Sound Uncovered is a consciousness-expanding experience in the most positive of ways. Using a digital, inquiry based approach, this app allows kids to explore and discover the science behind sound and our aural perceptions.
These digital resources and classroom lesson ideas for sound experiments engage students not only in their musical world, but also inspire curiosity and develop knowledge through inquiry-based learning. How and why do songs get stuck in our heads? How do records work? How can I make an instrument or speaker from common classroom items? Exploratorium is a great resource for those interested in building cross-curricular relationships with music and science.
This eBook alone might be reason enough to purchase an iPad for your classroom. Beautiful interactive illustrations and audio narration accompany piano recordings of Saint Saéns Carnival of the Animals. My favorite feature of the eBook is the linked videos of two pianists performing each piece. My students love this engaging resource, and come away with a much deeper understanding of the music than they would, had they simply listened to the pieces.
Tune Train is a fun and educational game that helps students develop a working understanding of melodic contour and musical style. Students select a series of train depots that represent high and low melody notes. As the train passes through each depot, a melody is created that coincides with the accompaniment and musical style that students select.
Blob Chorus is a deceptively simple app that hones music listening skills. Students listen closely to a series of pitches sung by "blobs," and are tasked with developing aural skills by identifying matching pitches by ear. This game is hours of fun.