Posts Tagged ‘music’

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.

Why Do I Have To Learn Math?

October 26th, 2020

 

It’s Monday, October 26, 2020, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Motivate – Maths Enrichment for Schools

(motivate.maths.org/content/)

Age Range: 11-17 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

This archived site from the University of Cambridge presents downloadable multimedia explorations of how math relates to real life issues such as nutrition, disease, vaccinations, and the economics of health. The math topics covered include percentages, graphs, probability, equations, contingency tables, tree diagrams and much more!

When you get to the site you’ll see a description of what’s provided on the site. Click on the links under the title “Multi-Media Packs” to get to the engaging math activities that answer questions such as: 

  • Is eating bacon sandwiches bad for you (or are the statistics misleading)?
  • How do mathematical models make predictions about epidemics?
  • What are the odds that you test positive for something and the test is wrong?

Explore these and other health-related questions from a mathematical perspective.

You can also do an in-depth study of “Babylonian Maths” that hone skills in number and place value, multiplication, division, inverses, shape, and symmetry.

If you still want more, click over to the “Cross-Curricular Resources” section to find correlations between mathematics and art, geography, history, music, science, sports and more. Some of the videos (VCs) in this section don’t work any more, but there are plenty of good suggested activities to stimulate learning over a wide variety of subjects.

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.

Visit a Virtual Art Museum

September 18th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, September 18, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Web Gallery of Art

(www.wga.hu/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6112, with parental supervision)

 

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from the 13th to 19th centuries. It contains over 49,500 images. Artist biographies, pictures of the artwork, commentaries on the artwork, and (best of all) virtual guided tours are available at this site.

This site is so remarkably comprehensive that when you select a particular tour – say, the “Overview of Italian Painters” – a screen pops up with a map of Italy asking you to pick the region of Italy that produced the “school” of artists whose work you would like to see. Once you choose the region, another screen pops up with a description of the school of art that was popular there, and a list of artists. Choose an artist, and a screen appears that shows their artwork, along with a biography of the artist and commentary on their artwork. There are currently 16 tours available at the site – including a tour of the Sistine Chapel.

If you don’t want to tour, you can search for the artwork you want to see by artist, artwork title, region, etc. The index and cross-references are well-designed to help you locate the art you want to see. In addition, you can explore the site in a “duality” mode – viewing 2 pieces of artwork at once to contrast and compare!

Another great aspect of this site is that is has a free postcard service. Do you see a picture that you think your friend would enjoy? Then select the postcard button and it will be sent to your friend in the form of an electronic postcard instantly!

Oh, don’t forget to choose from among the selections of classical music you can listen to as you explore this site. They really have thought of everything to make your visit to the Web Gallery of Art enjoyable.

Visiting this site regularly would be like taking a college-level art history course. The text, paintings, sculptures, and history will provide continuous enjoyment for the whole family.

NOTE: Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise internet access.

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.

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