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Music Theory Lessons & Activities

February 12th, 2011

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

Recommended Website:

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!



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Interactive Music Games & Quizzes (CSAW)

April 17th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 17, 2010 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Music Tech Teacher

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

When you get to the site you’ll see the extensive menu that includes:

*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 Chopstix, 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, and earns a ClickSchooling Award for excellence.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids

May 2nd, 2009

Recommended Website:
Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids

Age Range: 6-12 (Designed for elementary school-age kids, but the very young and young at heart will enjoy aspects of this site as well.)

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra sponsors this interactive, multi-media website that helps children learn all about the music, instruments, conductors, musicians, and composers associated with the symphony orchestra.

When you get to the site you wil be in a virtual music room. Turn on your speakers to enjoy the music and click on the items in the room to explore:

  • Instrument Encyclopedia — Learn about instruments classified as Strings, Woodwinds, Percussion, and Keyboards. Click on any of the multiple instruments in each category and see a picture. Read all about it and listen to what it sounds like. Hear it being played in various compositions.
  • Orchestra Seating Chart — See how the symphony has changed over time by viewing how instruments in the orchestra were positioned during the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods.
  • Practice Chair — Young musicians can get some tips for developing good practice habits.
  • I Am A Musician — Read the bios of various musicians in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
  • Do It At Home — Try some fun activities to promote your music education at home including: Coloring Pages, Composer Scavenger Hunt, Experience Vibration, Fun with Sequencing, Musical Stories, Instrument Puzzles, and more.
  • Make Your Own Instruments — Get instructions for making your very own Xylophone, Woodwind Instrument, String Instrument, Maracas, Clay Pot Chimes, Coffee Can Drums and more.
  • Computer Games — Play interactive games themed around the symphony such as Music Match, Hangman, Word Match, and Letter Scramble. Don’t miss the “Composer’s Keyboard” where you can create your own songs and hear them played!
  • Music In The Air — Click on the picture of a computer printer to print out a 12 page “souvenir book” of a child’s trip to the DSO.
  • Listen to Music — Visit the virtual listening library where you can hear music by famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Gershwin. Or listen to music featuring specific instruments like the banjo, kettle drum, or tuba.
  • Teacher’s Room — Parents may enjoy visiting this section where you’ll find classroom activities and lessons, information on composers, sheet music, music theory lessons, and much more.

Bookmark this site, as you’ll need to return several times to experience all that is has to offer.


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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 Lessons in Music Theory

October 11th, 2008

Recommended Website:
MiBAC: Music Theory

Age Range: 7 and up (approximately, non-readers will need assistance)

On this commercial website you can access the basic facts of music theory for FREE. Learn or brush up on the names of music staffs, lines and spaces, notes, key signatures, major and minor scales, time signatures and more. The site is divided into two helpful sections that include Music Theory I and Music Theory II.

When you get to the site, you will land on the first page of “Music Theory I.” You’ll see a brief description of one topic on music theory. Look at the menu on the left side of the screen to access all of the material in this category from learning the music alphabet to identifying keyboard keys, to learning about the “Circle of Fifths.”

When you are through exploring that section click on “Music Theory II” on the menu to access the free information on Thirds, Root Positions, Arpeggio, Triads, and more.

This site is really a glossary of music terminology – and the simple definitions and explanations make it easy to understand. There are no bells and whistles and no drills – just bare bones basic music facts.


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Tchaikovsky and more!

May 19th, 2007

Recommended Website:

San Francisco Symphony’s “Keeping Score” Music History and Appreciation multimedia presentations

Age Range: All!

(As ALWAYS, parents are advised to preview websites to determine suitability of content.)

Once again this week, a big hearty THANK YOU goes to list member Christina Ellyson for pointing us to a remarkable website! What a find! Here you can enjoy multimedia biographies which explore in depth the factors that came into play in the lives and works of great composers such as Tchaikovsky, Copeland, Beethoven, and Stravinsky, with the possibility of more as this series unfolds!

When you reach this page, I’d recommend going directly to the photo of Tchaikovsky at the bottom left corner and clicking “go.” You won’t be disappointed!

This presentation has a section called “Primal Moves” which explores the emotions in various compositions. Here you will click on an emotion and listen to a classical piece which expresses it; after your ear has been attuned to this sort of listening, you can try your hand at matching the musical excerpts with classical paintings.

There are no wrong answers! Your final product will be a slideshow of paintings with classical music accompaniment to show off to your friends and family! :) Oh yes, and when you’re finished with that section, you can watch the feature presentation about Tchaikovsky’s life and work. This is quite full of information and breathtaking music.

Bookmark this site, because there are still three other composers here, and you’re going to want to learn about them all! :)

You’ll find Beethoven’s Eroica, an in-depth treatment of the history and composition of this great masterpiece. Along the way, you can listen to the much-beloved Moonlight Sonata while reading about the young woman who inspired its composition. Read what Mozart (who was older than Beethoven) has to say about him at age 20.

Watch a video about an anger-filled musical duel between Beethoven and Steibelt (another composer of the time) and find out who won! Listen to excerpts from six other symphonies that Beethoven wrote. Read about why he changed his mind about dedicating this work to Napoleon Bonaparte, and the heart-rending (and at the same time inspiring) tale of his legendary accomplishments despite increasing and eventually profound deafness; listen to two of his great compositions as he might have heard them through his deafened ears.

(FYI:  Please note that the opinions expressed on this site are controversial. For example, Beethoven’s deafness is portrayed as a huge tragedy, as opposed to a great triumph of a composer over a disability.)

And don’t miss “Explore the Score” near the top right of the page: here you can listen to excerpts from the Eroica and read real-time commentary, read along with the musical score, watch the key changes, and more!

“Copeland and the American Sound” is another not-to-be-missed section, giving examples of the various types of music that influenced Copeland’s development of what came to be recognized as typical American music. Set aside plenty of time to view the whole presentation; you’ll be glad you did!

You will also want to see “Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring.'” Don’t click anything when you first open this page, or you’ll miss the video introduction. Then select from “A riotous premier” where you can “choose one of these four main players and follow the events and creative process that would lead to the infamous 1913 Rite of Spring Performance.” You can also, as with Beethoven’s Eroica, “Explore the Score.”

Teachers/parents looking for lesson plans can find them by clicking the “Education” tab at the top of the page and then scrolling down to the appropriate section.

Younger children may like to pop on over to the “San Francisco Symphony” main site (click on the logo in the top right corner) and then select “The SFS kids site” near the bottom left for fun and games related to music theory and composition.

Enjoy! :)