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Name this Tune - Musipedia

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This searchable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes provides a great resource for teaching counting and rhythm. Enter a keyword or phrase (or use the melodic contour search...more
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This searchable collection of tunes, melodies, and musical themes provides a great resource for teaching counting and rhythm. Enter a keyword or phrase (or use the melodic contour search if you're up to the challenge), browse to find the desired tune, then click to listen to and view the melody.

tag(s): rhythm (20)

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This would be a great activity on an interactive whiteboard to practice going from the tune you KNOW into notation and then to find related tunes. It will really focus students' attention on what they hear and force them to refine it.

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Paper Plate Education - Great Lakes Planetarium

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These creative and rather offbeat hands-on activities use common paper plates and a lot of ingenuity to illustrate principles of science, math, geography, music, and more! From plate...more
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These creative and rather offbeat hands-on activities use common paper plates and a lot of ingenuity to illustrate principles of science, math, geography, music, and more! From plate tectonics (no pun intended), to multiplication practice and physical fitness, this site provides an amazing collection of ideas. Instructions are provided for most.

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Global Groovin' - PBS

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2 to 6
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This interactive musical activity is part of a companion site to a new PBS show that focuses on the colorful ethnic diversity found in Maya and Miguel's neighborhood. Students can ...more
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This interactive musical activity is part of a companion site to a new PBS show that focuses on the colorful ethnic diversity found in Maya and Miguel's neighborhood. Students can click on each instrument to hear its unique sound, and create original music by mixing those instruments with percussion tracks and environmental sounds. Also available in Spanish.

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Use this site in a history classroom to allow students to become more antiquated with world culture and music OR in a music class for the same purpose. Have students work on the site exploring and making music in pairs. To make the site more fun for students, have them share their creations with peers via interactive whiteboard!
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Science of Music - Exploratorium

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6 to 8
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This delightful collection of online exhibits and movies takes a practical look at music and answers many questions: "Why do some tunes stick in your head?" and "How do singers ...more
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This delightful collection of online exhibits and movies takes a practical look at music and answers many questions: "Why do some tunes stick in your head?" and "How do singers carry notes that seem to last forever?" Students can experiment with "Kitchen Sink-o-pation," an interactive introduction to seemingly non-music sounds that have close ties to real instruments; practice combining sounds and rhythms with Dot Mixer; and build complex dance rhythms with Step Re-Mix. A great idea for an independent learning center. Headphones highly recommended.

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Songs Inspired by Literature - Artists for Literacy

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9 to 12
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If you find it difficult to motivate your high school students to read classic literature, try this site. Over two hundred songs and the works of literature that inspired ...more
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If you find it difficult to motivate your high school students to read classic literature, try this site. Over two hundred songs and the works of literature that inspired them are presented. Students will discover that Bruce Springsteen was deeply affected by John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, and Led Zepplin composed a song based on Moby Dick. High school-level lesson plans are provided.

tag(s): literature (275)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans on this site! Within the Educator's Resources are lesson plans about songs that have been inspired by literature. Pieces include "The Grapes of Wrath," and "Angela's Ashes." These would be a great way to get students hooked into the content!

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Sesame Street - CTW

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The Children's Television Network has created a delightful set of learning activities that strengthen skills in letter recognition, decoding, listening, problem-solving, and more. Led...more
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The Children's Television Network has created a delightful set of learning activities that strengthen skills in letter recognition, decoding, listening, problem-solving, and more. Led by the familiar cast of characters from Sesame Street, your youngest students will love to explore Elmo's World, the Game Room, and participate in interactive stories. The links include games, stories, art, music, mail, and Elmo's World. At the Games link you will find science activities about the weather, counting challenges, classification activities, musical fun, and numerous other educational activities. This site truly has something for all primary elementary classroom. The site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): classification (25), counting (120), listening (91), numbers (204), preK (281), sound (101), sounds (68)

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Use this rare find to motivate your students. Have students work on individual computers and explore this site on their own. With younger students, you may want to introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. This is definitely one that you will want to share with your parents in your newsletter or on your class website.
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Keeping Score: MTT on Music - San Francisco Symphony

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7 to 12
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This beautifully designed site takes visitors on a guided, multimedia tour of one of classical music's most enduring works - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Click on the "Keeping Score"...more
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This beautifully designed site takes visitors on a guided, multimedia tour of one of classical music's most enduring works - Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4. Click on the "Keeping Score" link to begin the experience, and then choose the path you would like to investigate. Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas leads students through an engaging exploration of Symphony No. 4 while drawing biographical parallels to the composer's life. Another choice - "Primal Moves" - examines how music tells stories, unites people in times of sorrow and joy, and reflects the entire spectrum of human emotions. This is definitely a site that will lure your most resistant student into an appreciation of the power of music. Created by the San Francisco Symphony.

tag(s): composers (21), musical notation (35)

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Hop Pop Town - kids-space.org

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1 to 3
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Music, creativity, and writing come together in this delightfully interactive site. On Hoppy Hill, students can make animals play sounds, invent a tune, and create an original play....more
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Music, creativity, and writing come together in this delightfully interactive site. On Hoppy Hill, students can make animals play sounds, invent a tune, and create an original play. A visit to Poppy Street challenges kids play a Dancing Notes game and create their own melody on the Singing Stairs. At Hop Pop hall, students can board a piano for a musical trip around the world, and learn about the families of instruments in an orchestra.

tag(s): plays (37), songs (52)

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Learn to Read - Starfall.com

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If you're looking for a resource that will engage reluctant readers or help new readers with unfamiliar vocabulary words, you may want to incorporate these fun and interactive stories...more
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If you're looking for a resource that will engage reluctant readers or help new readers with unfamiliar vocabulary words, you may want to incorporate these fun and interactive stories into your classroom. Students can read through the interactive texts independently, click on troublesome words, and listen to their pronunciations. Select from movies, videos, and games that illustrate special sounds, pronunciations, and spelling rules.

tag(s): sound (101), sounds (68), vocabulary (323)

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March Into Spring - Education World

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The month of March is filled with special events to commemorate. Use the many teaching resources on this site to develop activities for Women's History Month, National Nutrition Month,...more
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The month of March is filled with special events to commemorate. Use the many teaching resources on this site to develop activities for Women's History Month, National Nutrition Month, Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, and the Iditarod. Lesson plans, online projects, hands-on activities, and book reviews are provided. Created by Education World.

tag(s): iditarod (7), nutrition (154), women (101)

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Save this site as a favorite on your classroom computer to allow for easy retrieval of information. This is a really helpful resource for any elementary school teacher.

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Rediscovering Dave Brubeck - PBS

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6 to 12
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Music teachers who cover jazz as part of their curriculum will appreciate this site, a companion to the PBS program of the same name. Most of the content is text, ...more
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Music teachers who cover jazz as part of their curriculum will appreciate this site, a companion to the PBS program of the same name. Most of the content is text, though there are a very few downloadable song samples that could introduce students to the variety of this jazz pianist's work.

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The Blues - PBS

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The PBS series on "The Blues" combines history and musicology in a reverential treatment of this uniquely American musical form. The site includes biographies, some good analysis of...more
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The PBS series on "The Blues" combines history and musicology in a reverential treatment of this uniquely American musical form. The site includes biographies, some good analysis of the musical theory and compositional form behind the blues, and samples of blues songs that are in the public domain (These seem to work on Internet Explorer only). While you probably cannot make an entire unit out of this one, it would be a neat addition to a unit on African American culture, American music, or the history of the twentieth century.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), blues (21), harlem (9), jazz (15)

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A lot of this site has been altered so that teachers have to order the lesson plans and classroom sets from PBS itself. However there are still the biographies and resources list available. Have students select a blues musician to complete a brief biography on, using the list provided on this site as a starting point. There is plenty of information, and students with little inspiration are sure to find someone of interest here.
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Musicals 101

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6 to 12
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This one's admittedly for fans of musical productions, but music and theater teachers will likely find a good deal of useful information and guidance here. The content includes sections...more
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This one's admittedly for fans of musical productions, but music and theater teachers will likely find a good deal of useful information and guidance here. The content includes sections on how musicals are written, staged, and produced, as well as a section on show rights and recordings. Bring your own makeup.

tag(s): acting (27), composers (21), dance (28)

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MusicTheory.net

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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 (43), musical notation (35)

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Make Your Own Mozart

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6 to 12
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You don't have to be a musician to like this one. It's a site that lets almost anyone compose their own minuet - and the results actually sound like real ...more
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You don't have to be a musician to like this one. It's a site that lets almost anyone compose their own minuet - and the results actually sound like real music. Creative math and music teachers will find ways to use this one, the rest of us may have to be content with just enjoying the sounds.

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Woody Guthrie: Writer's Workshop - Woody Guthrie Foundation

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Musician Woody Guthrie drew, wrote, sang, journaled, and painted. He was a man who used notebooks and the written word to record his musings on life. This site ...more
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Musician Woody Guthrie drew, wrote, sang, journaled, and painted. He was a man who used notebooks and the written word to record his musings on life. This site has a lesson in which students create make their own journals in the manner of Woody's notebook treasures.

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Fats Waller Forever - Rutgers University

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This site from the Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies offers a "jumpin" tribute to jazz legend Fats Waller, complete with lots of music. Though the layout of the site is ...more
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This site from the Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies offers a "jumpin" tribute to jazz legend Fats Waller, complete with lots of music. Though the layout of the site is a bit odd, there are plenty of sound clips and images - many from the collection of Waller's manager. Good background site for a discussion of jazz, black history, or American music.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113), jazz (15)

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Use this site to showcase a prominant musician who was an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students who Fats Waller is, and how he was similar to many of the other stars of his day. This would be a great resource for an American History or Music studies course.
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Groovelab

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Music teachers who need to make percussion loops for electronic or computer-based music will find this free online "sound machine" an interesting approach. Novices will likely find...more
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Music teachers who need to make percussion loops for electronic or computer-based music will find this free online "sound machine" an interesting approach. Novices will likely find the interface confusing, but those who know what they want can quickly create percussion loops using a variety of instrument sounds.

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Java Music Lab - Hamilton College

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We were truly impressed with this little site offering Java-based music theory tutorials. The exercises are "for real" allowing students to practice note recognition, speed reading,...more
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We were truly impressed with this little site offering Java-based music theory tutorials. The exercises are "for real" allowing students to practice note recognition, speed reading, scale building, etc., and the java coding really works! The sound reinforcement and adjustable design of the exercises enables students to use these independently for both elementary and more advanced practice. This one's a real find for those teaching theory and harmony.

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Virtual Talking Machine

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6 to 12
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Music, history, and social studies teachers may enjoy using this one. It's a collection of song recordings from the roughly 1900-1935. The titles are available several different ways,...more
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Music, history, and social studies teachers may enjoy using this one. It's a collection of song recordings from the roughly 1900-1935. The titles are available several different ways, including a streaming "radio station" that plays the songs continuously. Add a little atmosphere to your Roaring Twenties unit with this one.

tag(s): 1920s (16)

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Play the music over classroom speakers to display for students what the music of the 20's was really like. This would also be a cute way to teach the Harlem Renaissance. This would be particularly interesting in a US history course.
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