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JamKazam Just May Save Ensembles in a Virtual Teaching World By Mike Lawson

October 21, 2020

JamKazam founder David Wilson was a band kid growing up.

Chromebooks in the Middle School Chorus Classroom

March 17, 2016

What I’ve learned and how I’m using the Google system with my middle school choir students.

Technology: Creation is Key

February 15, 2016

Using technology to help students understand the process and passion of making music.

Technology: Choral Software

October 24, 2013

Software for the Choral Classroom.

The ALIVE Project and You

March 22, 2011

While giving a presentation in Stockholm for the Swedish chapter of the Percussive Arts Society’s Day of Percussion in 2004, Allan Molnar stated, “Back in the 1980s, musicians began taking computers to gigs so they could replace live musicians with MIDI instruments. Now musicians can take computers to gigs and replace MIDI instruments with live […]

Importing Files into Assessment Software

December 2, 2010

I recently received an e-mail from Dan Franke, the principal of a private school in Audrey, Texas. Mr. Franke was requesting information on how to find software with which he could import music notation and audio files into an application for comprehensive assessments of his son’s daily practice. He explains, “My young son, 11, is […]

Using Smart Phones for Music Education

September 28, 2010

Have you ever had a teaching moment where you were lucky enough to have just the right tool to create magic? With the increasing array of musical apps for smart phones, that tool just might be already sitting in your pocket. Smart phone technology is making magic with a plethora of music applications or “apps.” […]

The Magic of Handheld Digital Recorders

August 17, 2010

In the world of handheld digital recorders, smaller is better and now it’s getting cheaper, too. This is great news for music educators who are looking to record their rehearsals, concerts, and lessons. Today’s handheld digital recorders can professionally record at a moment’s notice with instant, one-hand operation. There are even palm-size handheld digital recorders […]

Audio Tools for Music Educators: Noise Cleaning Audio Enhancements

May 19, 2010

We are all familiar with those dramatic “before and after” weight loss ads. Now just as dramatic results are available to everyday music educators with audio archives and performances we want to share via Internet blogs, podcasts, Web postings, CDs, and DVDs. While the recording industry has traditionally dealt with audio restoration, music educators have […]

Juggling the Many Hats of a Music Educator

January 20, 2010

In 2003, the NCTAF (National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future) reported that the nation’s widely publicized and often-lamented teacher shortages are, in fact, symptoms resulting from a teacher retention crisis in the United States. Beginning teachers had an attrition rate of over 46 percent for their first five years. And American schools lose about […]

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