Great Online Free Music Concerts – the Tiny Desktop Concerts

21 03 2013

  NPR is one of my favorite places for music education. They have some many great programs and one of them that is just so much fun is their “Tiny Desktop Concert” series.  These programs are recorded live in acoustic style from the desktops of the NPR staff.  Fun concept that has created some phenomenal music performances that may otherwise have never come about.





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.





Listening and Analysis – Chose the Cover Band for the next RollingStone Magazine

28 03 2011

If you are looking for a new listening and analysis music lesson idea check out this blog posting. They want people to rank and chose the next cover or RollingStone Magazine. Should be fun for both the students and teachers to see if they can pick a winner.





MuseAmi – Application That Lets Your Hear Notated Music.

22 03 2011

MuseAmi. No that is not some villain peering out from behind that iPad. It is Robert Taub a concert pianist and new CEO that has performed from Carnegie Hall to concert halls around the world. He wanted to help his daughter with her music. I guess she was having trouble figuring out the right rhythms and notes to play. It gave him an idea for a new software that could play sheet music so that a student could hear the music the way it is suppose to be played. It is available from MuseAmi.

Well he succeeded according to an article I read in the New York Times Online. It looks like it could be very useful for many upcoming musicians. Check it out here.

Here is another article on the software that I found in the Wall Street Journal Blogs





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





Music Listening and Analysis – Great Resource by Rob Kapilow

11 01 2011

If you are looking for a great resource for teaching Listening and Analysis of Music you should check out Rob Kapilow’s wonderful podcasts and recordings. I previously did a post on Rob Kapilow and have found it so good I decided to make another about another album he has on another piece by Mozart. I came across his podcasts while looking for info on Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony for my grade 11/12 IB Music History class. Rob gives a wonderful commentary of the music as it is played so the listener can home in on what to listen for. Well Done I have since found another title of Mozart that Rob has analyzed as well as a radio show on NPR. Give your students the knowledge to become better listeners. Rob Kapilow





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.