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Freeware

ACID XPress - Music freeware

Download and install ACID Xpress, then get loops from Loops and Samples or from ACIDplanet.com to create your own music. Easy to use at any age and any level of experience.

Audacity

Audacity is a free audio editor. You can record sounds, play sounds, import and export WAV, AIFF, Ogg Vorbis, and MP3 files, and more. There is a 'How-to' Word document relating to editing audio with Audacity on the Ferl website at: Workshop: Editing audio with Audacity http://ferl.becta.org.uk/display.cfm?resID=3D16394

Digital Music Notebook

You can download this free software for PC and learn new skills with interactive music books, play and print interactive digital sheet music, record and assess your performance, perform karaoke with each digital sheet music title, and record and assess your performance.

Drums Online

Play drums with a mouse or keyboard. Virtual Drum Machine - an online drum machine that you can program. Includes drum note learning, drum set games, and drum sheet music.

Drumsteps

Drumsteps, which has been made available on the BBC website, is a screen-based virtual environment which allows the user to build sets of steps and produce percussion sounds by dropping balls down the steps. It enables all students, including those without traditional note reading and writing skills, to engage in musical composition and to learn about basic composition skills through exploration and experimentation.

Free and Legal Music Downloads

Freeplay Music is the biggest and the fastest growing "free" broadcast music production library in the world. The site has an extensive search facility for production music, recording artists, and sound effects. Freeplay's first product, the Freeplay Music Library, is a comprehensive collection of High End Broadcast production music spanning all the popular musical genres, available for download either on-line or via Portable Hard Drive.

Free Audio and Video Software

Free Audio and Video Software suitable for arts teaching and learning.

Freebyte

This site contains free music notation software, blank music paper, online music lessons, educational music software, software synthesizers, sequencers, music players, Karaoke players, sound recorders and editors, music-related utilities, MP3 files online, sounds and effects, Midi files, and more. These are available through a range of music systems, languages, formats, and music and audio search engines.

GarageBand

GarageBand lets you easily perform, record, and create your own music whether you are an experienced or aspiring musician.

HammerHead Freeware

HammerHead is a simple TR-909-like drum computer program aiming at the dance-scene. You can use it to create perfect Techno loops, Jungle patterns, or House beats, but it's also suitable for Hip Hop, Triphop, Rap, Industrial, and almost any other music you can think of. HammerHead has six separate channels, 29 built-in drum sounds, six complete breakbeats, and the possibility to import six samples of your own. You can save your patterns to completely noise-free CD-quality wave files to use them with your sampler, tracker, or sequencer program. It is PC based software.

iDrum Freeware

iDrum turns your computer into a slamming beatbox ready to lay down your grooves, your way. From ambient downtempo to bangin' hip hop to frenetic drum and bass, iDrum has got your back (beat). iDrum runs as both a standalone native OS X application and as a plug-in for Pro Tools, GarageBand, Logic, and Ableton Live. This means you can use iDrum to create beats from right within your favourite music software environment, perfectly synced with your arrangement and always right where you left it when you return to your project. You can download this demo version for 14 days.

Mario Paint Composer

Mario Paint Composer is a remake of the music system from the original Mario Paint for the Super NES. It is made by unFun Games. The game is free. You'll find other fun online games to play there for PC and Mac.

MuseScore

Free music composition and notation software. Notes are entered on a "virtual note sheet" with mouse, keyboard, or MIDI with unlimited number of staves, and up to four voices per staff. The program has an integrated sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesiser, import and export of MusicXML, and Standard MIDI files. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

MusicTheory.net

Musictheory.net lessons include: The staff, clefs, and ledger lines; The Interval Ear Trainer; and over thirty new lessons and several new trainers. The entire musictheory.net website is packaged for offline viewing. You can expand the archive, open the "musictheory.net" folder, and click on "START.html" to view the website's content without an Internet connection.

Myna Audio Editor

You can use Myna to remix music tracks and audio clips. Apply sound effects and record your own voice or instruments.

Noteflight

Noteflight is an online music writing application that lets you create, view, print, and hear music notation with professional quality, in your web browser. Work on a score from any computer on the Internet, share with other users, or embed into your own pages.

PowerTab

PowerTab Editor is a tablature authoring tool for the Windows operating system. The program provides the most commonly used symbols in tablature, including chord names, chord diagrams, rhythm slashes, bends, slides, hammer-ons/pull-offs, harmonics, and palm muting. A useful piece of software for people who want to learn how to play guitar, and for experienced guitarists who want to transcribe their own music and/or guitar lessons. The software can be used by both acoustic and electric guitar players alike.

Safe Free Software

A website with links to free software.

Sleepover Planet

Sleepover Planet is a complete online toolkit which takes the teacher and students step by step through the process of staging a school musical.

Snapshot of Learning for Audacity

This Snapshots page from the Software for Learning site contains screen shots taken from learning sessions using Audacity software. Year 7 students used Audacity freeware during an integrated unit of work looking at New Zealand disasters and how they affect different people.

Sound Memory Flash Online Game

Use sound memory flash game for memory improvement. See also Music free online game; Piano note free online teacher at http://www.uea.ac. uk/dos/learning/toolkit/Memory/memory.

Sounds to Download

Free and purchasable sounds to download and use.

VanBasco's Karaoke Player

Free sing-a-long karaoke music software for PC: VanBasco's Karaoke Player plays MIDI Karaoke files. Lyrics can be displayed in full-screen. You can change and recall tempo, volume, and key of a song, and mute or solo instruments.


Software

Acid Pro 7

Sony ACID Pro 7 software is a DAW powerhouse that combines multitrack recording and mixing, MIDI sequencing, and legendary loop manipulation for seamless music creation and post production. Includes over 3,000 loops and 1,000 MIDI files for music creation, as well as bundled software and effects from Garritan, iZotope, Native Instruments, and Submersible Music.

Adobe After Effects CS3 Professional - Software for Learning information

Digital-imaging software for creating motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, DVD, the web, and mobile devices. Students can use them to create 2 and 3-dimensional compositions, animations, and visual effects. This Software for Learning page contains information and resources to support teaching and learning using Adobe After Effects software.

Adobe Audition

Adobe Audition provides a multi-track recording studio for producing audio effects of a professional standard. Students can record their own music, voice, or other audio; edit it; and mix it with other audio or musical parts. Audio and video can also be integrated using Adobe video applications.

Adobe Encore DVD

Adobe Encore DVD supports learners to create sophisticated, multi-language DVDs. They can edit a video, create menus, and then use a rewritable DVD drive to burn the video onto a DVD disc. Video and audio files can be imported and converted to MPEG video and Dolby Digital audio files, and learners can choose to work with pre-designed menu styles or build their own.

Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0 - Software for Learning information

Video editing tools for transferring footage and adding special effects. This Software for Learning page contains information and resources to support teaching and learning using Adobe Premiere Elements software.

Ars Nova Music Education and Composition Software

Ars Nova hosts links to music education and composition software such as Practica Musica, Counterpointer, and Songworks II. Software, manuals, demonstrations and sharing of ideas online are useful additions on this site.

ArtRage

From this web page you can download ArtRage, a paint package designed to look and feel like real paint, and which is easy to use with a simple but modern interface. Students can play around with tools such as oils, chalks, pencils, and felt pens. 'Image tracing' allows you to create great images from your own photographs. This Software for Learning page contains information and resources to support teaching and learning using ArtRage software.

Audio, MIDI & Music on Mac - Mac Music

Using macintosh software and hardware to make music: Daily news, large forums, software downloads, 3000+ reviewed sites, classifieds, freeware, software updates... MacMusic.org is made by and for musicians, producers, sound enginneers, protools users etc.

Auralia

A comprehensive, engaging and easy to use ear training program. With 41 topics, the aural training exercises are perfect for everyone, from beginners to advanced students, and the easy to use interface makes it the perfect way to introduce music ear training to people of all ages. Auralia is suitable for both classical and contemporary musicians of any age and ability.

Band in a Box

Well used in secondary schools. Type in the chords to any song using standard chord symbols like C or Fm7b5; and Band-in-a-Box does the rest, automatically generating a complete professional-quality arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, strings and more. Plus, add REAL accompaniment to your song with RealTracks and Real Drums- actual recordings of professional studio musicians.

Cakewalk

Cakewalk is the world’s leading developer of powerful and easy to use products for music creation and recording. These products include award-winning digital audio workstations and sequencers, fully-integrated music software and hardware solutions, and innovative virtual instruments. Millions of musicians worldwide - including Grammy® and Emmy®-winning producers, composers, sound designers, and engineers - use Cakewalk products daily to produce audio for the professional music, film, broadcast, and video game industries.

Computer Music Limited

Computer Music Limited are specialists in notation and educational music software providing a 'one stop' shopping service for musicians, music educators, and music hobbyists who wish to purchase high quality Music Software and associated MIDI Hardware.

Corel Painter 1X

"Art software mimics real paint" - Corel's new Painter lX is the closest software has yet come to reproducing the effects of paints and brushes with a digital palette, the company claims. New features include a revamped oil-painting system in which colours behave very much like the real thing; enhanced brush controls; snap-to-path painting; and water colours that stay 'wet' between sessions, allowing you to resume painting where you left off.

Creating a Virtual Medieval Scene - ICT Learning Experience

This ICT Learning Experience describes how students created a virtual scene to communicate and present what they found out about medieval society during a social sciences unit. Students used KidPix to draw scenes and stitched these together using QuickTime VR Authoring software to create a 360-degree panorama. Developed by Lower Hutt Cluster as part of the ICT Professional Development Clusters Project.

Creative Suite 5 Design Premium (Adobe)

The Adobe Creative Suite 5 Design Premium provides multimedia software and resources for teaching and learning. This comprehensive solution covers image creation and editing, graphic manipulation, flash publishing and web publishing.

Dance Pack

Techno and Electronica is the message transmitted by this superb bundle of libraries. New York Dance supplies the basic materials needed to create music that spans House, Electro, Jungle and more. Futurist Drum 'n' Bass gives you even more fine beats and synth elements. Techno Club Grooves 1: Funky xtreams I and Vintage Analog Synths: Vortexual Amplitude add character by giving you access to rare and vintage gear. Processed Drumkits: Zero-Gravity Beats adds something completely unique and original - acoustic drum performances by former Sugarcube Siggi Baldursson, tweaked and processed into pulverizing grooves, made to order for intense dance music.

Director 11.5 (Adobe)

Director supports learners in using audio, video, and graphics multimedia. Students can use tools for web developing that incorporate photo-quality images, full-screen or long-form digital video, sounds, animation, 3D models, text, hypertext, bitmap, images, games, e-learning courses, and Adobe Flash content on CD, DVDs, video, or web pages.

Dreamweaver CS4 (Adobe)

Website design and development software that combines visual layout tools and HTML code editing. Dreamweaver CS4 supports learners supports learners in building professional websites, through a design environment that uses cascading style sheets (CSS), application development features, and the option of viewing the HTML code.

Essential Tools for iLife

Essential Tools for iLife is part of the Curriculum Expansion Series™, containing an iMovie plug-in and resources to enhance the use of Apple's iMovie and iDVD applications in the classroom. Features of iLife include the use of green screen background imaging, and importing PDF files to create watermarks in your movies. The expansion pack comes with a collection of curriculum themes for iDVD and music files to add interest to your applications. iLife can be used with other applications such as 'I Can Animate' to create further video and DVD effects.

Fantastic Feathers - ICT Learning Experience

This ICT Learning Experience describes how students visited Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre to observe New Zealand native birds and develop their existing knowledge of them. They used a digital camera to record images of birds and Microsoft Word to write and present their information. They also used KidPix to help them to draw birds and design their birdfeeders. Developed by Masterton Cluster as part of the ICT Professional Development Clusters Project.

Finale

Finale offers the power, flexibility, and freedom to create any music you can imagine, from lyrics and staff layout to Garritan sounds and new fonts. Finale provides tools to compose, arrange, play, and print music. Software available includes: Finale Allegro, Print Music, Song Writer, Notepad.

Finale (computer software) for Music

Finale is the flagship program of a series of scorewriters created by MakeMusic! for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X. Several less expensive versions of Finale, with subsets of the main program's features, are made. These include Finale NotePad, Finale NotePad Plus, Printmusic!, and Allegro. Two more such versions, Finale Guitar and Finale Songwriter, have feature sets tailored to different musicians' needs. This site gives information about the software.

Freebyte

This site contains free music notation software, blank music paper, online music lessons, educational music software, software synthesizers, sequencers, music players, Karaoke players, sound recorders and editors, music-related utilities, MP3 files online, sounds and effects, Midi files, and more. These are available through a range of music systems, languages, formats, and music and audio search engines.

Fretplay

This site has a wide variety of popular tabs as well as good online video lessons. It includes a section on playing and reading tabs and unpacking chords.

GarageBand

GarageBand lets you easily perform, record, and create your own music whether you are an experienced or aspiring musician.

GNU Solfege

An aural software program for ear training, harmonic progressions, scales, chord singing, rhythm interval singing, and identifying intervals.

Goldwave - Audio Software

Goldwave is a professional digital audio editing tool available as a free trial. Using this tool users can, for example, record and edit audio for podcasting, apply special effects such as fade and echo, and edit music for dance and drama activities.

GoMuSo

Multimedia tutorials, developed in NZ, for students aged 9 and above in one PC software package for: guitar, keyboard, percussion, ukulele, recorder, composition, reading and writing music notation, music appreciation and listening skills. The software is distributable to staff and students. It can be run on a network without installation and run directly from DVD or USB Flash storage.

Groovy Music

Sibelius Groovy Music is a series of three programmes which make teaching music to primary students easy and fun. Generalist teachers are supported with clear and well-written materials to help students create their own music as well as carry out directed learning activities. Each programme has its own theme: Groovy Music Shapes (ages 5 - 7); Groovy Music Jungle (ages 7 - 9); and Groovy Music Future City (ages 9 - 11).

Harmonic Vision

Harmonic Vision, Inc. is a leading music education software developer founded in 1991 and located in Chicago, Illinois. Their mission is to apply computer technology to significantly enhance the effectiveness of music education in the home, the school, and the studio.

Harmony Assistant

Harmony Assistant is an unbeatable software for computer-assisted music composition and editing. Its harmonizing capabilities enable the composer to quickly and efficiently build tunes that include accompaniment, multiple instruments, and drum patterns. Its full page edit and engraver modes will ease editing and page set-up of your scores. Harmony Assistant runs on Macintosh (Mac OS 8.6 to Mac OS X) and Windows (95, 98, ME, 2000, NT4 or XP).

iBegin Interactive Tutorial Software for Beginning Instrumentalists

iBegin is an interactive software package containing 43 illustrated, interactive lessons, with 155 scores and parts, which enables beginning wind instrumentalists to learn to play their instrument and to read music in a step-by-step learning style, right from the time that they open the case.

iLife

iLife is Apple's suite of digital applications including iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, and GarageBand, plus an innovative new application called iWeb for creating stunning web pages, blogs, and podcasts.

Jam Trax

A fun way to create your own pop, rock, and hip-hop songs using music samples called loops. Jam Trax software includes over 600 loops using instruments such as drums, keyboards, horns, guitars, bass, and sound effects that you can combine any way you want. To make a song, simply pick the instruments and effects you want to use, "paint" the sounds into tracks using the Paintbrush tool, and click Play to listen. Jam Trax software automatically adjusts the pitch and tempo of every loop to match your song so you can compose with confidence.

Logic Pro

Logic Studio is a complete set of professional applications that lets you write, record, edit, mix, and perform. It’s also the largest collection of modeled instruments, sampler instruments, effect plug-ins, and audio loops ever put in a single box.

Mac Update – Music Software for Mac Users

This site contains a list of all the updates for Mac users including a large range of audio and MIDI software, most of it free, some shareware, and some packages that you can purchase.

Melody Assistant

This a very comprehensive and affordable notation program. Melody Assistant is dedicated to music writing, printing and rendering. Melody Assistant offers a user-friendly interface and powerful capabilities. Now used by a very active community of thousands of people, it has become a favoured tool for creating music. Score input can be performed through the mouse, computer keyboard, or an external MIDI keyboard.

Midnight Music

Australian music educator Katie Wardrobe has lots of tips and resources for effectively using music software. You can sign up for her monthly email newsletter of tips as well as look at her workshop notes from various conference presentations.

Mixcraft

Mixcraft is a multi-track recording studio for PC that enables you to record audio, arrange loops, remix tracks, compose with virtual instruments, score and edit video, and add effects. It includes over 3000 music loops and sound effects, a large collection of virtual instruments, and 22 effects.

Mixxx Digital DJ Software

Mixxx is free, open source, cross-platform digital DJ software for professionals and amateurs alike, with professional features like parallel digital displays, beat estimation, beat matching, and skins. Mixxx reads most popular sound formats.

Musictech

Musictech is managed by teacher and musician Chris Mason-Battley, who also provides music technology support to schools - installing and maintaining music technology equipment and software, training teachers, and tutoring students in music technology and composition.

Musition

Musition is a comprehensive music theory and fundamentals package for music students of all ages and abilities. Musition's interactive teaching makes learning music theory fun and easy. The structured drills and instant feedback create a stimulating learning environment, enabling students to achieve their maximum potential. Complete with 34 topics and sophisticated record keeping features, Musition is the ultimate music tuition tool.

Notate 2

Notate 2 is a music composition program intended for children with no particular previous musical knowledge. It provides an intuitive user interface to enable exploration of traditional music notation and the investigation of musical patterns and structures. Pupils can record in real time or step time from an onscreen or external music keyboard. Notation is made easy with a wide range of note lengths and pitches; time and key signatures; and treble, bass and single line percussion clefs. Notate 2 has a range of features specifically designed to support use on an interactive whiteboard and is supplied with photocopy-friendly pupil activity sheets, and over 200 musical example and template files, to give ideas and provide materials for use in composition such as rhythm patterns.

Notion

NOTION is an advanced music program dedicated to bringing a revolutionary degree of realism to the creation and communication of your musical vision. The NOTION playback engine is natively equipped with a library of realistic sampled sounds taken from the musicians of the London Symphony Orchestra. NOTION's score-entry interface offers a set of highly-intuitive keyboard shortcuts. The software also comes equipped with a built-in audio mixer. Scores and NTempo sessions can be saved to WAV format, complete with any custom mixer settings.

Photoshop Tutorials

This website has a extensive collection of free Photoshop tutorials and articles all related to digital graphics. The tutorials are well set out and easy to follow. Categories include: Photo effects, text effects, effects and textures.

Powertracks Pro Audio

PowerTracks Pro Audio is a fully-featured music recording and editing sequencer, with seamlessly integrated digital audio/MIDI recording, notation, instant audio vocal harmonies, intelligent chord symbol interpretation from MIDI files, Dx and VST Instrument and Plugins, and more. It's loaded with powerful features for musicians, students, and songwriters.

Practica Musica

Practica Musica® is the most complete and thorough music theory and ear training tutor available for your Mac or PC. With 80+ customisable activities, Practica Musica is the choice of thousands of schools, colleges, and conservatories worldwide. Webstudents is a feature of Practica Musica available on purchase. It keeps records of student progress and is designed to help individual students monitor their work and share news and assignments online.

Pure Mac – Music software for Mac Users

This site contains software for music buffs – all the audio software you could wish for including audio routing, converters/encoders, editors, recorders, streaming recorders, players, cleaners, codecs, and servers.

Reaper Audio Workstation

REAPER is a digital audio workstation: a complete multitrack audio and MIDI recording, editing, processing, mixing, and mastering environment.

Safe Free Software

A website with links to free software.

Scorecloud

This is a free score notation software that converts melodies to traditional notation. One of the best audio to score software released in recent years. Record in with live audio or input via a midi device. Scores can be exported for further editing in any other music notation software. Cloud integration across all platforms - Windows/Apple/Android/iOS

Sibelius

The world’s best-selling, and best-known, music notation software, which includes an innovative toolset designed to provide aspiring and professional musicians with a more efficient approach to music composition. Sibelius is used for composing and arranging as well as creating worksheets for music students.

Sing & See

Sing & See is revolutionary voice training software that gives singers real-time visual feedback to help them improve their singing technique. It is available from the online store or by ordering from Cantovation Technology Ltd., Auckland, or a local music education retailer.

Snapshot of Learning for Audacity

This Snapshots page from the Software for Learning site contains screen shots taken from learning sessions using Audacity software. Year 7 students used Audacity freeware during an integrated unit of work looking at New Zealand disasters and how they affect different people.

Snapshot of Learning for GarageBand

This Snapshots page from the Software for Learning site contains screen shots taken from learning sessions using GarageBand. Year 5 students developed their own 'dance' tracks for their morning exercise programme, Dancing in the Street, using GarageBand.

Snapshot of Learning for Power Tab Editor

This Snapshots page from the Software for Learning site contains screen shots taken from learning sessions using Power Tab Editor with year 11 students. Power Tab Editor – a guitar tablature software program - was used to allow students to work from their knowledge of the guitar, and produce notated music.

Software for Learning

This Ministry of Education site contains information about software for use in your learning and teaching programmes including arts education.

Software For Learning - Dance

This Software For Learning page provides links and descriptions of software that might be used in dance education.

Software For Learning - Drama

This Software For Learning page provides links and descriptions of software that might be used in drama education.

Software For Learning - Music

This Software For Learning page provides links and descriptions of software recommended for music education.

Software For Learning - Visual Arts

This Software For Learning page provides links and descriptions of software recommended for visual arts education.

Songsmith

Songsmith enables you to record a vocal line into the computer through a microphone and automatically generates chords and instrumental accompaniment. It comes with 30 accompaniment styles built in, and you can edit the chords and styles to create your finished original song.

Sound Forge

Sound Forge®software is an industry-standard digital audio editing application for professional recording, editing, effects processing, and streaming media creation.

Storybook Weaver Deluxe

Storybook Weaver provides an opportunity for students to write and illustrate multimedia stories with an easy-to-use word processor and graphic tools. It includes graphics, a thesaurus, sound effects, and music clips.

Stringed Instruments Software

Stringed Instruments Software: a Guide to Stringed Instrument Learning Software on the Web provides practice tools for many stringed instruments and software for learning chords on the keyboard.

TuxGuitar

A multi-track tablature editor and player which has a tablature editor, score viewer, multitrack display, autoscroll while playing, note duration management, various effects (bend, slide, vibrato, hammer-on/pull-off), repeats, time signature, and tempo management and can import and export Guitar Pro files.

Uke4U

A digital and multimedia ukulele tutor which is supplied on CD for use in PC developed by NZ educator Valentine Venimore.

UMAJIN

UMAJIN is a New Zealand-designed desktop publishing tool that combines text, photos, cartoons, drawings, sounds, videos, and 3D animations into one document. This program is suitable for all ages, including early childhood, and as a desktop publishing application it can be integrated into any curriculum area. Learning examples are provided on this TKI Software for Learning page.

Windows 8 Apps for Teachers and Students - from Microsoft in Education

Many apps are available to support learning in music for students using Windows tablets. These include: Grantophone, Learn guitar, Music maker jam, Note trainer, Piano chords, Piano time, Play guitar, Practice your music. Several are free.

YouTube converters suggested by Musicnet members

This is a list of You Tube converters that were suggested by subscribers to the MusicNet forum in May 2013.


ICT Readings

Acid House - Definitions

Find out about Acid House music, which sits under the umbrella of electronic music, and the subsequent smaller grouping of House music.

Amplifier

Amplifier.co.nz is the home of New Zealand music. The site provides information about NZ music, and New Zealand music news. You can listen to kiwi musicians, watch NZ music videos, and purchase CDs and legal MP3 music downloads by kiwi artists. Amplifier is the longest running legal music download site in New Zealand.

Arts and Technology Advancing Education

This Texas site reviews the considerations of a symposium to develop a Digital Arts Task Force in recognition that the promises and demands of the 21st century require today's students to live and work in a rapidly changing technological society. The paper asserts that through comprehensive arts education, students are better educated and more prepared to succeed in this challenging environment.

Drum and Bass – The Wikipedia Guide

Drum and Bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. The guide provides rich information about this style of music.

Getting More Bang For Your Music Buck (Word 45KB)

Getting More Bang For Your Music Buck is a paper written in 2008 by Kristine Twigley, Head of Music at Waiheke Island High School. It includes ideas for incorporating ICT into teaching, even with a limited budget.

Gullah Music

Gullah Music introduces the evolution of African music in America through Gullah history and culture. Gullah is the name of the descendents of enslaved Africans who lived on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, Georgia and northern Florida. Visitors learn how African music influenced many styles of music in America. There are interactive activities and teaching resources that explore work songs, spirituals, play songs and the blues.

ICT and Arts Education - A Literature Review (PDF 650KB)

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This literature review was carried out by Merryn Dunmill and Azra Arslanagic of Te Puna Puoru National Centre for Research in Music Education and Sound Arts, University of Canterbury, in July 2006, for the New Zealand Ministry of Education. The review sought to find Australasian research (and research from other comparative education systems) on the positve impact of ICT on student achievement, and teaching in the arts.

Intel Education Initiative

The Intel site offers an interesting range of tools, ideas, research, and more for ICT in education. From this education page you can access a range of learning stories. Of particular interest to arts educators is the Creative Arts section.

The Music Educators' Web Authoring Tools

This site is designed for music educators, offering key tutorials in various graphic, sound, and website-building applications for beginners.

Music Performance Scholarships

An online register of , mainly American, scholarships offered to music students.

Synthtopia

This site contains articles on Computer Music, links to audio interfaces, computer hardware, MIDI controllers and MIDI interfaces, samples, loops, software effects and audio processors, software sequencers, and software synthesizers and samplers. There is also information on electronic music and recording gear, free music, interviews, iPods and portable media players, music news, and reviews.

Theta Music Trainer

This site is free to join for access to the first three levels. It uses music games to help musicians improve their senses of pitch and tone, unlock hidden patterns in music and strengthen music theory skills. The layout and format of the games make it particularly appealing for primary and intermediate age students.

The Use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Music Classrooms

This paper concerns the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in music classrooms, with the focus on the secondary school music curriculum in the United Kingdom. In particular, it reports on a study of learners in a UK school using software designed to support practical music skills.

The Virtual Drama Studio

Within the site, ‘Using Technology In The Drama Classroom’, there are some good ideas for using ICT on stage. The emphasis in this site is on performance with teaching ideas, links to other sites, a play texts list, and a collection of pictures from productions.


Digital Resources

13 Lessons to Teach Your Child About Digital Photography

This website provides 13 easy lessons to teach digital photography. Click on the some of the highlighted words and it leads you to another page about the words, as well as giving many links and a range of tips and tutorials.

60 Second Shakespeare

This page from the BBC website was developed to support a UK competition, but there are also guidelines, resources, and information for studying and producing Shakespeare plays, and for learning film production skills. Includes teachers' notes and lesson plans for different steps in the production process, and examples of student videos from the UK hosted on the site.

8notes.com

A large library of free sheet music, riffs, lessons, and tools. There is a midi converter, tab converter, groove generator, drum riffs, metronome, music theory, tests and games, music glossary, biographies, image gallery, and musical jokes.

After Fa‘alupega (Headless State)

This is an oil painting by the Sāmoan/Mäori artist Lily Laita (1969–), created in New Zealand in 2001. The painting is called After Fa‘alupega (Headless State) and is a brightly coloured, complex work. To the left stands Nafanua, a Sāmoan goddess figure, here adorned with a pigeon’s head. To the right are four figures making ava (kava). A motif of stars obscures their heads. Rays of light from the stars transform as the four clubs of Nafanua. The words ‘Headless State’, in capitals, are written backwards and left to right in the bottom left foreground. The painting measures 140 centimetres high by 207 centimetres wide and is from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

All About Art

This webpage was created by young students for students. It has information on European arts, artists and movements, and includes some student work. It links to other sites, particularly key galleries and museums.

All My Faves

This website presents a colourful page of editors' picks for the top sites for educators. Included in this are selected sites for art, health, history, languages, literature, writing skills, maths, music, science, and technology.

Ancient Theatre

Didaskalia is an interesting site for ancient theatre, focused on Greek and Roman theatre. The site operates under the auspices of the University of Warwick and material is well researched and authoritative. The study area is of most use including detailed material on Greek and Roman stagecraft, visual resources with virtual reconstructions of a number of ancient Greek and Roman theatres, and useful links to other sites.

Art History Database

The art history index of famous artists leads to imagery and in-depth information such as biographies of over 22,000 artists, with links to over 200,000 images from museums.

Art History Resources on the Web

This site provides in-depth hyperlinked lists divided by period. It is well organised and readily usable by art history teachers. Lots of useful resources and links for teachers of Levels 2 and 3.

Art Museum Image Consortium

A huge catalogue of thumbnail images of over 100,000 digitized works of art, text, and multimedia provided by a consortium of over 35 art museums around the world. Search by creator, creation date, and other key access points. Includes art forms from different cultures ranging from prehistoric to contemporary time periods. Provides extensive rights information for each image, reproduction request forms, links to publications, and institutional membership agreements.

The Art Studio Chalkboard

A resource from the University of Evansville Indianna for artists and art students that focuses on the technical fundamentals of perspective, shading, colour, and painting.

The Artchive

Virtual gallery of classic and contemporary painting, sculpture, as well as art critique, reviews, and links. The theory and criticism section contains good resources for handouts as does the artchive link where over 200 artists are represented by over 2000 clear scans.

Artcyclopedia

The Artcyclopedia is an index of online museums and image archives. You can search by artist, title, or museum for artists’ work. The site also makes searching for artists easier by creating a number of sub-headings, including women artists.

Artists of Brucke: Themes in German Expressionist Prints

This Museum of Modern Art exhibition fosters interactive study of the Expressionist movement illustrating over 120 works in more than 50 comparative groupings.

Arts at Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative

A place to see what is happening in Fine Arts at Rocky Mountain School for the Gifted and Creative.

ArtsAlive: English Theatre

ArtsAlive English Theatre is designed to uncover the behind-the-scenes world of professional English Canadian Theatre.

ArtsConnectEd

Explore the combined collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center through hundreds of new features in ArtsConnectEd. Search over 100,000 resources in the Art Finder, including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources. Save and customize items in the redesigned Art Collector.

Artsonia

The Artsonia website is popular in the United States for displaying student art work and for generating some funding.

AudioCulture - the noisy library of New Zealand music

AudioCulture is a cultural asset that tells the stories of New Zealand music using voices, sounds and images. Site users can read about the people, labels, and the kiwi music scene, listen to music, watch music videos, view images, and browse discographies. Music lovers can also search AudioCulture content and share it with their social media friends.

Aussie Music Teacher

This site offers free and purchasable resources for music teachers for all curriculum levels.

BBC Arts and Culture

This BBC site has many resources of interest across the curriculum. Includes audio clips of famous people. Teachers of English will find useful resources contained in the following sections: Arts, Music and Entertainment, Learning English, English Language, Arts and Society.

Berklee Shares

Online music lessons from the faculty and alumni of Berklee: Production and Technology, Songwriting and Arranging, Music Business and Careers, Music Education, Music Improvisation. Free lessons for Bass, Brass, DJ and Turntable, Drums and Percussion, Guitar, Keyboards, Voice, Winds. A library of MP3 audio, QuickTime movie, and PDF files.

Bollywood

This multi-media Bollywood unit is one of an extensive number of units that have been developed by Australian educators to support their Studies of Asia scope and sequence documents of English, SOSE, and The Arts.

Bravenet

Explore the free websites and web tools provided through Bravenet.

Capital E

Capital E is a centre for creative technology and live performance for children. Located in Wellington’s Civic Square, it houses ONTV and Soundhouse as well being the home of the National Theatre for Children, a professional company that tours New Zealand theatres annually with a programme of works for children aged 2-7 and 8-12. All programmes offer free teachers resources, enabling teachers to extend the experiences back into the classroom.

Cartoonist and Animator Doug Allen

Doug Allen is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work has featured in a variety of American magazines, books, and newspapers. The novel animated web design reflects his work, with caricatures leading the viewer along walk-through exhibitions of his work.

Cartoonist and Illustrator Jim Goodring

On Jim Woodring’s site you can view his illustrations and cartoons. Much of the work is computer-generated but he also includes samples of black and white sketches that would be useful to students. The list of links will connect you with a variety of American, European, and Asian cartoon-related sites.

Cartoonists

Gary Panter is an American cartoonist, illustrator, and painter. His linear style, derived from pen and ink, could be useful for students working on woodcuts, portraiture or figurative work, cartooning, animations, or graphic painting styles.

Chordbook

An online guitar chords finder where users can find and hear chords, and see chord positions, on a realistic virtual guitar.

Christmas Sheet Music

This site has free Christmas sheet music and guitar tabs. Most of these sites listed on the two web pages do not exclusively feature Christmas sheet music. In other words, they have Christmas sheet music, but others as well, so you have to navigate to the Christmas section of the site.

Classics for Kids

Classical music's great composers come to life through music and stories. Listen to classical music, find out more about the great composers, discover the instruments of the orchestra, and play interactive games such as 'Composer Time Machine'.

Comic Art: Drawn and Quarterly

Drawn and Quaterly are publishers of comics. The site includes samples of works by a wide array of artists, brief biographies, and previews of books. From this site you can view different graphic styles for further research of individual artists.

Comics on the Verge

Comics on the Verge provides access to an array of comic illustrations, exhibitions, samples of student work, and background information on the development of comics. It also provides links to sites of individual cartoonists.

Commedia Costumes

This is an amusing but potentially useful and educational site when you follow the links at the bottom of the page for Commedia character costumes presented as paper cut-out dolls.

Costumes, Makeup and Actors - The History of American Theatre

This site has a comprehensive range of resources on the history of American Theatre.

Costuming for the Theatre

This large and comprehensive site seems to cover all periods and a wide range of aspects of costuming for the theatre including the design and making of costumes and accessories.

Craft – Search: The International Craft Search Engine

This is a key international search engine for Art and Craft (UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand) and is particularly useful for searching galleries.

Cultural Symbols and Art

This site links to other sites on symbols under a wide range of categories, countries, culture, and civilisations.

Dance Videos

A site that gives links to a variety of instructional dance videos, from which some basic movement vocabulary in a variety of dance genres can be learned. Suitable for teachers of Year 9-13 classes.

Delta Blues Museum

The Museum houses thousands of books, recordings, tapes, CDs, videos, rare photographs, and memorabilia tracing the roots of this unique American phenomenon.

Downloading YouTube Videos (Word 52KB)

This document summarises how to download and save videos sourced from YouTube with tried and true links and instructions.

Drum and Bass – The Wikipedia Guide

Drum and Bass (commonly abbreviated to d&b, DnB, dnb, drum n bass and drum & bass) is a type of electronic dance music also known as jungle. The guide provides rich information about this style of music.

Drum and Bass in the UK

Information about drum and bass in the UK, with top 10 mp3 downloads, podcasts, news, event listings forum, and chat room.

Drum Lessons Database

This online resource for percussion players and music educators contains free lessons, drum tips, drum websites, industry news, and information on contests and products.

Drums Online

Play drums with a mouse or keyboard. Virtual Drum Machine - an online drum machine that you can program. Includes drum note learning, drum set games, and drum sheet music.

E-Flux Visual Arts Network

Established in January 1999 in New York, e-flux is an international network which reaches more then 50,000 visual art professionals on daily bases through its website, e-mail list, and special projects. Its news digest – e-flux announcements – distributes information on some of the world's most important contemporary art exhibitions, publications, and symposia.

Encyclopedia of African Music

Includes alphabetised artist list, related African links, and African music sources.

Energy In The Air: Sounds From The Orchestra

On this site, you can explore the unique sounds of the symphony orchestra created by the brass, strings, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Over 20 instruments are defined and pictured, and their special locations in the orchestra are identified.

Europeana: Think Culture

Europeana.eu is about ideas and inspiration. It links you to 2 million digital items. Images - paintings, drawings, maps, photos, and pictures of museum objects; Texts - books, newspapers, letters, diaries, and archival papers; Sounds - music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs, and radio broadcasts; Videos - films, newsreels, and TV broadcasts. Some of these are world famous, others are hidden treasures from Europe's museums and galleries, archives, libraries, and audio-visual collections.

Explore the World Around You with OOKL

With OOKL you can learn more about cultural spaces and exhibitions, create personal memories, and share knowledge and stories.

Film and Television Music

This site is dedicated to the art (and business) of film and television music. It links to a range of film scores to pop music that show up on soundtrack CD and LPs. There are reviews, features information about composers, and other resources including a listing of trailer and teaser music for a number of films, a list of scores that are available on DVD as a special feature or isolated audio track, and links to other great websites that specialize in anything from printed magazines to composing software and media events.

Film Soundtracks

Wikipedia contains information about the creative process and contains historical notes on a vast number of film soundtracks. There are a huge number of links to scores that feature no songs, only music. This is usually orchestral and sometimes other non-traditional instruments are used.

Format for Radio Play Scripts

This web page, from the 'Bow Down Shadrach' radio drama resource, provides a format for creating a radio play script. Includes a link to a template based on extracts from the play, 'Bow Down Shadrach', and a suggestion for finding modern and old-time radio scripts on the internet.

Free and Legal Music Downloads

Freeplay Music is the biggest and the fastest growing "free" broadcast music production library in the world. The site has an extensive search facility for production music, recording artists, and sound effects. Freeplay's first product, the Freeplay Music Library, is a comprehensive collection of High End Broadcast production music spanning all the popular musical genres, available for download either on-line or via Portable Hard Drive.

Free Jazz Institute

A notation-friendly forum for music educational purposes. It has musician-to-musician discussions, transcriptions, and analyses of music, as well as a general resources library. Composers can share their own music, listen to others' compositions and network with jazz musicians.

Fretplay

This site has a wide variety of popular tabs as well as good online video lessons. It includes a section on playing and reading tabs and unpacking chords.

Fun Music Company

Music games, lesson plans, flashcards, theory workbooks and other teaching resources for music, all with a fun emphasis and which are created and reviewed by the best music educators worldwide. You can get direct access to purchase music resources you can print it out instantly, ready for your next music lessons.

GarageBand – Getting Started and Support

Fast access to online help and video tutorials for this popular software.

Gene Fama: Samples and Tutorials for Comic Illustration

Gene Fama is a comic artist whose site includes not only samples of his comics and illustrations, and a sketch book with pages of preliminary studies, but also an extensive section on the ‘process'. This includes chapters that document the process of developing ideas and producing a comic, how computers and new technology have impacted on the process, and techniques and processes using computers, scanners, tips on colour etc.

The Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Trust offers a vast array of services. For instance, the Getty Research Institute provides access to a range of online research tools. The Research Library is accessible to remote users and provides access to the Library Catalogue. The Explore Art section allows you to browse many of the works of art on display at the Getty by name, object, theme, or topic. You can also view current or past exhibitions. There are also lesson plans and ideas for discussion on many aspects of art and art history.

Guitar Jam Session

A collection of online chords and riff loops that users can play along with. Users can turn the loops on and off and adjust the volume level. Would be useful for users who wish to develop music soloing techniques.

Guitar Scales

An online guitar scale finder where users can find scales and see and hear them performed on a realistic virtual guitar. Includes a range of major, minor, harmonic, melodic, blues, and whole tone scales as well as arpeggios, and diminished and dominant 7ths.

Guitar Tuner

An online guitar tuner finder where users can find common alternative tunings for guitar. Selection is made through a drop-down box and users can virtually strum the guitar to hear what a particular tuning will sound like.

Hauraki Plains School Records

HPC Records is a high school record label focused on recording, releasing, and promoting students’ original music. Based at Hauraki Plains College in Ngatea and formed in 2003, the school has released a series of school wide albums of original music, as well as a host of individual and community projects. All music is composed and produced by students in a recording studio at the College.

Home of Poi

A website which has some interesting information about poi, to supplement what might be gained from other resources. Check out the links as well. Suitable for primary and/or secondary programmes.

Illustrator Renee French

Renee French is an illustrator, cartoonist, and graphic novelist. Mostly black and white, her illustrations include highly detailed pen and ink, and graphite works. In contrast, her cartoons are bold and graphic. Much of her work is figurative with her own distinctive deformed characters that can be simultaneously disturbing and engaging.

IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library

A virtual library containing all public domain music scores, as well as scores from composers who are willing to share their music with the world, without charge.

Inside Music Teaching

A selection of articles and downloadable resources for "dynamic music lessons" from Australian music educator Philip Johnston.

Instructional Dance Videos

A site that gives links to a variety of instructional dance videos, from which some basic movement vocabulary in a variety of dance genres can be learned. Suitable for teachers of Year 9-13 classes.

Intel Education Initiative

The Intel site offers an interesting range of tools, ideas, research, and more for ICT in education. From this education page you can access a range of learning stories. Of particular interest to arts educators is the Creative Arts section.

Into Music 3 MIDI Files

This web page has two downloadable MIDI files intended to support the "Twelve-bar Blues" unit in "Into Music 3" chapter 3: Playing. Into Music 3, for teachers of students in years 7–10, is the third book and CD set in a series designed to support the music discipline of The Arts in the New Zealand Curriculum. The book has four main chapters – Listening, Singing, Playing, and Creating and Representing – and each chapter includes three teaching units. NB: The download versions require Winzip which can be found on the TKI download tools section.http://www.tki.org.nz/e/tki/help/plugins.php

Into the Music

Australian Radio National's weekly music programme featuring interviews with Australian and overseas musicians and composers as well as topical, thoughtful, and entertaining features on the best music and musicians from Australia and overseas.

Introduction to Costume Design

Although titled “Paper Dolls” this site covers a wide range of periods and provides an interesting possibility for introducing students to the concept of theatre costume design.

Jazz Guitar Chords

Build jazz chords using a virtual guitar fretboard.

Jazz Piano Chords and Scales

Construct jazz piano chords and scales on a virtual keyboard by selecting the root note then the type of chord or scale. The keyboard will highlight the keys and users can choose to invert the chord or expand the scale.

Justin's Drama and Theatre Links

Justin's Drama and Theatre Links provides a comprehensive system of links to websites providing for Drama and Theatre studies.

Kids Songs and Radio Sites

These sites provide free songs for kids. Download all the terrific children's songs you want to and to learn about the artists. NZ songs are included. http://www.niehs/nih/gov/kids/music.htm http://www.kidmixradio.net/# http://www/geocities.com/Broadway/Stage/7840/intro.htm

The KinderKids’ Classroom

For kinderkids, this blog uses an array of Web 2.0 technologies including Blogmeister for the blog, voice thread to add photos with student and teacher voice, and Bubbleshare for the photo storage. Regular feedback and discussion of student work takes place and includes relatives in the process.

Learning@Whitney

Described as a site for teachers, kids, and teens the site includes an online gallery of images from the Whitney's collection and related information.

LEARNZ

Register to find information about past and upcoming arts virtual field trips. Registration and enrolment in all trips is free for New Zealand registered teachers teaching in New Zealand schools.

Living Heritage

This site enables teachers to support students to share their learning online, through the creation of a website. The bilingual site guides schools to develop a website, based on a heritage treasure in their community. There are a variety of examples to look at.

The Louvre

Browse or search a selection of the 35 000 works held by the museum, take a closer look at works selected for study by young people, or peruse a changing array of in-depth studies.

M.U.S.I.C. - Musicians United For Songs in the Classroom, Inc

M.U.S.I.C. is a nonprofit organisation that promotes arts integration through the study of popular music. You'll find a database of over 3,000 songs for use in the classroom, ideas about using lyrics in across-curricular media literacy programme in grades 7-12, lesson plans and related articles, and a guide called "Stories Behind the Songs," which examines the origins and inspiration for contemporary songlyrics.

Made in New Zealand: Ko au te whenua, te whenua ko au - Stories of Art and Identity

Check out this web page from Te Papa's online Tai Awatea Knowledge Net, to read background information (in English or Māori) on the museum's 'Made in New Zealand' exhibition. This collection features samples of notable sculpture, furniture, silverware, jewellery, photography, musical recording, carving, and other works with a New Zealand identity.

Mantle of the Expert.Com

This website is devoted to explaining Dorothy Heathcote’s Mantle of the Expert approach to learning across the curriculum through drama, which is becoming widely accepted throughout the United Kingdom.

Masters of Photography

This site includes samples of work by photography's leading masters. Brief summaries of their work enables searching by subject or genre. There are also good links to relevant sites, articles, and resources. A FAQ section provides helpful information on copyright and how images from the site might be used.

Matapihi

Matapihi is a National Digital Forum initiative hosted by the National Library of New Zealand. The site is a window onto the online collections of a number of New Zealand cultural organisations.

Metaforas - Digital Media

This dynamic website explores the aesthetic and historical conditions of digital media’s exciting multifaceted dialogue. Profuse and imaginative illustrations, wikis, chronologies, and multimedia examples are an engaging aid to designers, artists, and humanists. Metaforas.org’s text is licensed under a Creative Commons Share Alike license, and each page is available as a fully editable wiki.

Metronome Online

An online metronome ideal for quick and easy use while practising music, this music tool helps with rhythm as well as tempo selections and is available for free to all students of music.

Midnight Music

Australian music educator Katie Wardrobe has lots of tips and resources for effectively using music software. You can sign up for her monthly email newsletter of tips as well as look at her workshop notes from various conference presentations.

Mixxx Digital DJ Software

Mixxx is free, open source, cross-platform digital DJ software for professionals and amateurs alike, with professional features like parallel digital displays, beat estimation, beat matching, and skins. Mixxx reads most popular sound formats.

Mrs Cassidy’s Classroom Blog

This blog incorporates the use of the interactive whiteboard.

MTV

A complementary site to the VH1 site – also contains Music videos, Music, Shows, Movies, Games, and News for all those interested in pop music culture. Genres centre on pop, rock, Soul, Hip-Hop, R&B, and Indie. An area on the site entitled ‘Think’ challenges site visitors to think about the impact of pop culture on society, politics, and the environment.

MuseScore

Free music composition and notation software. Notes are entered on a "virtual note sheet" with mouse, keyboard, or MIDI with unlimited number of staves, and up to four voices per staff. The program has an integrated sequencer and FluidSynth software synthesiser, import and export of MusicXML, and Standard MIDI files. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

Music CD Reviews

More than 5,000 links, plus thousands of CD reviews and recommendations.

Music History 102

Learn about music history with this online guide covering information on the history of western classical music, from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.

Music Matters

Originating in the UK in 2010, the Music Matters campaign is a collective of people across the music community, including artists, songwriters, labels, managers, publishers and music stores, formed to remind listeners of the value and significance of music. This site has been created for Australia and New Zealand as part of the Music Matters international campaign.

MusicTheory.net

Musictheory.net lessons include: The staff, clefs, and ledger lines; The Interval Ear Trainer; and over thirty new lessons and several new trainers. The entire musictheory.net website is packaged for offline viewing. You can expand the archive, open the "musictheory.net" folder, and click on "START.html" to view the website's content without an Internet connection.

Muzic.net.nz

This site was launched in 2001 on a self-funded Internet connection and server. They supply Top 50 charts dating back to 2000 online, with over 1,700 artists in the database plus the largest online Gig Guide in New Zealand.

New Zealand Folk Song

This website is a great resource for finding New Zealand songs and waiata.

New Zealand National Anthems

Learn about the history and protocol surrounding New Zealand's two national anthems. Access the lyrics for both, and the score and sound files for 'God Defend New Zealand'.

NZ Eventfinder

Find out what's on in New Zealand with Eventfinder, the guide to events in NZ: concerts and gig guide; exhibitions; festivals and lifestyle; performing arts; sports and outdoors; workshops and conferences; news and competitions; artists; venues; forums, tickets, Twitter and more.

NZ On Screen

This superb site provides access to film, television and music video, as well as an array of background information, such as interviews and profiles.

Pacific Islands Choral Music

This Fanshawe Collection represents many Pacific island nations, and focuses on the rich variety of authentic music indigenous to Oceania. Traditional music (chants, church singing,Bamboo and string bands, nose flute, love songs, action dances) are available from Cook Islands, Tonga, Western Samoa in Polynesia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu in Melanesia and Kiribati and Chuuk in Micronesia.

Pasifika Music

This site has really valuable information on Pasifika music, particularly Fijian. There are great pictures, music, and interview downloads for classroom use.

Ready, Set, Music! Music Resources for Educators

As the name suggests, this page has information and links to key information to support music teaching and learning.

RealTime Arts

The RealTime website offers a comprehensive view of Australian contemporary arts with an international perspective, combining the current print edition of RealTime, online exclusives and updates; the RealTime archive; new works on show in our studio; featured events (forums, festivals) and arts issues; and a portal that will guide you to the best sites in innovative contemporary arts practices.

Red Studio

Red Studio, developed by MoMA in collaboration with high school students, explores issues and questions raised by teens about modern art, today's working artists, and what goes on behind the scenes at a museum. It features interviews by teens of artists and allows students to contribute on-line. “Behind the Scenes’ features some very useful interviews with curators on what Modernism and Post-Modernism are, with reference to well known works including Picasso’s Les Demoiselles.

Rocksure Soundz

A New Zealand based library of sound effects and royalty-free production music for film, television, and video production. All files have download access and content is regularly updated.

Sculpture: Installation Projects

Founded in San Francisco in 1983 by Ann Hatch, who also served as its first director, the Capp Street Project was the first visual arts residency in the United States dedicated solely to the creation and presentation of new art installations. The main gallery site is http://www.wattis.org/.

ShakeSongs

Teaching Shakespeare through songs this site includes songs from the plays, including "The Canakin Clink," "Romeo and Juliet Duet," and "Ophelia's Song." Click on the music box for a treat!

Sibelius Music - Free Worksheets

This page, created by Kevin Fairless, contains a vast range of free worksheets, flashcards, help sheets and much more that you can print out and use directly with students.

Sleepover Planet

Sleepover Planet is a complete online toolkit which takes the teacher and students step by step through the process of staging a school musical.

The Sound Exchange

The Philharmonia Orchestra site has a wide variety of listening guides. These contain interesting bites of trivia about both the composer and the individual piece itself, plus a break down of things to listen out for. You can also participate in on-line events. Use the links to navigate through the guides or watch the video listening guides. New guides are added often.

Sounds

Fishpond is a New Zealand commercial site with a wide range of sound effects for purchase.

SOUNZ - The Centre for New Zealand Music

SOUNZ, the Centre for New Zealand Music, promotes and provides the music of New Zealand composers. Through the SOUNZ website you can discover thousands of works by hundreds of New Zealand composers with associated scores, recordings, resources, programme notes, biographies, events, news, awards as well as online audio, score and video samples for many of the works. Anyone can search the SOUNZ online database but SOUNZ Library members and SOUNZ Online members have additional benefits including online borrowing requests for the former and purchase by download scores (pdf) and audio (mp3) for the latter.

Stock Music on Foto Search

Foto Search allows users to search for thousands of royalty-free stock music tracks. You can also find royalty-free images, clipart pictures, illustrations, stock video clips, maps, and more.

Street Art

Symbolix is a company focussing on innovative means of advertising. They use urban surfaces, walls, pavements, tunnels etc cleaning up surfaces and creating a new approach to street art. The site would be useful for urban design projects, painting and photography students interested in graffiti, street art and urban surfaces.

Synthtopia

This site contains articles on Computer Music, links to audio interfaces, computer hardware, MIDI controllers and MIDI interfaces, samples, loops, software effects and audio processors, software sequencers, and software synthesizers and samplers. There is also information on electronic music and recording gear, free music, interviews, iPods and portable media players, music news, and reviews.

Tate Online

The Tate's website offers 65 000 works from the British national collection from 1500, along with online learning for all ages.

Teaching Students to Administer a School Blog

This site includes writing tips and rules for students who are administering a school blog.

Teoria

Comprehensive online music theory tutorials, exercises, music theory references, articles, and publications.

TESConnect

Over 6000 free music resources: music lesson plans, music activities, music worksheets, music revision, music teaching ideas and much more. These resources and music activities are devised by teachers, for teachers.

Tomorrow Unlimited

This site focuses on multidisciplinary arts, moving image, new media, conceptual art, animation, illustration, film, street art and so on. With an emphasis on cutting edge it also links to a wide range of sites including artists and galleries.

Top Art Exhibition

All the images presented on this site were produced by New Zealand secondary school students for their level 3 Visual Arts NCEA external assessment. The Top Art exhibitions tours New Zealand each year. On this site you can view individual works and folio panels in each of the Visual Arts fields: Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture.

Traditional Māori Music

A selection of images, an essay, and music clips that look at the integral role that music played in traditional Māori life. Topics include waiata, haka, and musical instruments. From the Discover Te Kohinga Taonga collection of the National Library of New Zealand.

Traditional Māori Music - Music Clips

A selection of music clips relating to traditional Maori music. Audios include haka, a canoe chant, a fishing chant, waiata, and samples of traditional musical instruments like the koauau. From the Discover Te Kohinga Taonga collection of the National Library of New Zealand.

Traditional Māori Music - Musical Instruments

An audio clip, and a selection of images, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries, depicting a number of traditional Maori musical instruments. Images also include groups of women involved in stick games and poi dances. From the Discover Te Kohinga Taonga collection of the National Library of New Zealand.

Tragic Story- Moving Image

This site includes flip books, preliminary drawings and storyboards for animation. Illustrations are black and white, figurative, with landscape and architectural settings. Though most text is not in English, the visuals would be useful exemplars for drawing, illustration, animation, development and sequencing of ideas, printmaking and painting.

UK Drum and Bass Radio Station

UK Bass Radio is an Internet radio station playing Drum and Bass, Jungle, and Old Skool. The station is online 24 hours a day, with live broadcasts from some of the UK's best Drum and Bass DJs from around the UK every night, as well as regular guests on the station. To tune in to UK Bass Radio, you will need a player that is compatible with streaming MP3. It is recommended that you use Winamp, available free from www.winamp.com.

Van Gogh Museum

This site provides online access to a representative sample of the paintings from the museum, along with research and other information.

VH1

Music videos, Music, Shows, Movies, Games, News, and a blog site for all those interested in pop music culture. You can use a search facility to find historical performances from artists from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. Great for those doing a history of popular music.

Visual Data Communication

This is a comprehensive repository providing samples of designs and visual imagery that would be of particular interest to digital and graphic design students.

Waiata

A selection of images from the 19th and early 20th centuries, depicting the singing of waiata and performance of poi dances. It includes several photos of performers welcoming home the Māori Batallion after World War II. From the Discover Te Kohinga Taonga collection of the National Library of New Zealand.

The Warhol

The Warhol offers an interactive activity which takes students through the silkscreen printing process Warhol used. The site also offers a link to http://edu.warhol.org, which has a nice series of Powerpoints covering topics such as Pop Art, Colour Theory, and Critical Response.

Worldwide Internet Music Resources

Categorised links to musicians and ensembles, composers, research sources by musical topic, the business of music, and performance-related subjects.

YouTube

This site allows you to find historical footage (music and video) of ‘classic’ influential performers and performances from a range of genres and styles. Great to download and include in your Powerpoint presentations to students as you explore the UC strand of the Music curriculum or supplement music works, research, and contexts studies at NCEA levels.

Zoom H2 Handy Recorder

This hand-held SD Recorder has four internal microphone capsules, and the ability to record 360-degree 4-channel data. The Zoom H2 Handy Recorder has professional quality sound ideal for music or voice recording. It stores files on an SD card and is fully portable, with batteries.


Interactive Sites

8notes.com

A large library of free sheet music, riffs, lessons, and tools. There is a midi converter, tab converter, groove generator, drum riffs, metronome, music theory, tests and games, music glossary, biographies, image gallery, and musical jokes.

Art Zone

NGA Kids from the National Gallery of Art (USA) provides several tools that allow kids to create art interactively. The site includes: a Collage Machine; Pixel Face, an interactive portrait maker and drawing board; Cubits, a geometric sculpture maker; 3-d Twirler, for designing and texturising three-dimensional shapes; Diamonds; and RiverRun where 'young children orchestrate a flowing array of colourful shapes and patterns'.

Artists of Brucke: Themes in German Expressionist Prints

This Museum of Modern Art exhibition fosters interactive study of the Expressionist movement illustrating over 120 works in more than 50 comparative groupings.

Arts Connected

Dedicated to Arts teachers Art Connected is part of the Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis Institute of Arts website. Available are a range of visual arts lessons for all levels including some interactive activities mostly based around elements, composition and galleries. Activities are linked to samples of artists' works.You can also link back to the Walker Art Centre to view art works and related material.

ArtsAlive: Dance National Arts Centre

Aimed at dance lovers, students and teachers, the site provides engaging and interactive educational resources, videos, games, learning tools and a wealth of information designed to build your understanding of and appreciation for dance. Sections include an introduction to dance, choreographic advice, the history of dance, information on dance careers, a virtual dance studio and online quizzes.

ArtsConnectEd

Explore the combined collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center through hundreds of new features in ArtsConnectEd. Search over 100,000 resources in the Art Finder, including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources. Save and customize items in the redesigned Art Collector.

AudioCulture - the noisy library of New Zealand music

AudioCulture is a cultural asset that tells the stories of New Zealand music using voices, sounds and images. Site users can read about the people, labels, and the kiwi music scene, listen to music, watch music videos, view images, and browse discographies. Music lovers can also search AudioCulture content and share it with their social media friends.

awdrums - drum less backing tracks

A library of over 100 free to use play along tracks without the drum parts.

BBC Maestro

See if you have what it takes to become a music conductor with this online music game.

The C & T Network

'C&T stands for more than theatre'. The site includes case studies and work recently undertaken by the British theatre company in its work mixing drama, learning, and digital media.

Chordbook

An online guitar chords finder where users can find and hear chords, and see chord positions, on a realistic virtual guitar.

Classics for Kids

Classical music's great composers come to life through music and stories. Listen to classical music, find out more about the great composers, discover the instruments of the orchestra, and play interactive games such as 'Composer Time Machine'.

Contrapunctus Variations

Contrapunctus Variations allows you to create your own musical composition using strings. Your composition may become part of a live performance from the Third Angle New Music Ensemble. You can select instruments, and once you get the hang of it, use the mouse to create music.

Crank it Up!

Let your young students create and record music by dragging objects into four frying pans, and adding sound effects by pressing keyboard letters.

Creating Music

This is an online creative music environment for children of all ages. It is a place to compose music and play with musical performance, music games, and music puzzles. It includes a musical sketch pad, games and puzzles, a rhythm band section where students create and listen to their own compositions, a cartoon conductor, and a section on melodic contours.

December Celebrations Around the World - Online Project

A place to share information and link to useful resources about December celebrations around the world.

The Dinner Party

This excellent interactive site enables students to move around the Dinner Party (now permanently installed at the Brooklyn Museum), click on settings for further information and listen to audio commentaries on the settings. The site has been created by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the museum. Be aware that some sections of the general site are recommended to be age-restricted.

The Dinner Party

This excellent interactive site enables students to move around the Dinner Party (now permanently installed at the Brooklyn Museum. Click on settings for further information and listen to audio commentaries on the settings. The site has been created by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the museum. Be aware that some sections of the general site are recommended to be age-restricted.

Drum and Bass in the UK

Information about drum and bass in the UK, with top 10 mp3 downloads, podcasts, news, event listings forum, and chat room.

Drum Lessons Database

This online resource for percussion players and music educators contains free lessons, drum tips, drum websites, industry news, and information on contests and products.

Energy In The Air: Sounds From The Orchestra

On this site, you can explore the unique sounds of the symphony orchestra created by the brass, strings, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Over 20 instruments are defined and pictured, and their special locations in the orchestra are identified.

Exploring Leonardo

A web site with a science basis prepared by the Science Learning Network Staff at the Museum of Science, Boston. Interactive elements include size and distance linear perspective, aerial perspective and the anatomy of gadgets. Go to the Multimedia Zone for aerial perspective, sfumato, vanishing point, and perspective.

Face It!

This interactive website explores four portraits from the National Portrait Gallery's collection. Students can read about the paintings, explore their visual elements, create digital portraits, write and print out gallery labels and stories and print out line drawings of each portrait.

Globe Theatre

This interactive site allows you to take a virtual tour of the re-constructed Globe Theatre.

GNU Solfege

An aural software program for ear training, harmonic progressions, scales, chord singing, rhythm interval singing, and identifying intervals.

GraphicsDEN

GraphicsDEN will teach you how to use a computer graphics program to create unique digital art. Each lesson takes you from start to finish of a digital project. You can follow our step-by-step instructions to complete a similar project. Or, you can create your own project.

Guide to Electronic Music

Everything you always wanted to know about electronic music, including news, reviews, interviews, party reports, artist profiles, label profiles, diaries, tutorials, and links. There is an interactive forum and chat site and a FAQ area.

Guitar Backing Track

This page contains free guitar backing tracks for popular songs as well as jam tracks. The backing tracks can be played onsite or downloaded in MP3 format.

Guitar Jam Session

A collection of online chords and riff loops that users can play along with. Users can turn the loops on and off and adjust the volume level. Would be useful for users who wish to develop music soloing techniques.

Guitar Scales

An online guitar scale finder where users can find scales and see and hear them performed on a realistic virtual guitar. Includes a range of major, minor, harmonic, melodic, blues, and whole tone scales as well as arpeggios, and diminished and dominant 7ths.

Guitar Tuner

An online guitar tuner finder where users can find common alternative tunings for guitar. Selection is made through a drop-down box and users can virtually strum the guitar to hear what a particular tuning will sound like.

Gullah Music

Gullah Music introduces the evolution of African music in America through Gullah history and culture. Gullah is the name of the descendents of enslaved Africans who lived on the Sea Islands of South Carolina, Georgia and northern Florida. Visitors learn how African music influenced many styles of music in America. There are interactive activities and teaching resources that explore work songs, spirituals, play songs and the blues.

Historical Costumes Game

An interactive site from the BBC in which learn about Victorian or Tudor costumes as they dress a mannequin.

iDance

A website that shows clips of some dance moves from a variety of genres including Charleston, Cakewalk, Tap, Lindy Hop. The information provided may be useful for secondary research projects.

Incredibox

An easy and fun site to navigate and use. Students can express their musicality, pump it up and chill. Between creation and entertainment, Incredibox invites you to become the conductor of a group of human beatbox.

Interact with Jackson Pollock

At this site you can be a digital Pollock. By moving the mouse ink or paint blots move and dance around the screen, click the space bar to change colour. It's simple clear and engaging, but also mark-making, layering, line, shape, space and composition.

Interactive art lessons and activities - Illinois State Museum

This site has a variety of lessons including interactive lessons experimenting with composition and colour, and activities using a variety of media, and approaches to engage students in the discovery and analysis of artworks. Innovative ideas such as the use of text messaging could be adapted to a variety of different contexts.

Interactive Theatre

Interactive Theatre use drama as a means to open dialogue with people who would normally not engage in discussing controversial topics such as sexual assault.

Jammit

Jammit allows you to mute your choice of instrument (drums, guitar, bass, keyboards or vocals) so you can play along with a large range of songs - all of which have notated musical scores. Jammit is also downloadable as an app for portable devices.

Jazz Guitar Chords

Build jazz chords using a virtual guitar fretboard.

Jazz Piano Chords and Scales

Construct jazz piano chords and scales on a virtual keyboard by selecting the root note then the type of chord or scale. The keyboard will highlight the keys and users can choose to invert the chord or expand the scale.

Kids With Cameras Project

As "Kids With Cameras", students showcase their work with digital and video cameras. Students can submit their videos, PowerPoint presentations, and photos to share with the world. Every month a selection of the best of the submissions is published online.

Living Heritage

This site enables teachers to support students to share their learning online, through the creation of a website. The bilingual site guides schools to develop a website, based on a heritage treasure in their community. There are a variety of examples to look at.

Making Music Fun

This site has free music resources for primary music classroom teachers, private music instructors and homeschool parents, for the purpose of building kids up in positive ways and enriching their lives with an appreciation for music and learning.

Mario Paint Composer

Mario Paint Composer is a remake of the music system from the original Mario Paint for the Super NES. It is made by unFun Games. The game is free. You'll find other fun online games to play there for PC and Mac.

Metaforas - Digital Media

This dynamic website explores the aesthetic and historical conditions of digital media’s exciting multifaceted dialogue. Profuse and imaginative illustrations, wikis, chronologies, and multimedia examples are an engaging aid to designers, artists, and humanists. Metaforas.org’s text is licensed under a Creative Commons Share Alike license, and each page is available as a fully editable wiki.

Mixxx Digital DJ Software

Mixxx is free, open source, cross-platform digital DJ software for professionals and amateurs alike, with professional features like parallel digital displays, beat estimation, beat matching, and skins. Mixxx reads most popular sound formats.

Music Genres Interactive Map

A map of a huge range of music genres with sound clips to explore.

Music Online Games

This site links to a wide range of music games and tuition for children and enthusiastic learners that develop music skills, instrument lessons, and knowledge bases - primary through to secondary.

Music Training Games

This website provides online interactive games for musicians to: train one's ear with music games; sharpen sense of pitch and tone; unlock the hidden patterns in music; strengthen music theory skills. Levels are from beginner upwards.

My Mini-Guitar - Online Project

Students enter the abstract world of sounds by building a personal Mini-Guitar, which each participant puts together using modular parts. The attachment that students will develop towards their instruments in the building process encourages the students to play on their own as well as together with their friends.

My Music Box - Online Project

In this programme each student builds a music box out of modular parts. The resonance box is built out of wooden parts and the students measure, mark, and glue the parts together under the teacher's guidance. Later, the students add the boards and stretch three strings of different widths over them. Thus, every student creates a three-toned instrument. The strings are to be tuned in order to achieve the desirable intervals.

My Oriental Guitar - Online Project

"My Oriental Guitar" is a musical enrichment programme, which places the participant, the oriental instrument, and the sounds, at the centre. Each student constructs a wonderful wooden musical instrument, with a full, warm, crystal clear, and deep sound. This instrument is called "Rabbab". It is also called The Oriental Guitar, and is constructed out of modular parts supplied together with all necessary tools and accessories.

Online Flash Games (logic, action, music)

This site gives free educational games for children and adults to learn music the fun way.

Penzu

Penzu creates an online diary/journal where the date comes up automatically and also allows students to include images and links in their Journaling.

Piero della Francesca's Legend of the True Crosscycle

Piero della Francesca's fresco cycle - one of the most important monuments of Early Renaissance Italian painting - is presented here, on-line in a 3-D walk-through interactive model.

Radio Days: A WebQuest

This webquest takes the self-directed learner through the complete journey of writing and producing an original radio drama.

Ralph Patt's Jazz Web Page

Backing tracks for jazz musicians to practice songs that are in the Vanilla Book. All backing tracks have 4 bar introductions. Piano is on left channel, bass and drums are on the right channel. Chords to most of the tracks are found in the Vanilla Book section. Some songs have alternate tempos. All tracks are in MP3 format.

Red Studio

Red Studio, developed by MoMA in collaboration with high school students, explores issues and questions raised by teens about modern art, today's working artists, and what goes on behind the scenes at a museum. It features interviews by teens of artists and allows students to contribute on-line. “Behind the Scenes’ features some very useful interviews with curators on what Modernism and Post-Modernism are, with reference to well known works including Picasso’s Les Demoiselles.

Science of Music

This interactive site allows you to explore the science of music through online exhibits and movies, with a wealth of useful information on a range of topics. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment, and above all listen.

Score Exchange

Sibelius music site allows you to own your own music store, download scores for a wide range of music styles, and share music online. This is an easy way to create and design your own personalised web space to sell sheet music and merchandise - most useful for music teachers and arrangers/composers.

Sell Your Music Safely Via the Internet

This site has been widely promoted as safe and secure by Kiwi FM and could be a launching pad for student composers, songwriters, and musicians to get their music heard over the internet, and collect royalties at the same time.

Sibelius Education

Sibelius Education is the place for music teachers, educators, students, and parents to find and share educational materials and information. By signing in you will be able to access more great features, including: upload your worksheets; build a collection of favourite worksheets, and add comments; chat and share experiences with other education users in the online forum.

The Sound Exchange

The Philharmonia Orchestra site has a wide variety of listening guides. These contain interesting bites of trivia about both the composer and the individual piece itself, plus a break down of things to listen out for. You can also participate in on-line events. Use the links to navigate through the guides or watch the video listening guides. New guides are added often.

Sound Memory Flash Online Game

Use sound memory flash game for memory improvement. See also Music free online game; Piano note free online teacher at http://www.uea.ac. uk/dos/learning/toolkit/Memory/memory.

Soundbyte.org

Soundbyte.org allows students to discover electronic and computer music production through a range of tutorials, to upload and listen to music created at school or in community organisations, and to participate in online virtual jam sessions with other musicians in remote locations.

SoundCloud

SoundCloud is a free social sound platform where anyone can create sounds and share them with friends or publicly to blogs, sites, and social networks. There are iPhone and Android apps, as well as hundreds of creation and sharing apps built on the SoundCloud platform. Composers can seek feedback on work in progress.

SoundJunction

SoundJunction is all about exploring, discovering, and creating music. You can listen to music, find out who made it and how, discover how the music works, and then recreate it yourself, using interactive music tools. You need to download Flash.

Toolkit from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

Use this interactive toolkit from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts with your students, to work on line, colour, shape, symmetry, depth, and visual rhythm. Each topic has three sections: Watch an animated demonstration, find examples of the concept in works of art from museums, and create your own composition.

Travel Buddies - Online Project

Travel Buddies are artefacts, hand puppets, or stuffed toys that travel from the students at a school to visit students at other schools and centres or places in the community. Buddies can travel with a photo album and other travel necessities, for example, digital camera. These modern mates have their own web pages and email address. Diary entries are recorded in their web area so everyone can see their day to day activities.

UK Drum and Bass Radio Station

UK Bass Radio is an Internet radio station playing Drum and Bass, Jungle, and Old Skool. The station is online 24 hours a day, with live broadcasts from some of the UK's best Drum and Bass DJs from around the UK every night, as well as regular guests on the station. To tune in to UK Bass Radio, you will need a player that is compatible with streaming MP3. It is recommended that you use Winamp, available free from www.winamp.com.

The Visual Assistant

This software is easily used and practical for creative work on art, set design, and blocking the action in scenes from a director’s viewpoint. It provides an interesting alternative for students recording actors’ movements during a performance with the facility to run a sequence in virtual reality.

Wallwisher

Wallwisher enables teachers to ask a reflective question on work covered in class for students to then 'post' notes in response.

The Warhol

The Warhol offers an interactive activity which takes students through the silkscreen printing process Warhol used. The site also offers a link to http://edu.warhol.org, which has a nice series of Powerpoints covering topics such as Pop Art, Colour Theory, and Critical Response.

Wooloo Exhibitions for Artists

Wooloo provides professional exhibition opportunities for artists. Wooloo is an organisation run by artists and based in Berlin, Germany. The purpose of Wooloo is to foster new and relevant opportunities for emerging artists. Collaborating with curators and art institutions around the world, the site works to develop projects and exhibitions dealing with significant contemporary issues.

YouTube

This site allows you to find historical footage (music and video) of ‘classic’ influential performers and performances from a range of genres and styles. Great to download and include in your Powerpoint presentations to students as you explore the UC strand of the Music curriculum or supplement music works, research, and contexts studies at NCEA levels.