A New Kind of Music Video Search Tool


Movie ClapboardHere'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.

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Noteflight Teams With Norton to Provide Music Theory Exercises

Noteflight logoNoteflight 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. 

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Notion 4 Music Notation Program Released for Mac and Windows

notion screenshot3The 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.

 

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Practice Your Rhythmic Skills With MyRhythm for iPad

MyRhythm iPad App ScreenshotFrom 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.

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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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