Posts Tagged ‘music’

History of Dance in Early America

August 19th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, August 19, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

An Invitation to Dance

(www.americanantiquarian.org/Exhibitions/Dance/index.htm)

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

 

This website from the American Antiquarian Society, provides visitors an overview of the history of social dance in America through images and text.

When arriving at the site, read through the introduction to learn about the site and its premise. Then, either select the “Next Page” link at the bottom of the article to proceed through the pages or use the upper menu to jump directly to your topic of interest including: 

  • Origin – Learn about cultural and ‘technological’ influences on early American Dance.
  • Language – Discover the early beginning of the ‘language’ used in dance.
  • Types – Get acquainted with the early dances such as the minuet, country dance, cotillion, jigs, reels, shaker dancing and more.
  • Fashion – Dig into the impact dance had on fashion.
  • Opposition – Find out who was opposed to dancing and why.
  • Etiquette – Explore the importance of proper dance etiquette.

This website provides a brief look into the history of early American dance and would make an interesting addition to your music and/or history studies.

Free, Easy Peasy English Lessons for PreK-12 & More

August 9th, 2017

 

It’s Wednesday, August 9, 2017, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Easy Peasy All-In-One Homeschool

(allinonehomeschool.com/)

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, you can access FREE, Internet-based curricula for grades PreK-8. (See more about high school, grades 9-12 below.)

This curricula was compiled by a homeschool mom, is meant to be college preparatory, and has a Christian point of view (but can be used and/or adjusted as needed by people of all faiths and beliefs).

Because today is Language Arts day at ClickSchooling, we focused on the English lessons for this review, but you will also find free curriculum for: 

  • Art
  • Bible
  • Computer
  • Spanish
  • History
  • Math
  • Music
  • PE/Health
  • Science (Biology, Zoology, Physics, Chemistry)

When you get to the site, read the introduction and then scroll down the menu to find Language Arts. Click on any grade level and a new page opens with 180 days (the standard school year) of lessons. The lessons contain links to free resources and materials on other websites such as books, poems, grammar, writing instructions, and printables, etc. You’ll find everything you need to provide instruction and deliver the curriculum to your children.


To access the free high school curriculum, visit the companion website, Easy Peasy All-In-One High School (http://allinonehighschool.com). The high school curriculum includes Bible, English, History, Humanities, Math, Science (with Labs), PE/Health, Electives, etc.


As explained at the website, “You’ll need paper, pencil, etc. and some minor supplies if you choose to do the experiments and art projects, but all of the reading materials, etc. are all free and online. My hope is to enable families to continue homeschooling no matter their life circumstances.”

Wild Music for Kids

July 29th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 29, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wild Music

(www.wildmusic.org/)

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

 

This really fun website is a companion to a traveling exhibition about the “Sounds and Songs of Life.” It offers free, interactive, virtual exhibits where you can learn the science behind how animals and people make sound and music.

When you get to the site you can click “Play” to hear musical “compositions” created from sounds in nature. You’ll also see a menu of items that include: 

  • Soundscapes – Use archived recordings of animals, humans, wind, and water to create your own sound compositions. Adjust the results with a virtual sound mixer. Explore maps of sounds that were recorded all over the planet.
  • Animal – Listen to different animal sounds and bird songs; then test your memory with a sound match game.
  • About Sound – Discover what researchers have learned about sound frequency, wavelengths, voice boxes, and more. Play a game to see if you can hear as well as a baby. Take a test to see how your hearing compares to that of animals. Get instruction to make your own Pan Pipes, bell bracelet, and maracas!

You can also take a virtual photographic tour of the exhibit, and meet the scientists and musicians behind the exhibit through video clips, photos, and text.

Tour the National Music Museum

July 28th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, July 28, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Music Museum

(nmmusd.org/Collections)

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

 

Browse the galleries of the National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota with this website.

When you get to the site, click on “Virtual Tours”. Then choose from the list of nineteen tours which include exhibits of: 

  • 17th, 18th, and 19th century keyboard instruments
  • Harmonicas
  • Instruments from Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands
  • Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848
  • Musical Innovations of the Industrial Revolution and European folk instruments
  • American music and instruments
  • Reed Organs, Pianos, and a Grand Harmonicon
  • Great American Guitars
  • The Music Man Exhibit
  • Czech and Slovak music
  • Italian String instrument making
  • Brass Instruments
  • And much more.

Once a gallery is selected, click on an instrument from the list to view images and text about the piece. Navigation can be tricky as no two pages seem to have the same method of moving around. Typically, to browse through to the next item in a collection, use the curved arrow icon or return to the index by selecting the “Go to Virtual Gallery Tour Index.” If this option is not available you can use the back option in your browser window until you reach the index. You can click on an image to see a larger version on most items but will need to use your back button to return to the previous page.

Each item in a gallery includes pictures and descriptions of the item.

There are also sound clips available for different instruments on the Sound Samplings page. To hear the audios, look for a bullet point dot and click the highlighted text in the sentence.

Once visitors have become familiar with navigation, this is a wonderful tour to add to your music studies.

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.

Math with Phi: The Golden Number

June 19th, 2017

 

It’s Monday, June 19, 2017, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Phi: The Golden Number

(www.goldennumber.net/math/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website is devoted to the exploration of Phi, an irrational number like Pi that is the ratio of the line segments that result when a line is divided in a special way. You’ll find many demonstrations of Phi along with its history from ancient Greece and Egypt, to the Renaissance, to modern day with its appearance in quasi-crystals — a form of matter discovered in the 1980’s.

Use the menu to see Phi demonstrated in many different areas including: 

  • Design/Art – Phi is in Art, Architecture, Color, Music, Poetry, Marketing, and even Credit Cards.
  • Life – Explore Phi in Human Anatomy, Animals, Plants, DNA, and Population Growth.
  • Mathematics – Including Means, Fibonacci Patterns, Pascal’s Triangle, and more.
  • Geometry – Look for Phi in Bucky Balls, Circles, Triangles, Orthogons, Quasi-crystals, Spirals, and more.
  • Markets/Gaming – See how Phi and Fibonacci numbers are used to predict stock market moves.
  • Cosmos – Phi appears in the Solar System, Universe, Quantum Matter, Quantum Time, etc.
  • Theology – See a demonstration of Phi in the Bible.

This is an ad-supported website that provides a fascinating demonstration of mathematics (and particularly Phi) in all aspects of life. It is beautifully illustrated and clearly written.

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