A few weeks ago a mysterious YouTube video surfaced showing a rather interesting iPad music notation app. The thing that made it so intriguing was the ways the video showed people entering music into the app. It showed instant transcription of hand drawn notes to rendered musical notation. It also showed real time MIDI transcription using an external MIDI keyboard. There was quite a buzz surrounding it but not many details. Read on to watch the video and to find out about this incredible development in iPad based music notation and how it could one day be in your hands.
A few weeks ago I did a review of a rhythm training app for iPad called MyRhythm. It was a decent drill and practice app that only had a few shortcomings, most notable the absence of real music notation. Now enter a newly released app by a different developer named Rhythm Lab that fixes the notation issue and provides a much more music education oriented experience. If you want a nice app based way to help drill your students on basic and advanced rhythms take a closer look and read on.
Noteflight for the iPad is finally here! Almost... The anxiously awaited release of Noteflight for iPad, Android, and other mobile devices is scheduled for January 24th. The Noteflight team has been steadily working on converting their online music notation program into HTML5 format so that it can be used on pretty much any device that can connect to the Internet and display web pages. Want to know more about the upcoming release? Read on to find out!
Here's another great listening (and watching) resource for music teachers. For those that are trying to find new ways to add critical listening experiences to our classrooms there are a number of great sites to go to to listen to free music. Spotify, Grooveshark, and many others are the biggies, but those that want a video option as well may want to check out a new site that marries easy searching for tracks with YouTube videos of the performances! Read on to find out more.
Noteflight is a popular online music notation application that provides both a free version as well as an enhanced subscription product. Their Crescendo version of Noteflight is popular with schools as it opens up a lot of additional capabilities including the feature of allowing the teacher to post and accept assignments from their students. Now it appears that Noteflight has begun to reach out to publishers, specifcally the publisher of the popular Musician's Guide To Theory and Analysis, and created an online compliment to the text intended to tutor students though the process of learning music theory.
The Notion music notation software program has been one of my favorites for years. They aren't as well known as Finale or Sibelius, but they have a strong and dedicated following. Now Notion has released Notion 4 with a slug of new features and a very attractive upgrade price. Read on to find out more.
From the mind of Gregory Burk comes a new music app for the iPad called MyRhythm. The app allows you to practice and test your skills at playing simple duple rhythms. Is it something I would use in my music education classroom? Read on to find out.
Roland's Jupiter-80 and Jupiter-50 synthesizers are two of the more popular keyboard synths in the history of the company. The company is now offering you the chance to download virtual versions of the sounds made by these keyboards for free via their Jupiter-80 website.
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.
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.
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