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The Best Art & Music Sites Of 2011

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Here’s the latest end-of-the-year “The Best…” list.

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Here are my choices for The Best Art & Music Sites Of 2011:

ART SITES:

Number seven:

AWW lets you draw with others or on your own, and does let you save the creation on the web. It doesn’t have a chatboard, however. You can read more about it at Richard Byrne’s blog.

Number six:

Number five:

ArtFinder is a new web tool that lets you discover new art and build your own virtual collections. You can take a survey identifying pieces of art you like and it will help you discover more like them.

Number four:

Disapainted may be just about the easiest tools out there to make simple “stickman” animations. Registration takes less than twenty seconds, and you are given a link to your creation. ELL’s can make an animation and then share — in writing and/or verbally — a story about it.

Number three:

Draw It Live lets you create virtual “rooms” where you can collaborate with people of your choices to draw. It also includes a chat window. You can save the image to your desktop, but it doesn’t appear to let you save it on the web.

Number two:

The Google Art Project puts some of the most important art museums, and their collections, online with amazing features, including being able to create your own art collection. I’ve embedded a very short video from the site that shows what it can do — I can’t do justice to it just with words.

Number one:

Artpad is a great simple application that lets you paint and draw, and then save your creation (not to mention letting you replay your creative process). It’s been on The Best Art Websites For Learning English list. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been functioning for the past year or two. I should rephrase that — you have been able to draw and paint with it for that time, but it hasn’t been able to save your creation. However, I recently checked it, and it all seems to be working again, and paintings are saved — each one is given a unique url address. With luck, it will continue to work….

MUSIC SITES:

Number Four:

LyricsNMusic is a nice site that lets you easily search for lyrics and you can a very clean and accessible copy. It also finds music videos of the song. What I particularly like about it, though, is that is shows the lyrics at the top and the video at the bottom, so you can play the music and show the lyrics without students getting distracted by the video. Other sites show the lyrics right next to the video.

Number three:

Instalyrics is a new site that shows you the lyrics to any song very, very quickly, along with a music video that goes along with it.

Number two:

American Sabor is a neat new site from The Smithsonian that’s designed to celebrate Latino music heritage. It has tons of multimedia features and a nice interactive.

Number one:

Lyrics Gaps lets you choose a song and the language you want it sung in and then gives you the option of seeing/hearing it in different modes — karaoke, beginner, intermediate, expert. Apart from karaoke mode, you’re then shown a YouTube video of the singer, along with the lyrics on the side including blanks (fill-in-the-gap). I especially like the beginner mode, which provides several options to chose to complete the sentences. The higher levels don’t give any hints.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

2 Comments

  1. I would have liked to see “create” or interactive apps and websites like noteflight, auditoruim, or musescore. The music sites are only “search” sites, which are fine for the general population, but for the composer and/or musician, we would not use these sites, since we create and compose our own music. Part of the problem in music education is that many people view us as only performance art and not a creative art.

    • Hi Carol

      If you compose our own music, LYRICSnMUSIC allows you to upload lyrics and our platform will grab your YouTube videos, Wikipedia, iTunes/Amazon, Concert dates and put all the info on one page. (100% free) Even if the song is an instrumental, we still grab all the info.

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