Helpful Websites (and fun, too!)
Google Chrome Music Lab
I only saw this today (Thanks Mrs. Baldensperger!!!) and have just started to dig in, but if you have time you should check it out! You can create your own music, choose the instrumentation and even save your creation! Here is what I did in about ten minutes:
Record your performance! You can then share them via email or social media or print or screenshot a QR code!
Music Made with Code
Kids and adults alike can create their own musical creations using code--very addictive, and you can edit as you like!! Create a "country" or "hip hop" sounding piece! Works only on a desktop/laptop; no tablets or mobile devices.
New York Philharmonic Kids Zone
This website is nothing short of fantastic. There are "rooms" for meeting the instruments of the orchestra as well as world-renowned conductors and musicians which provide kids the opportunity to hear various performances by world class musicians and artists.
There are game stations that help with instrument identification and family placement, but also with memory and music creation. Instrument frenzy is great for learning instrument families, and students can also design and play back creations in Musical Mingles or take a scavenger hunt of the site.
Overall, this site is a great stop for students of any age--be careful--the games will get you hooked! Click below to reach the site.
Classics for Kids
This site is actually "Classics for Kids." Note names can be a struggle in the beginning. It is like learning anything else--it takes time and practice. Worksheets are great for practice, but this interactive website is definitely more fun (and attention grabbing!). Hopefully this website helps our students, especially our new-and-learning third graders, become more confident in their note reading skills. It really is like riding a bike. Once you can do it, you can do it forever! Click below to reach Classics for Kids.
This site has expanded and has a terrific instruments of the orchestra section as well. The composer section is also nice, as it helps you to learn about a specific composer and even has listening examples.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
This site is terrific for instrument identification. It has wonderful pictures of each instrument so that the students can become familiar with the looks of each instrument. Unique to this site (at least in my searching) the orchestra recorded each instrument playing "Twinkle, Twinkle" so as to really give the kids an understanding of the differences between each instrument's unique sound. They love listening to the various performances, and the French Horn page even offers a snippet of John Williams' music.
The composer page on this site is also excellent. It is easily navigated, and provides a tremendous amount of background on each composer.
The creators of this site also take you on a tour of the Meyerson, which is where the DSO performs. It has pictures from the stage, as if you were a performer, and even from the tech box way in the back. It is an insider's view that you couldn't even get on a real, live tour. Click below to reach the DSO!
Whack a Note
This is purely a note reading game. Students can use the number pad on the keyboard or the mouse to click the note they are looking for within the gameboard. It is definitely helpful in note recognition. Click below to reach Whack a Note!
The repetition in discovering the same note repeatedly will really help develop recognition skills.
This site is for someone looking for more of a challenge. It allows you to customize the notes for practice, so it can certainly be useful for beginners as well. It includes note both above and below the treble staff as well as accidentals. Students who play an instrument or are really looking to challenge themselves will enjoy this site. You can adjust the settings to make it a little easier to start (which isn't a bad idea if note naming is still new to you! :-)