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Smithsonian Global Sound - Smithsonian Institution

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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)

In the Classroom

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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Artopia - SCETV

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6 to 8
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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.

tag(s): artists (76)

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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)

In the Classroom

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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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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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!

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Haunting Music - Kennedy Center

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5 to 7
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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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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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The Piano Player - Pearson Education, Inc.

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2 to 8
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This interactive game provides practice in note recognition. Choose from four levels - beginner to virtuoso - and match each random note as it is displayed with the corresponding virtual...more
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This interactive game provides practice in note recognition. Choose from four levels - beginner to virtuoso - and match each random note as it is displayed with the corresponding virtual piano key.

tag(s): music theory (41), musical notation (37)

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Name this Tune - Musipedia

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This searchable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes provides a great resource for teaching counting and rhythm. Enter a keyword or phrase (or use the melodic contour search...more
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This searchable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes provides a great resource for teaching counting and rhythm. Enter a keyword or phrase (or use the melodic contour search if you're up to the challenge), browse to find the desired tune, then click to listen to and view the melody.

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This would be a great activity on an interactive whiteboard to practice going from the tune you KNOW into notation and then to find related tunes. It will really focus students' attention on what they hear and force them to refine it.

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Paper Plate Education - Great Lakes Planetarium

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These creative and rather offbeat hands-on activities use common paper plates and a lot of ingenuity to illustrate principles of science, math, geography, music, and more! From plate...more
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These creative and rather offbeat hands-on activities use common paper plates and a lot of ingenuity to illustrate principles of science, math, geography, music, and more! From plate tectonics (no pun intended), to multiplication practice and physical fitness, this site provides an amazing collection of ideas. Instructions are provided for most.

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Science of Music - Exploratorium

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This delightful collection of online exhibits and movies takes a practical look at music and answers many questions: "Why do some tunes stick in your head?" and "How do singers ...more
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This delightful collection of online exhibits and movies takes a practical look at music and answers many questions: "Why do some tunes stick in your head?" and "How do singers carry notes that seem to last forever?" Students can experiment with "Kitchen Sink-o-pation," an interactive introduction to seemingly non-music sounds that have close ties to real instruments; practice combining sounds and rhythms with Dot Mixer; and build complex dance rhythms with Step Re-Mix. A great idea for an independent learning center. Headphones highly recommended.

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Keeping Score: MTT on Music - San Francisco Symphony

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7 to 12
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This beautifully designed site takes visitors on a guided, multimedia tour of one of classical music's most enduring works - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Click on the "Keeping Score"...more
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This beautifully designed site takes visitors on a guided, multimedia tour of one of classical music's most enduring works - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Click on the "Keeping Score" link to begin the experience, and then choose the path you would like to investigate. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads students through an engaging exploration of Symphony No. 4 while drawing biographical parallels to the composer's life. Another choice - "Primal Moves" - examines how music tells stories, unites people in times of sorrow and joy, and reflects the entire spectrum of human emotions. This is definitely a site that will lure your most resistant student into an appreciation of the power of music. Created by the San Francisco Symphony.

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Rediscovering Dave Brubeck - PBS

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6 to 12
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Music teachers who cover jazz as part of their curriculum will appreciate this site, a companion to the PBS program of the same name. Most of the content is text, ...more
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Music teachers who cover jazz as part of their curriculum will appreciate this site, a companion to the PBS program of the same name. Most of the content is text, though there are a very few downloadable song samples that could introduce students to the variety of this jazz pianist's work.

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The Blues - PBS

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The PBS series on "The Blues" combines history and musicology in a reverential treatment of this uniquely American musical form. The site includes biographies, some good analysis of...more
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The PBS series on "The Blues" combines history and musicology in a reverential treatment of this uniquely American musical form. The site includes biographies, some good analysis of the musical theory and compositional form behind the blues, and samples of blues songs that are in the public domain (These seem to work on Internet Explorer only). While you probably cannot make an entire unit out of this one, it would be a neat addition to a unit on African American culture, American music, or the history of the twentieth century.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (114), blues (19), harlem (9), jazz (15)

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A lot of this site has been altered so that teachers have to order the lesson plans and classroom sets from PBS itself. However there are still the biographies and resources list available. Have students select a blues musician to complete a brief biography on, using the list provided on this site as a starting point. There is plenty of information, and students with little inspiration are sure to find someone of interest here.
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Musicals 101

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6 to 12
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This one's admittedly for fans of musical productions, but music and theater teachers will likely find a good deal of useful information and guidance here. The content includes sections...more
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This one's admittedly for fans of musical productions, but music and theater teachers will likely find a good deal of useful information and guidance here. The content includes sections on how musicals are written, staged, and produced, as well as a section on show rights and recordings. Bring your own makeup.

tag(s): acting (27), composers (21), dance (28)

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MusicTheory.net

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Here's an on-screen music theory resource with explanations, descriptions, and on-screen quizzes that range from the simple to quite challenging. This one works better as a review and...more
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Here's an on-screen music theory resource with explanations, descriptions, and on-screen quizzes that range from the simple to quite challenging. This one works better as a review and practice tool than as a self-study, but there's surprising depth to the presentations on all aspects of music theory. Well worth a visit.

tag(s): music theory (41), musical notation (37)

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Make Your Own Mozart

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You don't have to be a musician to like this one. It's a site that lets almost anyone compose their own minuet - and the results actually sound like real ...more
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You don't have to be a musician to like this one. It's a site that lets almost anyone compose their own minuet - and the results actually sound like real music. Creative math and music teachers will find ways to use this one, the rest of us may have to be content with just enjoying the sounds.

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Fats Waller Forever - Rutgers University

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This site from the Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies offers a "jumpin" tribute to jazz legend Fats Waller, complete with lots of music. Though the layout of the site is ...more
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This site from the Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies offers a "jumpin" tribute to jazz legend Fats Waller, complete with lots of music. Though the layout of the site is a bit odd, there are plenty of sound clips and images - many from the collection of Waller's manager. Good background site for a discussion of jazz, black history, or American music.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (114), jazz (15)

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Use this site to showcase a prominant musician who was an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students who Fats Waller is, and how he was similar to many of the other stars of his day. This would be a great resource for an American History or Music studies course.
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Groovelab

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Music teachers who need to make percussion loops for electronic or computer-based music will find this free online "sound machine" an interesting approach. Novices will likely find...more
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Music teachers who need to make percussion loops for electronic or computer-based music will find this free online "sound machine" an interesting approach. Novices will likely find the interface confusing, but those who know what they want can quickly create percussion loops using a variety of instrument sounds.

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Java Music Lab - Hamilton College

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We were truly impressed with this little site offering Java-based music theory tutorials. The exercises are "for real" allowing students to practice note recognition, speed reading,...more
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We were truly impressed with this little site offering Java-based music theory tutorials. The exercises are "for real" allowing students to practice note recognition, speed reading, scale building, etc., and the java coding really works! The sound reinforcement and adjustable design of the exercises enables students to use these independently for both elementary and more advanced practice. This one's a real find for those teaching theory and harmony.

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