Interactive Listening for Music
I have been waiting for something like this new music history electronic textbook to come our way for several years. Now that computers are affordable to the point many schools are going one to one, the technology can be harnessed to make the exploration of Music History a really fun adventure! Interactive Listening uses all of the current popular cloud computing applications in such a positive and appropriate way to challenge inquirers to understand and experience music. It also incoporates looking at music from many different lenses , which links very nicely with the MYP, IBDP Music curriculum.
I have been technology to help my teaching of music for many years but it is always a more than a little bit tricky to have everything run smoothly when you have 20 tabs open with a presentation, audio files, youtubes, audio listening files, backchanneling and even more. Even if you get it all working smoothly it is such a pain to share all of that with the students for homework. Interactive Listening brings it all together in one neet package.
Currently it is only available for the ipad as an ibook. I purchased a copy after trying the free download sample on iTunes. The ipad version is so slick and is such a fun way to get to know music history, composers, composition techniques, world music history, and so much more. I love this already and I haven’t even used it in the classroom yet.
The winning duo of Pete and Brian are the creators and their team has informed me that an electronic interactive version of the book is coming soon for laptops. It will not be exactly the same experience as the ipad but I am sure looking forward to playing with that as well.
This has come at a perfect time for me as listening and analysis has become such a major part of the music curriculum in middle and high school. I don’t really like working with textbooks but this seems to have harnessed everything my students need in one. Apparently there is also a Interactive Listening student workbook in the works as well so students can work independently to complete assignments.
Pete Carney teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago and Saint Xavier University, and is Assistant Band Director for Chicago All City Jazz Ensemble. As a saxophonist, he has performed and composed music for Grammy winners including Kirk Franklin, Tito Puente, the Winans, and the Plain White T’s. He studied composition with William Bolcom and William Albright at the University of Michigan and classical saxophone with Donald Sinta, before completing graduate school at Florida International University and the University of Miami. As a Jazz artist, Pete Carney headlines Jazz festivals in the US and overseas with his group Orange Alert. He was the first American to be featured at the Aberdeen Jazz Festival in Scotland. He lives in Chicago with his wife Caroline. For more information and music go to petecarney.net
Dr. Brian Felix is a music performer, composer and educator. He is an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he teaches classes on jazz piano, jazz history, music business, the Beatles and the Grateful Dead. His ensemble, OM Trio, has toured extensively throughout the US and garnered considerable critical acclaim. Felix holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and lives in Asheville, NC with his wife, Bridget, and sons, Sean and Gavin. For more information, visit brianfelix.com