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





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.





Elementary Games for Education

18 10 2011


Slime Kids is an interesting library and gaming site for Elementary students and their teachers. It is a great way for young readers to find their next epic read or just something quick and interesting. Check out Slime Kids





Hip Hop in the Classroom – This weeks News

16 09 2011

Flocabulary is a fun and well organized site that offers the news in RAP and much more. Lesson plans and More at Flocabulary





GarageBand – More Than Just a Music App!

21 02 2011


GarageBand is a great and versatile software. One of the ways I like to use it is in a non music way. Part of our curriculum for middle school students is to investigate music history and learn about technology. Here is a fun project that covers both areas and is a great way to teach kids a little more info about how Garageband can be effectively used.

I get my students to investigate the history of the recording device. They then need to make a timeline that introduces their findings. GarageBand is perfect for this. I get them to import pictures of the inventions they want to discuss into their timeline and open a real instrument track.

They then create a script that they will read and record their voice comentary. Mix it down and save it to iTunes. From there open it in Quicktime and you have a stand alone movie that can be uploaded to YouTube or any other movie sharing site.

To share the finished work I like to post them on “posterous” . There the other students can leave feedback on other students work.

You could do almost any kind of project his way. Of course you could also use iMovie with more flexibility, but it would take a little more time.

Try it out.





My Perspective – My Most Useful Music App for Teaching

8 01 2011

Everyone is making lists of their favorite apps from 2010. For me making a list is too finite. There are so many great apps out their but my most useful app that I used in 2010 as a music educator that I would not want to do without is NoteFlight. It is a music notation and playback application that has made a huge difference in my classroom. NoteFlight is not a granddaddy music publishing and notation software like Sibelius or Finale. However, it does include all of the most common and useful features you would need to teach general music and composition. My students make use of the fact that you can notate and print, save as a sound file, or a midi file for import into GarageBand (or other music DAW software). And the basic student membership to NoteFlight is free, it is online web software so the platform of computers you are using does not make a difference. Homework can be done with any computer with an internet hookup. Teachers and heavier users can buy a higher level membership at a very affordable price that allows more flexibility for sharing to larger numbers of students. This allows templates of exercises that can be shared online. I also can make comments in text on the music and share it back with the students. And not least the Interface is the best I have come across for notation software. It is simple, clean, and easy to use. No need for thick and heavy manuals. Check it out at NoteFlight.com.





New Visual Dictionary – Wordia

14 09 2010

Wordia is a new visual video aid for young readers. When a word is looked up in the Wordia dictionary you get a professionally prepared video with a host explaining the meaning of the word. Wordia is quite a bit of fun and really a new experience for young readers.

Here is one of their videos for the word “nuckle”