What Do You Want To Read About On MusicEdMagic?

Asimo holding a conducting batonMusicEdMagic is three years old now and has matured nicely into something that I hope is of use to the many hundreds of people that read the newsletter each week and the many thousands more that visit on a regular basis.  Three years though is a long time, and I admit that from time to time I have written articles for the site that may have been less useful than I would have liked.  My new year's resolution is to try to get back to the basics in terms of what I personally write about on the site.  MusicEdMagic started as a place for me to force myself to learn new things that would help me in my classroom and then write about them so that others could benefit.  Although I never really lost sight of that goal I am now going to work very hard to get the train back on that solid, straight track to the future.  The problem is, after three years I find myself wondering what the readers of this site actually want to hear about.  To that end, I am throwing this out to all of MusicEdMagic's readership:

What do you want to learn about today?

Please communicate with me, either by the comment forms found at the bottom of each page or by email using the Contact The Webmaster form. If you have an idea that you personally are an expert on maybe you would like to share your knowledge with the rest of the world through this venue?  I am constantly looking for new authors and music teachers that just want to make a difference and help out our community as a whole.  Send me an article you have written or perhaps an old research paper that is sitting on your shelf collecting dust.  We'll put it up online and let it help others to improve themselves as educators.  I have always wanted MusicEdMagic to be a community effort, and it is my goal that in the future it will grow to be the best music education community on the Internet.  Let me know what you think!  I am looking forward to hearing from you!

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Online Music Notation Editor- NoteFlight

Music NotesI have long been searching for a music notation editor that could be used online not only for me to use when not able to get to a copy of Finale or Sibelius, but also to use as a collaborative tool in the same vein as many other music oriented Web 2.0 applications.  Now there is finally a solution for creating and embedding music notation in a blog or in a web page without the need for dealing with creating scores in Sibelius and uploading the Scorch files or doing screen captures or PDF's of Finale documents.  Enter Noteflight, a new online music notation editor that looks great and makes it much easier to collaborate online.

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My SmartMusic Feature Wish List

SmartMusicSmartMusic is a great product that has totally changed the way I teach in many ways.  Despite how much I think using SmartMusic has improved my classroom I still have a wish list of stuff I would love to see in future releases.  I'd be very curious to see if anyone else would be interested in the same things.


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Welcome Back From MusicEdMagic!

Empty ClassroomWelcome back everyone to another wonderful school year!  MusicEdMagic is proud to introduce one of our new writers, AustralianTel Asiado , a Sydneysider .  I have worked with Tel for several years on Suite101.com where I once served as the music appreciation writer.  Today Tel serves there as the Great Thinkers feature writer, and a consistent top contributor for both Music and Mind & Soul categories.  Tel has been brought on board here at MusicEdMagic for her expertise in music history, opera, and composers in general.

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Five Great Online Tools For The New School Year

File-O-FaxAs the new school year opens I thought I would offer my top five picks for useful online tools to help you get organized as well as to find and retain the information you are looking for.  All of these sites are free (although some also have paid versions for additional features). 
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Finale 2009 First Impressions and Review

Finale 2009 BoxWhen I received my copy of Finale 2009 last week I was anxious to get started on doing an in depth review of it. Now that I have had few days to kick it around I am confident I can give you preliminary review of the newest music notation software product from MakeMusic. One that is not without its ups and downs.


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Finale 2009 Released

Finale 2009 Software BoxI am a big fan of both Sibelius and Finale and have done reviews on them here at MusicEdMagic in the past.  I recently received word that the newest version of Finale, Finale 2009 , is being released tomorrow, July 17th, 2008.  According to the press releases there are some nice sounding improvements to MakeMusic's flagship music notation software package, namely things like easier entry of expressions by simply dragging and dropping them into the score,several different playback enhancements to the sound library, and my personal favorite, easier creation of SmartMusic accompaniment files from ensemble scores!

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Music Quality of MP3 Recordings Can Have Negative Effect On Emotional Impact

Stereo PlugsThose that say that MP3 recordings of music have no soul may be more correct than they realize.  One of the things that makes music memorable is the emotional impact that it can have on a human being.  It turns out that compressing audio into MP3 format can actually strip out the pieces of the musical recording that help to initiate that emotional reaction in our brains turning a feast for the senses into little more than a metophorical hamburger and fries. 

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