ClickScholars wrote this: “I have been looking and looking for a good online timeline site and I think I stumbled across it. You can browse by who/what/when/where/which, and you can search. I think I’m in heaven. It’s got nice visuals, links to pages with more information, and so on. It looks to be a wiki (user-created) but it’s nicely filled out at this point.”

The Timeline Index is a portal that provides a user-created chronological context of the following categories: 

  • PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES, & HEROES – You’ll find historical entries for Actors, Alchemists, Archaeologists, Artists, Astronauts, Composers, Conquerors, Dictators, Explorers, Inventors, Mathematicians, Musicians, Philosophers, Scientists, Settlers, US Presidents, Writers, Women, and much more!
  • SUBJECTS, EVENTS, & ISSUES – Explore the timelines for: Art, Culture, Education, Exploration, Health, Industry, Law, Nature, Politics, Religion, Sports, Disasters, Discoveries, Empires, Revolutions, Theories, War, and more.
  • PERIODS, AGES, & EPISODES – Examine these eras in chronological context: Bronze Age, Ice Age, Industrial Age, Iron Age, Middle Ages, Reformation, Renaissance, Stone Age, and more.
  • REGIONS, CONTINENTS, & COUNTRIES – Travel back in time to Africa, America, the Arctic, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Oceania, and the Universe.
  • OBJECTS, THINGS, & CREATIONS – See the context of a variety of topics through time such as Books, Film, Music, Paintings, Economics, Fiction, Myths, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Travel, and more.

Click on any timeline entry in any given topic area and a new page opens with further information that is user-created and includes some illustrations and URLs to other websites where you can get more information.

You can also create your own timeline item and add it to the Timeline Index, or you can add a related link (URL) to an existing item. Details are available at the site and entries require registration.

NOTE TO PARENTS: While this is an exciting idea, it comes with an element of risk because it is user-created. There are a vast array of topics, so it was impossible to review all of the entries. While the website reserves the right to edit/remove items that are contributed to maintain quality, it’s unknown if editing occurs prior to posting. It’s also unclear if suggested links for further research are reviewed for suitable content. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Folk Music and Dance for Kids

April 7th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 7, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Utah State Board of Education: So Why Music?

(www.schools.utah.gov/curr/finearts/elementarysongs)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-6, with parental supervision)

 

This website by the Utah Office of Education encourages learning Fine Arts to “enable students to express their feelings, communicate thoughts, explore their creativity, solve problems, communicate ideas, develop a sense of community, and appreciate themselves as participants in history, tradition, and culture.”

To that end they offer a free music catalog of downloadable song files (mp3), sheet music with lyrics, and dance instructions that accompany some of the songs.

When you get to the site you’ll see the Elementary Songbook Music Catalog with a menu of traditional children’s music and folk song titles that include: 

  • “A Tisket, A Tasket”
  • “Bingo”
  • “Buffalo Gals”
  • “Down By the Bay”
  • “Going to the Zoo”
  • “If You’re Happy”
  • “Old MacDonald”
  • “Take Me Out To the Ball Game”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “Yankee Doodle”

And many more titles that you’re sure to recognize.

Plus, you’ll find a menu of Movement/Dance Options that include free, printable instructions for folk dances you can do as you listen to the songs. You’ll discover: 

  • A simple line dance in a middle eastern style
  • A couple dance after the style of French Canadian step dancing
  • A simple circle dance in the style of “big circle mountain” dancing
  • A contemporary American country line dance for sets of 3
  • A Latin American line dance popular at Carnival
  • A circle dance adaptation of traditional Native American style
  • A square dance in traditional formation
  • A simple variation of the traditional Virginia reel in long sets

This is a terrific resource to help your kids learn songs of historical and cultural significance. You can learn the dance steps too, and it might be a great project for a homeschool support group or scout troop.

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