Sunday, April 20, 2014

Blog Assignment #13

This blogpost assignment is for all of the music education majors, and music minors out there. What are some interesting, exciting and effective ways that technology can be used in a music classroom to help students improve? Research a few, and write about them here!

     As someone who is studying to become a music teacher someday, I thought it would be interesting to research some of the different ways that technology can be taken advantage of in a music classroom setting. Not only can technology be used in some of the more obvious ways, such as having the ability to record and playback music, but after my research, I've also found a few unique ways that technology is being used that some people may not know of! Technology can be used to help music students improve more at their skills on their own time at home, supplementing what they are learning at their music lessons or in the classroom.
      The first type of music technology that I'd like to introduce you to is MacGamut, an ear training program for both Mac and Windows. By using MacGamut, students can practice working on their ear training, and also improve on their knowledge of basic music theory during their own time or convenience at home. A lot of times in a band or choir classroom, teachers don't get enough time to focus on teaching their students as much music theory as they'd like. By assigning MacGamut assignments for homework, teachers can ensure that their students are getting enough practice with music theory as their students need! MacGamut lessons can be customized by teachers so that way students will only spend time focusing on certain lessons, or certain techniques that are important. MacGamut grades your work as go, and also gives you the option to work in practice mode if you're just interested in working on developing your ear! 
     The second way that technology can be used in a music classroom is just by using simple recording capabilities. If a band or choir teacher is working with their students on a new piece of music, they can find a good quality recording of the song, and post it to a class blog so their students can reference it when practicing on their own at home. Often times, it helps for students to hear an example of how something is played so they can try to mimic the sounds. For a choir teacher, it also might be helpful as students are learning the lyrics to their different pieces. 
     The third type of technology that I've done some research on is assistive technology that can be used in music classrooms. For students who have difficulties reading the fine print on most sheet music, teachers can use the enlarge option on the photocopier or even translate the music to braille for students who are blind. I was also excited to find out that clamps, toggle-keys, joysticks, and switches can be added to instruments for students who have difficulties with holding an instrument or reaching all of the different notes. Students who have more severe disabilities don't have to feel left out because they can always participate in the percussion section without having to learn how to read music. They can be given visual cues when to strike instruments such as the bongo, the bells, or the tambourine! To keep thing interesting though, students should be given a chance to switch out the instruments so they don't get bored. These are just a few ways that I've found technology being used in music classrooms. As technology improves, I'm sure there will be more ways that this can happen everyday! What new and exciting information can you find?

1 comment:

  1. This post is very interesting to me because I am not very musical or even have a rhythm. For such wonderful technology that has been invented for students to be able to participate in music is amazing. I love your passion for music. Keep up the good work!