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Guide to the Orchestra!

Just what it says, a superb guide to the instruments of an orchestra from the BBC. Each instrument is featured with audio files. There are interviews with instrumentalists and the conductor.

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11-18 year olds
Classics for Kids

A lovely site which is designed to help children learn about classical music. It can help teachers use classical music in the classroom. It has audio files, information on composers and tips for parents on helping children get started with music lessons.

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5-14 year olds
Audacity

Download this free open source software for recording and editing sounds. It is useful for recording sounds including speech for use on an interactive whiteboard.

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5-16 year olds
Ten Pieces

Ten Pieces aims to open up the world of classical music to children – and inspire them to develop their own creative responses to the pieces. Why not send for the free DVD and get involved at your school?

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7-18 year olds
DSO Kids

A music site for children and teachers from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. It has information about instruments, the orchestra, composers and interactive musical activities. There is a useful listening library.

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7-14 year olds
Heroes of Troy

This BBC site is a music, singing and performance resource for children aged 9 to 12 based on the story of the Trojan War. Presented by David Grant. It has the narrated story of Helen of Troy and the Wooden Horse.

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7-14 year olds
ChoralGUIDE

ChoraleGUIDE.com, a web resource for learning about writing four-part harmony in the style of J.S. Bach, is suitable for A2 students doing Bach chorales.

Pupils

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16-18 year olds
Music for Orchestras, Bands and Ensembles

Help, advice and suggestions for teachers who are interested in developing an orchestra or band in their school.

Teachers

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7-14 year olds
Sleepover Planet

A complete toolkit with lyrics and notation for producing a school musical production called Sleepover Planet. The practical advice for teachers who are staging a performance can be applied to any production.

Pupils

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7-11 year olds
World Music Composer

Listen to clips of music from around the world and use them to create your own composition.

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7-11 year olds
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