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Music Technology
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Hello fellow Music Educators,

This is Krystal Williams and I am ecstatic to be the MMEA Music Technology Chair for the 2021-2022 year. For 15 years, I have been a deeply committed Instrumental Music Teacher, Curriculum Writer and New Teacher Ambassador for Baltimore City Public Schools. This year is historical for music educators as our state, country and the world at large. All of us are adding in the fight against several pandemics some that have only plagued our world for months while others have existed for centuries.

I know this has been a challenging year to say the least. Hopefully, you have gained new and innovative ways to adapt your teaching to the current situation.  If you haven’t done so consider using a Google-Site or Website to house lesson plans and resources to make learning engaging and accessible to students and parents.

 

I am posting my Google Site https://sites.google.com/bcps.k12.md.us/whs-instrumental-music-class/home,  as an example of how you can keep information current digitally for your students whether virtual, face-to-face- or hybrid, and hopefully save some trees in the process.

  • Integrate with Google Suite APP and Google Classroom.

  • Link folders from your Google Drive.

  • Share Google Slide Lessons that will automatically update on the Site when you edit in real time.

  • Post instructional videos from YouTube that will play from the Site.

  • Create Several Pages for your Ensembles and Classes.

  • Store Interactive Lessons and Unit Plans that will give your Administrators, Students and all Stakeholders a view into your instructional practice as a music teacher.

 

Through all of this, we have been given the most difficult task as music educators to navigate this tumultuous terrain of uncertainty. Together, music educators are traversing this new terrain of Virtual Learning for their K-12 music students with very little for preparation, training, and skill development. Although many of us are novices to instructing students in this manner, I believe we can all learn new skills that will in turn make us stronger and more effective in this craft.

 

Hopefully, you will find this page useful to your journey into distance learning. Feel free to email me at kmwilliams987@icloud.com for questions concerning any resources on this site. As a teacher, I am always learning too, so please feel free to send me ideas concerning music technology.

To view Krystal William's resume, please click here.

Feature Presentation: Smartphone Webinar

Are you still fighting the epic battle for engagement with your students? Whether you’re teaching virtually or face-to-face smartphones can be the biggest distraction to our students and to be honest with adults too. If you can’t beat them, then join them by learning how to engage students in learning by using smartphones. This webinar was developed to help you utilize the world’s most accessible piece of technology, the smartphone to enhance instruction in your classroom. Hopefully you will also find this webinar as well as other resources helpful in your classroom instruction for this year.

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Guide To Music Education Apps

February 2, 2022

Updated Resources for Music Educators

 

1. Practice APPs

 

  • Collabra

  • Smartmusic

  • PracticeFirst

 

2. Music Theory APPs

 

  • MusicFirst APPs

  • Music Theory Examples by Women

  • Rhythm Sight Reading Trainer

  • Ch! ear – Chord Ear (IOS)

  • Perfect Ear – Music Theory, Ear & Rhythm Training. Android-Free

  • Tenuto by musictheory.net (IOS)

  • Theory Lessons by musictheory.net (Web-Based APP)

  • Complete Ear Trainer Android

  • EarMaster- Smartphone Free App

 

3. Composition APPs

 

  • Soundtrap-Web based, IOS and Android

  • Noteflight-Web based, IOS and Android

  • Sketch-A-Song IOS and Android

  • Ensemble Composer (FREE)

  • Symphony Pro- ISO (Free)

 

4. General Music Apps for Elementary School

 

  • TuneTrain IOS

This iOS app teaches young children to create and edit melodies with just the swipe of a finger. By playing in the Tune Train world, kids begin to learn about the fundamental structure of music, including pitch, notes and note length, and chords. Free

 

This fun iOS app teaches kids 3-7 some of the fundamental components of music, including notes, rhythm and pitch. $1.99

 

Use this iOS app with your real, acoustic piano or keyboard, or use the touchscreen option on your device. The app introduces a game component to learning piano, motivating kids to want to practice. Learn to play classical and popular songs, practice sheet music reading, and more. Free, with optional subscription and in-app purchases.

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