Posts Tagged ‘band’

Free Art Lessons & Interactives!

April 27th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 27, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

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

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology. 

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select:

*Grade Band

  • K-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12  

*Arts Subject

  • Dance
  • Literary Arts
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

*Other Subject

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to  prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.


Free National Jukebox from Library of Congress!

February 2nd, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 2, 2013, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Library of Congress: National Jukebox

Age Range: All (with parental supervision, 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 the music audio player – and just above it this:

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.

Once you get past the disclaimer, look below the audio player to find a menu of featured recordings and playlists.  Use the menu in the left margin that includes:

*Browse all of the 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.

U.S. Marine Band for Kids!

July 21st, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, June 21, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Marine Band Kid’s Corner

Age Range:  6-12 (approximately, with parental supervision)

America’s oldest professional musical organization, the United States Marine Band, offers this fun musical tour of the White House for kids! Your animated host is conductor and composer, John Phillip Sousa, who not only leads the tour of the mansion, but provides information about historical music events at the White House, the history of the Marine Band, and an introduction to brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments.

When you get to the site, simply click on the arrows to enjoy this animated musical adventure that includes activities that teach about:

  • The various bands and orchestras that provide music for White House functions
  • Trivia about White House guests and dignitaries, and the music and dances featured during their visits
  • Instruments of the bands and orchestras
  • Rooms of the White House including Entrance Foyer, the State Dining Room, the East Room, etc.
  • Musical compositions by John Phillip Sousa, Scott Joplin, and other American composers

In each section of the tour, be sure to search for clues to more interesting historical trivia about the White House, Presidents, and music.  Don’t forget to use the menu to access the free, printable Marine Band Coloring Book!


Make Cool Science Toys!

March 13th, 2012

Hi! Its’ Tuesday, March 13, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This non-commercial site is for people of all ages who like hands-on, do-it-yourself science toys that teach scientific concepts and investigation. These low-cost science toy projects come with step-by-step video directions, text explanations, and illustrations. Plus they were all created by science teachers!

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and some featured science projects from easy to advanced. Click on any one to get complete instructions to make a variety of science toys including:

  • Vortex, Whirlpool, Tornado, or Dust Devil
  • Spinning Top
  • Rubber Band Ball
  • Periscope
  • Overhead Water Rocket Launcher
  • Robot Hands
  • Rubber-Band-Powered Airplanes
  • Lie Detector
  • Giant Water Prism

You’ll also find links to other great science sites with more fun projects and activities.


Virtual Field Trip to Cymbal Factory!

February 25th, 2011

Hi! It’s Friday, February 25, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Sabian Cymbal Factory

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This virtual field trip rocks! Ever wonder how cymbals are made?  At this website you can view a 7-minute video that explains how cymbals are made at the Sabian cymbal factory in Canada. 

When you get to the site, the “Quick Tour” will launch on the video screen that takes approximately 2 minutes. Directly below it, you’ll see options to view the “Full Tour” in English and German.  I recommend the Full Tour.  Just click on it and you can watch the fascinating manufacturing process. 

After watching the factory tour, click on the “Education” tab on the horizontal menu at the top of the page. You can learn about cymbal types, cymbal anatomy, cymbal finishes and more.

If you have a drummer in the family – they’re sure to appreciate this!



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

The Music of John Philip Sousa

August 3rd, 2008

Recommended Website:
Dallas Wind Symphony: John Phillip Sousa

This website, sponsored by the Dallas Wind Symphony, features all of the works of John Phillips Sousa – most famous for his 136 marches, particularly, “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the official march of the United States of America. If you’re not certain you know the music, a friendly ClickScholar writes in to remind us that, “It’s that famous song. You know, ‘Be kind to your web-footed friends, for a duck may be somebody’s mo-o-other…'” :)

When you get to the site, you’ll see a You Tube screen – and if you click on it, you can watch a video of President George W. Bush conducting the U.S. Marine Band playing “Stars and Stripes Forever” at a White House correspondents’ dinner. It’s a real winner… don’t miss it!

Sousa was a man of many talents. Scroll down the page (below the You Tube video) and you can download for free – two novels that Sousa wrote and an operetta. You can also read descendent-approved biographical information and primary source accounts of Sousa’s life and work.

Below that, look for the “Complete Works of Sousa” and click on it to see a comprehensive listing of Sousa’s work along with sound clips from many of his original recordings with his actual band.

As MaryAnna commented, “The music alone is really worth the visit.”



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