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

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K-5 General, Choral, Band teacher in Poughkeepsie, NY

Online program for those w/out access to garage band

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I have used an online program called Jamstudio www.jamstudio.com in my music classes. I applied for a grant and based on the number of students in my school, am usually awarded enough accounts for all, including myself. Students need an email address and password to access the program, but once they have created their account, they can create music and will have an mp3 file of their music sent to their email to KEEP! It becomes their property. There is a section where you can add solo recording feature too. All you need is a microphone. It can be a challenge to manage, because of individual accounts, but the kids loved it!

Elementary Music/Violin Specialist

Groovy

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Have any of you tried the Sibelius software for kids called Groovy Music? Its pretty awesome and can be used with an interactive white board :)

I use Garage Band--students

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I use Garage Band--students love creating with it either through using a MIDI keyboard or the loops program. We have also used it as a way to edit music we create and perform using other instruments. For instance, first-graders made sound effects and music to accompany The Little Red Hen. I used GB to record myself narrating the story and then put their sounds into the program, editing them as needed. It took TONS of my own time but was well worth it.

Older students use YouTube tutorial videos to learn how to play a song on the guitar or piano, to look up chords, learn how to sing new songs.

Also, we use Sound Cloud to share our musical performances and compositions. It is kept private. The kids can log in using my username and password, listen to each other's music and make comments that are timed to appear right at the point in the music that they are referring to. It helps them develop their music vocabulary and evaluative skills, and I can also efficiently give feedback to them in the comments section.

I also like Groovy Shapes for

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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".

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

Recently, we have used

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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

K-2 Music Teacher from Kent Island, Maryland

Great Websites that TEACH music

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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.

co-founder I am Bullyproof Music

They are part of the process!

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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!

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

Another great website for

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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.

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

My husband is also a music

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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.

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

I have had 7th grade kids

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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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