Apps For Music!
Stephen Fong - EDU 210
This is a great tool for students to use to create rhythmic challenges for each other, or even full blown compositions. It can also be used to transcribe parts from one instrument to another (if for example, you have no french horns and are transcribing horn parts for alto saxophone) or by a teacher looking to notate particular exercises for a section or an individual.
For example, as part of stationed learning activities, students could work to annotate, save and print (via cloud) their own uniquely marked parts for a piece they are working on in band, helping them take pride and ownership of their music. Students can also use this software in conjunction with databases like IMSLP to import and view public domain scores and music on their mobile devices.
Because MusicFirst is tailored specifically for setting up an online music classroom it has many benefits over using a traditional LMS. For example, there are easy defaults that allow students to submit playing tests, work with music notation software, or work through ear training lessons.
Rather than using handheld metronomes which are prone to breaking, getting lost and running out of batteries. Students could, for example, simply sign out a Chromebook when they go to use a practice room and make use of this metronome app.
While this could be used for whole class assignments or as part of a required ear training regime, I personally see this finding use in my classroom for select students who either need additional ear training support (ie. a way to work on musicianship skills at home) or for particularly advanced students who require greater challenges and more extensive training than we have time for in class.