Top free resources for teaching and learning Arts and Music
National Standards for Arts Education comes from the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations. (this website has very rich resources in arts)
ArtsEdge – an all emcompassing resources from the Kennedy Center, a powerful data base of lessons, standards, weblinks , and how-to’s, also an eclectic collection of podcasts featuring a wide range of music Art Babble – partnering with a lot of museum to collect rich resources in wide art categories, the Video Channels cover a wide array of topics including abstract art, European Art and Design, African Art, graphic design, glass, sculpture, surrealism, and much more.
Google Art Project – explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces, it’s great resources for teaching arts in 21st century classroom. 40,000 Artworks from 250 Museums, Now Viewable for Free at Redesigned Google Art Project.
Smarthistory.org is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook. There are videos lessons, VoiceThread lessons, and audio lessons about eras and themes in art history, they can be browsed by artist name, style of work, theme, or time period.
MOOM – the Museum of Online Museums, is a list of museums that offer online exhibitions, including the Smithsonian, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Museum of Modern Art offers lesson plans for teaching art, an art game for young (5-8 years old) students, interactive activities for older students, and podcasts about art and artists. MOMA also has free resources you can use in developing your own lesson plans.
The Getty Museum has introduced a new way to view art in 21st century classroom, augmented reality, which can create 3D displays of art from printed PDF codes displayed in front of a webcam. Watch this video for a demo.
The Science of Music, created by the Exploratorium, is a fun series of lessons and activities about music through online exhibits, movies, and questions. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment, and above all…listen.
Classics for Kids, produced by Cincinnati Public Radio, offers lesson plans for K-5, podcasts, and games for teaching kids about classical music. It also provides a dictionary of music terms.
The San Francisco Symphony’s website Keeping Score is a comprehensive collection of educational resources for teaching composers, scores, musical techniques, and symphonies.
The Interactive Education Elements that contain videos, images, and texts that tell the stories of composers, explanations of musical techniques, the history of notable events and themes in the symphonic world, and analysis of various scores.
Music Tech Teacher is a site developed by a music technology teacher, in which you can find dozens of online music lessons, quizzes, and games designed to help elementary students learn music in 21st century classroom.
MusicTheory.net offers music theory lessons covering everything from basic note recognition to difficult chord inversions. The lessons can now be customized to test users. It also offers calculators and tools handy for composing music.
Tools for Arts
Buzzmachines – A very easy to use software-based synthesizer Artrage 2 – A high quality art program with an intuitive user interface that allows the selection of medium, texture and colour. Google Sketchup – Create, modify and share 3D models Myoats – a interesting online drawing application Graffiti Studio – Create a digital graffiti piece without the cleaning Imagination Cubed – Create a multi user collaborative artwork online
Beginners Resource Guide to Art (from generate-qr-codes.org; recommended by Laura Picary at Laramie Public Library and another young reader, thanks!)
Music Education & History Resources for Teachers (comprehensive list of music education resources)
Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration (from Edutopia)
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