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What new and inventive ways are you using technology to teach your students musically?

What new and inventive ways are you using technology to teach your students musically?

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jen's picture

I also like Groovy Shapes for young students--Software by Sibelius that is very easy to use for young kids--they can create in the CREATE section and also develop their listening skills and learn musical concepts and terminology in the EXPLORE section. I only have this program on one computer. 2 students can use it at a time during "musician's workshop" as a choice among the various "stations".

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vrona
Music Teacher Pre-K - 8th grade from Clearwater, florida

Recently, we have used WindowMove Maker 7 to create music videos using Western Art Music. I have used this with 8th grade, and they are loving it. It is a way to introduce baroque and classical music as well as have students create videos in which the music tells the story they create through pictures and themes. This way of listening is active and participatory as well as creative

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Heather OLeary
K-2 Music Teacher from Kent Island, Maryland

I love Creatingmusic.com, there is a musical sketch pad where the kids draw a line. The higher the line gets, the higher the pitch. They can create their own musical masterpieces!

I also really enjoy Dallas Symphony Orchestra's kids page, San Francisco Kids Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic Kids website. They have games where students can create minuets in the style of various composers, they have instrument rooms with sound clips of each instrument, information on music history, composers, etc.

Classics for kids is another great website that features classical music activities for students. I don't have computers for student in my classroom, but I do have an interactive white board. I love instroducing the websites to children and sending them home with the information so they may explore the websites and games at home on their own time.

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Lessia Bonn
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This is an easy question! I record a truckload of teens on wisdom tunes and make sure they are a huge part of the process. They pop in with their dilemmas, we end up penning tunes that help them understand life better and stand tall. I then record our new tunes with them singing. As we record in a shack using pro tools, I make sure they understand what's going on; They learn about pitch correcting (do we believe in it?) voice stacking (I wish people wouldn't) and how to mix tracks, even nudge the rhythm a bit sometimes in either direction. No kid is left clueless about recording and hopefully, the lyrics teach them about life. I love watching their eyes light up at the final product! It's theirs too!

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vrona
Music Teacher Pre-K - 8th grade from Clearwater, florida

Another great website for free is classicsforkids.com. The students will need earphones to listen to the stories that our narrated regarding a classical composer. There is a quiz after the story that the students answer. It is interactive, and kids from ages 5-8 seem to enjoy the website.

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vrona
Music Teacher Pre-K - 8th grade from Clearwater, florida

My husband is also a music teacher, and currently is using "Quaver." Have any of you heard about Quaver. Kids create their own music and take tests on line that goes directly into the teachers file set up by Quaver. It is $1000.00, 250.00 annual membership fee.

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vrona
Music Teacher Pre-K - 8th grade from Clearwater, florida

I have had 7th grade kids create cake walk dances, after we talked about the history of the cake walk dance and listening to Scott Joplin's Maple Leaf Rag. After each group created thier own cake walk dance, we of course had to eat cake!!

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vrona
Music Teacher Pre-K - 8th grade from Clearwater, florida

One more terrific resource for free is Musictechteacher.com.
Games, theory, creative ways to teach lessons for grades K-7.
Check it out.

Clifford Rees's picture

Where computers have no music software try out looplabs.com or soundation.com especially to assist learning of structure, texture and timbre.
If you have sequencing software, download my project called SHARK, aimed at grades 5-7 from www.teachingmusic.org.uk (which is the best UK based site for music education professionals).
Also check out www.numu.org.uk where you can set up your own (safe) school record label. Students can manage their own artist page, upload their work and network with other students/institutions.

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Hello KellyAnn,
Thanks for sharing this. I did not know about Berklee City Music Network. I just saw a youtube video regarding "PULSE" and it looks awesome. How is this working out for you?

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