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One of the websites that I have adored, as well as my elementary music students, is Music K-8 Kids Fun Stuff, found at http://www.musick8kids.com/html/funstuff.php. This website is a part of the Music K8 series published by Plank Road Publishing. At one point, the Music K-8 Kids website was for students to be able to subscribe and purchase single copies of song files from the Music K8 library at a very low price. However, that service was discontinued. The Music K-8 Kids Fun Stuff still remains and has some wonderfully educational and applicable sites for the elementary music classroom. Here are some highlights. Please note that many of the items require Flash.
The interactive recorder fingering chart allows the teacher or student to click the note on the staff and the recorder will display the fingering and sound. This is wonderful for a variety of reasons.
- You could have this website set up at a station where a group of students are asked to learn a song. They can use this site to reference their recorder fingerings.
- You could email or place on the student’s learning journal or blended learning platform (we use Seesaw and Google Classroom) this link so that they can access it when they want to practice at home.
The students can test their fingering skills on soprano, alto, tenor, or bass Baroque recorder. Once you select the appropriate recorder, and then click on “Test Your Knowledge”, the test will display a note name. For example, it will read “Finger A”. The student can click on the holes that correspond with A and then click on, “Click to see if correct.” If they are correct, they can move on. If they are not correct, they can try again or skip the question. This is a wonderful assessment tool for a classroom with one computer projected onto a screen, a station, a classroom with a few computers/chromebooks, or a 1:1 chromebook classroom.
This site defaults to a chromatic boomwhacker virtual set. When you click on the boomwhacker, it will move and perform the note’s sound. If you would like a diatonic set, just click on, “Click to play Diatonic set only.” This is helpful because it adds another set of boomwhackers to your classroom, especially if you hook the computer up to a decent pair of speakers. In addition, the delay in clicking the boomwhacker and the boomwhacker responding with a sound is almost non-existent (depending on various factors such as device and the speed of the network).
There are also some fun coloring pages, free song files, a matching game, videos, and more. This site is a little treasure that is not as well known as some other websites.
Amy M. Burns is an elementary music educator, clinician, author, and musician. She currently works at Far Hills Country Day School in Far Hills, NJ teaching PreK through Grade 3 general music, grade 5 instrumental music, and grades 4-8 instrumental band. She is the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board, and Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads! She is also an author for Online Learning Exchange™ Interactive Music powered by Silver Burdett. She has given numerous presentations on integrating technology into the elementary music classroom as well as being a keynote speaker for music technology conferences in Texas, Indiana, St. Maarten, and Australia. She is the recipient of the 2005 TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award, the 2016 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, the 2016 NJ Governor’s Leader in Arts Education Award, and the 2017 Non-Public School Teacher of the Year Award. You can find out more about Amy at her website: amymburns.com