Activities, Lesson Plans, and More
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Muted.io offers a “magical collection of interactive music theory tools & visual reference pages to learn music online for free.” There are tons of fun and useful resources here - a beat maker, virtual piano, BPM counter, guitar & ukulele tuner, free synthesizer presets, and interactive guides on scales, chords, and more.
TeachRock: Interdisciplinary Music Lessons
TeachRock uses popular music to create interdisciplinary lessons that combine music history with science, math, social studies, language arts, and more. The site offers hundreds of K-12 lessons on different popular artists, music from different cultures, and genres.
NAFME Virtual Resources for Music Educators
The National Association for Music Education has an extensive database of resource links for music educators. You can find resources for band, choir, classical music, jazz, opera, rock & roll, virtual concerts, lesson plans, free music sources, and much more.
Carnegie Hall Resources for Music Educators
Carnegie Hall offers a wide range of lessons and activities for K-12 students, as well as teacher development. Lessons cover topics like world music, digital music production, the creative process, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and more.
San Francisco Symphony's Kids' Page
The San Francisco Symphony's kids' page is an appealing interactive site where children can learn the basics of music notes, learn about tempo, play in the music lab, and more.
Musical Instrument Museum Virtual Tours and Resources
If you can’t visit in person, the Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix, Arizona, offers virtual tours where you can explore the musical instruments of different cultures and time periods. They also offer lessons that include hands-on activities and video resources.
The Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
This art-deco museum honors great jazz artists with ties to the state of Alabama. While furnishing educational information, the museum is also a place for entertainment. Exhibits convey the accomplishments of the likes of Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton and Erskine Hawkins and the music that made them famous. Within this fine musical collection, visitors travel from the beginnings of boogie woogie with Clarence "Pinetop" Smith to the jazz space journeys of Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Space Arkestra.
World Music Textbook
World Music Textbook is a fully-online, open-source textbook teaching and learning ethnomusicology and musicology. The textbook is divided into “chapters,” which can be short essays, videos, interactive sites, or other formats, and they are in no particular order. You can search the chapters by topic or region.
Musical Futures Online
Musical Futures offers a comprehensive collection of music learning resources and videos. Learn to play guitar, ukulele, piano, percussion, and more.
Music Education Videos from Advocates For Classical Music
Advocates For Classical Music invites all homeschooling parents to utilize five newly created videos to help your children appreciate and understand the musical instruments of the orchestra, classical music, ballet and even opera. These videos are short (around 10 minutes each), engaging and fun to watch. They are FREE of charge and available to view anytime at your convenience on our Advocates For Classical Music YouTube Channel.
Name That Chord
A free music theory course which includes numerous lessons and a game for kids.
World Fest Online: Hikaru (Japan)
"Explore Japanese folk music with Hikaru. Travel with the band members across Tokyo to explore a festival, a dance studio and a barbershop. Then, tune into Hikaru’s concert to hear Japanese instruments like the 3-string shamisen, the high-pitched shinobue flute, and the rumbling taiko drums as well as traditional singing and dance." Includes downloadable study guides, discussion questions, and an activity guide. (Japan is the last country featured on the page at the link.)
World Fest Online: Paulo Padilha e Bando (Brazil)
"Discover the sounds of Brazil with Paulo Padilha e Bando. Paulo’s music is inspired by traditional samba and other popular Brazilian styles. Learn more about the history of the cuica drum and follow Paulo as he zig zags through the streets of Brazil’s largest city, stopping at the bakery, the market, and the beach! Then, tune in to the band’s backyard garden concert." Includes downloadable study guides, discussion questions, and an activity guide.
World Fest Online: Hadar Maoz (Israel)
"Travel through 2,500 years of Israel’s musical tradition with Hadar Maoz and her ensemble. Hadar finds inspiration for her music everywhere, from ancient Persia to modern rock and roll. Get to know more about life in Israel as Hadar takes you to the riverside, sings and dances with her grandmother, and visits with her mom." Includes downloadable study guides, discussion questions, and an activity guide. (Israel is halfway down the page at the link.)
Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo Music
Australian Aboriginal music includes the music of Aboriginal Australians and social, cultural and ceremonial observances of these people, down through the millennia of their individual and collective histories to the present day, and has existed for 40,000 years. You Tube submission from Traditional Music Channel
Basic Music Theory
The Music Learning Workshop website has mini lessons that cover the basic elements of music theory. It covers Rhythm, Notes, Intervals, Scales, Chords, and more.
Teach-nology Music Lessons
Teach-nology offers a long list of music lesson plans by grade and category for K-12 students. Learn songs on recorder, how to clean and put together instruments, proper breathing for choir and wind instruments, composing melodies, and more.
Musical Elements Song
Sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", this song teaches about the elements of music. Ages 7-11.
Paul Taylor Didjeridoo
Australian storyteller, didjeridoo player and traveler. He comes to the U.S. from Adelaide, South Australia, on the invitation of Bobby Bridger and the Adelaide-Austin, TX, sister city program. Bridger is a descendant of the legendary western pioneer, Jim Bridger. In 1986, Paul acted as guide for Bobby Bridger on an extensive tour of South Australia. Bridger performed his acclaimed one-man show "Ballad of the West," on a tour of the outback and to the Pitjantatjara Aboriginal community in the red heart of the country.
The didgeridoo is a sacred Australian Aborigine instrument that dates back more than 40,000 years. This YouTube video submitted by Planet Doc Express Documentaries shows how the didgeridoo is made.
Popular Songs in American History
If your student loves music, he will love learning these songs and their place in history. My kids have enjoyed learning songs like Wait for the Wagon and Yankee Doodle Dandy and this site offers not just the songs, but the background and lyrics.
Making Musical Instruments
Carol Raedy, a musician and educator from Charlotte, NC, has put instructions online for making simple music. Using common household items you can guide your students to make a banjo, bass, dulcimer, drum, rainstick, and thumb piano.
Ideas for teaching music
Includes links to some wonderful music toys and games, musical history fact cards, printables, recommended books about music, and some links to other useful Music sites.
Children's Music Archive
Here you will find lyrics, sing-along suggestions, colouring sheets and activities for many children's songs.