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!
Known for his legendary melodies, Stephen Foster is featured on this
University of Pittsburgh site. Learn about this musical icon, including his biography, common myths about him, and a detailed list of his songs, by perusing the modules provided on the left. Stephen Foster, a man most well known for songs like "O Susanna," "Beautiful Dreamer," and "Camptown Races," has a remarkable story. Growing up in a large family and being privately educated, Foster was himself a "beautiful dreamer" in the way he viewed his own education and life.
Musictheory.net is a great reference site for music students and teachers. The online resource begins with an explanation of music staff, clefs, and ledger lines to establish a solid foundation in music theory. Once your lessons are finished, you will understand Neapolitan Chords. Each step of learning gives a verbal explanation, a pictorial demonstration, and at times an auditory example. You can utilize various parts of this site to demonstrate elements of music theory in class, or perhaps assign a section to students for review as a study guide. Once a lesson opens take note of the little keyboard in the upper right corner. Click on it and open a playable keyboard in a separate window.
Here's an extensive site that will inform you of how Broadway musicals are made from the inception of the idea through the final production. You’ll find out about the elements of a musical. The musical score, a central part of the musical, is explained. Each main essay has several parts, so when investigating the score, there is information about the structure of show tunes, the types of songs that are most memorable, where songs should be placed within the musical, and and the effectiveness of rhyming or not rhyming the lyrics. There is so much to learn from this site that by the time you are finished exploring it, you may want to try your hand at creating one!
Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony give students a chance to explore Beethoven’s life and the Eroica Symphony. Start with the interactive timeline that shows important events in the composer’s life. Besides learning about Symphony #3, the Eroica, you can hear bits and parts of Beethoven’s other symphonies. Read about the dedication of the Eroica, and explore the score of the symphony itself in great detail as you follow along with Maestro Thomas conducting the orchestra.
Here's a great mini clip of how each orchestrate member was seated during the Baroque Period, through the Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Watch how the orchestra expands with the number of orchestral members and the addition of new of instruments. In the beginning sparse seating was utilized in the time of Johann Sebastian Bach. Soon the addition of brass instruments joined the orchestra under Classical composers such as Johannes Brahms. During the Romantic period Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Richard Wagner added depth to the sound of their compositions with tubas, trombones, and more percussion. You can print out each seating chart for more class discussion.
Afghanistan is the home to many cultures living under one roof. Music ethnologist Mark Slobin did field work in the country in 1967-1972, studying the music of the Turkmens, who lived not only in Afghanistan, but also in Iran and Turkmenistan. On the site listen to a piece played on a Turkmen flute, and two on the dutar. Take a few minutes to watch a short video showing musicians playing Turkmen instruments.
Learn to appreciate music online with this interactive site filled with music An unbelievable site filled with a music dictionary, music history, and even review of a multitude of music concepts. In addition there are quizzes and practice tests to assess your understanding. The musical topics cover Scottish music, jazz, American music, different periods of classical music, vocal music, world music, and 20th century music. The more advanced sections go into greater detail of each period of music. Listen to audio files that provide examples of everything that is discussed.
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If you are not familiar with word clouds, than here is a new idea to add pizzazz
to projects that will be upcoming this year. Wordle offers Free software than can be utilized by teachers, academic learning coaches, or students. What a great way to use an unique idea for all types of reinforcement.
You simply input a bunch of text, URL, or del.icio.us tag and Wordle creates the word cloud for you. Simple, easy, and fun! What a wonderful way to incorporate technology into your various lesson activities.
"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the
source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color
schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.
You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with
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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.