Saskatchewan Music Educators Association
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SMEA: Suggested Music Education Technology to use and where to start.

CREATIVITY
NEW CONCEPTS

Shiverware: Looking for a great creative experience? You (and) your students will enjoy a somewhat different window on sound all while designing new musical screen interfaces. That's a mouthfull, but the idea is a new media window on how non keyboard triggering can influence musical results. All musical instrument interfaces influence the music played using them. This is a very interesting project and worth looking into!

WHAT IS MUSIX PRO?

The easiest way to play music
A professional musical instrument and midi controller
A music theory learning tool
An isomorphic layout creator and experimentation app
A melody exploration device

SMARTBOARDS TEACHERSLOVE SMARTBOARDS: Resources for the SmartBoard Classroom : MUSIC
DISTANCE EDUCATION

SmartMusic: An incredible new tool for both students and teachers (there are different modes), SmartMusic is based upon a desktop on which students can access accompaniment tracks for your repertoire selections and practice at home independently. Not only that, students can self score their accuracy at pitch and timing. The cool part is that students practice with a virtual ensemble (minus their own part). In teacher mode (which costs more), teachers can send out assignments to their students, tests and repertoire etc. Students can submit results as MP3 recordings for the teacher to assess! A truly remarkable empowerment for students, SmartMusic opens the door to all styles of music for all ensemble types.
Students can vary tempos too, and gradually improve step by step. The SMEA Saskatchewan Honour Groups Program furnishes band and choral performers with SmartMusic to facilitate quick development of difficult repertoire prior to the Honour Groups Weekend and Gala SMC Concert in November.
Subscriptions for students last 12 months, and cost approximately $35.

Professional composers as well as music directors use this music notation software. Finale is the original music notation tool for pros and is rivalled by Sibelius. You can scan scores (using the included SmartScore scanning program) and create SmartMusic files not found in the SmartMusic Library ( as yet!). There is a learning curve to all this, but a very powerful tool when mastered. Once scanned or entered "into Finale" note by note, parts can be transposed and re-arranged for alternate instrumentation - a popular application.
FINALE SONGBOOK free iPAD APP http://www.finalemusic.com/SongBook/default.aspx
Professional composers as well as music directors use this music notation software. Sibelius is considered by many teachers as easier to use than Finale. You can scan scores and (now) create SmartMusic files not found in the SmartMusic Library (yet!). There is a easier learning curve to all this, but also a very powerful tool when mastered. Once scanned or entered "into Sibelius" note by note, parts can be transposed and re-arranged for alternate instrumentation - a popular application for most users.

VIDEO GUIDE TO AUDACITY Andrew Mercer, a music teacher from Newfoundland, has created a new curriculum resource that helps students and teachers learn to use the free sound recording and editing software Audacity. The resource is called the Video Guide to Audacity.

At the heart of the Video Guide to Audacity is a comprehensive collection of videos, which take learners from the basic functions of recording and editing sound to high-level creative techniques. Video Guide to Audacity has three components: Tutorials, Activities, and Projects. Tutorials give learners specific instruction on how to use Audacity. Activities provide learners with a guided opportunity to use Audacity to practice concepts learned in the tutorials while giving instructors a powerful evaluation tool. Projects provide learners with an open-ended opportunity to use Audacity to synthesize the concepts they have learned by engaging in creative projects. All content, as well as video transcripts are provided in text format to accommodate learners who prefer the text medium. Video Guide to Audacity has been designed to easily be incorporated into a variety of learning environments and curriculum areas. Students work though a carefully designed and documented series of specific curriculum outcomes which engage them in a range of cognitive activities based on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Teachers are provided with a comprehensive curriculum guide and robust evaluation tools to ensure an accurate evaluation of student progress through the outcomes. You can check out the Video Guide to Audacity at the following site: http://www.makeandbreakeducation.com You can contact Andrew at andrewm@nfld.net