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and work... Organize pages Evernote Bento Planbook Professional Development Reeder Qwiki FaceTime Flipboard Wikipedia Even when! OUR CASE Ms. M is a new teacher that has just been given a job teaching music in a secondary school. She has been assigned to teach a grade 9 and a grade 10 music class. Mr. B is an experienced teacher who has worked at the secondary school for several years also teaching music. He is currently assigned to teach a second grade 10 music class. Since the grade 10 classes are in the same semester, Mr. B wants the course material to be as consistent as possible between the two classes.
The school has just been given funding to outfit some of the classes with new technology. Ms. M and Mr. B have been given class sets of iPads to implement in their classrooms this year. Neither one of them has had the opportunity to use these before and have to work together to come up with a consistent plan of how they will use them in the grade 10 classes. Ms. M will also have to adapt the programs she will have access to so they are suitable for the grade 9 class. at the end of the (school) day an iPad can still collaboration YouTube Keynote ShowMe Prezi Viewer (as shown in this presentation) Any other app with the projector adapter Presenting: Teacher's Assistant Using technology in the music classroom will:
- help us connect with students
- allow easy access to music examples
- collaborate with students
- communicate with parents
- continue to help us grow as teachers to positively change the lives of students through music education develop new ways to reach
our students through... We strive to... Karajan Pro Music and Ear Trainer
Nota for iPad
Wolfram Music Theory Course Assistant
Virtuoso How can technology be best used to record and share the music that students make? How could the same technology be implemented successfully in differing age groups? iPad Innovators in the Music Room “The “wildfire” began in April of 2010, when Apple released the first iPad, selling three million units in the first 80 days and 14.8 million, worldwide, that year.” (John, Kuzmich, Jr. 2012. iPad innovators in the music room.)
In the last three years the iPad has rapidly started making its way into classrooms across the country as a great new resource for teachers to integrate into their lessons. There are a multitude of inexpensive apps that can be used for teaching, listening, or composing music. It is just a matter of deciding the direction you want to go in for your individual classes. What may work in one class may not always work in another class. Once you establish this, it should be easy to integrate the iPads into your classes of all levels.
For example, something as simple as the Virtuoso app (which is a keyboard app) can be easily implemented into all intermediate music classes, whether they are vocal, instrumental, or other. The keyboard is an excellent way to teach theory because the students can visually see different intervals or triads, or can simply be used to teach the musical alphabet. Using iPads in the classroom is just another teaching strategy for educators to employ. They are great for individual use as well as collaboration. There are many different apps specifically designed for music composition, history, and theory.
The grade 9/10 music curriculum is divided into 3 strands:
Creating and Performing
Reflecting, Responding and Analysing
iPads can be used as a support for each of these strands. Popular Theory Apps Creating & Performing A great teaching strategy to use for creating and performing is the use of collaboration. This combined with the integration of iPads can allow students to create their own unique compositions, arrangements, and performances.
GarageBand is a popular app used in classrooms for the purpose of exploration of various instruments and creation of various tracks. Students can work together or on their own to stack instrumental tracks and edit their arrangements. Students can share their creations with one another. Responding & Analyzing Foundations This one costs $5.99. It's an interactive music theory and ear training app. It has different modules for intervals, chords, scales, pitch, tempo, key signatures, etc. This one is only $0.99. It teaches chords, circle of 5ths, note relationships, clefs, dynamics, scales, etc. The piano is used as a teaching tool, and includes quizzes to ensure students are staying on track with the theory. This one is $1.99. Includes visual and audio representation of scales, triads, chord progressions, intervals, interval inversions, musical terms, etc. This is a free app. It is just a keyboard, but it provide visual and audio representation of scales, triads, chord progressions, intervals, different keys, etc. You could incorporate this into virtually every theory lesson you taught. A possible teaching strategy for foundations could be discovery. Students could experiment with different scales, intervals, and chords on the iPads. An app as simple as Virtuoso, which is just a keyboard, could be used to accomplish this. It would help students visualize the intervals and chords as well as hear the difference between intervals and chords.
Another strategy would be to find an interactive teaching app for theory. Nota for iPad is a theory app that teaches various concepts and even provides quizzes to track students' progress. There are only a few apps that enable true recording - Auria being the newest and most versatile.
There are a few connections you need in order to record with microphones and USB powered mixers:
Apple iPad Camera Connection ($29)
Apogee JAM ($99) Having a class set of Ipads, or BYOD allows for the use of a class site or blog, in and out of class time
Padlet is one of many web based tools a music teacher can use for the strand of responding and analyzing
Students might be more willing to contribute to class discussions when they have time to think, edit and then respond
Teachers have the option to moderate posts, assign passwords, or simply invite students via email Eliminating the App Gap
www.marcprensky.com Apps should be a big focus in education right now because they are the most useful learning tools that have ever been available. School boards need to narrow or eliminate the “app gap” even at the expense of buying books and/or laptops because they are better. Apps are specific and can be used and discarded when they have served their purpose. “Apps can do everything computers or books can, incorporating all of those tools’ capabilities, and far more.”
“The cost-per-app is minimal, almost certainly equal to or less than the cost-per-chapter of a textbook. And while sales reps argue that it is easier, or even better in some ways to buy a suite” of programs specifically designed and customized for schools and learning, this is only an advantage if those suites are priced comparably to alternatives. And alternative app suites that are free and nearly as good are bound to appear.”
Prensky goes on to say that if students or teachers can’t find the apps they are looking for they should make them. Students should be making apps just like websites. We can start by checking out AppDevSecrets. We all need to get on board with the App Train. Learning Music History Student voices: These 14-year-old students made these comments about the use of Information Technology in general to learn music history (Ho, 2007):
IT would help me to understand music history from a wider angle and
Presently, teacher’s presentations on music history are limited to his/
her oral presentation in class. I suppose music history learning on the
Internet would provide me more photos of the historical background.
This will enrich my understanding of music history.
I can explore more musical knowledge on the Web and I feel interested
in gaining knowledge in this way.
IT can give students more meaningful knowledge of music history. iPads allow students to work in small groups or independently, researching music history topics and sharing them with the class. Learning Music Theory More student voices, this time on learning Music Theory:
We rarely have an opportunity to learn music theory in the classroom, so I can do self-learning of music theory with the aid of IT.
Because music theory is a boring topic and we are forced to memorise the musical notes. I think with the use of IT in learning music theory this learning will be more interesting.
Student 14: The learning will be easier to be understood with the help of IT.
Technology activities can help us create an experiential process for learning music theory effectively. "The intersection of the arts with technology can provide educators with a focus that is more in tune with students’ lived experiences, providing a relevant context for the making of meaning. Yet the technological advances of the last few decades have done little to alter the pedagogical practice of most music teachers. Teaching with technology requires a shift in pedagogical practice from learning about technology to creating with technology." If you need assistance with the 'how-to' of Auria, watch videos here:
http://auriaapp.com/Products/auria-videos Greher, G. R. (2011). Music technology partnerships: A context for music teacher preparation. Arts Education Policy Review.
"With the explosion of digital audio and video applications,
it is possible for music teachers to develop projects
for their students that support critical and creative thinking." 1999-2012 WaveMachine Labs, Inc The Ontario curriculum documents state that "[students] will perform notated or improvised music and
compose or arrange music, demonstrating technical skills and applying current
digital technologies where appropriate." (The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10, The Arts, pg 99)
App developers have made our lives, as teachers, very simple with the abundance and professionalism of iPad apps out there. Recording music has become as simple as downloading an app. Setting up mobile recording stations for students to use when recording performances, as well as some more concrete recording rooms made using previously existing practice rooms can assist students thrive in the 'studio' setting.
Recording in the music classroom is important for 2 reasons: Learning a new application of music in life, and to better create an enjoyment of music.
"Music study at the Grade 9 and 10 level is intended to develop students’ understanding
and appreciation of music through a focus on practical skills and creative work. Students
will find in music a source of enjoyment and personal satisfaction and will gain creative
problem-solving skills, individual and cooperative work habits, knowledge of themselves
and others, a sense of personal responsibility, and connections to their communities and
future careers." (The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10, The Arts, pg 99)
Teachers are meant to begin preparing students for the workplace; within music or not. Through recording, students gain an understanding of what else is out there within the music realm that is less 'traditional,' work on learning skills and other very beneficial skills such as confidence, public speaking, determination, and overall enjoyment. With recording becoming available at every turn, students are getting opportunities that previous generations never even dreamed of. Integrating Technology in Music
Kirsten Nelson Why Record? Sharing music SoundCloud is a website accessed through an iPad app. It lets students record "sounds" (in our case, music) and share them through social media such as Facebook or Twitter. Each class or ensemble could have a Twitter account that is used to record and send out "teasers" of the music they are working on. A fantastic way for students to attain "connections to their communities." (The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10, The Arts, pg 99)
More polished recordings edited in Auria and GarageBand can also be uploaded and shared on SoundCloud. Studio Quality Recording for a fraction of the cost! The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10: The Arts. 2010.www.edu.gov.on.ca Photo Source: WaveMachine Labs, Inc, 1999-2012, www.auriaapp.com The Ontario Curriculum Grades 9 and 10: The Arts. 2010.www.edu.gov.on.ca From "Students' experiences with and preferences for using information technology in music learning", Wai-chung Ho, published in the British Journal of Educational Technology. Video Source: www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnkFDM65jjw