This weekend I received two new books to review and then add to the list of prizes for the MusicEdMagic Anniversary Giveaway!Â I am already digging into them and hope to have a review up sometime this week on both of them.Â For now, take a look at the prize list and see the newly added titles.
I am also adding a few very nice Fusion gig bags to the mix as well.Â An F1 model Alto Sax bag and an F2 model Trumpet bag to be exact.
I am also proud to announce two new buying guides that I have put up on the site.Â They have grown out of my own research into finding the best earbud headphones for me to use with my iPhone.Â There are two versions, a guide to noise canceling earbuds and a guide to noise isolating earbuds.Â Take a look if you are in the market for any of them!
I was doing my weekly look around at the other music education sites that I follow when I saw Joe Pisano posting about his work with a web site called iSchoolBand that sounded kind of interesting.Â I've always been a dabbler in web sites that promise to make organizing and communicating with students outside of class a more simplified task.Â I've tried a bunch of alternatives, Ning, Google Groups, and others, but at least at first glance iSchoolBand actually looks like it might fit my needs a little bit better than the others I have tried in the past.
If you are interested in this topic take a look at his post about the iSchoolBand site over at MusTech.net.Â He is also giving away a bunch of free promo codes to his readers that give a user one free year of access to the iSchoolBand service.Â Take a look and see what you think!
PLEASE READ THE PRIZE LIST BELOW TO SEE THE NAMES OF THE WINNERS OF THE 2009 GIVEAWAY.Â ALL WINNERS WILL BE CONTACTED VIA EMAIL.Â WINNERS HAVE UNTIL JANUARY 7th, 2010 TO CONTACT THE WEBMASTER AND OFFICIALLY CLAIM YOUR PRIZE.
In going through my email I came across some information about some new gadgets over at the McCormick's music web site.Â I never found the gadget I was looking for but I did find a really useful page of PDF links to articles on a lot of very informative music technology topics.Â On their Educational Tech Guides page they list several dozen articles on topics related to microphones and their use.Â Some of the sample topics include things like Critical Distance and Microphone Placement and Antenna Setup for Wireless Microphone Systems.
The page is worth a quick glance if you ever have microphone problems while recording your ensembles or if you just want to learn how to record things more effectively.Â Kudos to McCormicks for providing this resource!
A few years ago I started a little (huge) project on MusicEdMagic called the Music Composer Database.Â I spent countless hours collecting information and integrating it into a great program that was created by a grad student over at MIT.Â My intent was to create an easy to use and navigate place for people and students to find resource information about all of the major composers of history while not directly giving away the answers.Â In other words, I didn't want to make things too easy for my students but yet I wanted to give them an alternative to Wikipedia.Â Well, after months of work on it I was fairly happy with the results and posted it online to fairly good reviews.Â Now though, almost a year later, Google as one-upped me.
I recently finished a review of the new Rhythm Heaven video game for the Nintendo DS portable game system.Â I was looking at it as a part of my research for an article on using portable devices in the music classroom (iPhones, Nintendo DS, etc).Â What I expected to find was another Guitar Hero type game but what I was pleased to discover instead was that Rhythm Heaven is a game that I don't think I would mind letting my students play as a reward or as a put away activity.
Is this irony, stupidity, or just plain... dumb?Â Pasted below is a link to a video at VIMIO that shows an actual DMCA hearing at the Library of Congress where the Motion Picture Association of America actually demonstrates the proper way to copy a DVD movie for educational purposes.Â I'll give you a quick hint.Â It includes using a camcorder, a television screen, and a darkened room...
Every so often you will see a video about someone trying to break a wine glass by singing very loudly.Â Old movies and cartoons are ripe with this seeming cliche, but some physicists still banter about the question of whether or not a human voice can actually do it.Â Well, a high school physics teacher inÂ had one of his school's more talented male students try the trick, and after a lot of practice he actually learned how to do it.