Classics for KidsGames to help learn musical terms and note names. There are also activities to introduce composers and instruments of the orchestra.
Royal Albert HallMeet Albert’s Band! Each episode introduces you to a different instrument and provides links to pieces that showcase the instruments in all their glory!
BBC Ten PiecesBBC Ten Pieces introduces children to classical music through videos presented by famous television presenters.
Music LabMusicLab has lots of online music activities. The Song Maker is perfect for experimenting with varying levels of texture or ostinato (repeating patterns or rhythms)
BBC Bitesize BBC Bitesize contains videos explaining musical terminology. There’s also a quiz to complete at the end.
PhilharmoniaVideos introducing every instrument of the orchestra, demonstrating how it sounds and how it is played. More suited to upper key stage 2 pupils.
Jess GillamBBC Young Musician Finalist Jess Gillam has set up the Virtual Scratch Orchestra, in which she invites people of all ages and abilities to get involved in recording a piece of music that can be put together in a virtual orchestra video! So far, she has completed three projects that have been a great success. Keep checking the website, maybe you could get involved in the next piece?
Jam ZoneFor those that have access to an instrument at home this site has lots of resources to help learn a song. There are also short lessons included in the ‘Take a lesson’ section. In the ‘games’ section students can have a go at drumming and building a beat.
MusEDLabThis website allows students to create different drum beats in different styles. They can change their beats by altering the number of slices, the tempo and other functions by changing the controls at the bottom.
Isle of TuneCreate a town on your map, adding objects beside your road. As your car drives past different objects it creates different sounds. You can experiment with the pitch or timbre. Adding further cars increases the texture. More suited to year 3 pupils. Requires Adobe Flash Player so may not work on all computers/devices.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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