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Online Enrichment -- Music

by Julie Shepherd knapp, copyright 2006, 2007, 2008

Hands-on music makers, music games, music appreciation, and creative
musicians' videos and webpages...

Make Virtual Music

Singing Horses -- "click" a capella horses

Make a Lantern Song -- from the PBS Kids Sagwa website

Alley Cats -- click to make your own music

FindSounds -- listings of audio clips, by category

Hollywood Sound Effects Library -- explore for free, pay to use

Carol Maker by zefrank -- make a tune, send it by e-mail card

crazymachine by zefrank -- type to make sound effects

sequences -- techno music maker

Visual Acoustics - compose with the mouse (slow to download)

Playing Fraction Pies -- make a tune using pie slices for notes

Educational Games and Activities

DSO Kids from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra -- games and activities

KidZone from the new York Philharmonic -- games and activities

PBSKids Music -- games and activities

Musical Mysteries from the BBC -- free online games teach about
sound, rythm, mood, etc.

Sesame Street Music -- games and activities

Classics for the Kids -- a collection of concert sound clips featuring
various composers, also a collection of
Music by Period  

Scratch -- a free download from MIT, a new programming language that
lets you create your own interactive stories, games, music, and art,
website includes kid-friendly tutorials, aimed at grades 3 - 8

Sim Tunes -- "...allows kids to make their own "musical pictures." Just
select and draw from the color palette - each color corresponds to a
different musical note. Then watch and listen as the quartet of animated
Bugz dance around the screen, triggering bursts of light and sound each
time they pass over a different colored dot or line. String the colors
together to create a tune."  Not free, but cheap ;-)

Some Classic Oldies... But Goodies

Mickey Mouse Piano Solo - The Opry House (1929)
Tom & Jerry Hungarian Rhapsody No 2 Liszt  
Kill The Wabbit (What's Opera, Doc) --directed by Chuck Jones
Swingin' the alphabet -- The Three Stooges, 1938
Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley, 1956
I'm Singing in the Rain, Gene Kelly, 1961
The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole, 1961
Beale Street Blues with Chita Rivera (Cid Caesar host)
Take Five by Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1961
What is Jazz? An intro by Dinah Shore and music by Gerry Mulligan
In the Evening cool jazz by blind musician Ray Charles, 1963

Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan, 1963
Stop in the Name of Love by Diana Ross and the Supremes, 1965
Baby I Need Your Lovin' by The Four Tops, 1965
I Got You Babe by Sonny and Cher, 1965

Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel, 1967
Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues, 1967
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong, 1968
Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell, 1970
Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers, late 70's

Cool Contemporary Music Videos and Clips

Sarah McLachlan video for "World on Fire" (wonderful :-)

Drum Machine -- exotic intro followed by taiko drum animation
Buddy Greene -- amazing harmonica at Carnegie Hall
The Elephant Song --  funny song, sweet video by Eric Herman

Vienna Vegetable Orchestra -- gotta see it to believe it :-)
Little Boxes Claymation music video version
Gemini -- percussion and video effects
Andy McKee -- amazing guitar

Amazing Fiddle Player -- fiddle version of Owner of a Lonely heart
Drift. Dancer Without a Body by Koert -- full-length techno-music video
with animated dancer, music by Artefact, dance by Nancy Mauro-Flude
The Exam -- student percussion (turn volume up for first part)
Tom Lehrer's The Element Song -- animated by Mike Stanfill
(choose "Dial-up" or "Broad Band" to begin)

1 Week of Art -- an evolving mural
Jingle Bells Percussion -- a holiday performance  
Rhythm and Greens -- fun and well-done (turn up your volume)
Aaron Jasinski -- techno music samples

Cooking Show: Beatbox Recipe -- funny and clever
Play -- animated video by Dustball
Mario Piano -- Mario theme song played by ear while blindfolded
There She Is -- a full-length animated music video (in Japanese)

WebNoise by zefrank -- techno clips
Dude Falling by Billy Russell -- short animated music video
Zelda music played on electric guitar
Bellyfull by Boy in Static -- full-length animated music video

Heavens Rejoice -- inspirational images set to techno music (nice :-)
We Will Rock You -- animated version with "water" kids

Pipe Dream -- music machine by Animusic (buy the DVD here )

Wooing Mates with Acoustic Tricks -- tree frog serenades
Creative Percussion -- an interview with a studio musician
Composing Music for the Movies -- interview with a musician

Self-Directed Learning Resources

Music Notation Modernization Association -- a movement to
modernize music notation to make it more readable and versatile

Notes On... Series -- musicologist Alan Pollack analyzes Beatles' songs Music -- tons of links to music-related pages on US
government-sponsored websites

For many more music resources, go to
Homeschooling Music

For resources in all areas of the arts, go to
The Arts for Homeschoolers
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