What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- part-whole relationships
- thinking critically
- personal growth
- multiple forms of expression
Engagement, Approach, Support
Some items, such as tracks kids can play along with and interactive tests, help kids connect with the site; adding more would make it an even stronger resource. Users can email each other through the site and discuss topics on forums.
Lessons teach music theory and explain musical elements; instrument chord charts, a guitar tuner, and a metronome also offer instruction. Sheet music can help kids learn about song components; exercises sometimes pair reading with audio.
Users can discuss music on active site forums, including instrument-specific boards. Kids can view links to other music sites, music jokes, and composer and instrument images; buy sheet music; and print blank sheet-music paper.
What's it about?
8NOTES.COM offers free sheet music for more than 25 instruments. Kids also can access lessons on piano chords, drum beats, and other musical components from popular songs and music theory. Other tools and resources include an online guitar tuner and guitar and piano chord charts, which feature audio files so kids can hear chords before playing them. They also can read musician biographies spanning from Beethoven to Beyonce and look up terms in a musical glossary. A $20 annual subscription provides access to longer, more advanced pieces.
Is it any good?
Families can talk about...
- Families can talk about how songs are made; songwriting involves several steps. Ask your child to compare that process to the steps used to complete a household task.
- What is your child's favorite song? Musical taste involves someone's opinion.
Discuss how music can help you express feelings. Can your child identify the intent behind a song on the radio? What emotions does it seem to describe or convey?
|Topics:||Music and sing-along|
|Price:||The basic 8notes.com registration is free. A $20 annual subscription also provides access to a library of additional pieces. School subscriptions, which provide unlimited access for all students within an institution, are $95 a year.|
|Pricing structure:||Free, Paid|