Music Sites                                                               K-12

Curriculum Integration with Music

Phil Tulga - Music through the Curriculum – a great resource for integrating math, science, and language arts with a high-tech easy-to-navigate website.

Exploratorium - explore the science of music through online exhibits, movies, and questions.

TechSmart and Music 

Pandora – Click on this site and enter the name of one your favorite songs or bands.  Immediately, the site will begin playing a succession of songs similar to your choice.  A great tool for showing students the fundamental elements of songs including "repetitive melodic phrasing," "subtle use of vocal harmony" and "minor key tonality."  The site was created by the music Genome Project and is completely free..

Lesson Plans on the Net

Hummingbird Educational Resources – curriculum ideas including art, music, movement, math, language, reading, social skills, science and more. (Pre-K to 1st Grade) – known as the ultimate teacher’s resource with many Pre-K to 12th Grade appropriate music lesson plans. – Music lesson plans, ideas, and activities for Pre-K through 12th grade.

AskERIC Lesson Plans – Music lesson plans for K through 12th grade.

Software Titles to Teach Music

JumpStart Music – Created for ages 5-8, this teaches basic musical concepts (melody, harmony, scales, etc.) by following a cartoon rabbit.

MAGIX Music Maker Generation - Children and adults enjoy using this program to produce and “mix” music and videos.

Music Ace and Music Ace 2 - Both of these programs are regarded as the best software in the industry for mastering the basic music essentials.

Cakewalk Home Studios – This is the world’s #1 selling music and sound software for recording, editing, and mixing/mastering MIDI and digital audio (PC).  Choose Cakewalk Metro SE for the iMac.

Sheet Music on the Net

Sheet Music Direct – Sheet Music Direct sells electronic sheet music that you can download instantly.  You can listen to a MIDI rendering of your song, transpose it into other keys, view it on screen as often as you like, and print one copy.  The service offers thousands of titles, ranging from pop artists to Broadway musicals, and at an affordable price. 

Music Theory

Michael Furstner’s Jazclassjazz courses, theory, music notation and jazz songs.

Gary Ewer’s “Easy Music Theory”– This site was originally free, but now it advertises a CD for sale.  However, it still has some great sample lessons and quizzes too.

Piano Lessons Online

Piano on the Net – one of the most comprehensive sites with many lessons to teach piano via the Internet.

Learn Jazz Piano – jazz piano lessons and techniques used by professional jazz piano players

MIDI Sequencing Lessons

Welcome to Betty’s MIDI Mania – a great “how to” site for hardware, software setups and using Cakewalk.

Bulletin Boards
Bulletin Boards for the Music Classroom – bulletin board ideas for the K-12 classroom.

Band Director Resources

Band Director Resources – a K-12 resource page for today’s band director.

Music Artist Bio Sites

Artist Direct Search – the largest music community on the Internet.

AMG All Music Guide – The on-line music guide.

Favorite MIDI Sites

The Classical MIDI Archives – an alphabetized listing of famous composers’ biographies and MIDI files form the Middle Ages to the Modern era.

Classical Music MIDI Page– Just click on thefirst letter of the composer’s last name to find what you want.

Disney Midis – Music from all of Disney’s movies.   Think of all the possibilities with reading/music related projects.

Standard MIDI Files on the Net – The most complete & best-maintained list of sites with MIDI Files.

Patriotic MIDI Files – Many emotion filled songs are listed for all age groups.

NIEHS Kids’ Pages – A great site for sing-a-long songs with lyrics…happens to be my choice.

General Music Sites

Classics for Kids 

Arts Alive 

The New York Philharmonic Kidzone! 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra 

Creating Music

American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920

Classical Guitar Free On-line Lessons

African Music Encyclopedia

America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets

Chris B’s Music – Great Places to Learn

The Essentials of Music

Flapper Station

The Gilbert and Sullivan Archive Home Page

The J.S. Bach Home Page

Jazz Hall of Fame--Home Page

The Mozart Project--Home Page

Music Heritage Network: Instrument Encyclopedia Home Page

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870 -1885

Music Graphics Galore

MusiNum-The Music in the Numbers

Music Teacher's Resource SitePopular Songs in American History

The Kids Page

The Original Big Bands Database Plus Home Page

The Original Hip-Hop (RAP) Lyrics Archive Home

The Red Hot Jazz Archive

Roughstock's History of Country Music

Welcome to KIDiddles

Welcome to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

The above sites were compiled by Domenic A. Grignano with special assistance by William M. Freeman.

Domenic A. Grignano, recently,  was the Technology Facilitator and Systems Engineer at East Rock Magnet School in New Haven, CT. He is a leading technology pioneer in K-12 education, as well as a consultant for schools and major software companies. His innovative work has resulted in East Rock being recognized as a national model technology program using Compaq, Microsoft, Asante technologies, and Xerox.  

 William M. Freeman is a
4th to 8th grade music teacher at East Rock Magnet School.

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