This “The Best…” list is a bit different from The Best Music Websites For Learning English. That list is geared both to helping student learn common vocabulary related to music, and to also help students use the lyrics of songs for listening, comprehension, and vocabulary knowledge.
This list is focused on free sites where English Language Learners and other students can easily create their own music, primarily instrumental, and post it on their own or a teacher’s website. Then, students can write and speak about why they composed it and listeners (as well as the composer) can what it makes them visualize. Of course, they can also describe the process of creating their music – a great opportunity for the Language Experience Approach.
In addition to being free-of-charge, in order to make this site students must not be able to access inappropriate lyrics. Because of that criteria, I’ve omitted many sites that allow you to mix popular songs and create your own digital “mixtapes.”
Most of these sites don’t require any registration. However, those that do offer a quick-and-easy way to do so.
Finally, I have not listed these sites in any order of preference.
Here are my choices for The Best Online Sites For Creating Music (some older ones may require Flash):
At Isle Of Tune, you create music by creating a city. Yes, that’s right, you “drag-and-drop” different parts of a city — homes, cars, trees, etc. — and each one has a musical tone. Then click “Go” and the car prompts the different elements to do their thing. No registration is required, and you’re given the url address of your creation to . As a bonus to English Language Learners, the different parts of the city are labeled, so students can pick up vocabulary at the same time. Plus, they can describe their musical creations.
If you’ve ever tried Incredibox, you know why I call it the easiest and most fun tool to create music on the Web. If you haven’t tried it yet, do it now! They recently announced major improvements, including letting you save your compositions. You can now give them a title and post a link on your blog or website, or in other ways.
Strofe lets you create a musical composition for free.
Experiment and Create New Sounds on WolframTones is from Richard Byrne.
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