Learning the history of jazz, in both its earliest forms and its contemporary ones, is a groovy way to celebrate the end of the year. Legendary musicians and fabulous recordings of key performers as well as definitions of key jazz styles are found along this timeline.
Powerful online audio production with built-in collaboration features
Pros: Collaborative creation and cross-platform access includes mobile devices.
Cons: EDU version's walled garden is pricey.
Bottom Line: Soundtrap is a uniquely collaborative music-production environment, but you'll want to evaluate the privacy issues and what the pricey EDU version offers.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage by exploring the roots, artists and instruments of salsa! Includes English/Spanish lessons related to salsa greats Yomo Toro and Celia Cruz.
Math Science Music
Thoughtful tools teach STEM skills through music and creativity
Pros: Interdisciplinary design boosts STEM and musical skills at the same time. Win-win.
Cons: Nontraditional site navigation without a menu and search function can make it difficult to locate resources.
Bottom Line: Limited but quality content gives STEM teachers a new toolset for fostering engagement and understanding.
Celebrate the many aspects of Jazz for International Jazz Day with Chuck Vanderchuck! This fun and interactive site teaches about jazz, jazz instruments, and writing jazz music. Includes games,videos, and lots of great sounds.
Enter a world of musical fun and learning for students, parents and teachers. This interactive site offers students resources for learning about composers, their works, the logistics of orchestra seating, the functions of different instruments, and music periods. Look for games, activities, and a library of music clips highlighting composers, instruments, musical notes, and national anthems from selected countries. A teachers' lounge provides interactive lesson plans and links to valuable resources. For parents there are activities to do at home, such as building your own xylophone or making a tin-can telephone.
What is music? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? This site is all about learning about the science of music, offering online exhibits, films, and questions that explore the science of music. Features include clever activities that lead to writing, mixing, and experimenting with music, videos that explain tuning, stepping (or rhythmic movement), instrument building, and the changes music makes when played in different kinds of spaces, and with entertaining questions and answers that keep things light. Find out the different ways that music is in all of us.
This interesting website provides information regarding the brain’s relationship to music. The brain interprets the music we listen to, allowing us to decipher which and what kind of music we like and dislike. Damage to our brain, particularly the temporal lobe can greatly affect our ability to listen, perform and even translate what we hear within the music we listen to. Discover information about the Mozart Effect, or the school of thought that listening to certain types of music is a good way to improve memory and increase intelligence. The site includes links to various “brain songs” as well as to other experiments and activities.
"I'll get by with a little help from my friends..." is one of the songs written by Ringo Starr. Starr was the drummer for the Beatles joining his musical counterparts John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. This is an in-depth resource
featuring the revolutionary Beatles who paved the way for rock and roll. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame provides a timeline, photos, biographical data. Starr coined the phrase, "A Hard Day's Night," which was the title of the band's third album. Students studying history and culture of the 1960's or music history will dig the story of the Beatles and their contributions to the music world.
Why not introduce the sounds of the orchestra to your students? This site, from the National Arts Centre of Canada, explores the instrument families of the orchestra where you will learn about the entire orchestra. You'll be listening and virtually handling instruments from the strings, brass, woodwinds, and percussion sections. You'll also discover facts about your favorite instruments from the violin and cello to the flute, tuba, and drums. You can even watch members of an orchestra demonstrate their instruments. Develop an appreciation!
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.