To download sheet music I use www.musicnotes.com
This is a great site that I use often. Once you set up the account, including a credit card, it is easy to purchase music, download it and print at home. They have a wide variety of music; classical, pop, show tunes and Jazz. They have many arrangements of songs that we can talk about at our lesson. What I really like is you can download the app on your mobile device and then you can see your music on it, listen to it and interact with the music by writing on it and changing keys.
2 Fun Note Naming Apps I recommend..... We will discuss these during our lesson:
Piano Adventures App for levels Primer - 3A $4.99/level, iPad and iPhone only. This is a great mobile app that I highly recommend to compliment Piano Adventures books (as long as you have an iPad/iPhone). We will discuss this at your lesson. This is what the website says:
"offers the convenience of a full MIDI player on your iPhone or iPad. The app provides easy access to interactive play-along accompaniments for the Piano Adventures method books—bringing an orchestra, jazz ensemble and rock band right to your mobile device. The user interface is elegantly designed, appropriate for all ages and instructional levels."
Classics for Kids: This site has a wealth of information on different composers and their music, which you can hear! It has a musical dictionary and sound samples of the different instruments in the orchestra. This is a fabulous site and it would be great if you would spend some time, at this site, listening and learning with your child on a regular basis. The website address is www.classicsforkids.com.
The San Francisco Orchestra also has a fun interactive site for kids. Their web site is www.sfskids.org.
Another site that is good for ear training: www.good-ear.com. It would be very beneficial to have your child try some of the activities.
Another site you may be interested is the Piano Technician Guild web site, www.ptg.org. This site has a vast array of topics, including what to look for in buying a piano and how the piano works. Go to the “learning center” and then there is a student resource tab where there is a lot of good information and a few games to play (like: Concentration and Hangman with musical terms/piano parts). There is also a teacher’s resource tab for you to check out.
Concert Pitch Piano (www.concertpitchpiano.com) also has wonderful information about pianos. It includes tips for buying/selling a piano, how the piano works, maintenance and much, much more! Once again this site is more for adults but it does have an animated grand action that your child may be interested in. Also it has interesting pictures of many uniquely designed pianos in the virtual museum that your child may like. If you are interested in buying or selling a piano, or understanding how your piano works these two sites are worth checking out.
Exposing your child to a variety of quality music of different genres is beneficial to their musical growth. For example: classical, jazz, waltzes, or folk melodies.
Examples of good classical music for children:
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kids - www.dsokids.com
This website offers a multitude of activities for the young musician. Games include a creative music composer activity called Beethoven’s Baseball, a matching game of musical concepts called Music Match, and Time Machine, which allows children to place 42 composers to their rightful place in time and musical period. Located in the Listening Section, one will find facts and musical excerpts from a range of composers from Monteverdi and Strauss, to Tower, Adams, and Williams- all organized by dates and musical eras. Children may be interested in viewing the Orchestra Seating Chart, where they can locate various instruments and compare seating charges from Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Activities found on this website can be completed individually, or integrated into the classroom setting via small groups of students and assignment-based activities.
I found the following resources and descriptions on a music teachers blog that I wanted to share:
Sphinx Kids - www.sphinxkids.org
This website is home to many interactive games and videos from both the Sphinx Classical Collection CD-Rom and New York Philharmonic’s KidZone website. Categories include a String Instrument Gallery where students can learn about each instrument through in-depth facts and pictures, a Rhythm Band for children to compose and edit music drawn on the computer screen, and a Minority Composers Forum, a wonderful gallery for children to learn about the significant roles of many of the music world’s finest minority composers. Videos and interviews with the Sphinx Orchestra and minority performers are also featured. This website provides a variety of musical engagement opportunities for kids of all ages.
BandBlast, By Music Lifeboat
Released in June 2015, the free and easy-to-use, curriculum-based music educational app BandBlast offers an array of activities and tutorials for the elementary-aged child. With over 250 instructional videos taught by highly regarded professional orchestral and studio musicians, BandBlast provides step by step lessons on how to play one of ten instruments including violin, flute, cello, guitar, and tenor and alto sax. It also includes exciting rhythm and pitch games with multiple levels of difficulty, real life studio recording capabilities, a tuner and customizable characters. BandBlast is currently available on iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, with a desktop version in the works. It can be found on the iTunes App store and is free of cost.
New York Philharmonic Kidzone - www.nyphilkids.org
This website offers many fun, engaging activities and games for children of all ages. There is a Game Room filled with musical matching games and scavenger hunts, an Instrument Storage room to learn about the instruments, and an Instrument Lab where kids can make their own instruments. Kids can also learn about NYPhil musicians in the Musicians’ Lounge, or create their own music in the Composition Workshop. A thoughtfully designed website with consideration for the young music learner, www.nyphilkids.org is sure to provide hours of fun for kids looking for a quiet activity to do, or can be used as a wonderful resource of information for a classroom music project.