Archive for the ‘music’ category

Online Games to Explore the Arts

March 14th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, March 14, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artsology

(www.artsology.com/)

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

 

Artsology was created by a musician to expose kids to a variety of art, music and culture in order to open their minds to different thoughts and ideas. The website offers free online games about the arts, along with investigations into visual arts and music.

When you get to the website you’ll see some featured games, investigations, and printables. Use the menu at the top of the screen to explore the site that includes: 

  • Art Games: Play online games and learn about major figures in art.
  • ArtsEd Resources: Art Investigations and more – Enjoy simple yet informative activities that will expand your knowledge of the arts.
  • Art Videos – Watch Pablo Picasso draw and an introduction to snow globe art.
  • And more!

Artsology is a fantastic resource for fun learning about the arts for people of all ages! We were only able to review some of the games and activities on the site, so parents, as always, should preview and supervise use of the website.

Free Music Theory Workbooks

March 7th, 2020

It’s Saturday, March 7, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

G Major Music Theory

(www.gmajormusictheory.org/index.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Created by Gilbert DeBernedetti, a music theory teacher at the University of Pittsburgh, this website provides visitors free downloadable music fundamentals workbooks, harmonic dictation study materials, piano and guitar sheet music and more.

(*Please note: Although some answer keys, test templates, and flash demos for the Fundamentals workbooks are free, most, as well as many of the Contextual Listening pieces, are only available with a paid membership.)

When arriving at this site, select from the following:

  • Sheet Music
    • Free Piano Music for various skill levels arranged by Mr. DeBernedetti
    • Free Guitar Music for five levels of experience
  • Music Theory
    • Fundamentals – Provides 19 always free downloadable workbooks, 9 supplemental Circles of 5ths, and 31 sets of flash cards using the online Quizlet app that help teach music fundamentals. (*see note above)
    • Contextual Listening – Encourages the student to develop skills in identifying musical elements and provides lesson plans for the teacher (*see note above)
    • Harmonic Dictation – Allows students to discover how well they can identify soprano and bass notes as well as Roman and Arabic numerals.
  • Music Humor – Provides fun visual puns for your music student to solve.

If you are planning to add Music Theory to your school days, this website will be a harmonious addition to your repertoire.

Learn about the kazoo!

January 25th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, January 25, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Eden Kazoo Factory & Museum

(www.edenkazoo.com/history.php)

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

 

Tuesday, January 28th, is National Kazoo Day! At this website, you can read about the history of METAL kazoos, developed in 1840 in Macon, Georgia.


Learn how the device was patented and manufactured by The Original American Kazoo Company.

Also check out the National Kazoo Day website and watch a cute 4-minute video about the history of the kazoo, read an extended history of the kazoo and see other links related to the kazoo.

And here is a video that shows aspects of the PLASTIC kazoo manufacturing process at the Beaufort Kazoo Factory.
 
Of course, this info is likely to lead to a strong desire to play the kazoo. It’s a fun musical instrument that even young children can learn to play. All you have to do is start humming, place the kazoo in your mouth, and the humming turns into kazoo music.
 
By the way, you can purchase inexpensive plastic kazoos at most toy stores, or get them at Kazoobie Kazoos.

Make Music with Virtual Instruments

January 4th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, January 4, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Virtual Musical Instruments

(www.virtualmusicalinstruments.com/)

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

 

Using only your keyboard and mouse, have fun experimenting with these Virtual Musical Instruments. After arriving at this super simple, ad-supported website, simply select the instrument you would like to play and follow the instructions.

Choose from these virtual instruments: 

  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Panflute
  • Drums
  • Bongos

As an added bonus there is also a virtual guitar tuner to aid guitar players in tuning their instruments. Don’t let this uncomplicated site fool you. There is a lot of fun and learning potential available here!

Learn to Play the Drums

November 16th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 16, 2019, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Free Video Drum Lessons

(www.freedrumlessons.com/drum-lessons/)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a terrific and comprehensive archive of free drum lessons presented by expert drummers through informative and entertaining videos.

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

  • Beginner Drum Lessons – Learn the basics on how to play the drums, hold the drumsticks, tune a drum, and more.
  • Drum Theory & Notation – Learn to read drum notation, count notes from quarter notes to 32nd notes, and more.
  • Dynamic Drumming – Find out how to accent with rim shots, do snare drum cross-sticking or cymbal choking, play off-beat hi-hats, etc.
  • Drum Set Rudiments – Practice various drum rolls, flams, paradiddles, dragadiddles, and ratamacue.
  • Rock Drum Lessons – Learn the basic beats including funk, blues shuffle, and odd-time beats and fills.
  • Jazz Drum Lessons – Discover patterns, beats, snare and bass drum comping and more.
  • Latin Drum Lessons – Play Rumba, Bossa Nova, Songo, and Cascara drum beats.
  • Double Bass Drums – Do your warm-ups and then play double bass drum beats and fills. Get some speed tips.
  • Drum Play-Alongs – Enjoy playing along to rock, contemporary, funk, folk rock, heavy metal, jazz, country, Latin, blues, hard rock, classic rock and techno music.
  • Drum Solos – Watch, learn, and listen to drum solos by the masters.

You can also listen to covers of popular songs that feature great drumming, watch videos of live drum lessons, and read many articles on drumming techniques and tips.

Just click on an area of interest and a new page opens where the video lesson is launched. 

NOTE: You may have to watch a randomly generated commercial before you see each video lesson on YouTube. That’s one reason why parents should (as always) supervise use of the site.

Interactive and educational games

November 6th, 2019

 

It’s Wednesday, November 6, 2019, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Interactive Sites for Education – Language Arts

(interactivesites.weebly.com/language-arts.html)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-5 approximately, with parental supervision)

 

We found quite a treasure on this website that describes themselves as a conglomeration of “all of the best K-5 online, interactive, educational games and simulations in one place!”

When you get to the page scroll down to investigate the games listed by skills like:

  • ABC’s
  • Alphabetical Order
  • Capitalization
  • Compound Words
  • Conjunctions
  • Parts of Speech
  • And so much more!

This website has much more to offer in addition to Language Arts. Go to the home page to see a full list of their offerings including Math, Science, Social Studies, Brainteasers, Art, Music, Typing, Holidays, Teacher Tools and more!

Please keep in mind that each of these selections are links to individual websites. These interactive games, sites, and activities were not created by the owner(s) of this site. The content of the linked resources are the property of their respective creators. As always, parents should preview the content and supervise the use.

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