Today I told Year 8 that teenagers today learn ‘heaps’ from YouTube … I handed out keyboards … and pressed ‘play’ on THIS YouTube clip. All I had to do was wander around the class admiring their progress, and making a few corrections.
Today I told Year 8 that teenagers today learn ‘heaps’ from YouTube … I handed out keyboards … and pressed ‘play’ on THIS YouTube clip. All I had to do was wander around the class admiring their progress, and making a few corrections.
Thanks to Katie Wardrobe, here’s is a list of 19 free iPad apps which can promoted creativity and composition.
The Gold Coast Arts Centre is launching ACOVirtual – a 3D experience of the Australian Chamber Orchestra for all ages!
Watch the “making of” ACOVirtual HERE
Go to resource: Adventures in Music with the Recorder was developed in 1997 by Ubisoft. This software is designed to teach children how to play the recorder. Music literacy, rhythm, tempo, melody, and harmony are introduced. The software contains 37 songs and 60 music lessons, with options to download further songs from the Ubisoft website.
ScoreCleaner Notes ($1) = a new app allows you to hum or sing into your device, and it will write up a score … then let you share it over social media. I haven’t tried it yet, but here’s an article about it: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reuvencohen/2013/05/06/new-app-allows-anyone-to-create-musicial-scores-by-humming-or-singing-no-instruments-required/
Go to resource: arts action, published by the Department of Education and Training (NSW) is a CD-rom created to supplement the NSW K-6 Creative Arts Syllabus. It consists of lesson examples, work samples, and units, relating to music, dance, drama, and art.
Go to resource: artsmmadd.com is a site developed by Associate Professor Deirdre Russell-Bowie (UWS) and Dr Christopher Klopper (CSU). ArtsMMADD supports arts teachers, providing an online network to discuss arts teaching. Some of the resources on the site partner the publication “MMADD About the Arts”.
Go to resource: Audacity is a free audio editor and recording software program, available for various operating systems. Functions include: cutting, copying, mixing and splicing sounds; pitch and speed manipulation; conversion of tapes to digital/CD formats; recording live; converting to multiple file formats.
Go to resource: Auralia is a comprehensive ear-training software package, published by Sibelius. It consists of step-by-step lessons, levels, and tests. Answers can be recorded/sung or played using a MIDI keyboard. It is suitable for all ages.
After watching the Mitra TED talk together (http://www.ted.com/talks/sugata_mitra_build_a_school_in_the_cloud.html), and discussing the future of learning for today’s teenagers, 12-13 year olds in a Music class were asked to get into groups, devise their own “Big Question” to do with music, and come up with a researched presentation. Grouping was flexible, and open to change. Each group had to appoint a ‘granny’ for encouragement. Presentation format was up to each group.
“Who first invented music?”
“How do people respond to different genres of music?”
“How do disabled people experience music?”
“How has music changed over the last 100 years?”
“How is music education different across the globe?”
After half an hour, any student who was without a group (and therefore without a big question) was teacher-guided to collect photos of unusual instruments to present to the class.
Only a few students took the ‘unusual instrument’ approach. Two students found a superficial answer to their question in 5 minutes and settled on it. The rest worked collaboratively and enthusiastically – even those students who avoid practical music making, which was pleasing!
4 lessons were given for the task – 3 of which were in a computer lab. The level of working noise was greater than normal, but very productive. Most students were on task for the vast majority of the time. Excitement was evident in most students. Collaborative work was predominant, with all students voicing their opinions at various times. Weaker students often found themselves working with stronger peers. Groups changed a little throughout the 4 sessions, finding a better balance. Questions of the teacher were few and far between, having encouraged students to seek answers from their group.
Presentations were predominantly in PowerPoint, with students taking turns to read from the screen. This Project-Based Learning (PBL) or SOLE (Student-Oriented Learning Environment) task formed one of six assessment tasks for the year, under the title of “Self Nominated Project”.
The teacher found the sessions lively and entertaining, having the rare chance to sit back and observe active learning as an interested spectator. From a teaching point of view, the SOLE experiment was fun, energising, painless, and surprisingly easy – students did as much thinking as the teacher, which is my new goal for classroom teaching!
Bubble Harp draws bubbles around your fingertips, recording and replaying your movements while creating music. It’s a combination of drawing, animation, music, art, geometry and gaming.
$1.99 at iTunes store for iPad or iPhone
Charanga is a digital learning community for music education – once paid up and subscribed, you have access to digital lesson materials and support.
Go to resource: Classics for Kids is a podcast station that streams classical music suitable for children.
In addition the site has links to composition and creating games, lesson plans, information about classical music, and links to advocacy and articles on classical music for parents and teachers.
This page is full of fun music-related videos to show students. Ice-breakers, end-of-year fun, unit-starters …
Go to resource: Conference notes by Katie Wardrobe (Midnight Music) on Music, technology and education. Includes presentations on Sibelius, Groovy, Audacity, Acid and podcasting.
Here are a series of digital challenges for students - exciting
opportunities for music students across Australia.
The eTrack challenge gives students the great opportunity: To write
and record an original song that tells a story. The story may be based
on personal experience, a friend, a folklore or fairy-tale.
Winners will be awarded digital prizes from our sponsors Adobe, Wacom
and Scholastic at the exciting ceremony at the Sydney Opera House in
Other opportunities include:
* eProfile challenge: To create an informative and motivating eProfile
about an inspirational person such as a singer, composer, musician,
inventor, instrument maker, producer – anyone who is related to the
music world and inspires the students.
The website is at www.wecreate.nsw.edu.au
> For further information please email email@example.com
This fun, free worksheet, asks students to fill in a mock job application, requiring biographical details of a composer. The website www.makingmusicfun.net includes biographical information and other fun activities.
www.hooktheory.com This website has analysed the chord progression for many recent pop songs. They are colour coded to match Roman numerals to chord names, and also show how quickly each chord changes. The chords are also easily transposed (one click).
This link allows you to download (free) a computer game for learning note names.
A free IWB resource for primary teachers from PTN (Primary Teacher Network)
free worksheet – Sarah Lantz has made a cute, free worksheet which uses clover leaves to help kids practise the notes in a major chord
Lesson idea – help students to fill in the clover leaves (with chord notes) then play them on keyboard, glocks, guitar …
Jozzbeat is offering FREE access to its new online Music education software (for 5-13 year olds) from February to April 2012. Click on the above link to find out more information. The program suits classroom teachers without ANY musical background, as well as being fun for music specialists. It requires having a digital projector or interactive whiteboard in the classroom, and giving brief feedback after lessons.
This is a fun way to learn / teach the Music: Count Us In song for 2011 (We’ve Got the Music). In fact, the song will teach itself, all ready for the massed-music-making MCUI event on 1st September, 2011.
If you don’t yet have a free login, and have registered for Music: Count Us In, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting a Jozzbeat login.
On Thursday June 23rd Future Music will be running a FREE PD session on the new PRO TOOLS 9.
This is an introduction to the new recording software which is now simpler to use and is much less expensive than before.
PRO TOOLS is an industry standard used in TV, movie and recording studios everywhere. The version for schools use has the same technology, but is appropriate for classroom particularly in a VCE and VET application, it can now be used directly with Sibelius.
The presenter for this PD is Peter Wardrobe from AVID, who will introduce you to the process in an easy to understand non technical form. We will record using MIDI and audio. Part of the session will take place in a professional recording studio, where you can get up close to the real environment.
The session will finish around 6pm and we will round off with drinks and light refreshments. There is no charge for this session.
The address for this PD is:
BURWOOD MUSIC CENTRE
2a Florence St (off Huntingdale road)
RSVP is essential.
Please call JUDY on 9808 8988
Interactive Whiteboard resource kits from FunMusicCo (suit primary classroom)
Great fun for Middle School aged students with glockenspiels (or keyboards) … view it here:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmG34QB07Bc (mobile phone)
A free service (blocked to many students, but usually available to teachers) whereby you can listen to and playlist thousands of songs for free, while you are online.
Download is not possible (nor would it be ethical!).
Not a complete repertoire as yet – for instance you won’t find music of the recent Royal Wedding, or anything from the “Black Arm Band”.
You WILL find many indigenous / Aboriginal artists on GrooveShark: Gurrumul Yunupingu, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, didgeridoo music, “Rough Guide to Australia Aboriginal Music”, Saltwater Band, Yothu Yindi …
|Educators around the world are looking toward popular music as a way of ‘engaging kids’ who otherwise would never be likely to pursue a musical instrument in school, let alone in adult life.
This website offers a new method of learning useful-level guitar. The backing tracks are based on special chords that allow simple one to three fingered ’shapes’ to fit in well – no muffled notes, no special re-tunings!.
This is a Creative Commons free resource that can be downloaded and used in whatever way you want. Although simple enough for an individual learner it probably works best if a trained teacher gets you started following the tutorial. Teachers can use the system for other instruments as well as guitar..
Just download the 5mb zip file listed at left and open it as a PowerPoint (.pptx). Open full-screen so that you can click on the embedded midi files and view the animations showing finger positions for chords.
THIS “History or Rock” app should save me a lot of time when preparing this term’s unit on Rock Music. ($5.50) We will look at one decade each week. I will pick out a song from each decade and encourage the Musical Futures groups to learn that song each week.
Go to resource: Phil Tulga presents a list of interactive activities and lesson plans which combine Music with Science, Language and Maths.
Moorooka State School is using technology (such as iPads & GarageBand) to inspire composition and music education.
Here are some iPad (and iPhone) apps, either free or inexpensive, which I can see being useful for secondary music teachers…
PIANO IN A FLASH APP : chord charts
FLASH MUSIC: flash cards for a few basic instruments
Year 7 intro and revision
Beginner Guitar : Marty YouTube clips and sign up for access to 900 lessons
Classical 1: famous excerpts from 100+ famous classical tunes
Year 9&10 trivia and guess
MSO learn : Take Your Seat
Year 7: highlights each section within Grainger work, play entire work first then highlight each section, take notes on preprinted book while working through each instrument
Classical Guitar: experiment with simple cord progressions with common
chords year 8&9&10
Touch music : explore the power of rhythm by changing only rhythm of famous songs
Year 7&8 guess the song with random taps
Thum Drum : mostly novelty
Teach Question and Answer with two students year 7&8
Melody Com : composes with rhythm blocks
Year 7&8&9&10 to intro composition
Music Tool : plays diff chords and shows circle of fifths
Year 9&10 aural chords
Guitar lick of the day: advanced guitarists
1 on 1
Key Wiz: find note name or keyboard note for one or both staves , requires a little setup
Year 7&8 extension individually
Flash cards: has fifty plus music definitions
Guess, write, check
Karajan Beginner: aural tests
year 9&10 chord types and intervals
Year 7 compose & learn about orch timbres
Middle School: learning to tap basic rhythms
A Jozzbeat percussion chart has appeared using the Music: Count Us In 2012 song.
It’s an online, animated chart (JellyBeans-style) for classes to play percussion with. Great for learning rhythm reading and concepts of arrangement. ENJOY!!
How do you get FREE access? Sign in to Music: Count Us In … then email email@example.com asking for the JellyBeans chart access. ENJOY!!!
Go to resource: Midnight Music and Katie Wardrobe run workshops for teachers who want to integrate computers with Music education. She also offers workshops to students.
Go to resource: Make Music by TVO Kids is an online game about combining and editing musical instruments.
The game is recommended for primary school students by the FUSE site of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria.
This iPad app cost about $2, and occupied most of Year 7 music class yesterday. It works through every instrument of the orchestra (by family) with 4 different audio samples for each instrument, alongside factual info.
SoundHouse is an Australian resource-writer, student workshop and Professional Development provider, specialising in multi-media.
The above link will give you more information about on-line resources to help teach classroom guitar, percussion/drum, keyboard and practical theory ($199 per year) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Music Technology in Education Conference (mtec2011) will take place on 11-13 April 2011 at MLC School in Burwood, (Sydney) NSW.
Go to the website at www.mtec2011.com for regularly updated information on sessions and presenters, travel and accommodation, times, and other details to help you plan your attendance.
The 2011 (free) Teaching Kit for “We’ve Got the Music” just went online. It features free lesson ideas and teaching resources for Primary and Middle School classes, as well as brilliant ideas for inclusion and special needs. It is designed for generalist classroom teachers and music teachers alike.
All feedback welcome. Bring on 1st September 2011!!
If you haven’t signed up, please do, then you’ll be able to view the Teaching Kit.
This website presents dozens of great websites re. music technology in education. Thanks Katie!
This year’s wiki site for ‘Music Count Us In’ is up and running. So far there are lyrics, scores, mp3’s, a sing-along movie and a karaoke movie. Keep looking because more resources will be added over the next weeks. Just follow this free link:
Hope you enjoy it, Sally
$15 app for iPad – scores with flashing cursors synchronised with video footage of orchestra playing … plus interviews with instrumentalists … www.touchpress.com/orchestra/
“Interactive exploration of orchestral music and instruments.”
This app presents eight specially filmed performances, featuring extended extracts from:
Haydn Symphony No 6
Beethoven Symphony No 5
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique
Debussy Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune
Mahler Symphony No 6
Stravinsky The Firebird
Lutoslawski Concerto for Orchestra
Salonen Violin Concerto, soloist Leila Josefowicz
New Millenium Records – a rich resource for free lesson content. Most lessons are paragraphs of typed information embedded with free audio files or video clips to support the text.
Go to resource: The New York Philharmonic Orchestra Interactive Kid’s Site offers interactive online music games about orchestral instruments, composition, composers, musicians, and conductors.
There are also links to interesting pages with information about orchestral instruments and concepts.
http://australianmusiceducators.ning.com/ is an Australian discussion forum for music educators. It was set up with the intent of discussing ideas on classroom band programs, but it really is a forum for discussion on any aspect of Australian music teaching from P-12. At present there is a small group of members, but I am hoping to build it up and draw on a wide range of professional knowledge and experience.
This group is completely FREE (in a monetary sense, not a moral or metaphysical sense).
Please come along and check it out. The page is run as a ning, which is basically a social network with a particular focus. It is great for online discussion, linking of video and photo and has facility for you to blog. All you need to do is create an account.
www.desktopblues.lichtlabor.ch This website lets students play along with a blues radio. They have 24 different bars / licks to experiment with (guitar and vocals) just by clicking a button. Inform the class of an easy 12 bar blues progression to try on their choice of instrument: C C C C F F C C G F C G
MUSIC MATTERS online session – for teachers and students
Try giving groups of students ‘big questions’ or composition tasks or performance challenges (eg. Battle of the Bands) and lots of space to self-direct with access to the internet … and see what they come up with. Some ideas HERE and HERE.
A free resource booklet (online) to accompany “Peter and the Wolf” – a puppet animation of the famous Prokofiev work. The original music was written over 100 years ago to inspire school students to enjoy music!
Online game – match the music themes to their animated characters.
“Pinterest became popular with educators because it was a wonderful way to share ideas using links, pictures and information. Perform a search for music education on Pinterest, and you will have an endless list. However, perform a more detailed search and you will find some great resources.”
LINK HERE – thanks to Midnight Music!
Amy Burns is an experienced elementary music teacher at Farhills Country Day School in New Jersey and the author of Technology Integration in the Elementary Music Classroom (highly recommended).
Amy’s writes about her classroom activities and also about the professional development workshops she runs at Elementary Music/Music Technology. She also has a website where she uploads notes from her conference presentations and maintains lists of useful links for Smartboard (interactive whiteboard) resources and more.
Amy has started curating collections of links on the visual sharing site Pinterest [this is something I'm finding very useful too. In the future I'll be writing a post about Pinterest and how you can use it to keep track of resources. You can find me on Pinterest here] and has boards that feature music she has used in her 2011-2012 concerts, iPad apps she uses in her PreK-Grade 3 classes and websites she uses in class.
Allison Friedman is a general music, chorus and band teacher at South Salem Elementary School and she maintains two websites: one contains student work, links and class information and the other is a wiki set up to share her interactive whiteboard resources, links and other files with music teachers.
Units of work for her general music classes can be found on the General Music page (follow the links to each year level). She also has links to the digital media work she has done with students, including podcasts, videos and pictures.
Karen Garret – from Central Park School in Birmingham Alabama – is well-known for her Music Tech Teacher website containing excellent music games and quizzes. Most of the games were tailor-made my Karen herself, but they are available to use for free from her site. Popular games include Fling The Teacher – a hangman-style quiz game in which correct answers contribute pieces to trebuchet which “flings the teacher” once completed – and Hoop Shoot – a quiz in which a correct answer allows you to try your luck shooting a basketball into a hoop.
In addition, Karen shares an extensive collection of lesson plans, complete with objectives, correlation to national standards and step-by-step instructions. The lesson plan collection can be found here.
I first came across Cherie online while I was researching ideas for using interactive whiteboards in the music classroom. Cherie has contributed a number of resources to the SMART Exchange (the Smartboard file-sharing website). Cherie has her own blog – Just A Little More: Musings about music and technology – where she publishes Smartboard Notebook lesson files (use them as inspiration if you have a different type of IWB), interactive music site links, and iPad resources.
Tanya is a Kodaly specialist from Colorado and blogs about her music classroom at Teaching Elementary Music: Tanya’s Blog. Tanya also has a collection of ideas for Kodaly teachers using interactive whiteboards – including videos of students in action – at her other blog: The Kodaly Aspiring Music Classroom.
THIS link takes you two random uses of YouTube in music-related lessons. If you have suggestions, PLEASE email them to schools.mpfl AT mca.org.au
A lesson idea for “National Sorry Day” … or any day.
Watch the Colli Crew’s song about reconciliation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsWo9CxqsN8&feature=related
In small groups, brainstorm phrases that rhyme with “reconciliation” and “it’s up to us”
Watch the Colli Crew’s 2010 ARIA Award winning song “Change the Game” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0rJajbIs-o
Create a class rap, make an audio recording, and place it on the school’s website.
Email a link (or a copy of the song) to email@example.com
Listen to Indigenous Australian music from “Black Arm Band”, “Saltwater Band”, “Gurrumul Yunupingu” and “Archie Roach” on YouTube, iTunes, CD or GrooveShark.
Go to resource: Sing Along Midis and Lyrics is a site hosted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Services (USA) and features songs from well-known children’s movies. The midi files have the vocal line played, but not sung, and lyrics are provided for singing along.
Songsmith generates musical accompaniment to match a singer’s voice. Just choose a musical style, sing into your PC’s microphone, and Songsmith will create backing music for you. Then share your songs with your friends and family, post your songs online, or create your own music videos.
SoundPrism enables you to create music immediately without any previous knowledge. With its visualisation of pitches and intuitive controls – composing melodies and chord patterns become child’s play. Great for special needs students on an iPad.
TeachersNetwork.org – an excellent website (by US teachers for teachers) with free lesson plans. Most lessons require computers as a resource or tool for quality Music lessons – from Bach to Rap! Some lessons include rubrics for assessment.
Go to resource: The Arts Centre Melbourne provides education programs specifically for school students, including performances and workshops.Their school workshops include music technology training and activities are linked with the Victorian curriculum. Their site contains further information about activities and performance events.
Go to resource: The Le@rning Federation “manages the national resource pool and infrastructure of digital curriculum resources”.
The federation is run by the Curriculum Corporation, and their site includes links to a number of online and digital arts resources. These are linked to curricula outcomes across the country.
On Sunday 20 February 2011, Damon Gameau took out first prize for the 19th annual Movie Extra Tropfest in front of crowds of 150,000 nationwide. The film was titled “ANIMAL BEATBOX”. It creates a type of beat-box using only animal words – verbal percussion of sorts!
Watch the YouTube clip of Animal Beatbox (giggle and smile) then ask students to come up with a list of animals with 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 syllables. Next, they can form groups to create a poem, rap, beat-box or verse. Finally, practise saying the animal beat-box creation over a djembe beat, drum-kit beat or electronic loop. ENJOY!!
Online song-creation … start by humming a melody into the computer … choose instruments, styles, form … publish a song
A lesson plan of its own – since the webpage guides you through each selection.
NB: You will need to create a login.
There’s a new way to let students view YouTube clips online … www.viewpure.com. The teacher copies the URL address from a YouTube clip, pastes it onto the viewpure.com website, clicks “create”, and it creates a new webpage (which students can view) with the YouTube clip on its own (without ads or comments). Copy and paste the newly create URL address and give it to your students.
Here’s an example I entered into ViewPure of ACO playing to surfing footage …
HINT: Don’t click on the “Download” button (bottom of ViewPure screen) – it is only advertising!
Here is a list of recommendations on ways to use the iPad in the music classroom. It includes mentions of special ed. uses as well.
THIS website takes you to free downloads of film clip (MP4), script, storyboard and teaching ideas (PDF). Australian students cannot enter the competition, but can certainly enjoy the process. Suits Middle School.
Waltzing Matilda free historical resources – LESSON IDEA: explore the content on the Music Australia webpage (old sheet music and old jazz recordings of “Waltzing Matilda”) … listen to and discuss the differences between the old recordings (found at the bottom of the webpage) and the way “Waltzing Matilda” is performed/sung today
We’ve got the Music & Music: Count Us In online resources are up and going, Jozzbeat-style. They are accessed via this page:
Jozzbeat will give each school a free log-in (after the school has registered for Music: Count Us In at www.musiccountusin.org.au)
Existing customers of Jozzbeat that come through as MCUI registrees can just use their existing JozzBeat website password/username to access the resources.
Grab a group of kids, log on, learn the song, add some percussion, and have a fun lesson
aMuse (VIC) is offering a series of Professional Development sessions on Music Technology and Education, including:
Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and social media (March 11, 2011).
Workshop is presented by Katie Wardrobe (Midnight Music)
Here are some amusing (string) clips to share with students of all ages: