Posts Tagged ‘orchestra’

Design Your Own Opera

June 30th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 30, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hansel & Gretel: Learning about Opera

(creativekidseducationfoundation.org/kids/opera/base.htm)

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

 

The Creative Kids Education Foundation offers this free interactive game called “Hansel and Gretel Design Your Own Opera” that provides players with music education while they pick different settings for the technical elements of creating an opera.

When you get to the site the game will launch. Try your hand at being: 

  • A Costume Designer
  • A Choreographer
  • A Property Manager
  • A Lighting Technician
  • A Set Designer
  • A Technical Director
  • A Stage Director
  • A Technical Effects Director

With each scene, as you engage in activities, the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel” is played and the meaning and nuances are pointed out by a narrator. Not only that, the lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline.

During Intermission, you get to try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the show is over, take a virtual trip backstage and see how the production was put together. Use the spotlight menu to learn all about: 

  • The Composer – Learn about the German composer, Engelbert Humperdinck.
  • Opera – Find out what an opera is and explore links to opera websites.
  • Fairy Tales – Get links to sites about Fairy Tales along with some downloadable activities.
  • Voice Studio – Learn the definitions of a Soprano, Mezzo Soprano, Tenor, and Baritone. Visit a Master Class with Placido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.
  • Teacher Resources – Download free lesson plans for the opera along with games and activities to enhance learning. Take a fun quiz to see what you’ve learned.

This activity takes about 45 minutes to complete. It is SO WORTHWHILE – and fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

Classical Music for Kids

February 24th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 24, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Classics for Kids

(www.classicsforkids.com/)

Age Range: 5-14 (Grades K-9, with parental supervision)

 

The site, which is continuously updated, is a supplement to the “Classics for Kids” radio program and is a warehouse of music activities.

You will find information on stations that air the show at the website, and you can listen to the archived programs that bring great composers to life through music and stories. You can also download activities and lessons (pdfs) that focus on National Standards for the Arts and Music.

When you get to the site you will see the current month’s featured composer and menus that include features such as: 

  • On The Radio – Includes the current week’s radio show, an archive of past shows, and activity sheets that include wordsearch puzzles, games, and trivia.
  • Composers – Read biographies of different composers (across a timespan from 1685 to 2017) including Bach, Bernstein, Brahms, Britten, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, Handel, Joplin, Liszt, Mozart, Prokofiev, Rachmaninoff, Schubert, Sousa, Strauss, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and more!
  • Games – Play fun, interactive, online games that teach rhythm and notation.
  • Music – Hear music, learn the instruments of the symphony orchestra, explore a musical dictionary, and learn about musical careers.
  • Parents and Teachers – Access free lesson plans, activity sheets, and get tips and advice for music education.

Bookmark this one–you’ll want to return often!

Discover Music with the London Symphony Orchestra

February 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 3, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

London Symphony Orchestra – Play

(play.lso.co.uk/)

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

 

Explore the world of orchestra music with this portion of the larger London Symphony Orchestra website.

After arriving at the home page, click through the panes to the “Explore” slide and locate the “Select a performance” link. On this page, search through the slides to find a desired performance you would like to select. Currently there are five choices: 

  • Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
  • Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony
  • Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring
  • Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique
  • Ravel’s Bolero

Once a selection has been made, chose the “Start watching” link to see multiple camera angles of the performance. There are 4 views visible on your screen that you can set for the specific angles you wish to see. In the upper left of the window there is a menu button. Select this to reveal additional options including “Explore Orchestra” where visitors can learn about the instruments in the orchestra performance, read biographies of the musicians, view Masterclass videos, as well as download teacher resource information.

This website provides a wonderful introduction to orchestral music for students of all ages.

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.

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.

The Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

March 25th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 25, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Vienna Vegetable Orchestra

(www.vegetableorchestra.org/index.php)

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

 

Listen to the music of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra! No kidding! A group of Austrian musicians got together and created an entire line of instruments from vegetables! Not only that, they record their music and perform in concert halls!

When you get to the website, select the “Info” link in the upper menu to learn about the group. While these performers take their music seriously, they do have a sense of humor. Terrific puns and double entendres are peppered throughout the text making it a delicious read! Use the menu to navigate the site that includes: 

  • Instruments (found under “Info”) – See photos of the various instruments and their names.
  • Questions & Answers (also found under “Info”) – Get most of your questions about the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra answered. Then use the “ask us” link at the bottom of that page to query the VVO further.
  • Sound – Listen to “cuts” from the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra’s CDs.
  • Video – THE BEST PART! Watch video performances and a video of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra shopping for their instruments at the vegetable stand in the local marketplace, transforming the veggies into musical instruments (with the aid of knives and drills), and then performing a concert. (Be sure to turn on your speakers!)

If you and your kids want to see more edible instruments, then check out the YouTube video, Introduction of Handmade Musical Instruments“. A Japanese musician plays the carrot flute, asparagus panpipes, cucumber trumpet and more. While he speaks in Japanese, there are English subtitles. (Note: This is YouTube – as always parents should preview to determine suitability of content.)

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