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Where words fail, music speaks. Hans Christian Anderson.

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass

OK Go - This Too Shall Pass - Rube Goldberg Machine The official video for the recorded version of "This Too Shall Pass" off the album "Of the Blue Colour of the Sky". The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The "machine" was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs over the course of several months. OK Go has a series of STEM lessons to go with thier videos as well. Kiddos make music and replicate some aspects of the videos. Here’s the one for This Too Shall Pass 


Creatability is a set of experiments made in collaboration with creators and allies in the accessibility community. They explore how creative tools – drawing, music, and more – can be made more accessible using web and AI technology.
SEEING MUSIC is a knock out - Say different words at different volumes and watch the patterns, change up from spectograph to Hilbert + Melodya to waveforms.
I love BODY SYNTH - moving your body makes the sounds. Change keys and instruments. Best on Firefox.
SOUND CANVAS is amazing, creat sounds with your mouse or your nose, I bet you can’t wait to try it. 
Of course, one of my all time favourites is WORD SYNTH A fun way to play with speech and music.


The Jive Aces are an Amazing Band. Great template for a class item of as part of a Christmas Show. One of my favorites is 'Bring me Sunshine". It has had over 3.5 million YouTube views.

Probably the single greatest feel good song of ALL TIME! Hard to not feel good after listening to this! Check out their other songs as well. They just make you feel Happy. Another favourite of mine is "Smile".

Here's Bring Me Sunshine by Morecambe & Wise with the words on the video.

And here's a funny version of Morecambe & Wise performing their signature song that may inspire some presentations for school concerts.


Incredibox is an application where you can mix and match different Effects, Beats, Melodies, Chorus and Voices to create unique music.
The Incredible Polo, is an all-vocals, one-man band in the style of Bobby McFerrin, they struck upon an innovative approach to promote their new release: a web app that lets you remix its song by dragging and dropping melodies, effects, beats, voices and choruses onto a bunch of animated versions of the artist doing his thing.  As a demonstration of "outside the box" thinking about how to promote a song. And it's gone viral, which is, of course, the point of something like this.
Take a look at the Bobby McFerrin Video - "Don't Worry Be Happy" One Direction is using to promote its tour.
Download the INCREDIBOX app pump it up and chill!



We have some very keen young musicians - learning to play for the first time. They have been recording their efforts and have gone from NO notes to MANY notes.
SO I have created a Musicians Theatre for them to flex their musical muscles.
Here a pdf of the script. It is designed for 2 flutes, 1 clarinet, 1 saxaphone and drums. We shot the script "proscenium arch" - all the musos in frame, all the way through as a master,  then added some closeups for cutaways in the editing.
It was such fun and great to do Musicians Theatre instead of a Readers Theatre. Now they know how to do it, the Young Musicians are off writing their own script. Imitate then Create


Music Theory

Music Theory An interactive website with music theory tutorials for students and teachers by Ricci Adams. Lesson topics include: staff, clef, and ledger lines; note duration; measure and time signatures; rest duration; dots and ties; simple and compound metre; odd meter; steps and accidentals and more.

Nicely done. Ricci has also added some phone apps including Theory Lessons for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.



Inside the Orchestra Great site for musical games you can play on the EWB.
DSO Kids Great site for music, by instrument and also by composer, Also check out the building blocks of music.

STEM Space At Home: This video is about Music, there is a guess the instrument segment which is great, stop the video and ask the kids to guess it. The challenge of designing a stringed instrument is described.


That's Jazz (High Society 1956 - Bing Crosby / Louis Armstrong)

Ja Da, Ja Da, Ja Da Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing
Here's a great song to begin improvisation. Just do the chorus, and use it to improvise. Here's a word document for the lyrics to the Eydie Gorme Version.
"Ja-Da" was a hit song written in 1918 by Bob Carleton. The title is sometimes rendered as "Jada." Ja-Da has flourished through the decades as a jazz standard.
Carleton penned the 16-bar tune when he was club pianist in Illinois and first popularized it with singer Cliff Edwards.

I had such fun with the kids rewriting the lyrics and performing this with percussion instruments and dance. They also enjoyed listening to different versions of the song.



JA-DA - 3 songs - Eydie Gorme + Fireballs
Ja-Da(Count Basie/Carleton Bob) - YCB Jazz Orchestra 2010.09.11(just instrumental flute solo)
"Jada" - Chicago Salty Dogs Jazz Band, Tuba, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, Drums, Piano. Dixieland.
Steam Boat Version(just play up to the vocals)
Ja Da, Ja Da, Jing Jing Jing by Bob Carleton 1918 Player Piano Roll Honkey Tonk Version - amazing look at old technology.
Woody Allen sings Ja-Da Ja-Da Jing Jing Jing at Café Carlyle
Ukulele video tutorial by UKULELE MIKE LYNCH
Ja-Da - Belgrade Dixieland Orchestra Washboard, Banjo, Trumpet, Trombone,Clarinet + Vocals

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