Posts Tagged ‘brass’

Free Sheet Music, Theory Lessons, and More

April 25th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2015, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

8notes.com

 

Age Range: All (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
When choosing from an instrument category, the section is further broken down into categories such as music genre, skill levels, and/or occasion. There are also resource links for lessons, forums, tuners, and more.

Music lessons and resources include basic lessons for drum, guitar, piano, saxophone, violin, music theory and more. Search by level or lesson. 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 Composer and Artist 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” category to see all the new additions to this continually building website.

(Please note that in the free portions only one page at a time can be printed when selecting the printer icon. Also subscribers only have access to the “Play”, “Play Along – Piano Accompaniment”, “Play Along Band Accompaniment”, and “Play Along – Slow Piano Accompaniment” features.)

Tour the National Music Museum Virtually

September 26th, 2014

 

It’s Friday, September 26, 2014, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

National Music Museum

 

Age Range: All (All grades, with parental supervision)

 

Take a virtual tour through the National Music Museum located on the campus of the University of South Dakota. The National Music Museum is home to “more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods”. This website provides visitors a large sampling of the galleries and exhibits.
When arriving at the link above, select from the following virtual tours:

  • Abell Gallery: European and American Keyboard Instruments from the 17th, 18th, and 19th Centuries
  • Bates Virtual Gallery: Treasures from the Alan Bates Harmonica Collection
  • Beede Gallery: Musical Instruments from the Great Civilizations of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific Islands
  • Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848: Highlights of a major exhibition designed by the NMM for the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 1-November 2, 2003
  • Cutler Gallery: Musical Innovations of the Industrial Revolution and European Folk Instruments
  • Everist Gallery: The American Music Industry
  • Exhibits in Lobby, Hallways, Concert Hall, and Tea Room
  • Graese Gallery: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas, The American Civil War, The Golden Age of Bands 1865-1915®, a Violin Maker’s Workshop, and Banjo & Mandolin Clubs
  • Lewison Gallery: Nineteenth-century American Reed Organs, Pianos, and a Grand Harmonicon
  • Lillibridge Gallery: Great American Guitars
  • The Music Man Exhibition: Ya Gotta Know the Territory: The Musical Journey of Meredith Willson, a permanent exhibition designed and installed in 2002 by the NMM at the Meredith Willson Museum in Mason City, Iowa
  • Muzika! A Celebration of Czech and Slovak Music: Highlights from a collaborative exhibition at the National Czech & Slovak Museum, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, April 17-October 17, 2004
  • Pressler Gallery: Musical Treasures from the Age of Louis XIV
  • Rawlins Gallery: The Genius of North Italian Stringed Instrument Making 1540-1793
  • Sound Samplings: An Index of Sound Clips of Selected Musical Instruments at the NMM
  • Study-Storage Collections: A selection of instruments from the NMM’s encyclopedic research collections
  • Utley Virtual Gallery: Treasures from the Joe R. and Joella F. Utley Brass Instrument Collection

Each of the gallery tours provide a clickable list of instruments to view. When arriving at the instrument page, you will find images of the instruments along with explanatory text about each piece. Many of the images are clickable to enlarge for closer examination.

Music lovers will thoroughly enjoy browsing through all of the instruments available to explore at this website.

A Visual Dictionary

March 12th, 2014

 

It’s Wednesday, March 12, 2014, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The Visual Dictionary

 

Age Range: all (with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free online Visual Dictionary. It’s different from a regular dictionary – instead of just word definitions, it provides colorful visual images that enhance the meaning of the words and concepts you explore. Concise textual definitions (in three languages) are included, but it’s secondary to the images.
When you get to the site, you’ll see an icon menu of the list of topics that are in The Visual Dictionary. We suggest you click on “List of Topics” on the menu tab because then you can see each topic area with a drop-down list of what it covers as follows:
*Vegetal Biology – See images (with text) that define and describe plant cell structure, structure of a leaf, leaf shapes, types of roots, flower germination, diagram of the stages of mitosis, fruits, vegetables, and much more.
*Animal Biology – Learn about the structure of a bacterial cell or an amoeba or paramecium, find out about the anatomy of an earthworm, starfish, jellyfish, snake, frog, fish, shark, fly, bee, cricket, spider, bird, bat, cat, dog, deer, gorilla and more.
*Human Biology – Explore cells, muscles, skeletal system, finger nails, parts of a tooth, nervous system, eyes, ears, nasal and oral cavities, digestive system, respiratory system, human heart, reproductive system, and more.
*Music – Discover a wide variety of instruments from around the world including Europe, India, China, Africa, and South America. Get info on percussion, wind, brass, and string instruments. Learn about music notation.
*Transport – Learn all about automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, trains, boats, planes, hot air balloons, and rockets. Get details on engines, air filters, brakes, shock absorbers, tires, and more. Explore roads and bridges.
*Clothing – Everything you ever wanted to know about clothing and accessories including info on cultural differences in styles. Check out uniforms and costumes too!

In addition to the visual images in this dictionary, you’ll also find some videos that promote learning.

This is a great reference tool. Just exploring The Visual Dictionary is sure to springboard interest in a wide variety of topics. Bookmark it to return often!

Opera Game & Lesson Plans!

November 9th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, November 9, 2013 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

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!   

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.

Free Interactive ‘Hansel & Gretel’ Opera!

December 8th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, December 8, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Creative Kids Central: Hansel & Gretel

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

Kids of all ages can learn music appreciation while choosing different settings for their own animated opera based on the fairy tale, “Hansel and Gretel.”

When you get to the site, enter your name (or pseudonym) and click “Next” to launch the game. A new page opens with the opera program containing a description of all three acts. Notice that your name is listed in the credits. Click on “Next” and the opera begins. You’ll hear the introductory music and see the animated presentation begin to unfold.

With each scene, you’ll hear the music from the opera “Hansel and Gretel.” The meaning and nuances of the music are pointed out by a narrator. The lyrics that are being sung are on the screen making it easier to understand the storyline. You’ll have an opportunity to engage in activities that include:

  • A Costume Designer – Select costumes for Hansel and Gretel.
  • A Choreographer – Make Hansel and Gretel do various dance steps.
  • A Set Designer – Choose the backdrop you like best.
  • A Property Manager – Provide props for the actors.
  • A Lighting Technician – Move your cursor to control the spotlight.

Then, during “Intermission,” try your hand at being an orchestra conductor! Learn about the instruments including strings, percussion, and brass.

When the opera is over, you can go 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 educational activity takes about 45-60 minutes to complete. Navigating this site is easy as long as you follow each step in the order presented. I didn’t find a way to fast-forward – and if you hit the back button at any time, you may have to start the presentation all over again. So, plan to visit when you have the time to really enjoy every step of the presentation – it’s fun, educational, engaging, and entertaining for the whole family!

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