Posts Tagged ‘orchestra’

Games & Listening Guides from Carnegie Hall

June 27th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, June 27, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Carnegie Hall: Games and Listening Guides

(http://www.carnegiehall.org/ORC/Games-and-Listening-Guides/)

 

Age Range: 6-12 (Grades 1-7, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers 4 interactive programs to help kids learn about music. Designed for kids 6-12 (but fun for the whole family), the activities introduce instruments of the symphony orchestra, classical music and concepts such as musical notation.
When you get to the site you will see a menu of the four programs that include: 
  • “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by Benjamin Britten – In this game you and an animated guide collect instruments on an instrument safari. (Note: Read the FAQ on this BEFORE you launch the game to better understand how to play.)
  • Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 – A clever use of Dvorak’s own comments about his music and life helps kids understand his classic symphony, “From the New World”.
  • Carnegie Hall Animated History – Learn all about the symphony hall’s history and some of the renown figures who have performed there.
  • An Interactive History of African American Music – Through the use of an interactive timeline, text, images and audios, discover the history of African American music.
These games take some time to play – so be sure to visit the site when you’re not rushed.

The Sounds of Classical Music

December 20th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, December 20, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

openClassical

 

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

 

This website is wonderful ensemble of classical music.
When arriving at this website, you can choose from the sidebar menu to browse the greatest hits sorted by: 
  • Everything
  • Chamber
  • Concerto
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Piano
  • Vocal
Click the song you would like to listen to. When the page opens you are presented with a bit of information about the composers and a video of the selection. (Please note that there are also Amazon Offer links related to the composer and other links to off-site related items for purchase such as the sheet music for the song.)

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Composers” and you can search for a composer by name or search the lists by the following time periods:

  • Medieval
  • Renaissance
  • Baroque
  • Classical
  • Romantic
  • Modern
Selecting a composer brings up a list of related videos and brief composer synopsis and links to Wikipedia for more information.

Select “Timeline” and explore composers by date to discover contemporaries of your favorites. The composers in the timelines are clickable as well, making it easy to study and compare composers of the same time frame.

Finally, choose “Playlists” to listen to music to set the mood for:

  • Calm
  • Drama
  • Excitement
  • Romance
  • Study
This website is an excellent resource for expanding your listening pleasure options.

Keeping Score for Classical Music

July 5th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 5, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Keeping Score

 

Age Range: 14 and up (Grades 9-Adult; children with parental supervision)

 

Created by Michael Tilson Thomas with the San Francisco Symphony and based on the PBS television series, this website provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about the life and music of the composers featured in the series.
Through the use of audio, video, interactive materials as well as downloadable lesson plans specially created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program, students take an in-depth look into the composers’ political, social, and cultural backgrounds.

When arriving at the website, in the “Explore The Music” box, chose one of the following tabs to see what lessons are available:

  • Composers
  • Musical Technique
  • History
  • Musical Scores
  • Staff Picks

The composers covered are:

  • Gustav Mahler
  • Hector Berlioz
  • Charles Ives
  • Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Aaron Copland
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

Using the upper navigation bar, select “Education” to find more resources and lessons plans created by teachers in California, Arizona, and Oklahoma.

Select “Interactive” to dig even deeper through images, videos, and text. Follow along with musical scores, experiment with various musical techniques, try your hand at conducting a symphony, discover the instruments and musicians of an orchestra, and much more.

Not only does the website provide a wonderful educational resource in the study of symphonic music, but it is a feast of sight and sound sure to encourage your student’s interest.

Bring Orchestra Music Studies to Life!

May 24th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, May 24, 2014, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

ArtsAlive

 

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

 

This is a wonderfully colorful and fun interactive site with loads of printable lesson plans and worksheets and online activities to use with your students as they learn about orchestral music. 

 

Presented by the National Arts Centre located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, this website not only introduces students to the instruments of the orchestra but also the musicians, composers, and conductors who bring music alive.

 

Select from the following to start your musical adventure:

  • Music Resources – listen to music recordings, watch video clips, browse the music dictionary, find helpful advice for parents and teachers
  • Instrument Lab – learn all about the sections and instruments that make up an orchestra; examine virtual instruments and listen to the sounds that they make
  • Great Composers – investigate the lives and music of the great composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, and more as well as contemporary composers such as Adams, Morquez, Shafer, and others
  • NAC Orchestra and Friends – read interviews with the musicians, conductors and composers of the NACO
  • Activities and Games – play and learn with loads of fun games and activities such as the click and drag game “Compose Music”, the online quizzes like “Name that Composer” and “Name that Instrument”, and lots of printables
  • Orchestra on Tour – Read the online journal kept by NAC Orchestra musicians and staff during their 2008 performance and education tour

 

Be sure to check out the “Resources for Teachers” section of the website for more helpful resource including resource kits, lesson plans, and NAC Orchestra Student Matinee study guides. This website is a valuable resource of information and activities that encourage an engaging learning experience in your study of orchestral music.

Opera Game & Lesson Plans!

November 9th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, November 9, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Create Kids Education Assoc: Design Your Own Opera

Age Range: All (With parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance.)

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 Pacido Domingo. Meet famous opera singers.

*Teacher ResourcesDownload 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!   

Explore Free Music Interactives!

June 22nd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, June 21, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: Explore the Arts – Interactives

Age Range: 11 and up (middle school and up approximately, with parental supervision)

The Kennedy Center offers this website that provides interactive programs that allows students to explore a variety of musical genres.  When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*1940s – Explore the societal changes taking place during WWII that were echoed in an arts revolution through music, dance, film, and more.

*The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna – Learn about classical, orchestral, and operatic music that originated in these central European hubs.

*Jazz in Time – Discover the history of Jazz from the ragtime music of the 1920s to the diverse musical stylings of today.

*National Symphony Orchestra – Meet the musicians and learn about the instruments and history of the NSO.

*Perfect Pitch – Learn how instruments are made, create your own orchestral arrangement, and enjoy guided listening activities.

*The Sondheim Celebration – Learn about the storied career of songwriter Stephen Sondheim that includes musical theater productions of “A Little Night Music,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Company,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” and more.

Just click on a topic of interest and a new page opens where you can learn about music’s historical impact while enjoying engaging and entertaining interactives.

 

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