Music education programs across the country are coming under fire during tough economic times. In every corner of every state booster organizations and music education advocates are tuning up to try to save their local band, choir, orchestra, and general music programs. In order to provide a powerful, positive defence of why music should be in the schools we have to have powerful, valid arguments for why it is important. The problem is that some of the commonly held assumptions about music education are no longer valid.
When going before a school board and pleading a case for your local music program you have to have solid, verifiable facts, preferably with numbers showing your data is relevant the local issue. This article focuses on one of the more popular myths and assumptions about music education that may actually weaken an argument rather than strengthen it.
The cost of buying music either for personal or professional classroom use can really add up over time. Spending ninety-nine cents here and fourteen dollars there can force us to budget money away from other, more substantial classroom purchases. There is good news though, because we now live in a world where you may never need to spend another dime buying physical or digital music. The growing prominence of streaming audio services that are popping up all over the web means that you may never again need to purchase or burn a CD. Want to save more money to put back into your music education budget? Read on to find out how.
Today Noteflight released to the public their new updated version of their popular online music notation program. The big news? Those on tablets such as the iPad can finally use Noteflight and all of its capabilities without resorting to end-around methods like using special browser apps. So after all of the hype about Noteflight 3.0 on the iPad was it worth the wait?
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.
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