Decode Complicated Rhythms Easy With Rhythm Calculator

Rhythm Calculator App ScreenshotLearning 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.

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iPad Alternatives to Expensive Percussion Instruments

Bell SetI 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.

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Chromatik- An Easy, Free Way To Get Your Students To Practice At Home

Sheet MusicThere 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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SmartMusic Offering Free Educator Subscriptions

music-score-negative-CustomSmartMusic is now offering a one year educator subscription ($140 value).  Plus you get free online training to help you get started and learn how to use it.  Want to know more?  Read on to find out!


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Low Cost MusicTechnology Options For The Music Education Classroom

Low Budget Tech Options For Music Education

Finding ways to stretch your budget in a music classroom is always important and even more so when trying to purchase high tech electronics, software, and other materials.  This article provides an updated list of dozens of different low cost or free alternatives to expensive music education products.  It includes such categories as music notation software, drill design software, special needs hardware, and many more.


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Rhythm Ropes Lesson Idea

Licorice Ropes In Different ColorsHere's an interesting, and tasty, way to help teach rhythms to your students.  I heard this idea at the 2012 Iowa Bandmasters Conference.  Sad to say I forget who told it to me, but when I found it in my notes I wanted to share it as it is quite original.

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Impro-Visor A Free Music Accompaniment Program

Impro-Visor Screen ShotThe brain child of Bob Kellar of Harvey Mudd College, Impro-Visor is a useful jazz accompaniment and improvisation training aid that can challenge anyone from the barest beginner to the advanced jazz artist. Using a setup similar to that of Band-In-A-Box, Impro-Visor can help you train your improvisational talents, and it will do it all for free.

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Staff Wars 2 Makes For Fun Instrumental Fingering Practice

Staff Wars 2 Screen ShotWant to help your band students learn their notes and let them have fun in the process?  Take a closer look at Staff Wars 2, a software program for the PC and Mac produced by The Music Interactive.  With Staff Wars 2 they can learn their fingerings and blow up the Death Star at the same time.

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Free Music Note Identification and Music Theory Worksheets

Sheet Music WorksheetsI’m lazy at times, I admit it, so when I decided I needed some new note identification worksheets to use with my beginning band class to help them practice reading the notes on the staff I didn’t really feel like pulling out Finale and writing one out.  Yes, their templates make it easy and all, but like I said, I was feeling lazy. Luckily I found a fast, pre-made solution.

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New Bass Trombone Bags From Fusion

Fusion Trombone BagI’ve been a fan of Fusion instrument bags for a long time now, using them daily to carry all of my instruments from building to building as I teach elementary band.  Until now though one major instrument has been missing from their line, a bag for a bass trombone.  

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