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Smithsonian Global Sound - Smithsonian Institution

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Listen to and learn about traditional music from cultures around the world and through the ages. Browse this amazing collection of downloadable tunes to find musical enrichment to enhance...more
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Listen to and learn about traditional music from cultures around the world and through the ages. Browse this amazing collection of downloadable tunes to find musical enrichment to enhance a unit of study. Full downloads in MP3 or FLAC format are available for purchase but each offering is accompanied by a free audio sample. Note: this site opens rather slowly.Be patient, especially if you are on a dial-up connection.

tag(s): songs (53)

In the Classroom

Search this site for songs to supplement your unit in a US or World history class. This teacher was able to find a song about the suffrage movement, and was able to teach the beliefs of suffrage through student analysis of the lyrics and tone. Be sure to search - there are literally tons of songs that can be used for a variety of curriculum.

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Musical Mysteries

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Explore the basic concepts of rhythm, sound, and mood with this engaging online activity. Visitors are initially asked to help solve the mystery of the lost music and help the ...more
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Explore the basic concepts of rhythm, sound, and mood with this engaging online activity. Visitors are initially asked to help solve the mystery of the lost music and help the frantic conductor finish his concert. But along the way, there are some fascinating side trips that lead students to investigate the sounds of nature, the instruments found in a symphony orchestra, rhythmic patterns, and the effect of music on our emotions. Visit the "Pupil's" area for a variety of Web-based activities and downloadable worksheets, and the "Teacher's" link which provides lesson plans and related sound clips.

tag(s): rhythm (21), sound (105), sounds (69)

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Instruments of the Orchestra - WNET

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This interactive "quiz" tests student knowledge of the sound of each instrument found in a symphony orchestra. After listening to a musical excerpt, students must match what they have...more
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This interactive "quiz" tests student knowledge of the sound of each instrument found in a symphony orchestra. After listening to a musical excerpt, students must match what they have heard with the correct instrument, then read a short description about its function and physical location in the orchestra. Headphones needed. Requires FLASH!

tag(s): musical instruments (51)

In the Classroom

Use as an independent, online review activity after a lesson introducing families of instruments of the orchestra.
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Classics for Kids - Cincinnati Public Radio

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2 to 8
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This companion to a weekly radio show by Cincinnati Classical Public Radio is a virtual musical playground for elementary students. The site describes, defines, illustrates and provides...more
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This companion to a weekly radio show by Cincinnati Classical Public Radio is a virtual musical playground for elementary students. The site describes, defines, illustrates and provides audio samples for more than fifty instruments, a searchable archive of past broadcasts (just click on the link to hear the entire show), a collection of engaging multimedia games, and a "Hear the Music" feature that introduces students to selected examples of musical classics. Headphones are needed.

tag(s): composers (21)

In the Classroom

Incorporate this resource into your classroom music program. Use this site to introduce music eras (baroque, classical, romantic), lives of composers, or families of musical instruments.
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Creating Music

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Send your students to this award-winning virtual musical playground to compose music, experiment with tempo and dynamics, explore melodic contours, and recognize musical phrases. Nice...more
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Send your students to this award-winning virtual musical playground to compose music, experiment with tempo and dynamics, explore melodic contours, and recognize musical phrases. Nice addition to an elementary classroom music program. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Virtual Orchestra - Northumberland Grid for Learning

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Learn about the family of musical instruments found in an orchestra with this interactive site. Grab your headphones, choose a "family" of instruments, select one of its members, then...more
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Learn about the family of musical instruments found in an orchestra with this interactive site. Grab your headphones, choose a "family" of instruments, select one of its members, then drag your mouse over the "listen" icon to hear its sound.

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Explore Creativity - PBS

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This virtual playground is filled with motivating, interactive activities that challenge the creativity and problem-solving skills of your early elementary students. Organized into...more
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This virtual playground is filled with motivating, interactive activities that challenge the creativity and problem-solving skills of your early elementary students. Organized into three main topics, based on the nature of creative development they promote, each activity is paired with outstanding resources for parents and teachers. These include suggestions for open-ended questions, discussions on how the activities relate to key academic disciplines, and links to resources that will extend and enrich students' creative experiences. The site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): creativity (118)

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It's Fun to Read: Music - Starfall.com

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1 to 2
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This multimedia site introduces students to Mozart, Beethoven, Joplin, Tchaikovsky, and more. Visitors can listen to portions of the composers' most famous works while practicing ordinal...more
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This multimedia site introduces students to Mozart, Beethoven, Joplin, Tchaikovsky, and more. Visitors can listen to portions of the composers' most famous works while practicing ordinal numbers and common word endings (-ed, -ing). Includes interactive exercises and virtual jukeboxes that provide additional musical selections.

tag(s): numbers (197)

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Note Reading

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Practice note recognition with this interactive activity. Click the on-screen buttons or use the keyboard to identify notes as they appear on the staff. Teachers can visit the "Settings"...more
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Practice note recognition with this interactive activity. Click the on-screen buttons or use the keyboard to identify notes as they appear on the staff. Teachers can visit the "Settings" page to customize the activity. Headphones highly recommended.

tag(s): musical notation (39)

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Make a Noise! - The Wiggles Pty Ltd

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Early elementary students can meet and interact with nine different musical instruments by simply rolling their mouse over each individual picture. Make sure that headphones are handy,...more
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Early elementary students can meet and interact with nine different musical instruments by simply rolling their mouse over each individual picture. Make sure that headphones are handy, so students can listen privately as they explore. There is not much content here, so you'll need to treat this resource as an audio-visual addition to a more complete lesson plan.

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Instrument Storage Room - New York Philharmonic

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Poke around the New York Philharmonic's closet and meet the instruments of the orchestra. Great descriptions, graphics, and sound clips of woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion!...more
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Poke around the New York Philharmonic's closet and meet the instruments of the orchestra. Great descriptions, graphics, and sound clips of woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion! Turn on your speakers and enjoy this one!

tag(s): sound (105), sounds (69)

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The Piano Player - Pearson Education, Inc.

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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 (44), musical notation (39)

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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 (21)

In the Classroom

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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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.

In the Classroom

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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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 (113), listening (87), numbers (197), preK (288), sound (105), sounds (69)

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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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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 (105), sounds (69), vocabulary (321)

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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 (5), nutrition (159), women (94)

In the Classroom

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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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 (44), musical notation (39)

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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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