Online Learning Resources
The web offers countless resources for learning more about classical music. Here is our guide to the best of the best....for kids, adults and those who want to dive really deep.
This flash animation tool uses the metaphor of baseball to introduce students to the instruments of the orchestra. Users learn about the difference between baroque, romantic, classical and modern instruments and styles by changing the "line-up" and listening to the results. There is an accompanying lesson plan, developed by the Kennedy Centers ArtsEdge program.
Organized by the League of American Orchestras, this animated site connects to numerous online resources, and provides some interactive and readable information for kids as well.
Quia Learning Resources
Quia challenges middle and high school students to test their knowledge of the basics. Subscribers like teachers and students can even create their own quizzes and games. Play matching, hangman, word searches, or answer questions on musical and other topics.
SF Symphony Kids
Interactive, animated for kids who can read to explore music-making: harmonies, rhythms, etc.
Smart Music is a subscription-based music software that provides access to a huge library of background accompaniment. Students play or sing their own parts and get instant feedback on their computer. An online version of the Music Minus One concept.
Sphinx Kids is part of the project that brings classical music to underserved schools, nationwide. This interactive website uses some technology from the New York Philharmonic's Educaton Department.
The "Music" section of this interactive site offers a visual look at history, note reading tips, games and more. Roll a cursor over a country to hear its music, or over a section of the orchestra to hear its sound.
teoría: Music Theory Web
This international site is a great resource for learning music theory. From beginning level to advanced, exercises and tutorials cover most aspects of theory from note reading, to ear training to lessons on musical form.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids
Games and activities, listening to composers and guides for the DSO's Youth Programs. Helpful lists of teacher resources and educational links.
Theta Music Trainer
Cool set of tools and games designed to help aspiring young musicians develop essential skills. Theta Music Trainer is designed to give regular training in four key areas; melody, harmony, rhythm and sound.