Mobile Apps for Music

Educational apps designed for the Gr.4 music student

Welcome to the Grade 4 Music Site for the 2014-2015

This site is specifically for different mobile apps that students can use in class or outside of class to improve their music skills that they have learned and want to develop further.

About Me

Ms.Briones

Hello! I am the grade 4 music teacher for the 2014-2015 school year. Feel free to learn more about me through my Google+ site. If you have any questions you can email me or phone me at the following information.

Curriculum

Alberta Education Music Curriculum for Grade 4

According to Alberta Education (2011), the main concepts that will be taught are rhythm, melody, harmony, form, and expression. The six skill areas are listening, moving, singing, playing instruments, reading and writing, and creating (Alberta Education, 2011). As well the learning outcomes from the Grade 4 Music Program of Studies are:

· understand that beats may be grouped in 4s

· understand that tuned instruments can combine to make

harmony

· understand that musical instruments have distinctive tonal qualities and may be grouped according to families

· identify major and minor chords

· respond to changes in tempo, dynamics and mood while

singing

· develop skill in writing rhythm patterns

· notate and perform original compositions (does not have to be formal notation)


-(Alberta Education, 2011)

MOBILE APPS

Each of the mobile apps helps to complete the different outcomes mentioned above in the grade four music curriculum.
More Information

Cost: $0.99

For: iPhone, iPod

What is it? It is a “pocket workout” for students in different levels (beginner, intermediate, or virtuoso), and it quizzes them on notes from different clefs (Treble, Alto, Tenot, and Bass) against a clock ("Note Perfect!", n.d.).

Note Perfect App
How can it be used? This can help students who are struggling reading notes and who have never read music before. For instance, teachers can have all the students play it and race against each other to see who has the highest score and time. This can encourage students to want to better at their memory of notes and keys.

Learning Outcome? This will allow the student to be better at being able to “notate and perform original compositions” (Alberta Education, 2011). As students get better at recognizing notes, they too will be able to place the notes on the staff, and thus develop their ability to read and write music.

App#2: Rhythm Cat

For: iPhone, iPad, Android

What is it? It is a fifteen level game that introduces a relatively harder and new music symbol, such as a rest, each level, and provides further information as to what the symbol if needed ("Rhythm Cat", n.d.). When the game starts, there is a line of notes and rests that someone has to tap a green button to as the music plays ("Rhythm Cat", n.d.).

Rhythm Cat App Review
How can it be used? This app can be a way for students to practice their ability to count beats and read rests along with music, and learn at a pace that is comfortable for them. For instance, instead of having the teacher go through the same counts over and over again with the class, students who need more practice or are at a higher level of rhythm can use this app on their own, so they do not get overwhelmed or bored.

Learning outcome? Rhythm Cat ensures that the student “develop skill in writing rhythm patterns” (Alberta Education, 2011). As students complete the levels and earn points, they will eventually be able to count beats and rests to other types of songs and music they are learning in class.

App #3: Ear Trainer

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Cost: $6.99

For: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

What is it? Ear Trainer is an app with more than 230 exercises on intervals, scales, relative pitch and melody, and chords and is made for all levels (from beginner to advanced) ("Ear Trainer", n.d.). There is also a virtual keyboard/piano with a note view ("Ear Trainer", n.d.). The questions change each time, so you can do the exercise countless time, and there is also statistics available to check one’s progress ("Ear Trainer", n.d.).

Ear Trainer Demonstration
How can it be used? This app can help students who want to develop and advance their ability aural skills. Students can independently practice listening to different intervals, chords, scales, and melodies without having to have an actual piano in front of them. For instance, teachers can let the students go through the exercises depending on what they have difficulty distinguishing at their leisure without having to play it for each student one by one.

Learning outcome? The Ear Trainer app achieves the learning outcome of having students being able to “identify major and minor chords” (Alberta Education, 2011). The numerous amounts of examples for students to hear and respond to will then carry on to the student’s ability to hear major and minor chords in other types of music.

App #4: My Musical Friends

For: iPhone, iPod touch

What is it? This app plays the sounds of different instruments, and includes a “Fun Fact” and “Did you know?” information on the instrument that one chooses ("My Musical Friends", n.d.).

How can it be used? Since teachers cannot afford or have the resources to have every type of instrument, teachers can let the students hear each instrument and learn more information about that instruments and what type of musical family they belong to. For instance, if a student wants to know more about brass instruments, they can click the brass section and choose from a tuba, trombone, horn, or a horn and play a few notes to hear how it sounds like.

Learning outcome? The student will be able to “understand that musical instruments have distinctive tonal qualities and may be grouped according to families” (Alberta Education, 2011). Since the game categorizes instruments to five families, the student will have a better understanding of how the instruments relate or differ based on how they sound and actual information provided for them.

App #5: GarageBand

For: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

What is it? GarageBand is an easy way to create, play, mix, record, and share songs ("GarageBand ", n.d.). There are virtual instruments provided, so you do not have to use a real one, and it also provides the aspect of a real recording studio ("GarageBand ", n.d.).

GarageBand for iPhone and iPod touch
How can it be used? Students who cannot play instruments can easily play one with just a tap of a finger when using GarageBand. For instance, students can record instruments (themselves or from the app) and create their own song. As well, teachers can let students jam with up to three other students who are using the app. This can also be an effective way for students to hear their voice and/or intstrument and listen to how they sound like and find ways to improve.

Learning outcome? As the students create music and blend them together in a way that sounds pleasant to them, they will be able to “understand that tuned instruments can combine to make harmony” (Alberta Education, 2011).

App #6: Staraoke

For: iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

What is it? This app is similar to karaoke, but is targeted for mainly children, and there can be up to four players. ("Staraoke", n.d.). Kids can choose a song, theme and a character and then as the music play they have to sing the words as they come on the screen ("Staraoke", n.d.). Through the player’s voice, the character either stays on the path and win points or gets off the path and lose points ("Staraoke", n.d.).

Staraoke available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch!
How can it be used? Staraoke can be a tool for teachers to examine the student’s ability to sing and follow music. As well, if a student feels like they need more practice using their voice, they can choose a song they like and practice it on their own.

Learning outcome? The student will be able to “respond to changes in tempo, dynamics and mood while singing” when they have to speed up their singing or slow it down when the character that they are controlling with their voice is on path or off path (Alberta Education, 2011).

Christmas Musical Celebration

Wednesday, Dec. 10th, 7-9pm

116 St and 85 Ave

Edmonton, AB

I would like to welcome you all to the annual Christmas concert. The students will be singing a few songs, and will have a special number where they play their recorders. I look forward to seeing you all there.