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September 15, 1999
Updated JUNE, 2007

The Virtual Museum of Music Inventions
http://www.musicinventions.org
GRADE LEVEL: 4 to 6

CONTENT:
At the Virtual Museum of Music Inventions Web site, you'll find a virtual display of musical instruments created by students as part of a project put together by Illinois elementary-school teacher Elizabeth Rexford. Other classrooms are invited to participate, and a set of teaching tips will help get you started.

AESTHETICS:
A variety of background colors and clip art add visual interest to the site.

ORGANIZATION:
The virtual museum site is indexed by participating school, not by individual instruments.

REVIEW:
Kids love to make music. Now, with the help of the Virtual Museum of Music Inventions Web site, they can make all kinds of musical instruments too! All they need is a little imagination and some rummaging around to find "parts." Teachers and students will love the lesson plan ideas for this unusual homework assignment that can extend a unit on sound and vibration. Teaching About Sound: Tips for Teachers offers ideas for putting together an extended unit.

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