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

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bassoon teacher - Perth Australia

I am researching the use of

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I am researching the use of technology in instrumental music tuition & I'd love to hear from anyone who has incorporated technology into their instrumental music lessons.

Leading Educator at Joytunes

JoyTunes for elementary school kids

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Everybody in this group writes about GB but I want to suggest another wonderful interactive tool to learn music. It's called JoyTunes. The idea is simple: most kids hate to practice (play at home) but love to play (games). So, in order to motivate them to practice and learn, JoyTunes offers them a collection of games that are controlled by the playing of real instruments (no cables, no controllers, only real live instruments). The kids play their instruments for hours, and at the same time they build up their musical skills, finger techniques, ear-training, ability to read notes, blowing (recorders) and more. You can read more about this tool in teachers' blog.

Enjoy.

6-12 music teacher in Crozet, VA

Ideas for Garage Band?

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I use Garage Band with my 6th-grade General Music class. We are fortunate enough to have the resources so that each student can sit at a Mac. They enjoy it very much and tend to be quite engaged. My questions, though, are these:
1. How do you take students beyond the level of simply "playing"? Not that that's inherently bad, but, at some point, I want to be more than a glorified computer babysitter.
2. Any specific projects that you have them create with GB? I have given them prompts such as, "Recall a significant event in your life; now describe that." A co-worker has had her students create a soundtrack for a self-made silent movie, and she's had them DJ their own radio show. Others?

Performing Arts Teacher

MacBooks Rock!

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Students in Grades 4-6 are using MacBooks (or MacBook Pro, iPad2) to bring their Arts experiences to life. Suddenly, all inquiry activities become meaningful and individual as students have what they need to create what's real for them. Students are definitely not on the same page of the artistic journey.
We've been exploring the following over the past month since school started:
*online music games to assist with reading of notation and the elements of music
*GarageBand to create soundscapes in concert with dramatic reading of a text line, followed by adding tracks that enhance/embellish their work with a variety of the elements of music/drama. Students create their own sounds from a plethora of sources from body, instrument to sounds from the building we are in. They notate their performance on a paper timeline using traditional and non-traditional notation with a variety of colour/shapes/textures (elements of visual art)
*GarageBand for me to record their class efforts for instant feedback and sharing on the LED projector on an interactive whiteboard
*GarageBand to record the students playing recorder solos, then playing a duet with themselves while the first melody is played by GarageBand
*GarageBand to allow students in Grade 6 to see a visual representation (wave form) of proper tonguing techniques when learning a new wind instrument.
*Built-in cam on their MacBook and the iLife suite of software to make podcasts on 'How to learn the recorder - How to read music' type lessons they create for other students, etc.
*Students recording themselves for assessment or self-reflection via audio or video, or both, recording software, which can be shared with me

I'm watching students 'turn on' to the Arts on so many levels through these activities. Please give it a try!

Leading Educator at Joytunes

Reading Music and Online Music Games

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Reading your post, I refer you to my previous note regarding the JoyTunes project which sounds like an online game that may fit your needs (www.JoyTunes.com. As mentioned, It is a free interactive online game that is controlled by live, real playing. The elementary school kids play a fun game but actually learn and practice their real instruments, including notation, finger techniques, ear-training, sound stability, etc.

Have fun!

7/8 band teacher, Minnesota

SmartMusic?

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I would love to use SmartMusic with my kids, but lack of student access to the internet at home stands in my way. I don't know if there is a way to use any portion of the program if the students don't have internet at home? I had thought about setting up a practice room at school to use the testing feature of it, and let kids cycle in and out of rehearsal, but it seemed like it could possibly be disruptive and our tech guy bawked at the idea of leaving a student alone in a room with the computer and no supervision. Thoughts?

President and Founder of PlayTheGroove.com

Costs of Berkeley Program?

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This program does seem terrific. But what are the costs to a single school or district? What about it makes it so appealing and inviting?

high school music teacher

What equipment is needed to

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What equipment is needed to successfully integrate GB in a classroom setting

Leading Educator at Joytunes

Quote: My Daughter (9 yrs )

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My Daughter (9 yrs ) is extremely interested in Music and Dance, she is well versed with various forms of music and dance including ... How can I help her learn more ... Looking forward to suggestions.

Try out www.JoyTunes.com/play. It is a free interactive musical game that teaches recorder in a fun way and builds motivation for more learning - perfect for this age group. I know that music teachers use it to enhance class activities and motivate kids to practice at home.

Founder, Director of SuperScience for High School Physics

On the Topic of DEMI Sampling(TM)...

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I mentioned DEMI sampling(TM) as a teaching tool in an earlier post. Here's more about it in this announcement - http://www.freepressrelease.com/demi-samplingtm-featured-video-art-sound.... I eventually plan on publishing teacher instruction materials about how to use it as a beginning tool to learn musical composition.

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