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October 2007

Sound Junction
All together now! Great music site with tools and information for all interests.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Professional


SoundJunction provides a comprehensive collection of music from all genres. You can take music apart and find how it works, create music yourself, find out how other people make music and how they perform it, learn about musical instruments and look at the backgrounds of different musical styles.
This site covers an abundance of well organized material. Users can browse the site by using the left side menu or use the Journey mode or Learning trail forum. There is a helpful overview for first time users, “What Can I Do on SoundJunction.” Macromedia Flash Player and Shock Wave are required.

SoundJunction is a great multimedia site for anyone to learn about music. The content is divided into seven major sections where users can access interactive games, musical excerpts, interviews and videos to explore music, see how it works, learn about musicians, and of course listen to music. For the would-be composer there is a Composer Tool that allows users to create their own compositions. Navigating the site in Journey mode allows users to track their progress and suggest further steps or use the Learning trail forum for some step-by-step trails on particular subjects and issues. Music educators will find an enormous free music resource with around 1,000 pages of information and activities as well as curriculum materials such as packets of lesson plans, ideas for using the site with students, quick links for learning how to use features the site, and a forum for sharing learning ideas. This is one to bookmark for further exploration!


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