General Resources


    ONLINE RESOURCES

    Music Websites for Kids:

    Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Interactive website designed just for kids by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

    San Francisco Symphony
    Interactive website designed just for kids by the San Francisco Symphony.

    Classics for Kids
    Includes Lesson Plans, Activity sheets, and games! Online games include the Composer Time Machine, Compose Your Own Music, Note Name Game, and Be a Rockin’ Rhythm Master!

    Making Music Fun
    Includes Meet the Composer and Meet the Orchestra pages with worksheets, free sheet music, coloring sheets, and links to lesson plans.

    Kid’s Music Corner
    Information about classical music for kids 7 to 12

    Getty Museum
    Interactive kids website from the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA.
     

    Websites for Teachers:

    Scholastic Books
    Resources, strategies and student activity ideas for teachers, provided by Scholastic Books.

    Discovery Education
    Free lesson plans for grades K-12 in language arts, math, science, social studies, and arts, provided by Discovery Education , a subsidiary of Discovery Communications, Inc.
     

    PRINT RESOURCES

    Get To Know the Orchestra

    Ganeri, Anita. The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. 1996.

    Guy, Suzanne and Donna Lacy. The Orchestra, The Orchestra! 2002. (For children ages 3-8.)

    Hayes, Ann. Meet the Orchestra. 1991. (For younger children.)

    Koscielniak, Bruce. An Introduction to Musical Instruments and the Symphony Orchestra: The Story of the Incredible Orchestra. 2000.

    Levine, Robert. The Story of the Orchestra. 2001. General, child-friendly guide to the orchestra, instruments, and composers. (Audio CD included.)
     

    Get To Know Composers

    Green, John. Great Composers (Dover History Coloring Book). 2007.
    (30 images featuring Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin, and more.)

    Lunday, Elizabeth. Secret Lives of Great Composers. 2009.
    (Graphic novel-style funny stories about famous composers. For high school students.)

    Tomb, Eric. American Composers-Coloring Book. 1992.

    Venezia, Mike. “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers.”
    (Multiple book series, each about a different composer, written between 1994 and 2000. Available for purchase individually, or as a complete set.)