An MIT education for free: MIT Open CourseWare

June 3, 2009

Looking for ideas or resources for your class? MIT Open CourseWare is there to help.  Yes, the same MIT that everyone hopes their engineering-focused little one gets into has created a free and open resource for anyone in the world … Continued

Hear classic children's records at Kiddie Records Weekly

April 29, 2009

Before Hannah Montana, before the Wiggles, before the Backyardigans and other execrable music for the younger set came the great children’s records of the 1940s and 1950s. Now that I’ve reached the age where I believe everything older is automatically … Continued

Monday by the numbers

April 20, 2009

20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes From the Big Wind Kite Factory in Hawaii, this link provides a complete rundown of instructions and supplies to get 20 of your students building kites and getting them in the air … Continued

Math and music collide

April 17, 2009

You’ve probably already heard about the link between math and music. How musical patterns, can help explain mathematical patterns. Phil Tulga is a musician who has taken this connection to make a happy combo of fractions and rhythm with flash … Continued

Find your tempo online with Best Metronome

March 9, 2009

I was once told by a band director friend of mine that 108 is the magical musical tempo at which all middle school band music is played. But how do you know how fast 108 is if you’re not a … Continued

The sounds of history on PBS Kids Jazz website

March 4, 2009

At the end of African American History Month, I always find myself thinking about how to make the study of African American history a year-long effort rather than a token month of celebration. PBS Kids offers an attractive jazz website … Continued

Add The Biochemists' Songbook to your .mp3 collection

February 10, 2009

At Instructify, we’re bombarded with requests for songs explaining scientific concepts. And by “bombarded,” I mean, “it’s never actually happened.” Which is a shame, because you can find several such songs out there. Much like how The Element Song covers … Continued

Karaoke to learn English? I thought it was Japanese?

December 29, 2008

Seriously! Karaoke is good for more than just drunken businessmen (and others) letting off steam. It can be a great way for language learners to practice and improve English language skills. The lyrics rhyme and are repeated, it comes with … Continued

Play it by ear: TrainEar.com

November 18, 2008

For a long time, there were really only three ways to become a capable musician: be born with natural talent, practice hours upon hours, or just simply sell your soul.  I trust you’re familiar with the following joke: Person A: … Continued

Visit the Library of Congress online

September 17, 2008

The Library of Congress is an impressively gigantic organization. It occupies three large buildings on Capitol Hill. It contains more than 138 million items in its collection. It holds materials in 470 languages. And the Librarian of Congress has the … Continued