Brain Games – Educational Games

1 12 2010

Brain Games make great word games on many of the popular platforms. Playing these type of games is stimulating and helps students review the concepts of the lesson. Let everyone have some fun. Brain Games for Education or just plain fun.

AudioTool – FREE Online Music Composition Application

15 04 2010

Audio Tool is just too much fun. You start with a pallet of gear on the side table. Pull out the equipment you want to use onto the desktop and wire them together. Pull out your mixer, a drum machine, syth and patch them together and you are away to the races. Pretty cool is Audio Tool! For music Educators this would be a good intro software for students starting composition classes. The synth allows you to fill in squares on a rubric and then the sequencer plays what has been posted. The drum machine is like an old roland rhythm maker. Sixteen buttons that light up when the instrument is being played. Quite easy and great for getting students to use sub division of beats. Get a drum book out and program some of the beats. Great for understanding music rhythm notation and how different note lengths fit together. Check it out!

Reaching the non-traditional music student, the other 80%, through technology…

29 03 2010

Music Creativity through Technology The addition of music technology in education has allowed educators the opportunity to bring music creation and enjoyment to a large group of students that are not pursuing playing in bands and orchestras. Most agree that a certain knowledge and enjoyment of music is an important component of a well rounded education. Here is an article by Rick Dammers the Assistant Professor of Music Education at Rowan University on how music technology can help the other 80% of students that are currently left out of the regular band driven music programs.

Music Creativity Through Technology is dedicated to music educators working with the “Other 80%” of students in our schools who do not participate in the traditional performing ensembles and music classes. With the latest tools in music technology, these educators are finding ways to unleash the creative potential of many of these students.

The release of GarageBand in 2004 was as significant for music education as the release of the first Macintosh computers in 1984 with Professional Composer notation software along with personal laser printers and Postscript printing of music notation. Both events helped to ……


A MUST-SEE for Every Educational Administrator in the World

17 03 2010

ILoveEdTech and Dan Brown bring something interesting about our school system and the way things are headed. Watch this interesting piece on today’s eduction on the “Simple K12 Blog”#Edtech

Beamz – a new performance instrument? or controller?

19 02 2010

I just had a bit of fun at the New Jersey Music Educators trade show playing a new controller called the “Beamz”. It comes in two versions. The Beamz may be an instrument I suppose, the more expensive version gives the user the capability to load their own sound samples. The cheaper doesn’t come with the software to create your own sound samples. I am not sure if this is really an instrument but it sure is fun to play. It has two playing areas, one for each hand. The player uses their hands to break the beam which triggers pre recorded sound files. The longer you break the beam the longer the sound files plays. So if you just give it a short break it only plays the first note of a sequence of notes loaded as the sound. The longer you hold the beam the longer the sample plays. Each beam has a different sample connected so you have 6 sound samples to play on top of a groove. Pretty cool. I can see this being a fun performance instrument for students that do not play an instrument. Especially if they create and load their own sound files. The software is only currently available for Windows users but I was assured the Apple version is coming soon. Check out Beamz.

Merit Pay for Teachers

7 02 2010

The Canadian Globe and Mail ran an interesting article on a teacher in Alberta. It sounds like he is great at what he does and loves his work. Organized, funny, inventive, refreshing! Should he get some insentive for being good at teaching? Read the article online.

Music Theory Software – Music Ace Maestro

5 02 2010

Music Ace Maestro is a lab or network based software for windows and mac users. It will track students progress through the basics of music theory. Designed for elementary and middle schools K-8. The nice thing about online theory is that the students can review and repeat lessons as they see fit. Everyone can work at their own pace. It is quite fun to use and the interface is easy to follow. Check out Music Ace Maestro by Harmonic Vision.

Share Experts knowledge with your class – using skype and other online connection tools

5 01 2010

I have been inviting guests into my classroom using skype online conferencing. It is free and easy to use. You do have to download software however and create an account and it is a wonderful resource for teachers. You can connect in real time with professionals around the world.

If you are looking for other ways to connect check out present.ioIt is a free online service, you do not have to download software and you can invite people to share a URL created. It can be private or public. More interesting is the fact you can also share pics, other files located on you hard disk.

Other web software that may be of interest for this kind of conference sharing are “wetoku” and “Vokle“. Check them out here in a full review.Wetoku has it’s own interesting use. It records an online video conference interview/chat, including both participants video and audio and then can be posted on your blog or homepage.

Future Interfaces: Gestures, Light and the BiDi Screen

16 12 2009

Future Interfaces: Gestures, Light and the BiDi ScreenReadWrite has just published an article stating MIT is soon to display their brand new amazing interface for manipulating computer images in 3D. Watch the demo video. It senses your hands in front of the screen without cameras or special gloves. You can manipulate what is on screen by moving your hands. Just pretend you are actually touching what is on screen. Amazing. I can see this as an incredible input device for mixing or performing music. You could bring one instrument to the front of the mix just by moving your hands in front of the screen. I wonder if they could ever get it to the point of it being able to recognize the way you play an instrument. Just play the instrument in front of the screen and the software could imitate the way you play. Lots to look forward to, i wonder where it will lead? You gotta love technology.

7 December 2009: San Francisco

6 12 2009

Wishing I could attend!

Hotel Kabuki
1625 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
Monday, December, 7 2009
9am – 6pm + cocktail party

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The SF MusicTech Summit brings together visionaries in the music/technology space, along with the best and brightest developers, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, journalists, musicians and organizations who work with them at the convergence of culture and commerce. We meet to discuss the evolving music/business/technology ecosystem in a proactive, conducive to dealmaking environment.

Join us Sunday 12/6 from 5pm – 7pm in the Hotel Kabuki’s O Izakaya Lounge for a no-host, pre-show get together. This event is open to everyone.