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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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1 to 6
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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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6 to 12
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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 (178), 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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4 to 12
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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.

tag(s): sound (103)

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Java Music Lab - Hamilton College

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4 to 12
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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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San Francisco Symphony Kids' Site - San Francisco Symphony

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4 to 12
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Music teachers rejoice! Here's an engaging site that explains and demonstrates music theory and performance terms in ways that will keep the attention of students from elementary through...more
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Music teachers rejoice! Here's an engaging site that explains and demonstrates music theory and performance terms in ways that will keep the attention of students from elementary through high school. This collection of Flash animations demonstrates tempo, harmonization, instrument groups, pitch, meter, and many other elements. Among all the sounds and visuals, there is also thoughtfully written text that can link the presentation to personal experience. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): rhythm (20)

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Students can use this one in class (headphones, please!) or individually. If you use a projector or interactive whiteboard to introduce the site, be sure to turn up computer speakers.
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Jazz in America - Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

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6 to 12
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At first glance, the web site from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz would appear to offer only a high school curriculum. But click on the Jazz Resource Library and ...more
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At first glance, the web site from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz would appear to offer only a high school curriculum. But click on the Jazz Resource Library and you'll discover a rich collection of biographies, background information, musicology, and other jazz-related information. The content includes some really in-depth analysis of different jazz musical styles. Both music and social studies teachers will find plenty of material here.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (113), blues (19), harlem (9), jazz (15)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this site! The lesson plans are meant to be taught in American history classes, so search and see how this site can benefit your classroom. Make sure and save this one as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Marching.com - Marching.com

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9 to 12
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Band directors and high school music teachers will find everything for the marching band at this site. The concentration is on band competitions, but there's also a resources site offering...more
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Band directors and high school music teachers will find everything for the marching band at this site. The concentration is on band competitions, but there's also a resources site offering products and services from uniforms to music arrangers and more. If your band competes, there's lots of up to date information here.

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Smithsonian Jazz - Smithonian Institution

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6 to 12
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Designed to both inspire and teach, the Smithsonian's Jazz site offers several online instructional modules that do a nice job of introducing the history and structural elements of...more
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Designed to both inspire and teach, the Smithsonian's Jazz site offers several online instructional modules that do a nice job of introducing the history and structural elements of jazz. Students can learn about particular composers and performers, and how their work built on the experiences of other jazz musicians. You'll want a fast connection and the Flash player to use this one effectively.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (113), jazz (15)

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Use the audio on this site to supplement a lecture or class discussion about the Harlem Renaissance and the Jazz era.
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The Music Lab - San Francisco Symphony

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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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Match the Musical Sounds

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1 to 2
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There aren't many good sites for non-readers. Here's a Flash-enhanced site that lets young students match musical instruments with the sounds they make and keeps score of the results....more
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There aren't many good sites for non-readers. Here's a Flash-enhanced site that lets young students match musical instruments with the sounds they make and keeps score of the results. You'll need to explain the directions to the child, but from there students can work independently. Teachers will find this one a nice music activity for Kindergarten or first graders. The sounds from this game will let parents know their child is using the computer safely.

tag(s): musical instruments (47)

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Woody Guthrie: Bound for Glory - Museum of Musical Instruments

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6 to 12
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The Museum of Music History offers this online exhibition about the songs and life of singer Woody Guthrie. There are lyrics, music samples, and background information on the singer's...more
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The Museum of Music History offers this online exhibition about the songs and life of singer Woody Guthrie. There are lyrics, music samples, and background information on the singer's life and life during the great depression. This one would be a great adjunct to a study of either folk music or the Depression.

tag(s): composers (21), great depression (25), songs (53)

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Use this site to shed some more light on the famous singer who created one of the great patriotic songs in American history. Introduce this site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing them to explore it on their own or in groups on classroom computers. If using a follow-along or graphic organizer, teachers could tailor this lesson to be a focus on the Great Depression and how it affected different types of people. If using a graphic organizer we recommend Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here)

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Pop Music Lessons - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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4 to 12
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Music draws powerful connections. This is a wonderful, wholly unlikely collection containing dozens of lesson plans that use music and popular songs as touchstones for exploring other...more
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Music draws powerful connections. This is a wonderful, wholly unlikely collection containing dozens of lesson plans that use music and popular songs as touchstones for exploring other events and disciplines. Created by teachers at workshops hosted by Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the topics range from the Reformation to literary themes, and much more. Many of these lessons require real research and serious thought. Teachers in all disciplines can find something here.

tag(s): lyrics (20), songs (53)

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Examine this site, and take advantage of the free lesson plans that are appropriate for your classroom! Students will be much more interested, and you will be surprised at how music virtually cross-bridges every subject.

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National Standards for Music Education

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Arts education is frequently one of the first casualties of tight budgets. This national site for music educators offers standards for music education as well as links to music education...more
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Arts education is frequently one of the first casualties of tight budgets. This national site for music educators offers standards for music education as well as links to music education resources. Advocates for the importance of the arts in education will find help here.

tag(s): music theory (41)

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Music is Poetry - TeachersFirst

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6 to 8
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A lesson unit that combines music and lyrics in a study of poetry. Part of the attraction: student get to help select the music, and hence the message. This lesson ...more
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A lesson unit that combines music and lyrics in a study of poetry. Part of the attraction: student get to help select the music, and hence the message. This lesson plan was one of the winners in a lesson plan contest sponsored by TeachersFirst. TeachersFirst editors have added technology options where appropriate.

tag(s): poetry (225)

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Conforms to Florida language arts standards. Technology options include using an interactive whiteboard.

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Stephen Collins Foster - University of Pittsburgh

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This site from the University of Pittsburgh traces the life and songwriting career of Pittsburgh native Stephen Foster. Foster's music is seen by many as helping to define American...more
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This site from the University of Pittsburgh traces the life and songwriting career of Pittsburgh native Stephen Foster. Foster's music is seen by many as helping to define American culture during this period. This site offers interesting research material, as well as more detailed content for the advanced student.

tag(s): biographies (88)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans with the Teacher Resource portion of this site. Great supplements for a unit on the Civil War, just make sure to save this site as a favorite to allow for easy retrieval later on.

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Living Pictures Representing the History of Black Dance - Yale University

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7 to 8
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Through the study of paintings, books, photography, and poetry, students will learn about the history of Black dance. With an emphasis on the evolution of Black dance from the African...more
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Through the study of paintings, books, photography, and poetry, students will learn about the history of Black dance. With an emphasis on the evolution of Black dance from the African period through the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, this unit emphasizes research as a tool for meaningful choreography. The culminating activity is a video production that chronicles a living history through movement.

tag(s): africa (178), african american (113), dance (28)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans offered on this web page. The focus is interdisciplinary, and although lengthy offers a lot of valuable information. Definitely take a look at this one!

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The Visual Blues of Jacobs Lawrence, Aaron Douglas and Romare Bearden - Yale University

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Explore the influence of the Harlem Renaissance on the work of three visual artists who show us a "visual Blues of the African American people." ...more
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Explore the influence of the Harlem Renaissance on the work of three visual artists who show us a "visual Blues of the African American people."

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! This site would be great during a unit on the Harlem Renaissance.

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Visual Blues- On the Move: Visual Art Syntheses of the Blues Impulse - Yale University

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This unit brings the blues to life as students experience the blues as both creators and observers of visual blues art. ...more
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This unit brings the blues to life as students experience the blues as both creators and observers of visual blues art.

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