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Learning complicated rhythms can be a challenge to those not yet advanced enough in their instruction to play them. A new iPhone and iPad app is set to change all that via a simple, calculator style interface that allows you to type in any rhythm and hear it played back instantly.
I teach 5th grade band and at this level there is really no reason to invest in a set of Chimes or a Vibraphone. Still, on rare occasions I program music into the concerts that might require such instruments, and rather than leaving them out or having the kids play them on their bell set I have long wished for a good, low cost alternative. I may have found one in the PercussionSS iPad app.
SmartMusic is now offering a one year educator subscription ($140 value). Plus you get free online training to help you get started and learn how to use it. Want to know more? Read on to find out!
There has been a huge buzz lately about a new free web and iPad based service for musicians called Chromatik. Big name groups like American Idol’s band and Bruno Mars’ backing band use it as do hundreds of others. So what is the big deal about Chromatik and why might it be REALLY important for music educators to take a look? Read on to find out.
This list is intended to compliment the information presented in the High Tech, Low Budget presentation given by Chad Criswell at the 2012 Midwest Band And Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. If you have additional suggestions for items not shown on this list please feel free to add them using the comment form at the bottom of the page.