Raintree Music Online Resources
Amy Waldron has set up a “Raintree Music” Facebook page for cool links to things and activities to do with your kids from home.
- ClassicsForKids.com – This is an award-winning website with lesson plans, podcasts, listening maps, games, composer studies (check out the composer map!), and much more.
- MusicTheory.net – This website is always free. It’s less about games and more about tools for learning, but the lessons are short and graphics help make things clear.
FREE DURING QUARANTINE:
- MusicPlayOnline.com – This is normally a subscription-based resource, but Denise Gagne has made student accounts free while kids are quarantined. All students use “snow” as their username and “2020” as their password, and a huge library of musical activities is available.
- SightReadingFactory.com – This company granted Raintree 500 free student accounts. To access sight reading exercises for a large number of instruments, go to sightreadingfactory.com/student and enter 9yh2au as the Student Code, select the appropriate age group and complete the registration information.
- TheSingingClassroom.com – This is a great website with videos to help support the games and songs. There’s much available for the very young musician, too! It’s managed by a husband and wife team, and they’re working on providing access codes for subscriber’s students. I’ve requested codes, but haven’t received a response yet. However, you can sign up for a free month-long trial.
OTHER USEFUL TOOLS:
- YouTube.com –
- Search “Think QR Ready for Recorder” and find a playlist of several beginning recorder videos with backup tracks.
- Search “Blues Backing Track” and take your pick of what key, tempo, instrumentation, etc. Great for developing improvisation skills. I start students with a concert F blues scale for their instrument. Once they get comfortable with the blues scale, they get excited about improvising because there’s no wrong answer!
- https://kcpt.pbslearningmedia.org/subjects/the-arts/music/ – sort through various activities by age group and activity type.
- https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/ – create a song by clicking colored tiles, incorporate your microphone, save, or just have fun!
- https://www.ket.org/education/interactives/Everyday-Learning/bubble/index.html – a listening game focusing on same or different