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Listen! Historical Recordings from the Library of Congress

May 21st, 2022

It’s Saturday, May 21, 2022, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Library of Congress: National Jukebox

(www.loc.gov/collections/national-jukebox/about-this-collection/)

All grades, with parental supervision. NOTE: See warning below.

The Library of Congress provides a “National Jukebox” that makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge.

This exhibit transforms your computer into a gramophone featuring more than 10,000 78rpm disc recordings issued by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1900 and 1925. You can listen to a broad range of songs including marching band music, novelty tunes, hits from musical theater productions, dance tunes, and opera arias. You’ll also find spoken recordings.

When you get to the site, you’ll see information about the collection and near the bottom of this page you will see the following information:

WARNING: Historical recordings may contain offensive language.

These music selections are presented as part of the record of the past. They are historical documents which reflect the attitudes, perspectives, and beliefs of people in a very different time period. For that reason, they may contain content that is offensive to users. As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE SITE and supervise all Internet activity.

  • Browse the featured content found here for look at the menu of featured playlists in the left margin which includes:
  • Browse all Recordings – Search by language, target audience, record label, date range, composer, lyricist, performer and genre.
  • Artists – Browse the artists from A-Z. Find recordings by music greats such as opera singer Enrico Caruso, Broadway legends Al Jolson and Fanny Brice, whistling virtuoso Charles Kellogg, composer and band leader John Philip Sousa, and thousands more.
  • Genres – Find a wide selection of genres of music including classical, opera, religious, popular music, blues, ethnic music, humorous songs, etc.

This is an AMAZING musical resource that takes time to explore. Bookmark it to return often.

Learn To Play Drums Today!

April 23rd, 2022

It’s Saturday, April 23, 2022, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Doug Kleiber: Learn Drums Now

(www.learndrumsnow.com/the-plan/learn-to-play-drums-in-4-weeks)

Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

Learn how to play drums with the lessons available at this website.

The lesson plans follow the creator’s, Doug Kleiber, methodology he calls H3 (Head, Hands and Heart). The student first practices without using a set of drums to learn to think about the drum beat. The next step has the student practicing the lessons on the drums while playing musical selections for background. Lastly, the focus is on learning to “feel” the music. If your student is young (5-12), Mr. Kleiber provides suggestions for using his lesson plans in the blog post – Teaching Kids to Play Drums.

There are four weeks of lessons in the plan. The topics include:

  • Learn To Play Your First Song
  • Playing with Sticks
  • Learn To Play the Parts of a Song
  • Learn To Play Drum Fills

Lessons are textural but be aware that there are affiliate links to sale sites for music supplies, so as always be sure to check the pages prior to allowing students to visit.

These lessons appear to be a good starting point for your budding musician who is interested in the drums.

Design Your Own Opera

March 26th, 2022

The Creative Kids Education Foundation: Hansel & Gretel: Learning about Opera

(goclassical.org/kids/opera/opera-game)

All grades, 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!

Piano & Music Resources at your Fingertips!

February 26th, 2022

Susan Paradis Piano Teaching Resources

(susanparadis.com/)

Grades 2-8, with parental supervision

Looking for printables for practice and activities to supplement your music studies, specifically piano? Then check out this website from classroom music specialist, Susan Paradis. Visitors will find loads of great teaching ideas and colorful printables to add fun and interest to their music class.

When arriving at today’s link, click the “Free>Teaching Aids” menu to access the various freebies. Here you’ll find:

  • Flash Cards
  • One Minute Club Cards
  • Staff Paper
  • Recital Programs
  • Certificates
  • Assignment Pages
  • Binder Covers
  • Practice Aids
  • and a lot of other free things teachers like!

There are so many wonderfully created resources here you will want to add this website to your bookmarks.

Learn to Play the Guitar

January 29th, 2022

Andrew Keppie: Kids Guitar Zone

(www.kidsguitarzone.com/)

Grades 3-12, with parental supervision

Kids can learn the basics of playing the guitar with these free lessons from Andrew Keppie. Lessons are presented through short video presentations that focus on one concept at a time.

Lessons start with the basics and single-string songs and progress through more complex chords. Lessons include:

  • Lesson 1 – the parts of a guitar, how to hold a guitar, tuning a guitar and reading a tablature
  • Lesson 2 – Learn to play some songs on one string including “Smoke on the Water”, “The Peter Gunn Theme”, “Summer Lovin'”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, and “Seven Nation Army.”
  • Lesson 3 – Play two string songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Blister in the Sun”, and “Jingle Bells” chorus.
  • Lesson 4 – Three string songs include “Happy Birthday”, “Beat It”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “The Skye Boat Song”, “1 2 3 4 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive”, “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, “The James Bond Theme”, and “Jingle Bells” the verse.
  • Lesson 5 – Songs on 4 strings are “La Bamba”, “Jack and Jill”, “Yankee Doodle”, “The Farmer in the Dell”, and “The Pink Panther Theme.”
  • Lesson 6 – how to play chords and read chord windows
  • Lesson 7 – Play “Wild Thing” with three chords.
  • Lesson 8 – Using three chords, learn to play “Yellow Submarine” and “Shake It Off.”
  • Lesson 9 – Learn to use power chords to play “Beat It.”
  • Lesson 10 – Learn to play a simple version of “Gangnam Style.”

Most lessons include multiple videos and accompanying downloadable PDFs. Select the “Kids Guitars” link in the menu for some information on selecting a guitar for your student.

If you have a child interested in playing the guitar, this website will provide a good starting point.

Christmas Music & Audio Stories

December 18th, 2021

Feels Like Christmas – Free Christmas Music

(feelslikechristmas.com/free-christmas-music/)

All grades, with parental supervision

Listen and/or download free Christmas music from independent (indie) artists at this website.

Choose songs in the following categories:

  • Contemporary Instrumental
  • Contemporary Vocals
  • Traditional Instrumental
  • Traditional Vocal

There are hundreds of selections, many of which are originals written by the submitting artist. Select a song and when the page opens click the play button on the player to hear the song online. Found a song you absolutely love? Download the MP3 to add to your holiday collection by right-clicking on the download graphic to the lower right of the player. (Please note that the downloads are for personal listening use only. Be sure to read the “Use of This Music” page for specifics.)

In addition to the Christmas music, click the “Audio Stories” link to find a selection of Christmas stories including:

  • Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Match Seller
  • Luke 2:1-20
  • Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore
  • Santa’s Poem
  • Mrs. Claus Saves Christmas
  • My Granddad Helps Father Christmas
  • Mouse in the Honeysuckle

And don’t forget to check out the “Christmas Sounds” page to hear Sounds of Santa, sleigh bells, and more.

We hope this website will add to your holiday fun.

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