Music

Some of favourite music sites for children to experiment with:

Music Exploratorium:

Claps and Stomps

Dot Mixer

Experimental Instruments

kitchen sink-o-pation

Type Drummer by Kyle Stetz

Others:

BLOKDUST by Femur
Combine blocks to build synths, effect your voice, remix & manipulate samples and arrange self-playing musical environments. And you can download your recording as a wav file. (facebook page)

Omni – Play and learn about musical scales from around the world. Another interesting and informative site by Femur.

“A scale is simply a collection of tones. The major scale has 7 different tones, but by changing the pitches of these we can completely change the mood and feel of music. I’ve picked 40 of my favourite scales to explore. They have roots from cultures all around the world and some have been in existence for over 50,000 years.

“Tap/swipe the harp section at the bottom, change the key signature by pressing the corresponding letters around the pitch circle. The XY pad gives you control of your sound and there are 5 effects to choose from: Sustain, Reverb, Delay, Delay Feedback and Distortion. Swiping inside the pitch circle allows you to play bass notes locked in the scale.” – Femur

Songs To Sing In The Car For Kids
A website of links, kindly suggested by Lindsay, to various songs for children of all ages. (Please note that some of the links don’t work or reach a pdf, but there are enough to look through). This is an example: Over the Mountains

Sphinx Kids

Tone Matrix

Nick’s World of Synthesizers

Online Theremin by Femur (and on facebook and Blok Dust)

Acid Machine by Errozero

Dream Pipe Drum Machine


Music solutions

Drumming and the Brain
Dr Jon Weaver – Workshop Manager at African Drumming Sheffield
What would you say if I told you there was an exercise that, if practised daily, would increase your pupil’s IQ, improve attention and cognitive function, increase pain threshold, improve fine motor control, facilitate language acquisition and verbal fluency, facilitate social cohesion, elevate mood and reduce fatigue, have a similar effect to Ritalin for ADD patients and provide a basis for gait training in stroke and Parkinson’s patients? Would you implement it in your school?

Teaching a lesson in life through classical music:
Benjamin Zander – Work (How to give an A)

More wacky music making

Koka’s Soundtrack Box No. 1

Kids play Led Zeppelin

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