Great Composition App for Music Students & Mashups

2 05 2014

One of my music students found a great FREE online application today while trying to make a mashup.  They wanted to find the tempo bpm of a song and the key it was in, so searched for an app and found HookTheory.com  This application will do that plus a whole lot more.  They have a beginner music composition music theory ibook for purchase at $14.95 as well as two wonderful online applications that are totally FREE.  This interface is slick and easy to use and it will even create a notated score using western notation and even tabs if needed.  Composing is simple and fun.  Everything is colour coded and the application will even suggest chords to go with your melody.  Checkout THEORY TAB for composing.  The snap shot below gives you an idea of how everything look.  Pretty straight ahead and if you have trouble figuring things out there is an online manual with video tutorials.  CHECK IT OUT YOURSELF ONLINE.  

 

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IB Music Prescribed Work: Xian’s, Yellow River – Chinese Instruments

10 11 2013
Great resource for investigating Chinese and Western instruments.

Great resource for investigating Chinese and Western instruments.

Those who are studying Chinese music and want to learn more about Chinese Instruments, such as this years IB Music grade 12 students, will find the Musical Instruments E-book site very useful.  IB Music students are studying Xian’s “Yellow River” as one of their prescribed works for their final listening exam.  One of the interesting features of this music is that it was originally composed for Chinese traditional instruments and then later rearranged for Western instruments.  For those not familiar with the Chinese traditional instruments the Musical Instruments E-book is a great resource. It is also a good site for investigating Western instruments as well.  Check it out and learn more.

Here are a couple more useful resources: 1.  Chinese Music Resource from NPR online on the Chinese “Erhu” instrument.  2.  Chinese Music online Radio





Easy and Quick Bibliographies with Easybib and NoodleTools

17 10 2012

If you or your students find creating accurate bibliographies complicated try using Easybib or NoodleTools.  Both make creating a bibliography a snap.Both come recommended and use several accepted bibliography formatting.





Great Music Resources for the Classroom

18 09 2011


I have been making my own resources for a while now because I had a hard time finding published materials I was happy with. I finally found a great site called FUN Music Company. They have so many great resources and they fit the way I work because I can download them as digital files and print off whenever I want. Fun Music Company has a wide variety of materials to choose from. Everything from great printable theory books of all levels. Great for grades 6 through 12. They also have course materials for Rock & Roll, Instruments of the Orchestra, Jazz & Blues, Composers, World Music and more.

And, they are very reasonable priced for the quality and quantity of worksheets, assessments, lessons, workbooks, listening suggestions, log books, etc. etc.
Check out Fun Music Company and see what you think.





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





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.





Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony No.41 – IB Music

3 12 2010

One of this years prescribed works is Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony No. 41. If you are looking for a great resource to help deliver this piece to your students check out this recording by Rob Kapilow on iTunes. “What Makes It Great?: Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony” The recording includes discussions on each movement as well as the music of Mozart.