Perfect Pitch from Artsedge lets students meet the instruments of the orchestra in a fun interactive way using baseball metaphors. Instruments that comprised the orchestra during four different eras--baroque, classical, romantic and modern--are introduced with simple facts, and students can hear each instrument playing a scale. Students can then listen to a piece of music, changing the instruments that play each part of the piece to hear how the sound changes.A fact-recall quiz is also included.
The San Francisco Symphony Kid's Site helps students learn about music in a fun online atmosphere. The site, designed with the help of 5th grade students, allows users to learn about the elements of music such as tempo, rhythm, pitch and harmony, explore and listen to the instruments of the orchestra, and listen to many excerpts of classical music.
The New York Philharmonic Kidzone provides a fun introduction to classical music topics for younger students. Features include a composers' gallery with brief biographies, information about strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, and highlights on notable composers and soloists. There is even an instrument lab for designing instruments and thecomposers workshop to experiment with composition.
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's DSO Kids site features an instrument encyclopedia with sound clips, an orchestra seating chart that illustrates changes from baroque, classical, romantic and modern periods, and a listening library with audio clips from pieces by many composers. The Teachers Resources Page offers additional items such as information on composers and music theory, student activities tied to particular printable blank staff paper.
The ArtsAlive Music site from the National Arts Centre of Canada provides great resources for teachers, parents and students. View and listen to all the instruments of the orchestra in the instrument lab, find information about composers, listen to pieces of classical music, compose simple melodies using an interactive musical staff, take online quizzes and more. This site is also available in French.
Music History 102: A Guide to Western Composers and their Music from the Internet Public Library presents a concise guide to historical periods, with information about notable composers and their works.
The Classical Music Navigator from Western Kentucky University allows users to learn expand what they know about composers and their works by utilizing existing knowledge to identify additional information.
Women Musicians from the International Alliance for Women in Music provides information about individual historical women musicians.
AfriClassical.com presents information about classical musicians of African descent. The site highlights African, African American and Afro-European conductors and instrumental performers. Audio clips featuring many of the musicians are available.
The Music Chamber presents a comprehensive, student-created introduction to chamber music. It features sections on instruments, music theory, periods, and composers, as well as a long list of chamber music pieces, some with audio clips.
Energy in the Air: Sounds from the Orchestra is a student-created site that offers information about the history and range of each instrument in the orchestra, with activities, quiz questions, and sound clips.
The Online Music Encyclopedia, created by students, features short biographies of many composers, as well as brief descriptions of brass, stringed, woodwind, and percussion instruments and many midi (sound) files.