This site is visually and aurally stimulating, and teaches students to better understand instruments and their role in the orchestra through animation, pictures, and recordings. I use this site with my second grade students each year as they listen, identify, and categorize instruments by their families and their sounds. The recordings are of very high quality, and the games are perfect for personal computers or interactive smart boards.
This resources is designed in a way that allows students to learn about instruments and music of the orchestra through digital exploration. Students can listen to exerts from pieces by a broad array of composers, learn about music through a visually appealing musical timeline, and discover the role of a conductor through fun games.
Cincinnati Public Radio provides us with this terrific resource for music lovers of all ages. Each week the site features a new composer, and has students learn through listening to a brief podcast featuring stories and music from the composer. The site offers activity sheets and digital games, but specializes in recordings and interactive digital experiences that align with national standards.
DSOKids.com is a tool to help instill a love and appreciation of classical music in children. Their instrument-specific recordings and pictures help students learn to identify instruments, and their recordings of pieces (sorted by composer) is useful in teaching students to hear the differences between styles and musical periods. The games are not only fun, but can be used as full-class assessment tools if used on a interactive white board.
This site is a wonderful guide for teachers and visual treat for students. Complete with lesson plans and activities, videos, and assessments, the Carnegie Hall Toolbox is designed to be used by teachers seeking grade level appropriate lessons for teaching music concepts in the elementary general music classroom.
Open source recordings and free sheet music resources and an invaluable tool for any any music educator. This is best for older students, and even adults, but can be used in conjunction with lessons on composers, musical form, instrument families, and listening.