In my head, there is a continual soundtrack to my life. I feel that I may be the world’s most eclectic music lover, because I have found very few genres of music that I don’t enjoy. Thank goodness I have yet to be able to afford one of those Satellite Music Subscriptions or I fear my ears would fall off. And, just as a warning for those of you who might bump into me in person from time to time, I am also one of those annoying people who hums under their breath when a radio is not available. So please indulge me today, as I share some of my favorite techie music resources. If you make use of even one of these, I will feel like the Magical Music Fairy who spread her joy and cadence far and wide….enjoy!
- MozartMath – Because my guys are up there in grades now, I don’t have any personal experience with this one, but I LOVE the concept. Combining music theory, music appreciation and math??!! Genius! This preschool curriculum includes lesson plans, curriculum tools, CD, and can be used as a supplemental or stand-alone program.
- Super Duper Music Looper – Available as shareware or a free download, this program is “super duper” for introducing 6-10 year olds to the fundamentals behind music creation. There is absolutely no limit to the creativity kids can express with this program. Warning: educational but addictive!!
- SFS Kids – Fun With Music – Online music lab and destination for learning all about music (elementary ages)
- BBC’s Music Sense – Interactive multimedia introduction to the different elements of music
- Thinkquest: Music History – Online journey of the history of music from Medieval Times to the present
- Children’s Songs and Nursery Rhymes – Worldwide journey through songs and rhymes of all the world’s cultures and peoples
- Musical Mysteries – As students work their way through the site, they gain valuable listening, composing and musical interpretation skills; also includes cross-curricular resources
- Virtual Orchestra – Interactive exploration of the different musical instruments in an orchestra
- The Music Room – Large collection of songs for teaching most every subject across the curriculum. Great for kids who learn by hearing!
- MusicTheory.com – Terrific site for online practice of all the aspects of musical theory
- Music Sheaf – Printable paper for most any type of music composition for your junior composer
- The Songwriting Game – Writing music with chords
- Classics For Kids – Fun time machine activity that takes you through the different classical composers and introduces you to some of their famous works
- Online Practice Record – Helps each of the musicians in your household keep track of their daily practice
- Animusic – groundbreaking visual extravaganza of musical computer animation; you just have to check it out to understand what this program is all about…your kids will be spellbound, and so will you!
- Connect With Music – Middle school lesson plans for integrating music into the classroom
- Schoolhouse Rock – Yes, I’m showing my age here, but I grew up on these, and my kids have always adored them too…great site!
Well folks, I’m afraid that my head is playing that all-time favorite Sound of Music ditty: “So Long, Farewell.” That means time for me to wrap things up here and hum my way through the rest of the morning. Have a magical, musical day!