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ArtsAlive.ca: Music
A fun look at orchestral music, for teachers, parents, and kids.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8



ArtsAlive.ca was developed by the National Arts Centre of Canada and is a wonderful site for teachers, students, and parents. It introduces students to composers and the instruments of the orchestra in an entertaining way.
This well-designed site is cute and colorful and incorporates child-friendly graphics. It is available in both English and French. Real Player, Macromedia Flash, and QuickTime are needed for parts of the site.
The content is organized into several categories, which are accessible from the graphic links in the top navigation bar.

This Web site is a great resource for teachers and students who are studying about instruments and composers. From the music resources section, educators can find classroom activity ideas, read biographical information on a variety of composers, and download resource kits involving Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Schubert. This section also includes sound files and video clips of orchestra performances and musician interviews. In the section about instruments, students can learn about the different instrument families in the orchestra. They can also listen to and "virutally handle" all of the instruments. Another section of the site includes video interviews with the orchestra music director and the orchestra members. The site also has many great activities and games to help students learn more about music.



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