Cool New MIDI Instrument – Percussa Audio Blocks

28 05 2012

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Audio Blocks is one of the coolest new instruments I have seen.  These look like so much fun.  Audio Blocks by Percussa are a new MIDI instrument that you can input your own samples to create completely original and new compositions of your own.

I wish they were a bit cheaper to buy.  A set of four blocks runs around $600 US.  A little steep.

Here is some info from their site.

Improvisor is a MIDI sequencer application which plays back multiple step sequences with up to 64 steps in length.

Each sequence is entered using velocity and semitone patterns, relative to a root note.

Semitone patterns can be played back using different velocity patterns or the other way around.

Semitone patterns can follow each other, which means they will add to each other’s relative semitone steps.

By drawing your own semitone and velocity patterns, and making patterns follow each other, you can create completely new melodies, which you didn’t imagine before!





Online Music Lessons – ZipLesson

5 11 2011

Zip Lesson
Online music lessons have never been easier
ZipLesson provides teachers and students the ability to connect through live, real-time videoconferencing with zero hassle. Simply find a teacher, select a time, and reserve a lesson. It’s as simple as that.
Effortless scheduling

ZipLesson’s unique scheduling and payment system allows you to find a teacher whose schedule fits yours. All lesson times are displayed in your time zone, so even if your teacher is halfway around the world, you’ll know exactly when to meet.
How does it work?
Find a time on your teacher’s calendar that works for you. Once your teacher confirms she’s still available, you can pay for your lesson with a credit card or PayPal account. Then, when it’s time for your lesson, just click the Skype button associated with your lesson to call your teacher.
How much does ZipLesson cost?
Student accounts on ZipLesson are free. All you pay is your teacher’s lesson fee. It’s also free for teachers to sign up and start teaching. Teachers pay a small service charge for each lesson they teach.





Seven Great Apps for Teaching Music

4 07 2011

Free Technology for Teachers has pulled together a great post of 7 wonderful applications that music educators and students can all use to enjoy and learn about music. They are all well worth looking at and incorporating into your classroom teaching. Check them out!





Educational Games for Music

22 04 2011

If you are looking for a fun year end music lesson try introducing your students to a wonderful music training site called “Theta Music Trainer“. My kids loved the interactive music games. This group of games includes some of the most useful music interactive games I have seen. Train your ear to tune an instrument, hear rhythms, recorgnize chords and intervals. Many other games have been offered on these topics but I find these particularly useful. It would be great if there was a way students could send their progress to their teacher.

You can also read a press release on it HERE on PRWeb

I will be following up shortly with some feedback from my Middle and High School music students.





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.





YouTube Symphony Audtions 2011

13 10 2010


If you know of any musicians that would like to audition for the 2nd anual YouTube Symphony get them to sign up at the YouTube online site.
Go here to check out the YouTube Symphony Auditions Online
Submissions close November 28, 2010.





Social Media – Interesting short

20 08 2010