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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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Doug Meyer's picture

I'd be curious to know how many computers you use and how many students you have per class when you use garage band as a compsoing tool with your students?

Sean Godvik's picture

I have just started using GB in music class myself. The students are engaged, they help each other. As you said, even my most difficult students have become genuinely interested.

Sean Godvik's picture

I have also started using GB in music class. The students are engaged, they can work at their own pace and comfort level, they peer-tutor, and are genuinely motivated to participate.

Carol Parker's picture
Carol Parker
7/8 Drama, Film, Honors & Regular Language Arts

I play classical and musical comedy's on my CD player softly in the background while I teach. Next week I begin poetry, and with the Harlem Renaissance I will play Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillispee, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Jellyroll Morton and Porgy and Bess.

It is great because the room is filled with beautiful sound and everyone loves listening.

There are only 11 students who take orchestra and 45 who take band. We have 850 enrolled in our school. I insist that my classes WILL receive the arts. NO MATTER WHAT!!

Music is only one of the arts I integrate.....all of this is very important to me. I do not want to cheat my children any more than they are being cheated in our public schools.

(My arts classes were canceled this year..)

David Hopper's picture

I use GB with my students and an amazing program called Reason. My students are on the autistic spectrum and have just blossomed musically with these programs. Just make sure you have computers that can handle the wonderful music your kids will come up with. Apple i-books do not do well. Many crashes and unhappy students.
Try the Reason demo on Propellerheads website.

Christine Termini Passarella's picture
Christine Termini Passarella
Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education


Your work sounds so wonderful! I too infuse all kinds of music in my teaching day. The children are thriving and adore the music. I must say that I am thrilled to read that you are also sharing jazz with the children. It is America's music and our gift to the world. My very young students "think" through this music. It has been such a gift to them and to me as well. I am certain that you know what I am talking about.

Susan Hurst's picture
Susan Hurst
Middle school instrumental music and music technology

Here is the link to a LiveBinder with links to the sites that we use in my middle school Music Tech class: WMS Music

This is a web page with some examples of final semester projects created by my 6th and 7th grade students.: WMS Music Tech

All of the creation is online using free, or in some cases (JamStudio and Animoto) free education accounts.

Sanjoli's picture

My Daughter (9 yrs ) is extremely interested in Music and Dance, she is well versed with various forms of music and dance including Indian Classical, Folk and Semi Classical. She has been learning through observation, formal training and is currently learning Indian Classical music from a very learned Guru. How can I help her learn more about other forms of music and dance and open her mind to the diversity and beauty across the world. Looking forward to suggestions.

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