Posts Tagged ‘orchestra’

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!

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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.

 

Symphony Orchestra Games & Activities!

May 11th, 2013

Hi! It’s Saturday, May 11, 2009 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

DSO Kids

Age Range: 6-12 (Designed for elementary school-age kids with parental supervision.)

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’ll see a variety of features. You can click on any one to begin exploring the site, or use the menu at the top of the page that includes:

*Games – Match composers to their correct time period,  answer questions about composers, match music symbols, etc.

*Listen – Listen to excerpts from compositions and read the biography of the composer.

*Activities At Home – Learn to make your own instruments!

You can also take a virtual tour of the Myerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas. Bookmark this site, as you’ll need to return several times to experience all that is has to offer.

 

Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra!

January 12th, 2013

Hi! It’s Saturday, January 12, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Carnegie Hall: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

Age Range: 8 and up (with parental supervision; non-readers will need assistance)

This website, sponsored by Carnegie Hall, offers a free, interactive, animated game based on Benjamin Britten’s composition, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Children will learn about the instruments of the orchestra including the brass, strings, wind, and percussion instruments.

When you get to the site you must register (with a nickname and password) to play the game. You’ll learn about a symphony orchestra stage, the placement of the instrument families on the stage, and learn to identify the instruments and hear how they sound.

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