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Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

April 25th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

8notes.com

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.
When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 
  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music
When choosing from an instrument category, the section is further broken down into categories such as music genre, skill levels, and/or occasion. There are also resource links for lessons, forums, tuners, and more.

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Search by level or lesson. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Composer and Artist biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest” category to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

(Please note that in the free portions only one page at a time can be printed when selecting the printer icon. Also subscribers only have access to the “Play”, “Play Along – Piano Accompaniment”, “Play Along Band Accompaniment”, and “Play Along – Slow Piano Accompaniment” features.)

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.

 

Music Theory Lessons & Activities

February 12th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 12, 2011 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
MusicTheory.net

Age Range: 6 and up (with parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance)

At this deceptively simple site you can learn music theory and more for free!  If you have a passion for music or just want to get the hang of it, you’ll enjoy the activities, many of which contain audio clips to enhance learning.

When you get to the site you will see tabs for “Lessons,” “Exercises,” and “Tools.”  Choose the “Exercises” tab to jump right to the activities and quizzes where you can learn and/or test your knowledge about:

  • Notes
  • Key Signatures
  • Generic & Specific Intervals
  • Chords
  • The Keyboard
  • The Fretboard
  • Interval, Scale, & Chord Ear Training

Each exercise can be set to the most basic level or customized to your preferred level.  Take the quizzes to test what you know. For example, try and identify the scales by ear.  If you get too many wrong answers on the quizzes, you can go to the lessons and study to learn more. Then try the quizzes again.

Music students of all ages will enjoy the “Tools” section that lets you create music pieces and then run an analysis to tell you what you have done.  Fun stuff!

Enjoy!

 

Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
http://www.ClickSchooling.com

Free Guitar, Banjo, & Violin Tutorials!

May 8th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, May 8, 2010 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Folk of the Wood: Acoustic Music Lessons

Age Range: All (Youngsters and non-readers will need adult assistance.)

This commercial website offers free, acoustic music lesson tutorials for the following instruments:

  • Acoustic Guitar for 6 & 12-string instruments (with crosspicking and open G tuning lessons)
  • Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer
  • Banjo for 5, 6, & 12-string instruments
  • Bouzouki
  • Fiddle
  • Mandola
  • Mandolin (including crosspicking and fingerstyle lessons)
  • Squareneck Dobro Lessons
  • Tenor Guitar (with C-G-D-A tuning lessons)
  • Violin

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction that includes a link to the  “Lessons Table of Contents.”  Click on that to access a list of the instrument lessons that are available. Click on an instrument and a new page opens with a menu of lessons. The lessons are delivered in a variety of ways that include the use of text, photographs, illustrations, sheet music, and more.

The lessons vary depending on the instrument selected. You’ll learn basics such as how to hold the instrument properly, how to strum or pick the instrument, how to tune it, how to read music, how to read and play music scales, how to play chord progressions, and how to play songs from beginning to advanced levels.

The idea here, aside from presenting some great tutorial lessons, is to entice you to purchase their instructional DVDs and books. But you don’t have to purchase a thing to enjoy this site for acoustic instrument enthusiasts that offers “free online lessons, an extensive FAQ database, online video samplers and even free online support via e-mail.”

Free Video Music Lessons and More! (CSAW)

January 31st, 2009

Recommended Website:
Making Music Fun

Age Range: 6-11 (Designed for elementary grades 1-6.)

ClickScholar MaryAnna recommended this website that provides FREE music resources for those who want to enrich children’s lives with an appreciation for music.

When you get to the site you’ll see three menu choices that include:

  • Oliver Octopus Arcade – Play two music theory arcade games and learn to identify 6 basic rhythms including the whole note, the half note, the eighth note, the dotted half note, and the dotted quarter note. Learn note names for the treble or bass clef. Set the note range that you would like to practice, and play!
  • 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. Print out an entire music songbook with music, lyrics, and guitar chords. Preview, listen to and print Off music orchestrations for classroom or homeschool coop class use. You’ll also find practice charts, 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. Get an “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 is a CSAW. What’s CSAW? That acronym is pronounced (see-saw) and stands for “ClickSchooling Award Winner.” It indicates (in my opinion) the very best utilization of educational technology. Bookmark this site – it’s a winner!

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FREE Music Lessons With Instructional Videos & More! (CSAW)

October 1st, 2006

Recommended Website:
ILearnMusic.com

DON’T MISS THIS WEBSITE! What an incredible resource for getting a music education! Today’s website was recommended by list member Tina Tremain who wrote, “I found this site while looking for music lessons to start with my kids… I haven’t been through the whole site, but it looks like there are many lesson ideas for all ages here.”

That’s an understatement. I was stunned by the free content available at this site for instruction in music theory as well as playing a variety of instruments. Not only are there text versions of lessons — but most are accompanied by some form of media that illustrates the lessons — from interactive programs that let you virtually practice playing an instrument online to YouTube.com instructional videos by professional musicians.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction with three icons labeled “Students,” “Teachers,” and “Other.” The site is set up in flash, so you have to navigate by clicking the icons with your mouse. If you click once on an item and it doesn’t open, double-click and that should do the trick. THERE IS AN EASIER WAY to get around the site, and that is to just use the menu bar at the top of your screen that includes:

  • Lesson Plans — Designed for classroom teachers, it includes music lessons, ideas, and activities for grades K-12. Most can be easily tailored for use at home. (For a better bet for home use see the “Videos” and “Lessons” sections described below.)
  • Resources — This section is for music educators and includes practice charts for private studio instruction, ideas for professional development, and college level resources in music theory, history, orchestration, conducting, composition, and more.
  • Directory — Use the map to locate music teachers in your area.
  • Videos — This section of the site offers FREE instructional videos in how to play Electric Bass, Guitar, and Piano — along with Music Theory. It also links to music-related short films and performance videos. Don’t miss the “Misc. Videos” in this section to see some amazing, strange, and very funny clips of musical performances in a variety of genres. You can even follow instructions here to load your own performance video to the site. :)
  • Lessons – Get FREE instruction on how to play piano, guitar, bass, clarinet, saxophone, snare drum, flute, and trumpet! You can also learn music theory applicable to every instrument.
  • Library – An archive of popular sheet music for public domain and original compositions contributed by website members. You can become a member too — it’s free to join.

This site is a ClickSchooling Award Winner! New content is added continuously, so bookmark it to return often. :)

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