A Web Site Consisting Mostly of Downloadable
to my children's music
for the ABC's of Using MIDI Files
Note: If you come across any link
"Athens/Olympus/8075" try substituting "d_saphra" and it may work,
Let Me Entertain Me:
- Actor/Actress: Frances McDermond
- Band: Vartinaa
- Movie: Lone Star
- TV Show: The Simpsons
- Book: Mark Salzman's biography about his adolescence, LOST IN
- Another Book: NEUROMANCER by William Gibson
Indispensible Music Education Web Empire - recently
re-vamped. A veritable roller coaster ride!
Digital Tradition Songlist - a
available with over 8,000 songs, many with sheet music and sound
Most importantly, however, you can download it for free and use it
This is version ( a 6.1 MB stuffed download ) is for Macs only. I use
all the time.
Own Messy but Massive Music Trade Book List - Lots and lots
of references to picture books. Now all we need is for somebedy
clean it up (please??!)
Vitaly Blokhin's Homepage
Now featuring a great, great new Keyboard
Remapper at uconv.com that
converts a standard QWERTY keyboard DVORAK and vice
versa. No, this has almost nothing to do with music, but I,
personally, use a DVORAK typewriter
layout and maybe so should you.
If you're searching for a
MIDI file, try clicking HERE!
website - a GEOCITIES site set up by Deborah Jeter. It's
fancier (although slower to load, of course) than this one, so be sure
to visit it. Deborah has included all sorts of interesting links and
for obtaining software, etc.
Viol's Alive (My other, other web
site that describes and discusses a type of viola da gamba that was
in 17th Century Great Britain and that can be played in over 50
tunings - akin to the modern "bottleneck" guitar.
(Yet another of my own web sites)-
official site of the school in the Bronx where I now serve as a
of pictures that I'll probably get around to throwing out
one of these days.
What's it all about?
Music Education Freeware:
I am setting up this site as a convenience for other music
I am especially interested in promoting the free exchange of instantly
useable musical material. Most songs are available in MIDI format and
also be seen with a GIF picture of the score. The songs that I, myself,
have written are available free of charge, and can be used however you
like, so long as you don't attempt to become rich and famous pretending
that you are me. Music presented at this site is taken (to the best of
my knowledge) from either traditional or original sources and thus not
subject to the usual copyright restrictions. Anyone wishing to
additional music for sharing is encouraged to send me a MIDI file
Songs Available for Sharing, by David Saphra
SONGS AND NAME GAMES - 18 pages of collected activities culled from
discussions on music education lists and bulletin boards.
ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS - Over 30 pages of amazing ideas contributed
by my e-mail list buddies.
SAY SOMETHING GOOD ABOUT AMERICA - Patriotic song that goes
well when presented in conjunction with GO OUT AND VOTE, listed below
GREAT, CRAZY SAILOR - A South American-sounding Orff arrangement
celebrating Christopher Columbus's remarkable feat
IT'S A WONDERFUL GAME - originally published in 1911, a fantastic,
attractive song for the month of October. Lyrics by Ring Lardner manage
to tie together Christopher Columbus, Napoleon Bonaparte, and (of
PENNIES IN A NICKEL - Learn the relative value of U.S. coins.
- Try to find all the lyrics to songs in various in a Word Find
AM A PUMPKIN - Short, doable Halloween song -- get yourself a
a candle and a flashlight to shine out through the holes. You can
act out the song with the lights turned off and they'll eat it right
LITTLE GHOSTS - a finger play or jazz march
GHOST OF JOHN - traditional round
OTHER IDEAS FOR HALLOWEEN - from a 1997 Goals 2000 workshop held at
my school in the Bronx
OUT AND VOTE - Ragtime reminder to parents - great art/literacy
Make and take your own election day party hats while learning the song.
SHEEP, BLACK SHEEP -Lovely Appalachian lullaby
History Month - page with pictures from C.S.134's assembly
& useful links.
ME A BUCKET OF WATER - Traditional play-party with a quodlibet
accompaniment using Happy Birthday and London Bridge while rhythm
play the opening phrase in canon. If you don't know what I'm talking
just make a tape and let your students hug and rock along with the
They'll have a blast. View
the melody, read a description
of the play-party
WHOSE HEAD'S ON A PENNY? - An early effort but it's got lots of
info so teachers have always liked it