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Interactive Sites

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These sites are especially for K - 2:

Arthur's Games - from the PBS children's show "Arthur" - here are some musical/media ones:

Buster's Movie Maker - design your own version of Buster's cool movie!

Crank It Up - make your own rhythms using tools from the garage & your computer keyboard!

Global Gizmo - match the pictures & sounds to learn about music instruments from around the world!

Make the Band - Martha Speaks Music! Join Martha the talking dog in the recording studio & put your own band together!



Most of these are for any grade:


Balldroppings - draw lines to make the balls bounce around, if you're good at it, you can make it sound like a musical composition! (this site hasn't been working for us lately)


Boomthang - create your own jammin' music, with drum beats, keyboards & other wild sounds!


Carnegie Hall Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - lots of info about the instruments of the orchestra


Creating Music - "draw" your own musical compositions - from famous electronic composer Morton Subotnick


Cyberchase Patterns - click on the squares to make musical patterns


Drumsteps - the amazing rhythmic composition activity from the BBC in England - make the red balls roll down steps, go down ladders, disappear into & reappear out of "wormholes", & more! (if you're having trouble w/ this game, make sure your Shockwave plug-in is updated, & that you use Internet Explorer)


DSO Kids Music Room - lots of fun stuff, from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra


Families of the Orchestra - Pictures, sounds and info about the different instrument families and the instruments in each family - from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra


Foxy Dancer's Dance Game - dance along with Foxy & challenge your musical memory!


Freaky Frank's Music Machine - great for Halloween!


Google Art Project - not music, but art - take a virtual tour of the great art museums of the world!


Gullah Music - learn about the origins of African-American music - write your own blues song!


Henry Partch's Instruments - a composer & inventor, Mr. Partch invented dozens of his own instruments - you can play many of his creations on this site


Incredibox - make a song w/ these beatnik French guys


iNudge - interactive tone matrix (Flash-based music sequencer) - another music composition tool


JamStudio - like an online Band In the Box - create the chords & accompaniments for your own original song!


Kazounds - a musical memory game - see if you can outwit "Zounds"!


Keeping Score - the companion website to the TV series of the same name. Hosted by the conductor of the San Fransisco Symphony, Micheal Tilson Thomas. This site has amazing interactive features, & a wealth of information about how symphonic music is put together by the great composers. Features music by Beethoven, Aaron Copland, Stravinsky & Tchaikovsky.


Learn Bird Songs - listen to the best musicians in the animal world!

More Bird Song Sites: Cornell University Lab of Ornithology

eNature Bird Songs

Nature Songs

All Birds


Medieval & Renaissance Instruments - lots of pictures and audio examples of instruments that were used many hundreds of years ago


Metropolitan Museum of Art: Music Instrument Collection - see pictures of rare & unusual music instruments


Mr. McDade's Games - check out the games created by Mr. McDade - if you know your music, you can Fling the Teacher!


Musical Instrument Identification Quizzes - see if you know the names of the instruments in the four main instrument families!


Music Learning Community - a bunch of fun music learning games, mostly note reading & ear training


Music Match'em - match the pictures of instruments to the correct sound


Music Tech Teacher - a huge amount of music info, games & quizzes


Music Through the Curriculum - a whole bunch of fun musical things to do that also help you with your reading and math! Includes favorites like "Cucumber Pickle Machine" & "Counting Music", with the computer voice counting the rhythms!


Myna - looping music creation - like GarageBand, but online, & free! (from Aviary)


New York Philharmonic Kidzone - learn about instruments of the orchestra, play musical learning games, & compose your own version of a Mozart minuet!


The OddMusic Gallery - collection of strange & unusual instruments


PBS Jazz for Kids - information & activities about jazz music for young people


Perfect Pitch - learn about the instruments throughout the four main periods of Classical music, & create your own "mix" of a classic !


Pentatonic Scales - make up your own melodies using the pentatonic scale ("penta" means "5" in the Latin language)


Pianolina - play with floating tones, & create your own deconstruction of Beethoven's "Fur Elise"


Poisson Rouge Piano - notates & plays back what you play (only uses quarter notes)


Roc Music Creator - online music sequencer (from Aviary)


San Francisco Symphony Kids Page - more info about instruments of the orchestra, & experiment with the sights & sounds of music in the Music Lab


Sphinx Kids - activities about multi-cultural classical composers, from the NY Philharmonic


String Thing - make up your own music with the "String Thing", and learn how string instruments work!


Theta Music Trainer - very challenging music games that train your musical ear to recognize scales, intervals & chords


The Time Machine - match the composers to their musical time period


Thumb Piano Tunes - learn some tunes to play on the African thumb piano, or make up your own!


Toy Theater Music - four different musical composition activities - the "Drum beats" one is wild!


Virtual Drum Kit - play a real-looking drum set!


Virtual Piano - play a song on this keyboard, & add drums or chords; you can also change the sound to other instruments


Wild Music - explore nature's sound environments


Xploring Xtremes in Music - explore the extremes of tempo, dynamics & other musical elements created by famous composers



Resources for Research & Projects, etc.


Animated Music Clip Art - musical clip art that moves!


Classic Cat - free classical music for downloading


Classics for Kids - lots of information on composers, instruments, etc.; also podcasts, music listening examples


DSO Kids Composers' Corner - fun information about composers, incl. listening examples


Encyclopedia Britannica Online - ask Mr. McDade for the password if you don't know it


Essentials of Music - information on the different eras of classical music, composers & a music glossary


Free Music Clip Art - more music clip art


Music Graphics Galore - free clip art for projects


PBS Jazz for Kids - has information about important jazz musicians


Songwriting for Kids - learn how to write a song, & hear examples of other kids' songs!



Music Vocabulary

The Austin Symphony Glossary of Popular Music Terms


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Kids - Music Dictionary


Classics for Kids Musical Dictionary


Essentials of Music Online Glossary

Music Glossary.com


Music Master Glossary - from Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE)




Kool Vidz 4 Kidz


Design Squad Vidz - engineering challenges solved by kids:

Rock On - the red & blue squads compete to design musical instruments for a rock band

Bodies Electric - the squads design interactive sound and light dance pads for a hip-hop artist

Band Cam - the squads design remote control aerial cameras to film a performance of the band Zili Misik


Curious George Vidz:

"Making Music" (on Pg. 1) - kids learn about the reasons instruments make high and low pitches

"Sounds Like" (on Pg. 3) - kids play a guessing game with different sounds

"Feel the Beat" (on Pg. 4) - kids go to a drum shop & learn about the different pitches drums can make

"Sound Detectives" (on Pg. 5) - kids listen for & imitate sounds in their neighborhood