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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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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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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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Rediscovering Dave Brubeck - PBS

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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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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 (43), musical notation (35)

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Make Your Own Mozart

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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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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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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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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..

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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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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 (180), african american (113), blues (21), harlem (9), jazz (15)

In the Classroom

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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Smithsonian Jazz - Smithonian Institution

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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 (180), 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 (43), musical instruments (48)

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Woody Guthrie: Bound for Glory - Museum of Musical Instruments

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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 (24), songs (52)

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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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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 (52)

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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.

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