Music: Theory and Practice

It is now well documented that children exposed to music learn faster and retain more — which makes it all the more frustrating when schools cut costs by reducing or eliminating music programs.

But, as these sites demonstrate, a music program does not have to be expensive, and can be used to to introduce concepts in other areas from science to history to mathematics.

Using on-line resources and your classroom computer, you can include music in your everyday instruction.

Here’s a tip: When introducing a topic, look for related songs.

This works especially well in subjects line history and the humanities.

Well all remember Schoolhouse Rock.

Music is a powerful memory aid.

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How to Read Sheet Music

... by a 12 year old. A lighthearted, if not so helpful guide created by an unqualified individual. Enjoy! The video was assembled by Julian Cianciolo, who also…  learn more

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Judy & David's FunZone

Judy & David's Fun Zone has everything musical for younger students, from sound clips to music themed coloring pages to a very complete song book.  learn more

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Mozart Meets 007

What happens when Mozart and James Bond collide? In addition to being great fun, Igudesman & Joo show how combining two styles or eras of music can lead…  learn more

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Rhythm Web

Rhythmweb hosts sound files, among other resources in percussion, from around the world.  learn more

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Why we love repetition in music

How many times does the chorus repeat in your favorite song? Repetition in music isn't just a feature of Western pop songs; it's a global phenomenon. Why? Elizabeth…  learn more

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JAZZ - A film by Ken Burns

Jazz at PBS was created to accompany Ken Burns' 10 part history of jazz. In addition to rich biographies with artists playing, site visitors can visit the Jazz…  learn more

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Music Theory

Music Theory, started by Ricci Adams while a HS Senior, has over twenty-five lessons and several on-line trainers and utilities. The site, more appropriate for older students, includes…  learn more

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Science of Music -- The Exploratorium

The Science of Music within the Exploratorium site answers questions like how opera singers can hold their breath so long and what music kitchen objects can generate. Graphically…  learn more

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PRS: Classical Music Archives

PRS plays classical music (post copyright). You can research composers, download MIDI files, and find instructional tips.  learn more

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Particle Adventure

Fundamentals of matter and force. Particle Adventure demonstrates the connections between music and physics.  learn more

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Music Acoustics, Physics, & Science

Physics and music have been related for millennia. The art and science of music acoustics are presented here, in musician-friendly format.  learn more

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Flipped Music Learning

Free Music Theory & Knowledge for Teachers and Students. This is a FREE website for music teachers and students to learn music theory and knowledge to help you…  learn more

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Jazz Hall of Fame

The Jazz Hall of Fame is jam-packed with Big Band and Jazz history, music samples, headlines etc. It is very comprehensive.  learn more

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Children's Songs -- The Teacher's Guide

Children's Songs is another site providing both lyrics and playable MIDI music files. The actual number of songs which can be played via the computer is extensive. For…  learn more

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New York Philharmonic Kidzone

Our Education programs empower all listeners and creators to make their own connections to orchestral music. From games that introduce preschoolers to musical basics to activities that inspire…  learn more

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Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

This page includes links to each of the individual Music Theory pages I've created in PDF form. This is a work in progress; I am writing new ones…  learn more