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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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Wolfram Tones - Wolfram Research Labs

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6 to 12
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Wolfram Tones is a different and dynamic approach to thinking about music. Instantly create music and download it to your computer. Choose tone style, select a variation, and adjust...more
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Wolfram Tones is a different and dynamic approach to thinking about music. Instantly create music and download it to your computer. Choose tone style, select a variation, and adjust the tone by using the generator, instrumentation, pitch mapping, or time controls. Save your "tone" to your collection or email it to friends. Your collection is associated to the computer where you make it using web browser cookies so no registration is necessary. Tones are packaged as midi files. Mathematical rules create these complex forms of music on Wolfram Tones. The program takes the mathematical pattern and turns it onto its side to produce a musical score. Here, the height of the pattern is the pitch of the note. More than just a musical resource, this website allows you to see and hear math. This site requires Real Player.

tag(s): music theory (41), musical instruments (47), patterns (85), sound (103), sounds (68)

In the Classroom

In math class, have students choose and analyze a musical pattern as part of a unit on algorithms. Have them change the parameters using the program controls to produce a sound that they like. Then have them relate the changes they hear to the changes in the math. In music class, have students create their own portfolio of music using Wolfram Tones. Encourage students to replicate their tones with their own musical instruments. Your talented math/music students and gifted students will love this site! Be sure to share the link on your class web page for easy access.

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Free Music Games - Smartboardmusic

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K to 8
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"Teachers, Kids, Music, Art and Technology. A wonderful quintet that demands daily Action, Lights, Tuning, Emotion and Dedication." Specifically designed for use on your interactive...more
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"Teachers, Kids, Music, Art and Technology. A wonderful quintet that demands daily Action, Lights, Tuning, Emotion and Dedication." Specifically designed for use on your interactive whiteboard (any brand), Free Music Games provides both audio and visual graphics to better understand sound and music. These interactives could also be used on individual computers (with headsets). The activities offer a variety of sound interactives. Learn more about what you hear using this site. Activities are designed for preschool up through middle school. Examples of activities include: Pitch Discrimination, Scales, Melodic Direction of Intervals, Chromatic Scale, and more! For best performance, the site recommends that users do not use Internet Explorer. Be sure to turn up your speakers.

tag(s): musical instruments (47), preK (287), songs (53), sound (103), sounds (68)

In the Classroom

Try using these engaging interactives to have students hear the sounds by displaying them on the interactive whiteboard (or projector) and sharing them with the class. Divide the class into teams and compete in some of the tone games. Or have students use laptops and headphones to try the activities independently.
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JamStudio - The Online Music Factory - Chord Studio, Inc.

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8 to 12
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JamStudio allows for the creation of original music compositions in an easy, time effective manner. It is an easy process. Anyone could play with this website and make music, however...more
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JamStudio allows for the creation of original music compositions in an easy, time effective manner. It is an easy process. Anyone could play with this website and make music, however those that have musical backgrounds and expertise could use this to create compositions that are spectacular. A login does not really enhance the capabilities of the site. The only advantage of a user name is that you can post music publicly and both you and other users can comment on it. Music is not automatically saved, in fact to share music as a mp3, an "All Access" pass is needed. Thus the paid membership to the site. There is a link to apply for a grant to an "All Access" pass. The process is simple and the pass would allow for the saving of files. However, this site could be used without saving music to their server. There is the possibility of using a program such as GarageBand or any sound recording device on the computer to save the composition.

tag(s): composers (21), music theory (41), songs (53), writing (363)

In the Classroom

Musical skills are not a "must" for this site, however would make its use more productive. Beyond listening and clicking ability, the instructions are on screen. It's a great site to creatively "dabble."

If students do create user names, encourage them to use non-identifying names as the posts with their user names are open to the public. Sharing student work may be a safety risk as your students are probably minors.

This tool would be great for independent music studies and/or performance class. Have students compose their own accompaniments to be used as they play for the class. Or, in a less advanced music class or general music class have small groups of students create music using the interactive whiteboard and share with the class. Try using computer programs such as Garage Band or Windows Media Player to record the music to your computer. Students could then share files with each other and listen to a variety of different student created music.

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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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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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MusicTheory.net

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4 to 12
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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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The Music Lab - San Francisco Symphony

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4 to 12
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This music introduction from the San Francisco Symphony offers students a great introduction to music and music theory. Student can learn about notation, musical instruments, and how...more
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This music introduction from the San Francisco Symphony offers students a great introduction to music and music theory. Student can learn about notation, musical instruments, and how various elements of the orchestra all fit together. There are enough starting points to this site to make it approachable for even the most uninformed music student.

tag(s): music theory (41), musical instruments (47)

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Multicultural Music - Wesleyan University

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9 to 12
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Dr. Charry's scholarly interest in non-Western music provides sound files and research information on African Music and links to Ethnomusicology resources on the Web. ...more
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Dr. Charry's scholarly interest in non-Western music provides sound files and research information on African Music and links to Ethnomusicology resources on the Web.

tag(s): africa (178), music theory (41)

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Music or History teachers looking for music sources to supplement a lesson should look here first! Not only is there information to help teachers/students review - but there are resources that allow you to listen to the music being studied in each section. This could be useful in a lesson on the Harlem Renaissance, the 1920's, or even the Jazz age.

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