Keeping Score – interactive musical notation

| January 5, 2012 | 6 Comments 

Sorry footie fans, Keeping Score is an interactive invitation to explore some of the greatest classical music, by reading the musical notation and investigating background information, from the grandest ideas, to the most subtle of emotions.

Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony’s Keeping Score is designed to give people of all musical backgrounds an opportunity to explore the music and life of the composers such as Mahler, Beethoven, Berlioz, Stravinsky, Shostakovitch, Tchaikovsky,  and Aaron Copland.

Extensive audio, video, and interactive material offer an engaging and quite in-depth online learning experience.  By following scores and exploring musical techniques, as well as the personal and historical stories behind some key pieces of music, we gain a real, and dynamic, understanding of just how remarkable the mind and soul of a composer is.

In one small excerpt, for example, we discover that, after the premiere of his First Symphony, Mahler found that the opening “sounded far too substantial for the shimmering and glimmering of the air that I had in mind.” So he changed the instrumentation to the whispery sound of string harmonics. He continued revising the instrumentation for five more years before the symphony’s publication!

The site also includes a historical timeline that takes users deeper into the eight individual composers’ political, social, and cultural milieus as well as downloadable lesson plans created by teachers who have experienced the Keeping Score Education program.

Keeping Score aims to connect music to all subjects in the curriculum as a way of bringing learning alive.

The site is designed to appeal particularly to secondary, college and university music appreciation students and their teachers, but contains some brilliant elements that would work across younger age groups.

The great thing about classical music is its ability to reach us at all levels. So relax, pick the piece of classical music you love the best, and take a great journey with your students!

Category: 2) Useful n Interesting

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  1. Tricia Gilbey says:

    That looks excellent, Tim – the type of site that gives you short chunks to play to the children (and information about those to pass on) but is also very interesting at an adult level. The only thing was I couldn’t get the links to play – only the shimmer one did on the Mahler page. Any ideas?

  2. Tim says:

    Thank you Tricia. Yes =it is a hug site full of treasures. The links I have tried seem to be playing OK. Let me know of one that doesn’t work for you and I will investigate.
    Thank you for taking the time to comment. 😉

  3. Tricia Gilbey says:

    It’s the videos on this page, The sound files did play, but not the videos. I could play some of the videos on other pages on the site though.

  4. Tim says:

    All are working for me. Try refreshing the page maybe. Sometimes deleting your history (and cookies etc) solves things like that, and often speeds up searches etc generally. Check you have all the bookmarks you need first of course so you don’t lose that fascinating page you skidded past last week. 🙂

  5. Tricia Gilbey says:

    Ha – OK, will try that. How did you know I skid past pages?!

  6. Tim says:

    Takes one to know one ;-D

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