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Arts Alive
(National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

ArtsAlive.ca is a performing arts educational website produced by the National Arts Centre of Canada.
The goals of ArtsAlive.ca are:

    To engage younger generations of Canadians in information, multimedia resources
and activities pertaining to the performing arts, and
   To provide free performing arts-related primary and secondary resources to students,
parents and teachers to aid them in learning about and teaching the topics presented.

ArtsAlive.ca was launched to the web in March 2002 and originally consisted of one module - ArtsAlive.ca Music.
In 2003 the English Theatre module joined the ranks and the following year French Theatre was added.
The newest section of ArtsAlive.ca is the highly engaging Dance component.
Content is produced in collaboration with the artistic programming departments of the NAC.

The National Arts Centre (in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) raised its curtains for the first time in 1969.
Created by the Parliament of Canada as a Centennial project during the 1960s,
the NAC has become Canada's foremost showcase for the performing arts.

Today, the NAC works with countless artists, both emerging and established,
 from across Canada and around the world, and collaborates with scores of other arts organizations across the country.

The NAC is strongly committed to being a leader and innovator in each of the performing arts fields in which it works
 - classical music, English theatre, French theatre, dance, variety, and community programming.
It is at the forefront of youth and educational activities, supporting programmes for young and emerging artists and programmes for young audiences, and producing resources and study materials for teachers.

The NAC is the only multidisciplinary, bilingual performing arts centre in North America,
and one of the largest in the world.

Check out their Music Website


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Classics for Kids
(WGUC, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)

Naomi Lewin is the host of the Classics for Kids radio programs. She writes all the shows, and picks the music for them.

When she was a kid in Princeton, New Jersey, Naomi took piano and oboe lessons, but what she really loved to do was sing. As soon as she got old enough, Naomi took voice lessons, and learned how to sing opera. Naomi has performed in lots of operas, musicals, and plays. The operas she likes best are The Marriage of Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Albert Herring, by Benjamin Britten.

Now, Naomi lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is a classical music d.j. for WGUC every weekday from 10:00 in the morning until 2:00 in the afternoon. You can listen to WGUC online at our website.

For Parents
This site is designed to help you introduce your child to classical music.
Music not only has the power to stimulate the mind, enrich the heart and soothe the soul; it can help children to think more creatively, develop craftsmanship and discipline and learn the value of excellence.
 The Parents section contains information that will help you guide your child's interest in music and its study successfully.

For Teachers
This site is designed to help you use classical music as part of your daily classroom activities.
Classical music not only has the power to stimulate the mind, enrich the heart and soothe the soul;
 it can also help you meet the educational objectives of your students.

The following Classics for Kids® lesson plans provide practical, effective activities for grades K-5 to help you teach the basics of music to your students. Portions of the lessons can also be used by classroom teachers.
 They are based on national and state standards as well as on Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
Each set of lesson plans focuses on an individual classical music composer and a selected piece of music.

The plans were written by Dr. Kay Edwards, Associate Professor of Music Education at Miami University in Oxford, OH.
Dr. Edwards earned her bachelor of music degree from Ohio University and both a master of music and a doctor of musical arts in music from Arizona State University. She has taught at Oberlin Conservatory, UNC-Greensboro and in public schools over the past 20 years and is a specialist in early childhood/elementary general music with special training in Orff, Kodály and Dalcroze.

Check out their Music Website

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DSO Kids
(Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas, Texas, USA)

DSOKids is the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's magical doorway
to a world of musical fun and learning for students, parents and teachers.

 The site's mission is to provide attractive, accessible and child-friendly resources
that introduce symphonic music, the orchestra and its instruments,
and to encourage both adults and young people to explore the world of the symphony orchestra.

Check out their Music Website


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The Music Room
(Capistano Elementary School, Modesto, California, USA)

 The Music Room was ranked in the top 2% out of more than 110,000 sites visited for its content and academic relevance.
 This web site has become an important online resource for students and educators around the world
and has been favorably reviewed by the L.A. Times
as well as online sites such as Yahooligans, Pacific Bell's Blue Web'm Site, BigChalk.com and ZapMe.com.
The L.A. Times called The Music Room a smart resource of outstanding web sites for students and parents.

Michael Bower, music teacher and designer of The Music Room, received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from San Jose State University in 1976, graduating with distinction.  He went on to earn his Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration in 1980 from Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California.  Since 1976 he has worked as a music teacher for the Empire Union School District, instructing students in grades k-8.  Eight of those years were spent as our district's fine arts and technology mentor. Michael earned the prestigious CSBA Golden Bell Award in 2001 for his integration of music and technology.

Check out their Music Website

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Making Music Fun!
(Meet the Composer)

Learn about the great composers with a biography highlighting the composer's life and music.
Then check out the fun lesson ideas for the music classroom teacher and the homeschooling parent/teacher.

Check out their Music Website

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Making Music  &  The Music Connection
(Silver Burdett)

Silver Burdett Making Music provides developmentally appropriate music learning activities for students
 in grades pre-kindergarten through eight. This sequential curriculum builds students' knowledge and skills
within and across grade levels and engages ALL students in the music making process.

Check out the Making Music Website
Check out The Music Connection Website

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The New York Philharmonic KidZone
(New York, New York, USA)


Check out their Music Website

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SFKids
(San Francisco Symphony, California, USA)


Check out their Music Website

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Kids Classical Channel
(Classical New England/WGBH Boston)

Kids Classical Channel presents a 24-hour continuous channel of classical music programs created for kids.
Listen to the Kids Classical Channel and introduce the world of classical music to a young person in your life.


Check out their website

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Classical Music For Children
(Good-Music-Guide.com)

So you love classical music, and you've got children. How can we ensure that they don't miss out
 on the some of the greatest musical creations of western civilisation? Here are our suggestions:

Make classical music a natural part of daily life

Never force classical music on children

Never ban other forms of music (however, watch for obscene or disturbing lyrics)

Mix classical with other forms of music through the day

Let children choose their own separate collection of classical CDs

Encourage your children to learn a musical instrument


The idea is that they will grow up regarding all forms of music as normal,
 hopefully develop eclectic tastes and they wont be frightened to death on hearing a symphony in later life.


Check out their website


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Kids Music Corner
(Musical Notes for School Children)

Hi Everybody! Do Come In! That’s it. Sit down. Get comfortable. And get ready to have fun learning about all sorts of music! If you’re aged between about 7 to 12, then this site is for you! Take your time looking around. There’s lots to see and lots to hear. This isn’t your normal every day music site. It isn’t about things like rhythm, melody, harmony, reading music etc.


Check out their website


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Resource for Learning and Playing Musical Instruments
(Music Production Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA)


Check out their website


Guide to Career Education: Music Programs
(GuidetoCareerEducation.com/SR Education Group)


Check out their website


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