StaffPad Music Notation App – Awesome

28 04 2016

StaffPad is a wonderful looking new music notation application for Windows. Unfortunately it is not available for Apple. Although I haven’t tried it out since I am an Apple guy it sure does look incredible. So clean and quick. You can notate your ideas before forgetting them!  It cost a modest US$69.95  Check it out at StaffPad.net





Learning How to Play Guitar by Playing a Game

22 03 2013

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String Wars is a game that can be played using a real guitar

“The most enjoyable and effective way to learn guitar!”

So many of us are gamers and love music as well.  Stringwars is a great way to do both at the same time.  I can see it being a tremendous boost for getting students to practice.  When we are having fun learning it doesn’t seem like practice.  I unfortunately do not play guitar myself but I am going to get my students to try it out and see what they think.  You can even record your performance for assessment.  Great fun!  Learn to play guitar and enjoy music.  Try out String Wars





Online Music Mixers for Music Production

21 03 2013

 

 

Screen Shot 2013-03-21 at 1.05.41 PMLoopLabs is one of the many new Music Application in the cloud sites that offers the ability to upload and remix music online.  Some pretty heavy names have been users including: Bacardi DJ, Lebron James/Sprite, ESPN, Microsoft, Sony/PSP, Calvin Klein, Miller Brewing, Coca-Cola, Heineken, Dodge, Toyota, Maverick Records and many more.  Check it out at LoopLabs





Cool New MIDI Instrument – Percussa Audio Blocks

28 05 2012

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Audio Blocks is one of the coolest new instruments I have seen.  These look like so much fun.  Audio Blocks by Percussa are a new MIDI instrument that you can input your own samples to create completely original and new compositions of your own.

I wish they were a bit cheaper to buy.  A set of four blocks runs around $600 US.  A little steep.

Here is some info from their site.

Improvisor is a MIDI sequencer application which plays back multiple step sequences with up to 64 steps in length.

Each sequence is entered using velocity and semitone patterns, relative to a root note.

Semitone patterns can be played back using different velocity patterns or the other way around.

Semitone patterns can follow each other, which means they will add to each other’s relative semitone steps.

By drawing your own semitone and velocity patterns, and making patterns follow each other, you can create completely new melodies, which you didn’t imagine before!





Guitar and Vocal Effects for LIVE as well as the Studio

12 05 2012

VoiceLive Play GTX is the first ever combination of complete vocal and guitar processing, VoiceLive Play GTX takes everything that VoiceLive Play gives to singers and adds award-winning TC Electronic guitar effects and AmpTones. Artist presets offer signature vocal and guitar sounds while full editing ability allows you to define your unique style. Pro or Practicing, acoustic or electric, VoiceLive Play GTX is the singing guitarist’s dream machine.  And if you are going to use it on stage you can even get a special microphone that has a switch right on the mic so that you can turn it on and off as you like.  It is full of presets that imitate some of the most famous songs by the most famous bands.  It is even affordable at around $250 US.  Check it out!

Click on the links to see a video hosted by Dire Straits guitarist singer on how it works.

200+ song & artist inspired presets for vocals & guitar
Dedicated guitar effects processing from TC Electronic. No amp required
Key for harmonies and pitch correction set automatically from guitar input
Plug in your MP3 player to the AUX input and sing along using Vocal Cancel feature

Read an in depth article about the unit in the New York Times





Sharing Class Notes and Project Ideas Online with Catch

19 11 2011

My students and I have found it very convenient and practical to create Google docs online with others and work as a team to build study resources. I have seen other online web 2.0 apps that do something similar but Catch has delivered that same sharing flexibility yet has a much better appearance.

Catch lets you keep your notes private or invite friends and fellow students and/or teachers to contribute.

In the classroom it is great for getting students to prepare study notes and prepare for a test.  Catch makes a wonderful review module.

And as a music teacher being able to include audio files is a wonderful and welcome addition.  Catch





Tools for Building Custom Resources, Games, and more

23 10 2011


Tools for Educators is a Great collection of applications that can be used by educators to build custom resources for their classrooms. Game creators, images, and more.

Free tools for teaching: worksheets, worksheet templates, printables and on-line teaching materials makers with images
from Tools for Educators.com . Use these
free worksheets to print, game makers, and programs for teachers
to make and print teaching resources with pictures or classroom materials for kids. They are simple, but beautiful, versatile and powerful. I hope your students (and you) enjoy the resources.





Mindmapping Collaborative Applications for Lesson Plans and Presentations

23 04 2011

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I am amazed I haven’t heard of these apps before. I attended a Try It On Monday tech seminar in Tokyo and one of the presenters was introducing two different apps that I found so interesting and ultimately useful for education. The first is great for creating collaborative mindmapping clouds and is called “Text 2 Mindmap”. You can create a beautiful mindmap and save as a pic file. The best thing is that it can be collaborative.

The second app is called Mind42. This one I found particularly intriguing. It is an elegant way to create a lesson that is multi media oriented. It is also great if you would like to post your lesson afterwards on a web site. The visual mapping display can link: docs, youtubes, and sound files. The end result is a beautiful and clean display of pods that you can enter as you see fit. You can start a lesson with them all closed and open them one at a time. You could assign different students to make a pod of their own that is added to the whole. I like posting a lot of sites and info that are related to a topic as I find them. I like mind42 for this purpose as I can link everything there and then open them only when and if I need the info during a lecture. I think I will be using this app a lot in the future.

Yet another app for mind mapping is MindMeister. It is similar to the other. With this one you can collaborate as well as share and connect with your iPad or iPhone.





Tonometer – Online Pitch and Rhythm Testing

17 03 2011

Thank-you to everyone that has been sending me notes of kindness and support due to the big quake here in Japan. I hope everyone keeps praying for those affected by the quake. A fellow music teacher sent a nice note and mentioned a new music link one of his students found. I think he knew music would take my mind off of almost anything.

Tonometer is a link for those wondering about the extent of their hearing lose and their ability to hear pitch. Give Tonometer a go. Be sure to return often in order to improve your score. You can even map your results against others in the world. Tonometer





Lesson Plan Listening and Analysis – 14 Cover Songs That Are Better Than The Original

8 03 2011

Thanks to Stumble upon for a link to a great lesson plan idea. Great for listening and analysis practice. Listen to these examples of cover versions of famous songs and get students to reflect on what they hear and then articulate why they prefer one over the other. They can then find their own examples of songs that have been covered by other artists. A great way to be introduced to new music artists that you might not have listened to otherwise.

Make sure your music students use proper music vocabulary and the elements of music to describe why they like one version better than another. Get them to reflect and leave a comment on a blog posting.

Check out the original blog posting on the Live Music Guide