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Music in the Classroom

Music in the Classroom

Music in the Classroom by Scoilnet

Our newest Music themepage! Learn about musical instruments. Know your Jazz from your Classical and tell the difference between Beethoven and Brahms.


Basics
Make Music
The Orchestra
Teachers

Get to grips with the different types of music made by humans and those made in nature.

Interactive Site for Learning Music

http://interactivesites.weebly.com/music-fun.html Added: 06 May 2016 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Simulation

Music to our ears! A collection of engaging music animations which students can interact with. Watch your class become activated with the power of the move-mixer where students will need to follow the dance moves as you quicken up the speed/ change the music. Holistically, students can decide how music makes them feel from relaxed to grumpy.
If your more of a hands on instrumental musician, discover how different instruments sound. Perhaps, your more of a modern day age Beethoven, so why not learn to play the piano digitally engaging with chords, scales and notes. Then see can you transfer your digital Beethoven skills to your real life piano.

Even more ambitious; Generate a class choir with hands symphony or join a jazz band?

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
Music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • describe initial reactions to, or feelings about, his/her compositions and the compositions of others (recordings or live performances), giving preferences
  • differentiate between steady beat and music without a strong beat in music
  • discover two-beat time (like a march) and three-beat time (like a waltz) byusing gestures to accompany music
  • distinguish between sounds of different duration (long or short) while listening to music
  • identify and describe the tempo of the music as fast or slow, or getting faster or getting slower
  • recognise strong and weak beats, illustrating them through gestures
  • show the steady beat in listening to live or recorded music accompanying songs or chants

Suggestions for use: Energnise your class by getting up and standing. Explain they must follow the mover maker dance on the board. Once the class, learn the moves, you can change the speed or music to the dance. Ask the students to then turn to their partners and tell them how the music is making them feel. Which music was their favorite?

Follow on by getting the students to return to their seats. (This could work very well with iPads and earphones) Get students into groups and instruct them to click on the "Robby and Curley are listening to music" tab. As a group, they must decide how the music makes them feel. Tell your students you have already recorded how the music makes you feel and want to see if they have similar answers. (Students discussions will become more activated)

Return as a class group, engage in a class discussion with each groups presenter. Get them to state their "majority rule" response for each sound.

Introduce beats by using the "seaside activity" animation. You can have a competition to find "the beat experts" of the class. Each group can nominate one student to represent their group. Students nominated must represent their answers by doing the movement they think the answer is. A Point can be given to each group with correct answer until puzzle is complete and you have the "the beat expect" of the class.

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • distinguish the main instrument heard in a piece of music
  • examine the effects produced by different instruments
  • identify families of instruments
  • recognise strong and weak-beat patterns, illustrating them through gestures

Suggestions for use: Introduce the "Guess my instrument" animation to test students prior knowledge in relation to musical instruments. Play the music. Get students to do different movements to represent their chosen answers so that you can quickly identify all students understanding.

Next activity can link onto listening to instruments being combined This can be facilitated by using the "Quincy and the magic instruments" animation. Ask students to think-pair-share; What instruments have you seen played together? Which is your favorite?

Print out pictures of each instrument. Tell the students that you want them to sort out the orchestra storage room so that the musicians can easily get their instruments. Allow students to discuss how they will categorize the instruments. Go around the room asking students to explain why they are putting them in their particular order. Bring the class back together to reflect on their collaboration. Use the last animation on this website, to explain how the conductor would organize his instructions into; bass, strings, woodwind and percussion. Also, emphasis the location of these instruments within an orchestra using the orchestra seating.

Homework: Ask students to visit this website and create a poster including details on a chosen type of instrument using the orchestra animation. Demonstrate how and where they can access this research material before the class ends.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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SFS Kids: Fun & Games With Music

http://www.sfskids.org/discover/ Added: 17 Apr 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Demonstration / Game / Guide/notes

Award winning website from the san Francisco Orchestra. Presents interactives, games-based modules and lots of sound files to encourage children to explore and research sounds and music.

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Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: Attribution Creative Commons
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Sounds from Nature

http://www.naturesoundmap.com/ Added: 17 Apr 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Audio / Video

Nature soundscapes and wildlife sounds from all over the planet. Shows a map of the world with various hot spots containing sounds from animals, birds and nature.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
Music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Suggestions for use: Play this in class - to identify the differnet types of sounds and pitch of sounds. Can also help the children identify parts of the world. You could ask the children to tell you something about the country in which the sound is from.

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Suggestions for use: Play this in class - to identify the differnet types of sounds and pitch of sounds. Can also help the children identify parts of the world. You could ask the children to tell you something about the country in which the sound is from.

3-4
5-6
SESE Geography

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Suggestions for use: Play this in class - to identify the differnet types of sounds and pitch of sounds. Can also help the children identify parts of the world. You could ask the children to tell you something about the country in which the sound is from.

Strand: Human Environments

Strand unit: People and Other Lands

Suggestions for use: Play this in class - to identify the differnet types of sounds and pitch of sounds. Can also help the children identify parts of the world. You could ask the children to tell you something about the country in which the sound is from.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Monster Choir: Missing Monsters

http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L1057/index.html Added: 09 Aug 2014 Contributor: Louise Mullane Resource type: Game

Help monsters in a choir to make animal sounds in order. Look at a sequence of two or three shapes: squares, circles and triangles. Choose monsters so that their sounds match the shape pattern.

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How it maps to the curriculum

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Mathematics

Strand: Algebra

Strand unit: 2. Patterns & Sequences

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • identify, copy and extend patterns in colour, shape and size
  • identify, copy and extend patterns in colour, shape, size and number (3-4 elements)
  • recognise patterns and predict subsequent numbers

Suggestions for use: Great for whole class activity on Interactive Whiteboard to explain extending pattern, integrate with composing in Music

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Collection: Primary Source
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
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NY Philharmonic - Composition

http://www.nyphilkids.org/composition/main.phtml Added: 17 Apr 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Three different activities that demonstrate how music is made and allow users to alter features to create different types of sound.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
Music

Strand: Composing

Strand unit: Improvising and creating

Suggestions for use: Pick one of the modules and use in class. Best done collectively on class computer.

Strand: Composing

Strand unit: Improvising and creating

Suggestions for use: Pick one of the modules and use in class. Best done collectively on class computer.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Rap Machine: Talent Quest

http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L459/index.html Added: 11 Aug 2014 Contributor: Louise Mullane Resource type: Case Study

Mix your own rap music. Start with some model lyrics and beats. Change each line to make a new rap about a talent quest. View words in either rap or standard English.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
English

Strand: Oral Language

Strand unit: Competence and Confidence in Using Language

Suggestions for use: Link this with a music lesson on rap. Compose their own rap in groups.

5-6
Music

Strand: Composing

Strand unit: Improvising and creating


Strand: Composing

Strand unit: Talking about and recording compositions


Strand: Performing

Strand unit: Song singing

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
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Singing Tips

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sing/learning/ Added: 13 Jan 2013 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Reference

Useful tips and videos to help warms ups etc for singing either as solo or as part of a choir. Some also relevant to other instruments.

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How it maps to the curriculum

SC
German

Suggestions for use: Have a classroom discussion about the importance of methodical practice for both singers and instrumentalists. Try some of the warm-up exercises. Build them into your routine.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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SFS Kids: Compose Music

http://www.sfskids.org/compose/ Added: 17 Apr 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Tool

Interactive activities and guides to writing and making music. Includes various starting tunes, notes and a drag and drop notes activity.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
Music

Strand: Composing

Strand unit: Improvising and creating

Suggestions for use: Highly visual and engaging. Best to familiarise thoroughly in advance of class.

Strand: Composing

Strand unit: Improvising and creating

Suggestions for use: Highly visual and engaging. Best to familiarise thoroughly in advance of class.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Creative Composing

http://resources.hwb.wales.gov.uk/V...lis/Creative%20Composing/index.html Added: 17 Apr 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Presentation / Simulation

Interactive to develop users' creative composing skills. Within each unit or theme, the resource gives learners an opportunity to explore, use, create, organise and refine compositions. The activities include appraising / listening activities, introduction to new composition techniques and skills, short composition tasks and drag and drop. Contains excellent teacher guide. activities.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Music

Strand: Composing

Strand unit: Improvising and creating

Suggestions for use: Complex looking site but the material here is really good. With some class preperation this would display well on IWB and would be quite engaging for whole class involvement.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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The Cup Game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxz...=PLvFHFR5wnh5IZBp5sx8zJFOZu_HBBPb63 Added: 17 Apr 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type:

YouTube video that explains the children's clapping game that involves tapping and hitting a cup using a defined rhythm. The game can be played by many players seated around a table and is often played in large groups. The video explains in detail how to play.

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How it maps to the curriculum

5-6
Music

Strand: Composing

Strand unit: Improvising and creating

Suggestions for use: This will take a bit of mastering before you demonstrate to class BUT it will captivate pupils. And they will master quicker than you!

Asset type: Video
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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SFS Kids - Instruments of the Orchestra

http://www.sfskids.org/classic/templates/instorchframe.asp?pageid=3 Added: 17 Apr 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Demonstration / Guide/notes

Interactive guide to the instruments of the orchestra. Listen to the sounds they make and see where they are normally positioned in the orchestra.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
3-4
5-6
Music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Suggestions for use: Totally engaging. Display to class through the IWB and explore the individual instruments.

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Suggestions for use: Totally engaging. Display to class through the IWB and explore the individual instruments.

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Suggestions for use: Totally engaging. Display to class through the IWB and explore the individual instruments.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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NY Philharmonic - Instruments Storage Room

http://www.nyphilkids.org/lockerroom/main.phtml Added: 17 Apr 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Game / Guide/notes

Take a ramble around the storage room and learn about the various instruments in the orchestra. Read about them, see them and listen to their sound.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
3-4
5-6
Music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Suggestions for use: Very visual so perfect for IWB. Present to whole class to explore the sounds of the various instruments.


Strand: Performing

Strand unit: Playing instruments

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Suggestions for use: Very visual so perfect for IWB. Present to whole class to explore the sounds of the various instruments.


Strand: Performing

Strand unit: Playing instruments

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Suggestions for use: Very visual so perfect for IWB. Present to whole class to explore the sounds of the various instruments.


Strand: Performing

Strand unit: Playing instruments

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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Tips for Using Classical Music in the Classroom

http://www.classicsforkids.com/grownups/classroom.asp Added: 27 Nov 2008 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Gives practical suggestions and tips for listening and responding to music lessons in the classroom. Flash needed to listen to classical excerpts.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
3-4
5-6
Music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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"Peter and the Wolf" by Prokofiev

http://www.classicsforkids.com/pastshows.asp?id=273 Added: 18 Nov 2008 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Lesson Plan

Listen to the story of "Peter and the Wolf", and follow the lesson plans outlined in the site.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
3-4
Music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
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"Surprise Symphony" by Haydn

http://www.classicsforkids.com/teac...lessonplans/pdfs/haydn/Haydn3-5.pdf Added: 27 Nov 2008 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Lesson Plan

Three excellent lesson plans about Haydn's "Surprise Symphony", focusing on theme and variations, form and composition, and the history of Haydn. FLASH needed to hear music.

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How it maps to the curriculum

3-4
5-6
Music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Strand: Listening & Responding

Strand unit: Listening and responding to music

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: All rights reserved
Special Needs:

Words and Picture: Rhyme Time

http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/viewing/L7857/index.html Added: 01 Aug 2014 Contributor: Louise Mullane Resource type: Game

Help Di paint three pictures by matching words that rhyme. Watch as Di paints a picture of the phrase.

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
English

Strand: Reading

Content objective:
This resource should enable a child to:

  • develop an awareness of some letter-sound relationships
  • listen to, enjoy and respond to stories, nursery rhymes, poems and songs

Suggestions for use: Great for interactive whiteboard with whole class

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Collection: Primary Source
Rights: Attribution-ShareAlike Creative Commons
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Action Songs

http://www.songsforteaching.com/movement.htm Added: 18 Sep 2007 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Game / Audio / Video

Contains fun songs and lyrics which promote dance and movement

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How it maps to the curriculum

in
Physical Education

Strand: Dance

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
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How to Teach Children to Sing

http://www.wikihow.com/Teach-Children-to-Sing Added: 17 Apr 2014 Contributor: Scoilnet Resource type: Guide/notes

Ten steps for proper vocal warm-up and preparation for singing. Contains clear pictures and covers stretching, vowel sounds, scales and breathing. Contains further links on 'how to sing'.

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How it maps to the curriculum

1-2
3-4
5-6
Music

Strand: Performing

Strand unit: Song singing

Suggestions for use: Good background information for teachers. Helpful images.

Strand: Performing

Strand unit: Song singing

Suggestions for use: Good background information for teachers. Helpful images.

Strand: Performing

Strand unit: Song singing

Suggestions for use: Good background information for teachers. Helpful images.

Asset type: Online Resource
Language: English
Rights: Attribution Creative Commons
Special Needs:

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Music Explained

Types of music, musical instruments and music notation ... 


Orchestra

The word orchestra was first used in ancient Greek times but did not refer to musicians until the middle ages. 

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