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Feel the beat in your classroom with these music resources. Explore this editor's choice list of curated resources. Find resources about sound, instruments, musicians, and more. Use these tools in your music class, science class (sound), and share with families.  

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Weill Music Institute Education - Carnegie Hall

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K to 12
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Weill Music Institute (WMI) provides free and low-cost educational programs that support music learning worldwide. Free offerings include recordings of live stream concerts from Carnegie...more
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Weill Music Institute (WMI) provides free and low-cost educational programs that support music learning worldwide. Free offerings include recordings of live stream concerts from Carnegie Hall, family resources including activities and videos for all ages, and resources for music educators. Browse through the educator resources divided into three sections - grades K-5, grades 6-12, and professional development. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): black history (90), cross cultural understanding (148), cultures (100), music theory (45), musical instruments (42)

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Use the Weill Music Institute's free resources to provide music education to students as part of your music education curriculum or within your role as a classroom teacher. For example, as part of social studies lessons about countries worldwide, be sure to see the activity for learning about countries through song. Many resources feature videos; engage and enhance instruction by adding questions and comments to videos using MoocNote, reviewed here. If your district blocks YouTube, flip your classroom and have students watch the MoocNote/Youtube videos at home. Include activities as part of a larger learning unit that includes online information, quizzes, and additional videos using a learning delivery platform such as Blendspace, reviewed here. Blendspace provides simple to use tools that make it easy to share a variety of resources with students and differentiate instruction.
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Rhythm Trainer - 4four.io

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K to 5
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The rhythm trainer provides tools for learning about and improving rhythm through six different training activities, tempo trainer, and metronome generators. As a new player to the...more
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The rhythm trainer provides tools for learning about and improving rhythm through six different training activities, tempo trainer, and metronome generators. As a new player to the site, begin with the First Steps activity that provides sounds for you to match the rhythm. This activity increases in difficulty as you select correct responses. Registration isn't required; however, creating an account allows you to save progress within each activity.

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

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Share this site on your classroom website for students to practice and explore rhythm in a variety of different ways. Incorporate the activities into a complete online lesson including videos, articles, and quizzes using Actively Learn, reviewed here. Actively Learn includes tools for students to take notes and complete assessments within the online lesson. Have students enhance their learning by using a screen recording tool like Free Online Screen Recorder, reviewed here, to demonstrate their progress within each activity. Include their screen recording as part of their student portfolio of work using Seesaw, reviewed here.

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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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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 (46)

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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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Chrome Music Lab - Google

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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 (69), sounds (46)

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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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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 (41), 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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MathScienceMusic - Theolonius Monk Institute of Jaz

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MathScienceMusic provides a large variety of free, engaging, resources to teach math, science, and music to students from kindergarten through college all created through a collaboration...more
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MathScienceMusic provides a large variety of free, engaging, resources to teach math, science, and music to students from kindergarten through college all created through a collaboration with Jazz legend, Herbie Hancock. Click letters on the homepage to begin your musical experience, then scroll down to view the available resources. Each group of resources includes a video introduction explaining the content. Some of the choices include Scratch Jazz (music and coding) and Groove Pizza (Shapes and Angles and Groove). All activities include a short description along with suggestions for appropriate grade level, concepts taught, and links to additional resources. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable.

tag(s): angles (51), animation (62), brain (52), coding (75), fractions (164), geometric shapes (132), india (26), multiples (16), music theory (45), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35), numbers (119), patterns (61), preK (238), ratios (51), sound (69)

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Share activities from MathScienceMusic on your interactive whiteboard with students, then let them explore independently. Scratch Jazz is perfect for teaching basic coding; students interested in music will enjoy creating their own jazz-themed project using the site's tutorial. Add interest to math lessons by taking advantage of the free lesson plans. Be sure to check out the link to Math and Music Standards found on the music and math curriculum page. Have students modify their learning by creating videos of their music creations using moovly, reviewed here and share them on a site such as TeacherTube, reviewed here. Be sure to have them discuss their journey from the beginning through the final creation of their project. Team up with your school's music teacher to collaborate on the many activities provided on this site.
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Perfect Pitch - Kennedy Center Artsedge

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3 to 8
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Learn all about the orchestra with this interactive using baseball metaphors. Meet the players by choosing an era from baroque through modern times. Return to Home Plate to navigate...more
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Learn all about the orchestra with this interactive using baseball metaphors. Meet the players by choosing an era from baroque through modern times. Return to Home Plate to navigate throughout activities as you learn about instruments, parts of a composition, and technology. Play Ball assesses your knowledge upon completing activities to find out if you have hit it out of the park!

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

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Share this interactive on a projector or interactive whiteboard as you learn about orchestras together. Create a link on classroom computers for students to explore on their own. Share with your school's music teacher as an interesting activity for music class. This site would be excellent for use before a field trip or a school assembly featuring an orchestra! Have students create an annotated image of musical instruments including text boxes and related links using a tool such as ThingLink, reviewed here. ThingLink can be used for a variety of assignments in any classroom that is integrating technology as a modification.

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Noteflight - Noteflight, LLC

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4 to 12
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Noteflight is an online music creating and sharing tool. Create your own music or view and listen to the works of other artists. After creating your account, click to begin ...more
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Noteflight is an online music creating and sharing tool. Create your own music or view and listen to the works of other artists. After creating your account, click to begin a New Score. Use the tools in the program to add notes, notation, and more to your composition. Be sure to check out the User Guide, Tutorial, and Reference Videos for full instructions on available features. Registration is not required to browse and listen to compositions shared by other site members. Noteflight works on all browsers and Safari Mobile iOS 6.1. The free plan allows you to create 10 scores. If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.
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tag(s): musical instruments (42), musical notation (35)

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Share students' musical creations online! Demonstrate the art of composition while using Noteflight on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Explore different musical instruments and how they affect the tone and mood of the piece. During a multimedia presentation, have students create their own music. In Destination Imagination or Odyssey of the Mind, use your scores to showcase talent. In honoring multiple intelligences, highlight the students' with musical talent. While reading historical fiction novels, have students compose a song typical of that period with the commonly used instruments and style. Offer in your after school clubs for music, guitar, or band.

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Justin Guitar - Justn Guitar

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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 Beautiful.AI, reviewed here, or a digital story using a video tool like Biteable, 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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Flat - Flat

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Make writing music easy with Flat! Create a free account with a Google or Facebook login and start composing. After choosing public or private, create or import the musical score. ...more
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Make writing music easy with Flat! Create a free account with a Google or Facebook login and start composing. After choosing public or private, create or import the musical score. Choose the key signature and time signature. Next, select from keyboard instruments, woodwinds, brass instruments, plucked strings instruments, vocals kazoo, and more. Each completed composition can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MXL, or MIDI file. Save to your dashboard. Visit the blog for creative ideas.

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Flat is a must for all music classes! Share students' musical creations online! Demonstrate the art of composition while using Flat on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Let students download the file to their own devices. Explore the different musical instruments and how they affect the tone and mood of the piece. During a multimedia presentation, have students create their own music. In Destination Imagination or Odyssey of the Mind, use your scores to showcase talent. In honoring multiple intelligences, highlight the students' with musical talent. While reading historical fiction novels, have students compose a song typical of that period with the commonly used instruments and style. Offer in your after school clubs for music, guitar, or band.

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Drumeo - Musora Media, Inc.

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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 (63), 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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tag(s): makerspace (41), music theory (45), musical instruments (42)

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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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ChordU - Bitan Sardar

Grades
4 to 12
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ChordU uses the latest technology to recognize and share chords from favorite music tracks. Search for a song, or browse through trending tracks and other popular favorites by genre....more
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ChordU uses the latest technology to recognize and share chords from favorite music tracks. Search for a song, or browse through trending tracks and other popular favorites by genre. Select a song to view on YouTube and play along using the visual chord display. Choose from a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, and ukulele. Other options allow users to select from simple and advanced chords, tune chords to personal preferences, and view by the chord slider or chord sheet. Registration isn't required; however, it allows users to save favorites for later use. 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.

tag(s): DAT device agnostic tool (135), music theory (45), musical notation (35)

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This site is perfect for use in any music classroom. Demonstrate how Chordify works on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Use this site for teaching any piece of music. Share a link with students for practice at home. If your school blocks YouTube, you could share the link with your music students on your class website to try at home.
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Thanks for sharing. I have been using Chordu for the last few years Super, , Grades: 10 - 12

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The Rhythm Trainer - John Blank

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1 to 8
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Learn and practice rhythm with the Rhythm Trainer's two modes of play. Choose the A mode to click on rhythms heard. Choose B mode to see a rhythm notation and ...more
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Learn and practice rhythm with the Rhythm Trainer's two modes of play. Choose the A mode to click on rhythms heard. Choose B mode to see a rhythm notation and choose the matching audio clip. Choose from slow or fast tempos and to include or exclude rhythm choices.

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

In the Classroom

Make a shortcut to this site on classroom computers and use it as a center. Introduce this site on your interactive whiteboard or projector. Then have students explore this site independently or in small groups. Use as an example, and have students create their own rhythms. Play and have other students identify what they hear. Share this site on your class website for those students taking private lessons. This is excellent practice!

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Color in my Piano - Joy Morin

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K to 12
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Color in my Piano is a piano teacher's blog for exchanging and finding resources. "Start Here" gives an overview of the most popular articles, teaching tips, and resources offered....more
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Color in my Piano is a piano teacher's blog for exchanging and finding resources. "Start Here" gives an overview of the most popular articles, teaching tips, and resources offered. Explore the large printables portion of the site to view and download worksheets, games, lesson plans, sheet music, and more. Search through an extensive reading list of articles and resources for teachers, parents, and students. Don't miss Wednesday's Words of Wisdom, featuring inspirational quotes for all. If piano music interests you, this site is a must-see! Note: some of the materials mentioned are for sale, but there is plenty for free.
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tag(s): music theory (45), musical instruments (42), musical notation (35)

In the Classroom

Take advantage of the free lesson plans and worksheets for music classroom use. Search the Reading Lists for articles to share with students. Share (and discuss) Wednesday's Words of Wisdom. Use this site to differentiate for music students of all levels.
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