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.
The award-winning Novel EffectiPadapp brings stories to life, promotes literacy, sparks imagination, and provides enjoyment for children aged 12 and under. The app follows the voice of users as they read aloud from children’s storybooks, and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices.
The Sharon Gewirtz Kids to Concertsfund supports string education by inspiring middle school string students through direct experience with accomplished classical musicians. Mentoring programs and high-level concert experiences are two examples.