Archive for the ‘music’ category

Fun Games for Learning Music

October 31st, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, October 31, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Music Teacher’s Games

(musicteachersgames.com/home)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website will have your young virtuosos practicing their studies of music with smiles on their faces. Through the use of simple-to-play games, students will sharpen their musical skills.

All games include instructions and, although not necessary to play the games, you may register for free to keep track of your scores. Also, you must register for Lessons & Quizzes. When arriving at the website, use the top navigation bar to select the area of study you wish to practice: 

  • Lines and Spaces
  • Music Symbols
  • Piano Keys
  • Guitar
  • Lessons & Quizzes
  • Ear Training
  • Rhythm

Some of the interactive games include: 

  • Treble Clef Lines & Spaces and Alto Clef Lines & Spaces
  • Orphanage One – Learn the basics values of notes
  • Instrument Match – Match the sounds to the instrument images
  • Treble Clef Piano Keys and Bass Clef Piano Keys – Uses an interactive piano keyboard to learn and practice the note name
  • Guitar One and Guitar Two – Using an interactive guitar fretboard, learn to locate notes
  • Intervals One and Intervals 2 – Learn basic interval ear training
  • Rhythms Game One – Learn the basics of counting beats

If you are looking for a fun, uncomplicated way for your children to reinforce their music studies, you will want to visit this website.

Free Piano and Music Appreciation Lessons

October 10th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, October 10, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Lessons 4 Children

(www.pianolessons4children.com/)

Age Range: 5-9 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

Designed for beginner and elementary level students, this website offers several video piano lessons as well as music appreciation lessons of famous composers and sing-a-longs.

This site is provided by Maria Miller, creator of Math Mammoth. The lessons, presented in a fun, friendly, and informative way include:

  • Lesson 1: How to sit at the piano
  • Lesson 2: Names of the white keys on a piano
  • Lesson 2b: Names of the black keys on a piano
  • Lessons 3 & 4: Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Lesson 5: Chords
  • Lesson 6: Mary Had a Little Lamb, with chords
  • Lessons 7 & 8: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  • Lessons 9 & 10: Old McDonald Had a Farm
  • Lessons 11 & 12: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Lesson 13: Alphabet Song
  • Lesson 14: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
  • And more!

The famous composers section includes examples from the Baroque, Romance, Classical, and 20th Century periods. Each of these lessons provides a brief biography, images, and video and/or audio examples of great works being performed by various artists.

In the sing-a-long section not only will you find videos for your favorite children’s songs, but also the accompanying lyrics and downloadable sheet music!

This site is a great place to start when teaching your children piano and music appreciation.

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

September 19th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 19, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

8notes.com

(www.8notes.com/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website from Red Balloon Technology Ltd. in St. Albans, England, is a fabulous resource for free sheet music for all kinds of instruments. 90% of this website is free to use with subscriptions to additional features available for $20 a year. The free portions of this website are ad-supported, but they are minimal and do not interfere with use of the site.

When arriving at the link, visitors will see sections broken down into smaller categories with image links. Sections include: 

  • Free Sheet Music & Lessons – sorted by instruments including string, wind, brass, vocal, ensembles, and other instruments
  • Music Lessons & Resources – included are Lessons, Improvisation Pieces, Play along Jam tracks, Licks & Riffs, Chord Charts and Tuners, Charts & Resources
  • Free Sheet Music Categories – music sorted by classical, pop & rock, jazz, film & TV, world, weddings, Christmas, traditional, funeral, children’s, Christian, and new music

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Find guitar, ukulele, piano, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, recorder, and trumpet, and interactive finger and chord charts in the Chord Charts, Fingering Charts & Scales section. There is also a Music Biographies collection to explore to expand your knowledge of music greats.

When selecting from a music category, you are presented with a chart of available music within the genre. You can easily make selections by searching for difficulty level, artist, or title from the information in the chart. Click on the song title and another list shows all the instrument versions that are available. Select the instrument and the sheet music page will open.

When the sheet music pages open, you can not only view the music but also print out the sheet music. There is also access to use an online metronome and review other information about the piece.

Music lovers will want to bookmark this website and check the “Latest Additions” category in the Resources section to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

Sing Along with Favorite Bus Songs and More

August 29th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, August 29, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Bus Songs

(www.bussongs.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Sing along with all your favorite nursery rhyme and kid songs with this website. All songs include the lyrics and most also include a YouTube video of the song that you can sing along with. We did find that some of the video links were not working but don’t let that stop you from browsing through hundreds of great, fun, kid songs.

Use the upper menu to search a specific song, browse the top songs, or select the “Songs by Genre” to see songs in categories such as: 

  • Learning Songs
  • Sing-along Songs
  • Food Songs
  • Activity Songs
  • Patriotic Songs
  • Silly Songs
  • Nursery Rhymes and Songs
  • Gross-out Songs
  • Family Movie and TV Theme Songs
  • Animal songs
  • Counting Songs
  • Lullaby
  • Sports Songs
  • Religious Songs
  • Holiday Songs
  • Love Songs

And much, much more.

This is an excellent resource for teaching children some of our favorite childhood songs.

Learn Esperanto! What’s That? Find Out!

August 22nd, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, August 22, 2020, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learn Esperanto!

(free-esperanto-course.net/)

Age Range: 7 and up (Grades 2 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free, fun introduction to Esperanto – a language that was developed to help worldwide communication.

It is not spoken by any particular country or ethnic group; however, it has similarities to Latin, Germanic and Slavic words. Esperanto was deliberately designed to be simple for everyone to learn. It is highly phonetic, making it easy to read, pronounce, and spell.

It was introduced at the end of the 19th century to promote tolerance in worldwide communications as it doesn’t favor any particular people, country, or culture through its use. There are Esperanto websites, clubs, seminars, books, music and more.

Because you can learn the language quickly, kids can speak “Esperanto” around the house, as a sort of “secret language.” Sign up for the free course: it even comes with a tutor!

Some of the lessons include: 

  • Nouns
  • Verbs
  • Adjectives
  • The Alphabet
  • Salutations
  • Numbers
  • And more!

Each lesson has an explanation and then a quiz or exercise to practice what you’ve learned. This course won’t have you speaking fluent Esperanto by the end of the lessons, but it will have introduced you to the basic principles of the language.

Explore The Singing Voice

August 8th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, August 8, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Singing Voice

(thesingingvoice.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

This is a wonderful site for people who love to sing – and because it also contains some fascinating information on singing anatomy, technique, and the biographies of some singers, it can be used to enhance the study of subjects other than music as well.


When you get to the site, look under “About” to find information on: 

  • Vocal Anatomy
  • Vocal Health
  • Vocal Technique

Under “Tips”, you’ll find:

  • For Singers
  • Your Answered Questions
  • Vocal Warm Ups
  • For Classroom Teachers
  • For School Kids
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Vocal Abuse Checklist

Links to other sites devoted to singing abound. 
 
The site seems to be intended for users about high school level and up. Parents with young singers may want to preview the site, find the areas that will be of interest to your children, and explore that category with them.

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