Posts Tagged ‘music theory’

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.

Make Music Fun

December 2nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, December 2, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Making Music Fun

(www.makingmusicfun.net/)

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 find resources divided into two sections – Print It and Library. Examples of resources visitors will find 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.
  • 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.
  • Free Composer Worksheets – 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.

The library 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.

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.

Music Theory Lessons, Games, Quizzes, and More

August 20th, 2016

It’s Saturday, August 20, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Music Tech Teacher

(www.musictechteacher.com/index.htm)

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

 

This website provides over 100 free interactive music games and quizzes that teach music theory (including the names of musical notes and rhythms) and the names of musicians and composers.

When you get to the site, navigate through the upper menu to locate:

  • Music Information: Theory – Learn the names and sounds of instruments, musicians, composers, music terms, scales, treble and bass clef note reading, rhythms and rests, and more.
  • Flash Piano Practice – Use your keyboard to practice playing “Chopsticks, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Ode to Joy and more.
  • Quizzes – Select the right notes on the keyboard to help Mighty Music Man move a piano, play instrument scramble, do a music word search or hangman puzzle, or test your knowledge of instrument “families.” Discover what you know about music terminology, tempos, and technology. Match composers with compositions, learn some jazz music trivia, play a game of musical “Jeopardy,” and fill in the missing notes on popular musical pieces. Test your sense of rhythm and your knowledge of music intervals, scales, and chords. You won’t believe the selection!
  • Music Mazes and Puzzles to Print – Enjoy a selection of printable music-themed mazes to print out and do offline, along with all kinds of free music theory worksheets.

This is an amazing resource for music students and teachers alike.

Piano Lessons with the Piano Nanny

June 18th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 18, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Nanny

(www.pianonanny.com/)

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

 

Learn piano and music theory with the help of this website.

PianoNanny.com acquired the award-winning “Piano on the Net” online course which provides over 30 lessons at three different levels: 

  • Starter – Learn the basics of piano such as music notation, notes, and terms, fingering the keys, and more.
  • Intermediate – Build upon the starter lessons and expand knowledge base in musical studies with chords and more.
  • Advanced – Learn about the different genres of music and a more in depth understanding of music.

Lessons can include images, text, and sometimes audios. The student is encouraged to have a small keyboard in front of them as they go through the lessons so that they can learn the material.

Whether your student is a beginner or more advanced student, there is a lot to be learned with these free online piano lessons.

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.)

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