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We have selected these online resources to support you when you need information relating to music including orchestras, timelines, instruments and the history of traditional and modern musical styles.

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DSO kids

A great educational website from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Has information on instruments of the orchestra, with attached sound files. Also practice tips, musical theory, instructions for building musical instruments and some games.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


The Exploratorium museum of science, art, and human perceptions in San Francisco offers a great website. Its See and Hear section looks at Making Sense of Music, The Speaking of Music Rewind and the Science of Music. The Science of Music includes questions, online interactive activities such as Step re-mix and videos to help you explore music with your students.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

He Ara Pūoro

Informative website from Radio New Zealand on traditional Māori musical instruments.The website has audio files of Richard Nunns playing each instrument accompanied by a brief explanation of the purpose of each instrument (where known).

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Rock music timeline

Timeline of rock and roll from 1950 onwards. Information on artists and significant events. Search by decade or individual years.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

History of Jazz

Educational website about Jazz from Scholastic in America. Has lesson plans and links to related websites.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Arts Alive

This Canadian site has a wide range of resources, games and activities related to orchestras, composers and instruments. Includes the Instrument Lab - interactive graphic, which allows you to explore each section and instrument in an orchestra.

Suggested level: Primary, intermediate, secondary

National Music Museum

This museum is located on the University of South Dakota campus. Through their website you can view a large collections of musical instruments from throughout the world.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

NZ Music Month

NZ Music Month provides details on gigs and resources for schools such as a calendar, a primary school quizz and the Webquest for Secondary Schools.

Suggested level, primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand Music Commission

This organisation aims to "support the growth of the music industry in New Zealand, both culturally and economically, at home and abroad". Their site provides information on NZ artists, international and national events and NZ Music Month, and the Musicians Mentoring in Schools Programme.

Suggested level: intermediate, senior


Check out the school work site ManyAnswers for information about music

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Development Education

The section on World Music for Educators includes articles on topics such as history through music, music as education, music and human rights and music in regions of the world.

Suggested level: secondary


Oxford Music Online has a huge range of information on music. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Bertha and the frog choir, by Luc Foccroulle, 2012 (picture book)
Jingle Bells; how the holiday classic came to be, by John Harris, 2011 (picture book)
Kalis song, by Jeanette Winter, 2012 (picture book)
The Red Blazer Girls-the Vanishing Violin, by Michael D Bell, 2010 (junior fiction)
Three musicians: a children’s book, by Véronique Massenot, 2013 (picture book)
Trumpet of the Swans, by E.B. White, 2007 (junior fiction)


Children’s orchestra play instruments made from trash NTDTV. Youtube. 2.49