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All Arts Disciplines

Appropriate for Adults

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge: http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators.aspx
Lesson plans, visuals and other resources

Almost 200 Lessons for Art, Music, Dance, and Drama/Theatre: http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx#results
Complete with blackline masters where needed, alignment to the national arts standards,  and assessments!

National Endowment for the Arts EDSITEment: http://edsitement.neh.gov/
Contains lesson plans from the National Endowment of the Humanities' EDSITEment in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign language and social studies.

Thinkfinity Lesson Plans from the Verizon Foundation: http://thinkfinity.org/lesson-plans
Search for lessons K-12 in different subject areas

Visual Arts

Appropriate for Adults

Deep Space Sparkle: www.deepspacesparkle.com
Categorizes elementary art lessons by grade, media, subject and more.

Mrs. Picasso's Art Room: www.mrspicassosartroom.blogspot.com
Source of creative art lesson ideas

Dick Blick: www.dickblick.com
Under the “educators” tab at the top, click on “lesson plans” and search by grade level or discipline; video lesson plans available as well

New Mexico Art Education Association: http://www.newmexicoarteducators.org/

The local chapter of the National Art Education Association, dedicated to providing quality content-specific professional development.

KinderArt: www.kinderart.com
Search a variety of media by grade level

Incredible Art: www.incredibleart.org
Provides links to lessons, clip art,  computer art games, and other arts-related resources

Drama Sites

Creative Drama and Theatre Education Site: http://www.creativedrama.com
Great resources and rationale for using creative drama in your classroom.  Fun lessons for building skills.

Fantastic Plays for Kids: http://www.childdrama.com
Comprehensive site with ideas, links, lessons, etc.  A "one stop shopping" for anything drama! Good source for Narrative Pantomime.

American Alliance for Theatre and Education: http://www.aate.com
Almost everything you could possibly need or want is for drama/theatre is on this website!

LearnImprov.com: http://www.learnimprov.com
Great ways to begin and sustain improv with your class.  Probably best for older students.

Aaron's World of Stories: Folktales: http://www.aaronshep.com/stories/folk.html
Great resource for folktales for story theatre.

Theatre for Young Audiences: http://www.assitej-usa.org/
This is a website more for teacher information than for lessons and such.  It supports teachers using drama and theatre techniques in their classrooms.

 

Music Sites

Appropriate for K-5

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Kid's page: http://www.dsokids.com/
Interactive site of the Dallas symphony. Play games, learn about instruments

Morton Subotnick's Creating Music: http://www.creatingmusic.com/
A place for kids to compose music, play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles

The San Francisco Symphony: http://www.sfskids.org/templates/splash.asp
Learn about instruments, actually compose music

New York Philharmonic Kidzone: http://www.nyphilkids.org/main.phtml?
Games, instruments, met the conductors and soloists.

 

Appropriate for Grades 3-5

Juice Bottle Jingles: http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/shockwave/jar.html
Play songs using virtual juice bottles.

Carnegie Hall Listening Adventures: http://www.carnegiehall.org/article/explore_and_learn/art_online_resources_listening_adventures.html
Learn about music in fun, interactive explorations. Uses Britten's "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" as a tool.

 

Appropriate for 4th Grade through Middle School

PBS Kids Jazz Site: http://pbskids.org/jazz/
Interactive site dedicated to Jazz. Click on buttons to hear interviews, listen to performers, test your knowledge of jazz

PBS Teachers Resources: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/connect/resources/5234/preview/?contactID=159133058&gwkey=KHVDQ3JF8F
Create a virtual instrument.

Mission US: A Revolutionary Way to Learn History: http://www.mission-us.org/
Interactive site about American History

 

Appropriate for Middle School and High School

Smithsonian Jazz website: http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/
Searchable site about Jazz

A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments: http://www.music.iastate.edu/antiqua/instrumt.html
Click on the name to see a picture and hear one played.

From the Top: http://www.fromthetop.org/
Interviews with and performances of young artists, information about the PBS program.

Music History Time Line: http://www.classicalworks.com/his.pages/timeline.html
Click on an era to reveal more details.

 

Appropriate for All

The Official Kids Portal for the U.S. Government: https://kids.usa.gov/art-and-music/index.shtml
The "official kids portal for the US Government." Link to Musical instruments in the Library of Congress and a sing along section

Music through the Curriculum: http://www.philtulga.com/
Something for everyone. Virtual instruments, how to make instruments, Music education links.

Songs to Sing in the Car for Kids!! http://www.titlemax.com/songs-to-sing-in-the-car-for-kids/

 

Appropriate for Adults

Listen to your Buds: http://www.listentoyourbuds.org/
Aimed at preventing noise-induced hearing loss by promoting personal audio technology safely.

Classics for Kids: http://www.classicsforkids.com/
A site for with a wealth of music links

PBS Teacher Resources: http://www.pbs.org/teachers
Resources for teachers

DLTK's Crafts for Kids: http://www.dltk-kids.com/
Several different templates of books for manipulative, felt boards and coloring pages (Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, Stone Soup, etc.) Also includes several craft activities for different cultures.

The Silk Road Project: www.silkroadproject.org
Refers to the multicultural organization founded by world-renowned musician Yo-Yo Ma; can address a variety of Social Studies themes by listening to world music, viewing unusual instruments, and learning about the Silk Road itself.

Make Your Own Instruments: www.mudcat.org/kids
Provides instructions on how to construct musical instruments such as drums, rattles, bells and winds, all made from everyday objects.

Jazz at Lincoln Center: http://jalc.org/
Interactive websites and streaming videos to listen or learn about jazz.

 

Dance

Creative Dance Center: www.creativedance.org
Features information about “Brain Dance”, a technique which can be used for  ages five through adult; also provides links to information about how dance can be used to improve kinesthetic awareness and brain function.

The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge: www.artsedge.org
Dance activities and lessons are accessible by selecting “dance” from the drag-down menu on the left; can also search by grade level.

Theater Resources from ArtsLynx: www.artslynx.org/dance
Provides literally hundreds of links to different websites regarding multicultural dances, ballet, choreographers, and dance therapy, just to name a few.

Math Dance: www.mathdance.org
Lesson ideas for teaching math through movement, a book you can order and some really good video of two witty guys with a knack for choreography.

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