The following is a wonderful video of Eric Whitacre’s Nox Aurumque. This video is to serve as inspiration to all those music teachers, singers, and young composers. This is something that I would show my choir, along with other pieces, showing them that even the most difficult pieces can be performed well. This is great example of success in music, specifically composing. So, enjoy!
This website offers good opportunities for students. It has a lot of basic information that can be valuable to any music classroom. On the site, students can learn about all the different types of instruments and learn about composers. Also, they can listen to musical examples of each instrument. There is also a place where the students can meet real musicians, composers, directors, and others involved is music. There is just a lot of great information for students to explore on this site. It can definitely be used in the classroom or at home. I would recommend anyone checking this out. Could be a very good resource.
This website is for a software program called Smartmusic. This is one of the best examples of using technology in music that I have seen. Watch the videos to see! The benefits of this program are great. And what’s more, the website provides a lot of other information for teachers and students. They have testimonials, resources, training, descriptions, examples, lists of conventions and clinics, and much more. This is a very interesting program, and it’s definitely worth taking a look it!
Every music classroom can benefit by having one of these digital pianos, such as this Yamaha Clavinova. Digital pianos provide a lot of benefits to teachers. One huge thing is that you don’t have to tune them! Tuning actually takes a lot of time and money, to things that sometimes aren’t the easiest to find when teaching. Also, a lot of the digital pianos have recording capabilities that teachers can use to record melodies or parts for a choir. They are very useful. They usually have other sounds that can be played if ever needed. So, if the school has the funds, a digital piano should be on your wish list as a music teacher. If you are interested, here is a good review of Yamaha’s newest digital pianos. Pretty advanced stuff.
Here is a video showing a piano lab in action! This is at a University level, but it’s still nice to see how stuff works. This has a lot of advanced technology used in this classroom. Great visuals and hands on experience. Also, it shows how easily technology can be used, especially in higher education.
Here is a website called Classics for Kids! This site has a corresponding radio station that you can listen to online. Also, there is a quiz for the broadcasts that students can take. They have featured composer every month. There are games, composer information, musical era information, musical dictionary, instruments lists, podcasts, events, and much more. All of these things are beneficial to the students. Also, there are great resources for teachers as well. There are lesson plans, tips and advice, book resources, a music education page, a page for parents, and a page for teachers. This is a great well-rounded site that contains a lot of information that can be used in the class or at home. Very great resource.
Located on this page is an interesting study done by two Professors from Florida State University. They took a large survey of music teachers from New York, Kansas, and Utah that are members of MENC. They sent out surveys in the mail that asked the teachers many questions about technology in the classroom. They unfortunately fell a little short of the needed responses for inference in the states. However, they still had a lot of responses and gained a lot of good knowledge to share. It’s very interesting to see answers to the questions and see percentages on who’s using technology, who’s not, why they are, or why they aren’t, etc. Good information.
Here is a great article that goes into great detail about technology in the music classroom. He focuses more on the secondary level, but it’s a wealth of information that advocates using technology. This is wonderful resource that can be used to help the case for technology. Also, it can be used as a resource for ideas. He even gives criticisms, and different educational approaches. The history, significance, and new ideas are all there. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for information about getting technology into the music classroom and wants to make a case for it.
Here is an example of a method I have read about. The instructor has actually set up his computer to display parts that the students should play. While doing so, the computer is also set up to record what they play. Then, they can listen to it, compare to what was supposed to be done (by listening to the computers version) and correct any mistakes they may have made. This could be done over and over again. It could be used to learn rhythms, notes, parts, etc. It could also be used for grading purposes as well. Just another great way technology can be integrated into the music classroom.
This website contains online versions of a few award winning games for young music students. Obviously, there is the option to buy the full version of the games and use them in class. However, there is the option of playing a few games online. They are very effective games and fun to use. They can be played online or downloaded. Also, the site contains other information that can be useful when trying to find good interactive games for students.