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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Easy YouTube Looping Trick

30 01 2014

If you use YouTubes in the classroom and want to put one on continuous repeat mode just change the URL. I am teaching a film soundtrack unit and asking students to create their own soundtrack for a film. To practice as a group I was replaying the YouTube without sound and getting students to try out different concepts. One of my students suggested I use an easy trick to put the YouTube on loop.

Here is a screen shot of the URL on the original YouTube page.

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All you have to do is replace the word “tube” of “youtube” in the URL with the word “repeat” so it looks like this and you will be taken to another page where when played the YouTube repeats itself in a loop.  Pretty easy and useful!

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Online Drum Lessons & Education Resources

30 01 2012



Vic Firth Online Drum Lessons and Resources for Education
If you are an educator or a drum student and need some incredible resources try this wonderful online resource that is extremely well put together. Great teachers, techniques, video, audio, backing tracks, rudimental lessons, etc. You name it, it you need something to teach a drum lesson you will probably find it at the Vic Firth Education Resource Center





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.





Create Your Own Custom Ring Tones for the iPhone

31 12 2010

I finally got my iphone for Christmas. Thanks family for finally coming through. (it has been the main thing on my list for a couple of years). I love it but the ringtone selection is very limited. If you have an iphone and are getting tired of the same old ringtones why not use some of the great music you have in your itunes collection as a ringtone. eHow has made a clear and easy posting on how to do it. Just go HERE for the posting.





Great online Videos for Education – Snag Learning

14 10 2010

Snag Learning has some wonderful videos available free online for Education. Check it out.





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”