Posts Tagged ‘orchestra’

Classical Music and Games

December 12th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, December 12, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Sphinx Kids

(www.sphinxkids.org/index.html)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website is a companion to the Sphinx Organization that “envisions a world in which classical music reflects cultural diversity and plays a role in the everyday lives of youth.” Sphinx Kids bring classical music into underserved schools nationwide. The website, partially sponsored by AT&T and the New York Philharmonic, provides free interactive games that introduce kids to the world of classical music, instruments of the orchestra, and the diversity of many composers of classical music.

When you get to the website you’ll see a menu that includes: 

  • Minority Composer’s Forum – Learn about the lives and musical compositions of renown minority composers such as Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Undine Smith Moore, Heitor Villa-Lobos and more. Listen to samples of their compositions.
  • Practice Room – Pick a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, or bass) and watch videos of minority musicians playing scales and etudes.
  • Minorities On Stage – Watch videos of performances by minority musicians, and be sure to click on “See What’s Going On Backstage” to watch video-interviews with the musician-laureates. Their stories are inspirational.
  • Orchestration Station – Get familiar with the instruments of the orchestra. Pick one and hear it played.
  • Rhythm Band – Use a virtual pencil to place notes on a scale, then pick one or several instruments to hear how it sounds.
  • Music Match: Composers – Match the classical composers to their musical compositions.
  • Music Match: Instruments – Play a match game with instruments of the orchestra.
  • Instrument Storage Room – Take an animated tour of the storage room and learn about each instrument and hear it played.
  • String Instrument Gallery – Learn about each part of the violin, viola, cello, and bass and what it does.
  • Composer’s Gallery – Take an animated tour of a gallery of composers born from the 1600s through the 1900s. Read their bios and hear samples of their music. Includes: Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Gershwin, Ellington, Debussy, Danielpour, Chopin, Britten, Brahms, Bernstein, Beethoven, Beach, Handel, Mozart, Lindberg, Leon, Kolb, Kodaly, Joplin, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Sheng, and many more.

This is a terrific way to introduce children and their families to classical music and to the diversity of the composers of that music.

Explore the Science of Music

September 1st, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, July 18, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Exploratorium: The Science of Music

(http://www.exploratorium.edu/music/index.html)

 

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

 

Part of the larger Exploratorium website, the museum of science, art, and human perception located in San Francisco, California, this website explores the science of music through online exhibits, movies, and questions.
When arriving at the website, use the text links in the introductory paragraph to select where you would like to begin. Learn about the science involved in music with the interactive, online exhibits which include: 
  • Dot mixer – Using sound samples from different types of music discover the science of “mixing”.
  • Kitchen sink-o-pation – Discover how context has an impact on how we interpret the sounds we hear.
  • Step re-mix – Explore the musical dance form of stepping which uses the body as a percussion instrument.
  • Online drum circle – Join a live, world-wide drum circle (please note that this may not be working during your visit).
  • Headlands experiments – View videos of Exploratorium staff members experimenting with musical sound in the hills north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Take the beat back – Examine the origins and evolution of some interesting instruments.
Movies include an instrument builder who uses unusual materials to create his instruments, a demonstration and explanation of stepping, the specifics of orchestra tuning, and following a saxophonist to different locations to discover how acoustics affect music.

Learn the answers to the following questions:

  • How do opera singers carry notes for so long?
  • Why do some songs get stuck in your head?
  • Why can you hear the bass from a distance, but not the treble?
  • Why does some music give you goose bumps?
  • Why does your recorded voice sound strange?
  • Why does sad music sound sad?
  • Why does singing in the shower sound so good?
Music is all around us and this website encourages visitors to appreciate the science behind it.

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.

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