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"The Producers" Lights Up Broadway from Recording the Producers - PBS Great Performances

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9 to 12
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Involving students in present day theatre is valuable for both interest purposes and motivational purposes in studying the history of theatre and its collaboration with the other arts....more
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Involving students in present day theatre is valuable for both interest purposes and motivational purposes in studying the history of theatre and its collaboration with the other arts. You can use this site for a beginning or plug it in with almost any other current Broadway musical.Including an overview with learning objectives and a remarkable number of additional links, this site has procedures for teachers that includes four (4) activities and student organizers for students. If you desired to simply use what is there, you would have a good basis for a lesson. If you took the time to sort through some of the additional sites listed, you would easily have a semester's worth of information to share with students.

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This can be used as a history lesson, a creative writing exercise, a literature analysis, or a research assignment. It also encourages students to look at other jobs for the theatre besides acting or directing. While the organizers are not the best part of the site, they are easily adapted or expanded to be exactly what you want and some of the descriptions of the activities give great ideas on creating organizers yourself.

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Adapting a Musical - Kennedy Center ArtsEdge and Jayne Karsten, teacher

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9 to 12
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Help your students explore the implications of developing a musical from a literary text or an historical event by trying out this set of lessons.The plan includes suggestions for immersing...more
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Help your students explore the implications of developing a musical from a literary text or an historical event by trying out this set of lessons.The plan includes suggestions for immersing students into the creative process of building a musical. Any literary source or sources already integrated into the curriculum could be used in this "test case" probe. Sources that do not seem to hold any promise for transformation are just as valuable as those that do. An ideal format would be to incorporate a text or texts that hold promise and one or more that seem non-transferable. Following are a few suggested titles that could be considered. Some seem rich in possibilities; others do not and may seem impossible choices. Creative students, however, may find possibilities in all of them. The plan includes a list of possible literary works from which to choose or get ideas and specific instructions on how the students could be divided to work together on specific tasks. It includes assessment.

tag(s): gifted (94)

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This plan actually incorporates activities for five 45-minute lessons. This activity would make a challenging interdisciplinary activity as a culmination of a unit in a history class or in a gifted program.

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Blues Classroom - PBS

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6 to 12
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A true American art form, "the Blues" makes a great interdisciplinary study, and this site's lesson plans provide a well-researched foundation for that study. Our only regret is that...more
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A true American art form, "the Blues" makes a great interdisciplinary study, and this site's lesson plans provide a well-researched foundation for that study. Our only regret is that sites on this subject so rarely include sound files for the music they're describing.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (113), blues (19), jazz (15), songs (53)

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If you elect to use this site, talk with your school's music teacher about resources that will let students hear samples of the music.

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Smithsonian Global Sound - Smithsonian Institution

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1 to 12
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Listen to and learn about traditional music from cultures around the world and through the ages. Browse this amazing collection of downloadable tunes to find musical enrichment to enhance...more
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Listen to and learn about traditional music from cultures around the world and through the ages. Browse this amazing collection of downloadable tunes to find musical enrichment to enhance a unit of study. Full downloads in MP3 or FLAC format are available for purchase but each offering is accompanied by a free audio sample. Note: this site opens rather slowly.Be patient, especially if you are on a dial-up connection.

tag(s): songs (53)

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Search this site for songs to supplement your unit in a US or World history class. This teacher was able to find a song about the suffrage movement, and was able to teach the beliefs of suffrage through student analysis of the lyrics and tone. Be sure to search - there are literally tons of songs that can be used for a variety of curriculum.

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Musical Mysteries

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2 to 5
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Explore the basic concepts of rhythm, sound, and mood with this engaging online activity. Visitors are initially asked to help solve the mystery of the lost music and help the ...more
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Explore the basic concepts of rhythm, sound, and mood with this engaging online activity. Visitors are initially asked to help solve the mystery of the lost music and help the frantic conductor finish his concert. But along the way, there are some fascinating side trips that lead students to investigate the sounds of nature, the instruments found in a symphony orchestra, rhythmic patterns, and the effect of music on our emotions. Visit the "Pupil's" area for a variety of Web-based activities and downloadable worksheets, and the "Teacher's" link which provides lesson plans and related sound clips.

tag(s): rhythm (20), sound (103), sounds (68)

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Virtual Vaudeville - University of Georgia

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8 to 12
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Travel back to the nineteenth century for a simulated, 3-D tour of Victorian theater. Legendary vaudeville comedian Frank Bush is featured, along with an audience full of virtual spectators....more
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Travel back to the nineteenth century for a simulated, 3-D tour of Victorian theater. Legendary vaudeville comedian Frank Bush is featured, along with an audience full of virtual spectators. Take a tour of New York's Union Square Theater, and learn about the role this form of entertainment played in American society from its emergence in the 1880s through its demise in the 1930s. As students watch an actual "reenactment" of a typical vaudeville show, they can switch "viewer" perspectives, and experience the show through the eyes of the performer, the patrons sitting in the most expensive boxes, and those occupying the very cheapest balcony seats. Complete scripts and detailed notes on historical context are provided.

tag(s): victorian (21)

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Project this site in your classroom and follow with an analysis and discussion of how this form of entertainment mirrored the dynamics in American society during the Victorian era. How does this genre compare or contrast with contemporary American entertainment?
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Folk Songs for the Five Points - Lower East Side Tenement Museum

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9 to 12
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Explore the vibrant and diverse culture of New York City's Lower East Side with this beautifully designed multimedia site. Using an interactive map, visitors can click on distinct dots,...more
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Explore the vibrant and diverse culture of New York City's Lower East Side with this beautifully designed multimedia site. Using an interactive map, visitors can click on distinct dots, each representing a different audio sample at that particular location (steam coming through a manhole cover, the Second Avenue train, buskers, and so much more). Using the on-screen tools, visitors can toggle sounds on and off to create their own unique audio-mix. The resulting textures and colors are amazing, and students can spend quite a bit of time immersed in the rich cultural fabric of this urban neighborhood.

tag(s): new york (26), sound (103), sounds (68)

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This cultural gem should be experienced individually with headphones, and followed by reflection and discussion. Use as a catalyst to get students involved in listening for and recording the sounds in their own communities. What similarities and differences can be discovered?
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Artopia - SCETV

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This virtual playground for the visual and performing arts is filled with interactive experiences for student exploration. Music, painting, sculpture, theater, and dance are represented...more
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This virtual playground for the visual and performing arts is filled with interactive experiences for student exploration. Music, painting, sculpture, theater, and dance are represented through thoughtfully structured activities that place students in the role of sculptor, music producer, art critic and more! A great resource for teaching the principles and processes involved in each art form. Includes printable word banks, informational videos, and lesson plans aligned to standards.

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Instruments of the Orchestra - WNET

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This interactive "quiz" tests student knowledge of the sound of each instrument found in a symphony orchestra. After listening to a musical excerpt, students must match what they have...more
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This interactive "quiz" tests student knowledge of the sound of each instrument found in a symphony orchestra. After listening to a musical excerpt, students must match what they have heard with the correct instrument, then read a short description about its function and physical location in the orchestra. Headphones needed. Requires FLASH!

tag(s): musical instruments (47)

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Use as an independent, online review activity after a lesson introducing families of instruments of the orchestra.
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Classics for Kids - Cincinnati Public Radio

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2 to 8
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This companion to a weekly radio show by Cincinnati Classical Public Radio is a virtual musical playground for elementary students. The site describes, defines, illustrates and provides...more
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This companion to a weekly radio show by Cincinnati Classical Public Radio is a virtual musical playground for elementary students. The site describes, defines, illustrates and provides audio samples for more than fifty instruments, a searchable archive of past broadcasts (just click on the link to hear the entire show), a collection of engaging multimedia games, and a "Hear the Music" feature that introduces students to selected examples of musical classics. Headphones are needed.

tag(s): composers (21)

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Incorporate this resource into your classroom music program. Use this site to introduce music eras (baroque, classical, romantic), lives of composers, or families of musical instruments.
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Creating Music

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1 to 5
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Send your students to this award-winning virtual musical playground to compose music, experiment with tempo and dynamics, explore melodic contours, and recognize musical phrases. Nice...more
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Send your students to this award-winning virtual musical playground to compose music, experiment with tempo and dynamics, explore melodic contours, and recognize musical phrases. Nice addition to an elementary classroom music program. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Teoria - J. Rodriguez Alvira

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6 to 12
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Music theory students can find loads of information and examples on this site - from the structure of scales and chords to illustrations of many musical terms. Use the interactive ...more
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Music theory students can find loads of information and examples on this site - from the structure of scales and chords to illustrations of many musical terms. Use the interactive tutorials and activities to construct and identify key signatures, learn about chords and modes, or practice rhythmic dictation.

tag(s): music theory (41), rhythm (20)

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Although this site doesn't permit visitors to write music or experiment independently, it provides a great opportunity to look, listen, and learn about the building blocks of music. Headphones required. Available in English or Spanish.

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Virtual Orchestra - Northumberland Grid for Learning

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1 to 4
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Learn about the family of musical instruments found in an orchestra with this interactive site. Grab your headphones, choose a "family" of instruments, select one of its members, then...more
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Learn about the family of musical instruments found in an orchestra with this interactive site. Grab your headphones, choose a "family" of instruments, select one of its members, then drag your mouse over the "listen" icon to hear its sound.

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Grammy in the Schools - Grammy Foundation

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6 to 12
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There are many ways to build a career in music. This site from the Grammy Foundation is dedicated to helping talented students find career opportunities, and to helping schools develop...more
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There are many ways to build a career in music. This site from the Grammy Foundation is dedicated to helping talented students find career opportunities, and to helping schools develop programs to encourage budding musicians. There are grant resources, career ideas, commentary from successful musicians, and lots more. Music teachers should keep this one in their favorites. REQUIRES FLASH!

tag(s): careers (133)

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Explore Creativity - PBS

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1 to 3
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This virtual playground is filled with motivating, interactive activities that challenge the creativity and problem-solving skills of your early elementary students. Organized into...more
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This virtual playground is filled with motivating, interactive activities that challenge the creativity and problem-solving skills of your early elementary students. Organized into three main topics, based on the nature of creative development they promote, each activity is paired with outstanding resources for parents and teachers. These include suggestions for open-ended questions, discussions on how the activities relate to key academic disciplines, and links to resources that will extend and enrich students' creative experiences. The site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): creativity (118)

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Haunting Music - Kennedy Center

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Familiarize your students with orchestral program music by focusing on some of the exceptionally spooky and creepy works of Berlioz and Saint-Sa?ns. After introducing students to important...more
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Familiarize your students with orchestral program music by focusing on some of the exceptionally spooky and creepy works of Berlioz and Saint-Sa?ns. After introducing students to important musical terms and concepts, this lesson plan asks them to listen to the selections, write a short story based on their reactions and impressions, and design a mural that illustrates the music's images. Aligned to Standards.

tag(s): emotions (34), vocabulary (325)

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Essentials of Music - W.W. Norton and company and Sony

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8 to 12
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This comprehensive site provides students with concise information about musical eras, styles and composers. More than 200 musical excerpts are provided along with biographies of more...more
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This comprehensive site provides students with concise information about musical eras, styles and composers. More than 200 musical excerpts are provided along with biographies of more than 70 composers. This is an excellent research site for general music classes.

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Monsters - Kennedy Center

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Using art, music, and literary classics, students explore the idea of "monsters" in society, analyze how they are portrayed, the purpose they serve, and why they are necessary. After...more
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Using art, music, and literary classics, students explore the idea of "monsters" in society, analyze how they are portrayed, the purpose they serve, and why they are necessary. After an introductory brainstorming activity, students read Beowulf and Grendel, watch and listen to snatches of monster-inspired music (Danse Macabre and Night on Bald Mountain), then apply research skills to design and present their own conceptual monster. Includes an assessment rubric, links to multimedia resources, and extension activities.

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It's Fun to Read: Music - Starfall.com

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1 to 2
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This multimedia site introduces students to Mozart, Beethoven, Joplin, Tchaikovsky, and more. Visitors can listen to portions of the composers' most famous works while practicing ordinal...more
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This multimedia site introduces students to Mozart, Beethoven, Joplin, Tchaikovsky, and more. Visitors can listen to portions of the composers' most famous works while practicing ordinal numbers and common word endings (-ed, -ing). Includes interactive exercises and virtual jukeboxes that provide additional musical selections.

tag(s): numbers (199)

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Note Reading

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2 to 12
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Practice note recognition with this interactive activity. Click the on-screen buttons or use the keyboard to identify notes as they appear on the staff. Teachers can visit the "Settings"...more
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Practice note recognition with this interactive activity. Click the on-screen buttons or use the keyboard to identify notes as they appear on the staff. Teachers can visit the "Settings" page to customize the activity. Headphones highly recommended.

tag(s): musical notation (37)

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