TeachersFirst's Instruments and Vocal Music

Technology offers teachers many new opportunities in music and the arts. This collection highlights resources related to instruments and vocal music. Some tools in this curated list include virtual instruments, video tutorials, vocal instructions, and more. Share these resources during Music In the Schools Month or any other time throughout the year. Remember, our "In the Classroom" suggestions give you ideas about using these tools in your classroom.


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Superior Singing Method YouTube Channel - Aaron Anastasi

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4 to 12
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Learn how to sing with better control, pitch, tone, and range with video lessons shared on the Superior Singing Method's YouTube Channel. This channel is for anyone who enjoys singing...more
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Learn how to sing with better control, pitch, tone, and range with video lessons shared on the Superior Singing Method's YouTube Channel. This channel is for anyone who enjoys singing without worrying about talent and ability. Each short video guides viewers through practice in proper tongue position, quick lessons in improving vocal tone, and proper breathing techniques. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): music theory (45), songs (45), tutorials (47)

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Share videos and techniques from this site with all student singers and those who consider themselves non-singers. Focus on a weekly tip by sharing a video with students in class or your learning management system. In addition, this site may be beneficial when preparing for a holiday or year-end concerts to provide support and confidence to all students. Assist students in practicing vocals by sharing a recording tool like Vocaroo, reviewed here, to use for practice. Have students record vocals for their personal use to hear their voice as they sing and document progress using the shared tips from this site. Use Padlet, reviewed here, to curate a collection of the best videos to share with your students.

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Singing Made Simple YouTube Channel - Roger Burnley

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4 to 12
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Learn techniques to improve singing skills from a former American Idol coach's YouTube channel. Choose from the Beginner Singer Series or the Voice Lessons Playlist. Each short video...more
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Learn techniques to improve singing skills from a former American Idol coach's YouTube channel. Choose from the Beginner Singer Series or the Voice Lessons Playlist. Each short video includes instructions and demonstrations on learning proper singing methods and specifics for different music genres, including pop and rap. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): music theory (45), songs (45), tutorials (47)

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Share these video tips with vocal students and non-singers to practice and improve singing skills. Consider sharing a tip of the week a month or two before school concerts and programs to help students develop confidence in their performance. Ask students to record their singing using Online Voice Recorder, reviewed here, to promote personal development with vocal skills. Curate students' responses to the voice training activities using an online bulletin board such as Google Jamboard, reviewed here. Create a Jamboard for students to share tips that they find useful, add their additional suggestions, and share congratulations for continued practice with voice skills.

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Blob Opera - Google Arts and Culture

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K to 12
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Blob Opera is a delightful learning machine experiment from Google Arts and Culture. Experiment with the four blobs by dragging each of them up or down to change the pitch ...more
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Blob Opera is a delightful learning machine experiment from Google Arts and Culture. Experiment with the four blobs by dragging each of them up or down to change the pitch of each note. Take your blobs on tour across the world and listen to them sing traditional, classic songs. Visit The Blobpera House to experiment with your blobs and create a recording. Share recordings with the link provided or various social media sites along with Google Classroom.

tag(s): music theory (45)

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Share Blob Opera with students as an engaging way to experiment with the found included opera categories - tenor, bass, mezzo-soprano, and soprano. Ask students to record and share their experiments on your classroom webpage. Use Blob Opera as a brain break activity or stress-reliever for students (and teachers!).

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Orli Shaham's Bach Yard - Orli Shaham

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K to 4
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Welcome to Orli Shaham's Bach Yard, a place to create, play, and learn through music. Orli Shaham offers interactive music experiences to young people that combines storytelling with...more
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Welcome to Orli Shaham's Bach Yard, a place to create, play, and learn through music. Orli Shaham offers interactive music experiences to young people that combines storytelling with costumed musicians. The activities guide invites you to discover music at home through games and learning activities. Choose from resources that teach you to build musical instruments and experiment with rhythms. Some links lead to YouTube videos; if your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): crafts (46), makerspace (42), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35), rhythm (18)

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Use the activities found on this site to guide music lessons or integrate music into curricular areas. For example, use the lesson called Music and Animals to incorporate poetry and music into your animal unit. Gather the items found on the instrument making directions to create a maker space area for students to explore and experiment with different ways to create sounds. Ask students to document their steps with photographs, and when finished, ask students to create videos sharing their instruments using moovly, reviewed here. Create a digital class book using Book Creator, reviewed here, that includes all of the students' videos and other work created during your unit to share on your class website.

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Online Piano Lessons - Juan J. Rezzuto and WKMT London

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7 to 12
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Online Piano Lessons offers free weekly piano and music lessons through Zoom. Use the provided link to the calendar with Live Streamed Music Subjects to find dates and topics offered....more
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Online Piano Lessons offers free weekly piano and music lessons through Zoom. Use the provided link to the calendar with Live Streamed Music Subjects to find dates and topics offered. Examples include composition, harmony, and piano technique. Calendar links also include links to online ebooks with additional information. Additional links share YouTube video archives of previous lessons for you to follow at any time.

tag(s): music theory (45), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35)

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Share these lessons for advanced piano students to access to broaden their knowledge of music theory and piano. Share pieces of the videos as part of your music lessons in school, or include links on your class website for students to access from home. Encourage students to record using their new skills and as a guide to demonstrate growth in piano skills. Enhance learning by asking them to create short podcasts using Buzzsprout, reviewed here, to share and demonstrate information on music composition for their peers.

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Groove Pizza - NYU Music Experience Design Lab

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K to 12
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Groove Pizza is a drum sequencer app that offers you the opportunity to experiment with drum sounds, rhythms, tempo, and more. Choose one of the "Specials" to begin with a ...more
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Groove Pizza is a drum sequencer app that offers you the opportunity to experiment with drum sounds, rhythms, tempo, and more. Choose one of the "Specials" to begin with a premade pattern then manipulate different features to create a new sound experience.

tag(s): musical notation (35), rhythm (18)

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Groove Pizza is an entertaining way for students to experiment with music. After building a sequence, have students paste the URL into this sheet music generator app to view their work in musical notation. Integrate Groove Pizza into Language Arts activities to teach counting syllables, recognizing rhythm in poetry, or creating rhythmic sounds to accompany reading materials. Use a screen recording tool like Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here, to create a short video demonstrating how to use Groove Pizza and share it with students. Enhance learning by asking older students to create their own demos to share their creations with their peers.

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boomy - Boomy Corporation

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K to 12
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boomy uses artificial intelligence to help you personalize and create original music, even if you never created songs before. The more songs you create, the more boomy personalizes...more
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boomy uses artificial intelligence to help you personalize and create original music, even if you never created songs before. The more songs you create, the more boomy personalizes offerings based on your preferences. Begin by selecting the option to create a song then choose a style. Style options include Beats By You, Relaxing Meditation, and Advanced. When ready, create your song. It may take a minute or more, so be patient as boomy works it magic. Once your song is ready, listen to the preview and make additional adjustments. Use the Try Again option to make a different mix or use the edit option to adjust the settings. When finished, save your song to your library. Next time you use boomy, the site uses your preferences and saved music to create new music. Download songs to your computer, choosing from a variety of audio file choices or share using the URL or links to social media sites.

tag(s): music theory (45), rhythm (18), sounds (44)

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Offer students the option to explore their creative side with boomy. Ask students to make soothing music to play during study and quiet times, have them create audio to accompany their class presentations, or challenge students to make music that sets the mood for dramatic moments in literature. This site is an excellent way to appeal to your musically inclined students. Enhance student learning by asking them to share ideas on how to create different types of music by recording their screen using Free Screen Recorder Online, reviewed here. Have students share tips and advice on how to create different moods by adjusting settings within music created with boomy.

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Hear the Music Play - Penni

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6 to 12
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At first glance, this site appears to be a collation of links to the best musical instruments to purchase divided into categories. Take a more in-depth look to find much ...more
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At first glance, this site appears to be a collation of links to the best musical instruments to purchase divided into categories. Take a more in-depth look to find much more than that. This site provides detailed overviews of the physical make-up of instruments, how they work, and information to consider when selecting that instrument. Dig a bit deeper to look into the site's blog to find additional music-related posts with topics about choosing proper stage lighting and how to select the best music stands.
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tag(s): musical instruments (42)

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Music teachers will definitely want to bookmark this site to use as a resource when selecting instruments for in-class use or use by band members. Share this site with parents looking for advice in choosing an instrument for their student. Have students use Hear the Music Play as a resource for researching different categories of musical instruments. Ask students to choose an instrument to research and to use Webnote, reviewed here, to note important information. Challenge them to then share their findings using using ThingLink, reviewed here. Thinglink allows you to add text, web links, videos, and more to an image. This site would also be a great resource to use as inspiration for STEM projects. Have students choose an instrument to learn more about the engineering behind the instrument and how different materials and design affect sound quality.

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Chrome Music Lab - Google

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K to 12
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Experiment with music using interactive instruments and animations at Chrome Music Lab. Different tools teach the basics of chords, harmony, and rhythm. Choose any image to view the...more
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Experiment with music using interactive instruments and animations at Chrome Music Lab. Different tools teach the basics of chords, harmony, and rhythm. Choose any image to view the concept taught, then click to explore the interactive. Some interactives require access to your computer's microphone.

tag(s): music theory (45), rhythm (18), sound (65), sounds (44)

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Share Chrome Music Lab on your interactive whiteboard (or projector), and turn up your speakers. Use these activities to practice rhythm, rests, and more in music class or to illustrate basics about sound in a science class. Share a link on classroom computers for students to experiment with different music concepts (with headphones, of course!). Have students choose different interactives to explore then share with class members. Use a tool such as Screencast-o-matic, reviewed here, to record student work and share with others.

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Little Kids Rock - Jam Zone

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K to 12
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Learn to write music, play instruments, and sing with Little Kids Rock. Start with a video tour of the site, or choose from links to learn a song, take a ...more
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Learn to write music, play instruments, and sing with Little Kids Rock. Start with a video tour of the site, or choose from links to learn a song, take a lesson, or practice. Choose from the song list of popular music and artists to learn to play a song using options for different instruments. Narrow your choices by a level of difficulty, title, or artist. Use the Take a Lesson link to learn to play several different instruments. Short videos start at beginner levels and move up in difficulty. Practice skills using games and song jams.

tag(s): makerspace (42), music theory (45), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35)

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Be sure to check out the Teacher Zone and its free lesson plans and resources. This site is perfect for differentiation in the music classroom. Allow students to choose an instrument and learn at their own pace and level. Share a link on your classroom website for students to practice at home. Take advantage of the vocal lessons to learn about songwriting. After watching videos, have students write a song to summarize a novel, share information on climate change, or sing about an event in history. You may wish to take that a bit further and challenge students to record the song using a tool such as UJAM, reviewed here, where you simply record your voice (even talking and not singing!). UJAM is free and synchronizes your voice and its speed to a variety of different background music options.
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LyricsTraining - LyricsTraining.com

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4 to 12
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Learn a language through favorite music videos with LyricsTraining. This very engaging site offers an extensive collection of videos in several genres. Choose from top lyrics to begin...more
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Learn a language through favorite music videos with LyricsTraining. This very engaging site offers an extensive collection of videos in several genres. Choose from top lyrics to begin or scroll through the home page to view new lyrics. Select a language to narrow down choices. Once you select a video, choose from four different levels - the hardest requires you to fill in all the words of the song! Choose also to fill in the blanks or select responses from the four provided options. Registration isn't required; however, it allows you to save favorites and create your own customized exercises. If your district blocks YouTube, then the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (136), french (71), german (45), italian (26), japanese (46), portuguese (21), spanish (100)

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Ways to use this site are limited only by your imagination! Share with ENL/ESL learners for practice in English. The many choices on this site assure that all viewers will find music to enjoy. Foreign language learners will love practicing their new language using options on the site. Be sure to share a link on your class website and school computers for practice at home and during independent work time. Use this site as a 5-minute transition at the beginning or end of class. Register on the site and create customized exercises to meet the needs of your students, or let them create practice activities for fellow class members.

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TypeDrummer - Kyle Stetz

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K to 12
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Turn your typing into cool rhythmic beats with TypeDrummer. Listen to your creation as you continue typing into the box. For a change of pace, switch from the drumbeat to ...more
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Turn your typing into cool rhythmic beats with TypeDrummer. Listen to your creation as you continue typing into the box. For a change of pace, switch from the drumbeat to the song "Fool" by Moon Bounce. Click on "load new samples" only. Warning: Clicking on "Fool" will take you out of the TypeDrummer tool. After finishing your creation, use the link to share with others at the URL created for you.

tag(s): back to school (54), musical instruments (42), rhythm (18), sound (65)

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Catch your students' attention and type a short message to students on TypeDrummer to read as they enter the class. Create and share TypeDrummer messages on your class web page - suggestions might be reminders of due dates of upcoming tests, tips on completing homework assignments, or the daily school lunch menu. Allow students to create a TypeDrummer message as part of a presentation including the title and a summary of the presentation content. Create a list of instructions to share with students. Use TypeDrummer as part of your Back to School activities, have each student type their name and a sentence about themselves. Spice up lessons and have students type their answers using TypeDrummer.

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Justin Guitar - Justn Guitar

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4 to 12
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Pick up the guitar and go to your free online video lessons. Begin your free study by discovering how to choose the best guitar for you. Learn the correct body ...more
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Pick up the guitar and go to your free online video lessons. Begin your free study by discovering how to choose the best guitar for you. Learn the correct body posture and fingering while discovering the optimal practice schedule. Progress into beginners' lessons on chords, music theory, and rhythm. Challenge yourself in the intermediate course with scales, chords, and many different musical patterns. Move forward to blues, jazz, folk, rock and metal, and songwriting modules. Along the way, products are available for purchase. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.
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tag(s): multiple intelligences (8), music theory (45), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35)

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Spark students' interest in guitar playing by encouraging free online guitar lessons. Offer as a challenge to gifted students, and have them teach other students. Highlight students multiple intelligences and let them shine! Make up a tune to go along with a multimedia presentation. Then, show students how to embed media transforming their work by uploading it to a digital storytelling using Presentious, reviewed here, or a digital story using a video tool like Binumi, reviewed here, and then you have no worries with copyright. Tune up after school clubs with a little music. Make your music class come alive with guitars and free lessons. Share a link to this site on your class website for parents to use at home.
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Learn to Play the Piano - Hoffman Academy

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2 to 12
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Learn to play the piano through a series of video tutorials offered by Hoffman Academy. Participate in over 100 lessons sequenced to build ability and understanding. Each lesson includes...more
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Learn to play the piano through a series of video tutorials offered by Hoffman Academy. Participate in over 100 lessons sequenced to build ability and understanding. Each lesson includes instructions and opportunities for self-paced practice. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the videos on classroom computers.
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tag(s): music theory (45), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35)

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If you don't have access to a piano, don't worry, you can still learn how to play! Take advantage of the online virtual piano, reviewed here, to practice just like you would on a real piano. Share with your school's music teacher as an excellent resource for teaching students notes and piano keys. The self-paced videos offer a great opportunity to differentiate for different ability levels while achieving success for all. Share a link to this site on your class website for parents to use at home.

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Drumeo - Musora Media, Inc.

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1 to 12
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Learn how to master the drums free with Drumeo. The drum lessons include setting up your drums, reading sheet music, understanding basic music theory, mastering your first song,...more
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Learn how to master the drums free with Drumeo. The drum lessons include setting up your drums, reading sheet music, understanding basic music theory, mastering your first song, and more. Each lesson includes downloadable sheet music (PDF) and a video to get you well on your way! Three different instructors will inspire you with each of their musical talents and lesson content. Additional resources make your drum experience complete.
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tag(s): multiple intelligences (8), music theory (45), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35)

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Capture students' interest using Drumeo. Pull in your reluctant learners while emphasizing concentration, math concepts in sheet music, and building confidence. Offer as an after school option that will grab your students' interest. Highlight multiple intelligences and make all of your students shine. When your students create a multimedia project and need to add sound without violating copyrights, create your own! Use this site as an example of real world math in practice!
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Violin Online - RK Deverich

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Become the violin virtuoso you always wanted to be! Use Violin Online to begin your free instruction with violin basics. Learn how to hold the violin, basic fingering, bow technique,...more
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Become the violin virtuoso you always wanted to be! Use Violin Online to begin your free instruction with violin basics. Learn how to hold the violin, basic fingering, bow technique, violin tuning, and basic music theory. Join in the interactive violin class and practice what you know. Find ten different pieces of written violin sheet music to apply your new skills. Join the self-guided violin string class and discover violin through the ages: Medieval times, Baroque, Classical, and Romantic periods, moving into the twentieth century, and nontraditional collections. Follow each period with the free sheet music to accompany each piece. Use warm-up exercises to strengthen and improve with scales, technique practice, and etudes. Find links for cello, string bass and viola on this site.
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tag(s): gifted (64), music theory (45), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35)

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Try something new and learn to play the violin. Offer as a way to challenge gifted students and highlight the multiple intelligence of music. Need to have sound for screencasts, digital storytelling, or videos without copyright problems? Have students learn to play the violin. After-school ensembles have a great variety of lessons and free music. Offer to parents as a way to enrich their student's learning. Investigate before you take a field trip to the orchestra, and help student's gain a better understanding and appreciation. Music class comes alive with violins and music theory! Use as a way to add to Odyssey of the Mind or Destination Imagination tournaments.

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Virtual Pan Flute

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1 to 8
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Enjoy improvising on the virtual pan flute. Use your cursor to click the pipes to play the different notes or you can use your keyboard. Create songs or melodies. Practice ...more
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Enjoy improvising on the virtual pan flute. Use your cursor to click the pipes to play the different notes or you can use your keyboard. Create songs or melodies. Practice rhythm and learning the beat.

tag(s): music theory (45), musical instruments (42)

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Let your composers go on the pan flute. Teach (and practice) rhythm using this tool. Create a melody for your story and create a mood. Use the pan flute to improve your students' short-term memory. Combine with vocabulary or spelling words to create rhythms to aid memorization. Use the pipe to make a melody for each character in a story. Add a melody to a text to create excitement and suspense. Have your students create different melodies to represent themselves and write to explain.

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Virtual Musical Instruments - Virtual Musical Instruments

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K to 12
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Bring the world of music and instruments into your classroom. With Virtual Musical Instruments, you can explore the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, or bongos. Select the instrument,...more
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Bring the world of music and instruments into your classroom. With Virtual Musical Instruments, you can explore the guitar, piano, pan flute, drums, or bongos. Select the instrument, and follow the directions for using the keyboard to play the different notes. Create different melodies using different notes or rhythms. Use the guitar tuner to be sure you are in tune. There is no record option on this tool. If you want to record your beat, there are many alternative options (such as using a cell phone, or an old-fashioned recorder).
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Virtual Musical Instruments opens up the world of music into many other subjects. In music class, discover the different instruments, sounds, and rhythms the virtual instruments can produce. Allow your students to make their own compositions. Challenge them to determine a way to give the directions for their composition to another person so that they can repeat the original piece. In language arts class, discuss mood in literature. Determine the instruments used, the rhythms, and sounds needed to make that effect. During Readers' Theater, add a musical score for more excitement and engagement with further analysis of the text. Have students create a musical composition that tells a story. Now, play that musical story for the class, and turn it into a writing prompt. Use musical sounds and beats to illustrate the concepts of literature and the use of plot. Determine a melody for each character. Write to explain why each character has that musical composition. Math class brings the study of fractions with types of notes: whole note, half note, quarter note, and eighth notes. Let students create a musical sentence that represents them and write to explain why. Use whatever recording option is most practical in your classroom.

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Incredibox - So Far So Good

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K to 12
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Create your own unique musical compositions with Incredibox. Express your inner musician with this simple way of creating personal musical masterpieces. Choose from one of the four...more
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Create your own unique musical compositions with Incredibox. Express your inner musician with this simple way of creating personal musical masterpieces. Choose from one of the four versions, version 4 is more recent, and easier to use and understand. Simply drag and drop to add beats, melodies, a chorus, and special effects to create a musical creation. When finished add clothing and hats to characters and bring your entire composition to life! Available on the web and as an iOS app.
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Use Incredibox as a great warm-up activity for a choir, band, or any sort of music appreciation class. As part of music class lessons, discuss the different elements in compositions. Use in any class as background music for podcasts, movies, PowerPoints, or blogs. Highlight and honor the musical geniuses in your classroom with this easy tool. Allow your learning support students instant success while challenging gifted students to create the perfect piece. Use in writing class to create mood. Play a composition as background while reading poetry or doing artwork. Help students memorize mnemonics by accompanying them with an audio track a la rap. Use music tracks as a writing prompt and enjoy the fun.

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Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People - Toby Rush

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Learn basic through advanced topics of Music Theory and Notation with this eBook available for free under Creative Commons License. Choose any page to view as a PDF or download ...more
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Learn basic through advanced topics of Music Theory and Notation with this eBook available for free under Creative Commons License. Choose any page to view as a PDF or download all current pages as one single PDF file. Topics include notation, scales, intervals, chords, and much more.

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Print individual PDF files to use in the classroom as student handouts or enlarge to use as posters. Create a link to files on your class website or blog for student use at home. Share different files with groups of students to use to become experts and then teach the class that component. Use these PDFs for students learning to play an instrument.
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