Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Music Theory

One of the best Web 2.0 tools I have found and use that is music related, is musictheory.net.  At first glance it can be just a review or a teaching tool.  Broken down into content specific lessons, it allows me as a teacher to step by step introduce a specific aspect of music theory.  I typically don't teach from this in the classroom, but students can use it as a review resource at home via the Internet or even the smart phone/tablet app.

My favorite part of the website are the exercises.  Students can set-up exercises that will help them practice what we have covered.  The exercises can be tailored to the student's specific needs and involve both their note reading skills and listening ability.  At any point in the exercise, a student can stop and generate a report of their accuracy statistics, time spent on the activity, and a verification code that they can email me.  This code allows me to see the report at home or at school at a later date and time.

I currently use this site every few weeks on "Theory Thursday's," but I am brainstorming ideas on how to use this as a more consistent part of my teaching.

1 comment:

  1. Matt-
    This is a great Web 2.0 tool for students and teachers. It is user-friendly to both and I love that is records students' responses and activity. I am finding that more and more tools are incorporating this feature and love it because students and teachers have 24/7 access to this Web 2.0 tool, but more importantly meaningful data is collected for the teacher to easily access and use to monitor student progress. This is an example of increasing teacher capacity using technology!

    Your demonstration in class was excellent. I think I would find musictheory.net valuable as a parent as well.