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A Guide Through the Culture of the Blues Grades 7 to 12 Yale University

Use the style and humor of the blues to trace the development of the blues and its parallel, the African-American experience, from the seventeenth century to the present.

America’s Jazz History Home Page Grades 6 to 12 Smithsonian Institution

This site from the Smithsonian offers a musical and cultural retrospective on the evolution of jazz and its role in American culture. There are short biographies of jazz musicians, sound clips, and information on the places that helped make jazz an American institution. While the site is more a guide to Smithsonian exhibitions than an on-line resource, there’s enough information for basic research or to introduce students to jazz styles.

Children’s Music Resources Grades 1 to 12

A collection of resources for teaching children about music

Choral Public Domain Library Grades 6 to 12

Here’s a “labor of love” site offering downloadable scores of choral music in the public domain. If your music budget is tight – and whose isn’t – this site could be an invaluable resource for musical scores, despite its limitation to public domain content.

Classical MIDI Archives Grades 4 to 12

This site has thousands of MIDI files for classical compositions.

Classical Music Network Grades 6 to 12

An award-winning site by L. D. Lampson and Classical Net devoted to “classical” music, composers, repertoire, recommended recordings, reviews, and related resources. This easy to use site provides an outstanding reference source for both teachers and students from upper elementary through high school. The comprehensive content can be used to supplement a music appreciation class, to augment a social studies or foreign language lesson on a particular historical/cultural era, or to serve as a guide for building a CD library.

Creating Blues: An Interdisciplinary Study Grades 6 to 8 Yale University

Use the study and creation of blues lyrics, art, poetry, and fiction to immerse students in the blues philosophy.

Essentials of Music Grades 6 to 12

Though not specifically written for students, this site from Sony Music and W.W. Norton provides an interesting ‘Music History 101’ introduction to music, composers, instruments, and musicians. The contents could be used by students for report research in either music history or social studies, and there is sufficient depth that teachers may also find it useful for lesson planning. The site includes RealAudio sound clips, which work best if you have a fast web connection.

Fats Waller Forever Grades 6 to 12 Rutgers University

This site from the Rutgers Institute for Jazz Studies offers a �jumpin� tribute to jazz legend Fats Waller, complete with lots of music. Though the layout of the site is a bit odd, there are plenty of sound clips and images – many from the collection of Waller�s manager. Good background site for a discussion of jazz, black history, or American music.

Graphical Composer Time-line Grades 6 to 12

This site has a graphical time-line showing composers’ lives. This is an Acrobat (PDF) file.

Useful if you’re teaching a history of music class.

Groovelab Grades 4 to 12

Music teachers who need to make percussion loops for electronic or computer-based music will find this free online �sound machine� an interesting approach. Novices will likely find the interface confusing, but those who know what they want can quickly create percussion loops using a variety of instrument sounds.

How Things Work � CD Players Grades 6 to 12

It�s all text, but this description from a physics professor at the University of Virginia should remove all doubt about how your CD player makes music. Try this one as a supplement to an inventions unit or a discussion of digital recording.

How to Blues Grades 4 to 8 Yale University

Introduce your students to the blues as a means of understanding Afro-American culture, emphasizing improvisation. Students learn by playing and singing the music, and finish by writing and singing their own piece of the blues.

It’s a Girl Thang Grades 7 to 12

This privately developed site concentrates on legendary female blues singers and performers. There are dozens of profiles, each with information on the performer’s career. This is a nice resource for students interested in researching a particular bludes singer or performer.

Java Music Lab Grades 4 to 12 Hamilton College

We were truly impressed with this little site offering Java-based music theory tutorials. The exercises are �for real� allowing students to practice note recognition, speed reading, scale building, etc., and the java coding really works! The sound reinforcement and adjustable design of the exercises enables students to use these independently for both elementary and more advanced practice. This one�s a real find for those teaching theory and harmony.

Jazz History Pages Grades 4 to 12

Here’s a look at the history of Jazz in New York’s Harlem, based on a remarkable photo of sevearl dozen jazz greats. The site includes information on musicians, their music, their instruments, and how Jazz and Harlem came to be synonymous in the early twentieth century.

Jazz in America Grades 6 to 12 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz

At first glance, the web site from the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz would appear to offer only a high school curriculum. But click on the Jazz Resource Library and you�ll discover a rich collection of biographies, background information, musicology, and other jazz-related information. The content includes some really in-depth analysis of different jazz musical styles. Both music and social studies teachers will find plenty of material here.

K-12 Resources for Music Educators Grades 1 to 12 Mankato MN Schools

This web site is designed for teachers and students of all musical areas and education levels. It is loaded with information, resources, ideas, and professional references with dozens and dozens of links to relevant sites. The site, organized by five main topics (Band Teachers, Orchestra Teachers, Vocal/Choral, Classroom Music, and All Music Educators) offers links to great composers, study guides for instrumental music, fingering charts, string pedagogy, graded literature, foreign language dictionaries (French, Italian, and German), and information related to professional organizations.

Kids’ Pages from the New York Philharmonic Grades 3 to 8

The Philharmonic’s shockwave-enhanced pages for young people offer detailed composer information, musician biographies, and even music skill games. Best of all – the instrument samples are more than a few toots on the horn. If your students are studying orchestras – or visiting one – this site is a great resource.

Learn About Jazz Grades 6 to 12 Pacific Bell

The companion web site to the PBS Jazz series offers a history of jazz and its evolution as part of the African American experience. There are lesson outlines included in the site.


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