Posts Tagged ‘music’

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.

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.

Free Educational Songs!

June 20th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, June 20, 2020, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Educational Songs

(www.education.com/songs/)

Age Range: 3-10 (Grades PreK-5, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers almost 50 free songs that teach math and language arts. NOTE: You must join Education.com (for free) to access the activities.

The math topics include: 

  • Number Sense
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Measurement
  • Time
  • Data and Graphing
  • Geometry
  • Word Problems

The Language Arts topics include Reading, Writing and Grammar.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of choices. Scroll over the topic of interest to see the title, a short explanation, the grade level and topic. Click on the one you want and play the song!

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