Posts Tagged ‘music theory’

Free, Fun Music Theory & Games!

September 22nd, 2012

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 22, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!  

Recommended Website:

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

This commercial website offers free music theory, lessons, drills, and games.  When you get to the site you’ll see some of the highlights of what is offered in this free section, and then a menu that includes:

*Practice Spot’s Rhythm Gym – Get interactive practice in counting rhythm and time signatures in written music. Click on “Quarter Note Quest” or “Eighth Note Challenge” and then follow the instructions that will take you through each exercise until you gain proficiency.  You’ll see a piece of music. The idea is to clap out the rhythm correctly.  Once you do, you can listen to a midi file and hear it played correctly.  You can also print out the music and practice on a keyboard offline. Once you’ve completed all of the exercises satisfactorily, you can print out a certificate of achievement.

*Music Crosswords – Have fun solving these puzzles that test your knowledge of music and musicians.

*Sightreading Genie – Get over 100 exercises to test your music sight reading ability.

*Chord Wizard – This interactive guide helps you find and learn all of the chords by displaying them on a keyboard.

*Note Reading Wizard – Choose between treble or bass clef, select space or line notes, and then test your skill.

There are more offerings, including “Scales Chef” – a tool to help you learn all 24 major and harmonic minor scales. Unfortunately, the “Scales Chef” wasn’t working properly when I visited the site. Nevertheless, you’ll find plenty of free content that is operating properly that will help music students and teachers alike.

Free Music Lessons, Worksheets, Games & More!

March 10th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, March 10, 2012 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Making Music Fun

Age Range: 6-11 (Grades 1-6, with parental supervision.)

This ad-supported website provides engaging, FREE music appreciation resources including music lessons, interactive games, printable sheet music and music theory flashcards designed for kids.

When you get to the site you’ll see three menu choices that include:

*Oliver Octopus Arcade — Play music theory arcade games and learn to identify the whole note, half note, eighth note, etc. Learn note names for the treble and bass clef.

*Print It! — Get free printable sheet music that you can preview and listen to online. From beginner to intermediate players – you’ll find sheet music for the piano, violin, flute, recorder, trumpet and trombone.

Don’t miss the “Free Composer Worksheets” too! Print out fun wordsearch and dot-to-dot puzzles based upon your favorite classical composers including Bach, Beethoven, Bernstein, Chopin, Gershwin, Joplin, Mozart, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and more!

You’ll also find practice charts, theory worksheets, and even printable award certificates.

*Music Library — THIS IS AN AMAZING RESOURCE! Access an archive of FREE music lessons on video for piano, recorder, flute, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, percussion, and bagpipe. There are even video flashcards for learning music theory!

You’ll also find biographies of great composers in the baroque, classic, romantic, and modern music eras.

Learn the instruments of the orchestra (woodwind, brass, string, percussion, and keyboard) with highlights about their history, how they are played, how they are made, and other fun facts.

Don’t miss the “Homeschool Music Resource Index” of suggested music activities created just for homeschool parents. Print out music lessons that help children learn about tempo, rhythm, pitch, musical symbols, form, and much more.

There’s even a “Jazz Index” with lessons and resources for learning about jazz music and great jazz musicians.
This site provides the very best in blending music with educational technology.


Learn To Read Music The Fun Way!

November 5th, 2011

Hi! It’s Saturday, November 5, 2011, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Teoría – Music Theory Web

Age Range: 9- 18 and beyond (younger children may enjoy; with adult supervision)

José Rodríguez Alvira, a music instructor at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico, offers this fantastic, multimedia, interactive website for learning all about music theory completely free of charge.

Available to view in English or Spanish this ad-supported site is well designed and extensive in scope.

When you get to the site you’ll see a simple menu. Look on the left side of the page for “Today in Music History,” a brief list of this date’s landmark events in music. Then, explore the menu that includes:

*Tutorials – Learn to read, write, and analyze music; see and hear examples and test yourself along the way.

*Exercises – For those going through the tutorials, these exercises reinforce the lessons, or they can be used as stand-alone practice of needed skills; ear training is also included here.

*Reference – Click on any musical concept to see a sample musical score and a brief explanation of the related theory; click on the speaker icon to HEAR it played. There is a lot more here than you would expect.

*Articles About Music – Older students can read analyses of various musical pieces (and listen to the segments being analyzed), or read articles about various instruments and music history.

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of further choices. You’ll need to browse, click, and read to get to the interactives – but once you find an activity that interests you, it’s quite user-friendly.

Note: You’ll notice a menu item called “Members.” You can purchase an annual membership that includes ad-free browsing and free download of most of the site contents for use offline.

Be sure to bookmark this site and return often, as there is a depth of music theory instruction with examples and exercises, and new material is still being added and translated.

Music Theory Lessons & Activities

February 12th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, February 12, 2011 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 6 and up (with parental guidance; non-readers will need assistance)

At this deceptively simple site you can learn music theory and more for free!  If you have a passion for music or just want to get the hang of it, you’ll enjoy the activities, many of which contain audio clips to enhance learning.

When you get to the site you will see tabs for “Lessons,” “Exercises,” and “Tools.”  Choose the “Exercises” tab to jump right to the activities and quizzes where you can learn and/or test your knowledge about:

  • Notes
  • Key Signatures
  • Generic & Specific Intervals
  • Chords
  • The Keyboard
  • The Fretboard
  • Interval, Scale, & Chord Ear Training

Each exercise can be set to the most basic level or customized to your preferred level.  Take the quizzes to test what you know. For example, try and identify the scales by ear.  If you get too many wrong answers on the quizzes, you can go to the lessons and study to learn more. Then try the quizzes again.

Music students of all ages will enjoy the “Tools” section that lets you create music pieces and then run an analysis to tell you what you have done.  Fun stuff!



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Interactive Music Games & Quizzes (CSAW)

April 17th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 17, 2010 and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Music Tech Teacher

What a find! This website provides over 100 free interactive music games and quizzes that teach music theory (including the names of music notes and rhythms) and the names of musicians and composers.

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

*Music Information: Theory – Learn the names and sounds of instruments, musicians, composers, music terms, scales, treble and bass clef note reading, rhythms and rests, and more.

*Flash Piano Practice – Use your keyboard to practice playing Chopstix, Twinkle, Twinkle, Ode to Joy and more.

*Quizzes – Select the right notes on the keyboard to help Mighty Music Man move a piano, play instrument scramble, do a music word search or hangman puzzle, or test your knowledge of instrument “families.” Discover what you know about music terminology, tempos, and technology. Match composers with compositions, learn some jazz music trivia, play a game of musical “Jeopardy,” and fill in the missing notes on popular musical pieces. Test your sense of rhythm and your knowledge of music intervals, scales, and chords. You won’t believe the selection!

*Music Mazes and Puzzles to Print – Enjoy a selection of printable music-themed mazes to print out and do offline, along with all kinds of free music theory worksheets.

This is an amazing resource for music students and teachers alike, and earns a ClickSchooling Award for excellence.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids

May 2nd, 2009

Recommended Website:
Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids

Age Range: 6-12 (Designed for elementary school-age kids, but the very young and young at heart will enjoy aspects of this site as well.)

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra sponsors this interactive, multi-media website that helps children learn all about the music, instruments, conductors, musicians, and composers associated with the symphony orchestra.

When you get to the site you wil be in a virtual music room. Turn on your speakers to enjoy the music and click on the items in the room to explore:

  • Instrument Encyclopedia — Learn about instruments classified as Strings, Woodwinds, Percussion, and Keyboards. Click on any of the multiple instruments in each category and see a picture. Read all about it and listen to what it sounds like. Hear it being played in various compositions.
  • Orchestra Seating Chart — See how the symphony has changed over time by viewing how instruments in the orchestra were positioned during the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods.
  • Practice Chair — Young musicians can get some tips for developing good practice habits.
  • I Am A Musician — Read the bios of various musicians in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.
  • Do It At Home — Try some fun activities to promote your music education at home including: Coloring Pages, Composer Scavenger Hunt, Experience Vibration, Fun with Sequencing, Musical Stories, Instrument Puzzles, and more.
  • Make Your Own Instruments — Get instructions for making your very own Xylophone, Woodwind Instrument, String Instrument, Maracas, Clay Pot Chimes, Coffee Can Drums and more.
  • Computer Games — Play interactive games themed around the symphony such as Music Match, Hangman, Word Match, and Letter Scramble. Don’t miss the “Composer’s Keyboard” where you can create your own songs and hear them played!
  • Music In The Air — Click on the picture of a computer printer to print out a 12 page “souvenir book” of a child’s trip to the DSO.
  • Listen to Music — Visit the virtual listening library where you can hear music by famous composers such as Bach, Mozart, and Gershwin. Or listen to music featuring specific instruments like the banjo, kettle drum, or tuba.
  • Teacher’s Room — Parents may enjoy visiting this section where you’ll find classroom activities and lessons, information on composers, sheet music, music theory lessons, and much more.

Bookmark this site, as you’ll need to return several times to experience all that is has to offer.


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