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...
MPAA Shows How To Videorecord A TV Set
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.
On May 19th Sibelius released the latest version of the Sibelius music notation program.Â This version boasts a lot of new features, many of which are very significant improvements over the previous version.Â But what exactly are the new features of Sibelius 6 and is it worth the investment?
Several months ago I posted an article titled How To Teach Music Lessons Via The Internet.Â Following the publication of it I had had several people contact me asking if I knew of any directories where potential students could find teachers that are willing to teach instrumental or voice lessons over the Internet using videoconferencing.Â While there are several places out there that people can find a music teacher there were none that I could find that specialized in this new, virtual type of instruction.Â I finally got around to putting together an online music lesson directory, but decided to go beyond just providing a place for virtual lesson instructors.Â
I just finished a Skype chat with George Litterst, the founder of a company called TimeWarp Technologies.Â George is a pianist and music educator that I have used as a source for other articles I have written on the topic of teaching music over the Internet.Â He is going to be Skyping in to speak with the audience of a session I will be giving in a couple of weeks at the Iowa Bandmaster's Conference, and he wanted to give me a tour of his Internet MIDI product.Â I went into the call expecting to just see little more than a glorified on screen MIDI keyboard, but came out realizing that he has really got some potential there that could become a serious technological tool for the music education classroom.
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