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Posted: May 20 2007 at 9:44am | IP Logged Quote lapazfarm

I just got this message from my clickschooling yahoo group and after exploring the recommended site a bit I had to share it here. Since the email message is so info-packed, rather than try to paraphrase, I will just copy it directly here:

Recommended Website:
San Francisco Symphony's "Keeping Score"
Music History and Appreciation multimedia presentations

Age Range: All! (As ALWAYS, parents are advised to preview websites to
determine suitability of content.)

Once again this week, a big hearty THANK YOU goes to list member Christina
Ellyson for pointing us to a remarkable website! What a find! Here you can
enjoy multimedia biographies which explore in depth the factors that came
into play in the lives and works of great composers such as Tchaikovsky,
Copeland, Beethoven, and Stravinsky, with the possibility of more as this
series unfolds!

When you reach this page, I'd recommend going directly to the photo of
Tchaikovsky at the bottom left corner and clicking "go." You won't be
disappointed! This presentation has a section called "Primal Moves" which
explores the emotions in various compositions. Here you will click on an
emotion and listen to a classical piece which expresses it; after your ear
has been attuned to this sort of listening, you can try your hand at
matching the musical excerpts with classical paintings. There are no wrong
answers! Your final product will be a slideshow of paintings with classical
music accompaniment to show off to your friends and family! :) Oh yes, and
when you're finished with that section, you can watch the feature
presentation about Tchaikovsky' s life and work. This is quite full of
information and breathtaking music.

Bookmark this site, because there are still three other composers here, and
you're going to want to learn about them all! :)

You'll find Beethoven's Eroica, an in-depth treatment of the history and
composition of this great masterpiece. Along the way, you can listen to the
much-beloved Moonlight Sonata while reading about the young woman who
inspired its composition. Read what Mozart (who was older than Beethoven)
has to say about him at age 20. Watch a video about an anger-filled musical
duel between Beethoven and Steibelt (another composer of the time) and find
out who won! Listen to excerpts from six other symphonies that Beethoven
wrote. Read about why he changed his mind about dedicating this work to
Napoleon Bonaparte, and the heart-rending (and at the same time inspiring)
tale of his legendary accomplishments despite increasing and eventually
profound deafness; listen to two of his great compositions as he might have
heard them through his deafened ears. (FYI: Please note that the opinions
expressed on this site are controversial. For example, Beethoven's deafness
is portrayed as a huge tragedy, as opposed to a great triumph of a composer
over a disability.)

And don't miss "Explore the Score" near the top right of the page: here you
can listen to excerpts from the Eroica and read real-time commentary, read
along with the musical score, watch the key changes, and more!

"Copeland and the American Sound" is another not-to-be-missed section,
giving examples of the various types of music that influenced Copeland's
development of what came to be recognized as typical American music. Set
aside plenty of time to view the whole presentation; you'll be glad you did!

You will also want to see "Stravinsky' s 'The Rite of Spring.'" Don't click
anything when you first open this page, or you'll miss the video
introduction. Then select from "A riotous premier" where you can "choose one
of these four main players and follow the events and creative process that
would lead to the infamous 1913 Rite of Spring Performance. " You can also,
as with Beethoven's Eroica, "Explore the Score."

Teachers/parents looking for lesson plans can find them by clicking the
"Education" tab at the top of the page and then scrolling down to the
appropriate section.

Younger children may like to pop on over to the "San Francisco Symphony"
main site (click on the logo in the top right corner) and then select "The
SFS kids site" near the bottom left for fun and games related to music
theory and composition.

Enjoy! :)

MaryAnna Cashmore
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
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us-schooling in beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska.
LaPaz Home Learning
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Posted: May 20 2007 at 11:00am | IP Logged Quote mom2mpr

Theresa, How do you find this stuff?   
Thank you (again). I need to peruse more but my classical music loving ds will love this. He has outgrown Classics for Kids.
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Posted: May 22 2007 at 7:36am | IP Logged Quote MarilynW

Great site Theresa!

I also recommend the Dallas Sympony Orchestra Kids site - we love it

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Posted: May 22 2007 at 7:56pm | IP Logged Quote SeaStar

Thanks for two great sites! My kids love the classical kids site, and now we have two more to explore. Another site we like isn't classical, but it has many "old classic" songs with music and lyrics so you can sing along. If you scroll down to the bottom there are even "name that tune" type of games.

click here

Melinda, mom to ds ('02) and dd ('04)

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