Seeing an increase of projection systems and interactive whiteboards in many classrooms, including music, twoteachers have created The Music Interactive website as a vehicle to distribute music learning activities and games that cover a broad range of uses in both classroom- and performance-based environments. Among the classroomapps are pitch and rhythm recognitiongames, such as Krank & Lucy, JamaMambo, and StaffWars; composition activities with BoomWhackers or MyJamz; or Recorder, with 13 songs that have the option of light-up notes and an interactive fingering chart and fingeringworksheet. For performance apps, check out Jazz Piano or Latin Jazz in the Sheddin’ the Basics series, which provides customizable practice tools, or iShed, software for beginning improvisation practice, including preset or user-created patterns that can be transposed in eight different ways. Soon the website will have a Blog and QuickTips section that will cover current trends, product reviews, and tips to help teachers better integrate technology into their teaching and classroom activities. The apps are available for iOS and Android devices. Many of the apps are free to download; others start at $0.99.
Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll is an exhibition by the MetropolitanMuseum of Art that tracks rock music’s seismic impact on society and culture—all through the instruments and sounds that defined its voice.
Developed by Boston Children’s Museum, the League of Extraordinary Bloggers is part of The Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums. In the game, a criminal mastermind known as the FOX has been stealing important cultural landmarks and objects all across China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam. Working together, students will learn about Asia and assemble clues from each country to track down this criminal mastermind.