Posts Tagged ‘music’

YouTube Guitar Lessons

October 21st, 2017

 

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

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube Guitar Lessons

(youtubeguitarlessons.net/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find free beginning to intermediate guitar lessons provided through videos with musician Brian Roughton, who happens to be a homeschool dad.

We learned about this site from Brian who wrote…

“I am a homeschooling parent who has taught guitar for the past 14 years. Recently I created a website to serve as a free teaching resource for homeschooled students who are interested in learning to play guitar. It is intended to guide a student from the earliest stages to an intermediate level without the need for outside assistance. I will be adding more lessons over time in order to cater to students who are more advanced.”

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction.  Use the horizontal menu above it to access the lessons that include: 

  • Basic Chords – Enjoy guitar video lessons that teach you how to play basic chords.
  • Strumming – Learn the best techniques for strumming the guitar.
  • Bar Chords – Take video lessons to learn how to play bar chords.
  • Intermediate lessons – lessons that are aimed at improving left hand technique
  • Learning songs by ear – a few written lessons on playing by ear
  • Music Theory for guitarists – textural lessons on theory as applied to guitar playing
  • And more.

You’ll also find tips for practicing guitar and you can watch videos of Brian’s students playing guitar. Read the “About Me” section, located under the Brian Roughton link to review Brian’s impressive qualifications to teach guitar.

The information and lessons are presented in a very user-friendly format. The material is well-organized and easy to understand. This is a terrific resource for those who want to learn to play guitar.

[ClickSchooling] KidsArt.com – Top Ten Art Lists

October 7th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 7, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsArt.com – Top Ten Art Lists

(kidsart.com/free-resources/top-ten-art-lists/)

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

 

The KidsArt.com website has added a fun, new feature called “Top Ten Art.”

Essentially, they have assembled art-themed lists for kids to explore such as:

  • Top Ten Tips & Tricks with Watercolor Paints
  • Top Ten Online Art Museums for Kids
  • Top Ten Things to Use for a Monster Costume
  • Top Ten Periods in Western Art History
  • Top Ten Music for Abstract Art
  • Top Ten Things to Remember when you Teach Art
  • Top Ten Coupons for Kids to Give to their Parents
  • Top Ten Things to Collect for Collage Art
  • Top Ten Favorite American Artists for Kids to Know

These lists contain brief information, others have activity ideas, and some offer links to more info. New lists are featured periodically on the site. The old lists are archived for easy access.

You can easily get creative with the simpler lists and use them to springboard a study of some aspect of art. For example, find items on the Top Ten Things to Collect for Collage and create a collage incorporating all those items, or go on a Web-Quest to find examples of the artwork of the Top Ten Favorite American Artists.

You’ll have great fun trying some of the suggested activities on the other lists – such as the currently featured Top Ten Tricks & Tips with Watercolor Paints.

Bookmark this site so you can return from time to time to check out the latest Top Ten Art List.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

September 30th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 30, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Guitar Zone

(www.kidsguitarzone.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Kids can learn the basics of playing a guitar with these free lessons from Andrew Keppie. Lessons are presented through short video presentations that focus on one concept at a time.

Lessons start with the basics and single string songs and progress through more complex chords. Lessons include: 

  • Lesson 1 – the parts of a guitar, how to hold a guitar, tuning a guitar and reading a tablature
  • Lesson 2 – Learn to play some songs on one string including “Smoke on the Water”, “The Peter Gunn Theme”, “Summer Lovin'”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, and “Seven Nation Army.”
  • Lesson 3 – Play two string songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Blister in the Sun”, and “Jingle Bells” chorus.
  • Lesson 4 – Three string songs include “Happy Birthday”, “Beat It”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “The Skye Boat Song”, “1 2 3 4 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive”, “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, “The James Bond Theme”, and “Jingle Bells” the verse.
  • Lesson 5 – Songs on 4 strings are “La Bamba”, “Jack and Jill”, “Yankee Doodle”, “The Farmer in the Dell”, and “The Pink Panther Theme.”
  • Lesson 6 – how to play chords and read chord windows
  • Lesson 7 – Play “Wild Thing” with three chords.
  • Lesson 8 – Using three chords, learn to play “Yellow Submarine” and “Shake It Off.”
  • Lesson 9 – Learn to use power chords to play “Beat It.”
  • Lesson 10 – Learn to play a simple version of “Gangnam Style.”

Most lessons include multiple videos and accompanying downloadable PDFs. Select the “Kids Guitars” link in the menu for some information on selecting a guitar for your student.

If you have a child interested in playing the guitar, this website will provide a good starting point.

Visit the Web Gallery of Art

September 15th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, September 15, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Web Gallery of Art

(www.wga.hu/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850). It contains over 14,500 reproductions. Artist biographies, pictures of the artwork, commentaries on the artwork, and (best of all) virtual guided tours are available at this site.

This site is so remarkably comprehensive that when you select a particular tour – say, the “Overview of Italian Artists” – a screen pops up with a map of Italy asking you to pick the region of Italy that produced the “school” of artists whose work you would like to see. Once you choose the region, another screen pops up with a description of the school of art that was popular there, and a list of artists. Choose an artist, and a screen appears that shows their artwork, along with a biography of the artist and commentary on their artwork. There are currently 15 tours available at the site – including a tour of the Sistine Chapel.

If you don’t want to tour, you can search for the artwork you want to see by artist, artwork title, region, etc. The index and cross-references are well-designed to help you locate the art you want to see. In addition, you can explore the site in a “duality” mode – viewing 2 pieces of artwork at once to contrast and compare!

Another great aspect of this site is that is has a Free postcard service. Do you see a picture that you think your friend would enjoy? Then select the postcard button and it will be sent to your friend in the form of an electronic postcard instantly!

Oh, don’t forget to choose from among the selections of classical music you can listen to as you explore this site. They really have thought of everything to make your visit to the Web Gallery of Art enjoyable.

Visiting this site regularly would be like taking a college-level art history course. The text, paintings, sculptures, and history will provide continuous enjoyment for the whole family.

Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids

September 9th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 9, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AHC-Musical Instrument Crafts for Kids

(www.artistshelpingchildren.org/musicalinstrumentsartscraftstideashandmadekids.html)

Age Range: 4-16 (Grades K-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free instructions on how to make your own musical instruments that will help everyone pass the time more happily.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page slightly to the menu of possibilities that includes: 

  • African Drums
  • Bells on a String
  • Bongo Drums
  • Bagpipes
  • Tambourines
  • Guitar
  • Cymbals
  • Didgeridoo
  • Maracas
  • Castanets
  • Kazoo
  • Rainstick
  • Banjo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • and many more!

Best of all, many of these instruments can be made by recycling things you’ll find around the house such as coffee cans, bottle caps, oatmeal boxes, paper plates, tissue paper, straws, combs, pie tins, etc.  

Not only that, many of the instruments offer cross-curricular connections with Social Studies. There are instruments for celebrating cultural holidays and religious festivals. 

Click on any item on the menu and a new page opens with information about the instrument, a materials list, and complete instructions with pictures. In some instances, you’ll find how-to video clips.

When you’re through making a joyful noise, be sure to check out the rest of the site that offers innumerable ways to express creativity.

Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

August 28th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, August 28, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Motivate – maths enrichment for schools

(motivate.maths.org/content/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Pack Topics” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as: 

  • Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?
  • What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?
  • How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.
 
You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.
 
If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work any more, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

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