Favorite Web Portals .............

URL: www.menc.org     

Title:  Menc Homepage

Author(s)/Sponsor: Music Educators National Conference

Appropriate Grade: 7-12

**National Music Standards: na

Primary Use:  Teaching Resource, Professional Development

Description:  A comprehensive site for Teachers, Students and parents with information about MENC and its related activities.

Comments:  an excellent site with information ranging from music research to links to state URLs.



URL: http://www.musick8.com/

Title: Music K8 Magazine    

Author(s)/Sponsor: Music K8 Magazine

Appropriate Grade: K-8

**National Music Standards: na

Primary Use: Teacher resource, Professional Development

Description:  Products are available for classroom music.  Includes song kits, recorder kits, videos, instruments, orff collections, software.  Also included are news archives from the mailing list, links, samplers from new songs, a view of the current magazine.

Comments:  A great resource.  Also available and invaluable are subscriptions to the Music K8 Magazine and the Music K8 email list.  I have learned more from being on the K8 mailing list than any other resource!



URL: http://www.musiceducationmadness.com/

Title: The Music Education Madness Site

Author(s)/Sponsor:  Karen Stafford, Noteworthy Web Designs

Appropriate Grade:  K-12

**National Music Standards:  na

Primary Use:  Teacher Resource, Professional Development


 This website was developed as a "collection point" of ideas covering different topics and situations in elementary, secondary, and private music education. Each topic area is updated monthly, and contributions are very, very welcome. The goal of the developers of "The Music Education Madness Site" is to develop a website where all music teachers (present and future)-regardless of their area of interest-can come to gather and share ideas and information on education and their field in particular. Future plans include adding a section just for kids; presenting software demos; allowing teachers to set up their own online quizzes for their students; setting up a calendar of events for festivals, reading sessions, and workshops.

Comments:  A very worthwhile site.  Also includes a mailing list to subscribe to and a musical message page on the site



URL: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/8075/

Title:  Children's Songs by D.F. Saphra

Author(s)/Sponsor:  David Saphra

Appropriate Grade(s):  K-5

**National Music Standards:  1, 3, 5, 6, 9

Primary Use:  Teacher Resource

Description: This site has been set up as a convenience for other music educators.  Songs are aimed primarily at lower elementary students.  All the songs listed on this site are available by emailing the composer. Most songs are available in midi format and can also be seen with a GIF picture of the score. At the present time all songs are available free of charge.  All music presented at this site will either be traditional or original and thus not subject to the usual copyright restrictions. Most songs, of the ones

currently listed, are also available as MusicTime files.

Comments:  A great source for traditional as well as original songs by David Saphra.  The printed version of his songs are easy to download and print.


URL: http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/5116/?tqskip=1

Title:  Energy In The Air

Author(s)/Sponsor: Samuel Beckett & Jason Williams for ThinkQuest, Jr.

Appropriate Grade(s):  2-10

**National Music Standards:  6. 7. 8.

Primary Use:  Teaching and Student Resource

Description: you will find lots of information about how sound is made and what it looks like when it is recorded. There's also information on the instruments of the orchestra and sound clips of the orchestra playing music.   There is an activities section where you can see how to make some instruments.

Comments:  Very easy to navigate.  Could be easily student-directed/explored.  Lots of interesting tidbits of information about instruments.


URL: http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/

Title:  PBS Teacher Source        

Author(s)/Sponsor:  PBS

Appropriate Grade(s):  K-12

**National Music Standards:  na

Primary Use:  Teaching Resource

Description: PBS has organized education's best resources by curricular subject, topic and grade level and standard; in-depth professional development services like PBS Mathline and Scienceline; details on PBS station outreach activities in your community; tips on how to effectively teach with technology; PBS television programs with extended taping rights for educators; access to convenient online shopping for your favorite PBS videos; best practices information from other teachers "in the trenches;" convenient tools for teaching, such as recommended books and Web sites; interdisciplinary teaching suggestions.

Comments:  There is a wealth of information on this site.  The lessons plans are wonderful and usually correlate with a PBS broadcast or video.


URL: http://classicalmus.hispeed.com/nickl/torture2.html

Title:  Recorder Homepage:  Instrument or Torture or Instrument of Music?

Author(s)/Sponsor: Nicholas S. Lander

Appropriate Grade(s): 4-12

**National Music Standards:  2, 6, 8, 9

Primary Use:  Teaching and Student Resource

Description: this article takes an extensive look at the history of the recorder, at its technique, at its repertoire,, opportunities for learning, and societies.

Comments:  Everything you ever  (and didn't ever) want to know about recorders is listed in this website.  It goes into great depth in each section.  Full of pictures and links.  Includes 865 unique listings of recorder CD albums.


URL: http://www.earlymusic.gil.com.au/

Title:  Dragon Early Music

Author(s)/Sponsor:  Dragon Early Music Ltd.

Appropriate Grade(s):  4-12

**National Music Standards:  2, 8, 9

Primary Use:  Teaching and Student Resource

Description: Dragon Early Music Pty Ltd is a small Australian business, specializing in the sale of recorders and other early woodwinds chiefly by mail order. They offer a unique advisory service for players in search of a new instrument which one would not find in ordinary music shops.

Comments:  This site although primarily retail, it offers a great history of the recorder and wonderful pictures of the many various types of recorders.



URL: http://www.mathcs.duq.edu/~iben/home.htm

Title:  The Guide To Symphony Orchestra Instruments

Author(s)/Sponsor:  Hayley Iben

Appropriate Grade(s):  3-8

**National Music Standards:  2, 6, 8, 9

Primary Use:  Teaching and student resource

Description:  A brief overview of the origin of the symphony orchestra and a  brief history and description of the instruments found in a symphony orchestra is included. Sound examples are also included.

Comments:  A good resource for elementary level research.  Not extremely in depth, but covers the main areas.



Title:  Music Graphics Galore

Author(s)/Sponsor:  Julie in Oklahoma

Appropriate Grade(s):  na

**National Music Standards:  na

Primary Use:  teaching resource

Description:  this site has THOUSANDS of music buttons, backgrounds, clip art! 



**National Standards for Music Education


1. Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

2. Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music.

3. Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments.

4. Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines.

5. Reading and notating music.

6. Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.

7. Evaluating music and music performances.

8. Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.

9. Understanding music in relation to history and culture.

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