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Arts Alive: Music vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
A great interactive site from the National Arts Centre of Canada. Lots to learn, lots to do and all presented in a lively and colourful way. It's a fantastic resource for teachers and children. There are lesson plans in PDF format, instruments to examine, online activities for pupils, composer's biographies, music to listen to, videos to watch and much more. Well worth exploring in depth.
Compose a Minuet vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
This is a game that Mozart played (He my even have invented it). You dice and use the results to select prewritten musical phrases to make up your minuet.
Creating Music
An children's online creative music environment. Looks like fun.
Dictionary of Instruments
Simple information about a huge variety of instruments, classified by the way their sounds are produced. A voice pronounces the name of each instrument. Many of the instruments are pictured.
Early Birds Music vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Lots of downloadable MP3 tracks with pages demonstrating actions to go with them. Great for Foundation / KS1.
Greenwich Downloads
This page from Greenwich LA has a number of free downloads, including some useful music programs.
An online sequencing program found among the games on the Shockwave website. Haven't tried it myself yet, but it looks fun.
Guide to the Orchestra (BBC)
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Just what it says. Find out about the instruments and hear them play.

Historic Musical Instruments
An extremely detailed site from Edinburgh University.  Everything you could wish to know about musical instruments, in text, sound and pictures. Useful for primary children (with help) and secondary/university work. In particular, this link takes yoiu to a page with streamed video of some of the instruments being played.
Lindsay Music
This music company sells a wide range of sheet music and scores suitable for use in schools.
Learn About Instruments
Information about instruments and sound clips of them being played.
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BBC Radio Three's daily 20 minute programme for children has this excellent website, where children can experiment online with making and recording music. Great!
Mother Goose Rocks
A good fun site - Cartoons of well known nursery rhymes to versions performed in Rock-style. Great, among other things, for older pupils with learning difficulties.
Music by Arrangement
David Bellwood is a part time "peri" in Leeds and in his spare time writes original music for use in schools. He will provide scores for your specified selection of instruments and abilities. There are some free samples available from the Music By Arrangement website.
Music Games
Free downloads from Inclusive Technology, these games are intended for KS1 but some may be useful with KS2 as well.
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Excellent site from ThinkQuest. There are sections about instruments, theory, history and more.
Music Teachers' Resource Site
Just what it says. Some free stuff - some subscription-only stuff.
Music Teachers UK
A free site aimed at supporting musicians and music teachers. You can download a variety of manuscript papers and there are resources and links.
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An excellent ThinkQuest site. The site has several useful sections: Theory, Music History from medieval to modern times, instruments (with illustrated descriptions and histories of all the commonly used musical instruments), Musical Careers and Interactive Games. There is also a links list.
The MusicLand
This is a UK-based online community for music education. You need to join to take part (it's free). It seems to be mainly secondary focused.
Music Room
Music Room is an online music shop which has a useful school's section.
New York Philharmonic Kidzone ks2.gif (967 bytes)vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Wonderful! Lots of Flash animated pages for children.
Pianographique vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
Amazing Flash site that turns your computer keyboard into a sound and image processor. Bit difficult to describe. Try it!
Plays and Musicals
Plays and Musicals is a commercial site that you may find useful. They are a source of scripts and performance licences for amateur dramatic groups / schools etc.
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Fun site for children. Lots of interesting stuff, including a guide to the instruments of the orchestra - you can hear them play, too.
Music by Arrangement - SchoolBand
David Bellwood's pages of help and advice for teachers wanting to start their own orchestra or band. Includes some free easy music to get you started.
Tony's Music Links vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
The ever-reliable Tony Poulter has produced this page of Music links. It's full of gems.
Using Web-Based Resources in Primary Music vmstar.gif (1122 bytes)
This is an addendum to Tony's Music Links. Here he lists most of the links mentioned in Becta's Guidance document of the same name.
Virtual Gamelan
This is a freely downloadable program. I haven't tried it, so cannot say how good it is, but it looks like a fun idea.
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See and hear the instruments of an orchestra. A simple idea and a good one. (From Northumberland Grid for Learning).
Youth Music
Leading UK music charity / funding agency. Lots of information and other useful stuff. Well worth a look.
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Classical Net - Composer Master Index
A catalogue of resources, including recordings, books, articles, scores and CD buying guides, with links to other 'Classical' music sites. Useful for keen musicians and secondary/university research work.
Edward Elgar
Home page of The Elgar Society and The Elgar Foundation
  Benjamin Britten
Official site of the Britten-Pears Foundation.
The Ralph Vaughan Williams Web Page
Biography, list of works, information about his major works, trivia and more.
J.S. Bach Home Page
Franz Joseph Haydn
Lots of info about Haydn.
Franz Liszt
AN interesting site from someone who obviously likes Liszt's works. He has even produced an animation of Liszt playing! There is more serious information here, too.
The Mozart Project
Biography, Bibliography, Catalogue of works and Essays about the man and his music.
Music Web - Composers
Music Web is basically a CD review site but has this page with profiles of British and international composers.
The Secrets behind Franz Schubert
His life, his music, his musical friends and foes, and much more.
Robert Schumann
Biography, a comprehensive guide to his works and some less well-known facts about the him.
Richard Wagner Archive
Lots of information about Wagner, his work and his family.
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