Education & Technology

I remember way back in the day (...1996-2010), iconic sites we see today were being tested and established. Things come and go, the sites with most 'hits' stuck around (& grew in 'followers').

Kids today are now fully immersed in technology wherever they turn:
home - computer, game devices, iPads, etc.
school - computer/technology blocks are being used to teach students about Blogs, Journals, websites, etc. No longer only creating interesting art using stamps on KidPix, or trying to find the almost impossible Carmen SanDeigo (do kids even know of this today?)
environment - Wifi. enough said.

Popular and well-known today: YouTube, Soundcloud, Vimeo, Blogger, etc.

This post is an open call for suggestions, tips, recommendations, & advice for myself to begin a journey of developing an online piano education "how-to-teach-music" resource for parents (perhaps even teachers who are required to meet those BC Min. IRPs in the dreaded Music category).


Activities I've found helpful:
Other than assigning piano pieces to 'play' (practice) at home, and the occasional handout activity to be completed there isn't too much homework in the same sense as ordinary schooling. I personally do not like giving 'tests', but students still need to feel they are accountable for their own progress as much as I am to their musical development. Bottom line is: students need to review and be surrounded with music to allow themselves to become curious, develop self-interest, & self-motivation with music.

APPS! In a previous post, I explored the realm of Apps (for iPad, iPhone...) searching for 'music theory', 'music games', 'music notes', 'rhythm', etc. and put together this chart:

(searched via iPhone, but there should be similar music apps for Androids.)

! MUSIC GAMES !

Musical Concept
Search for…
Name of App
Key Music Concepts
- main area of focus
Cost & Notes

Rhythm
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Rhythm Cat
Suitable for young beginners

Reviews Time Signature and Note Values; practices even time by tapping rhythms

Unlock levels !
Free !

$ Pro version available

Ideal for young beginners

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Rhythm Training
Reviews Time Signature and Note Values; includes metronome option

Practices even time by tapping rhythms
Free !


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Rhythm Lite
Reviews counting & even rhythm playing

Listen to the pattern, then try tapping it while counting
Free !

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Rhythm Party
Idea for young beginners


Free !

Fun and easy to play

Rhythm Trainer
Reviews counting & even rhythmic playing

Built-in metronome

Create your own rhythmic patterns in various Time Signatures
Free !

First Step and A Half
Useful tool to begin listening to intervals.

Start with comparing same sounds vs. step… build from there
Free !

Ideal for older beginner and adults

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Ear Trainer
Simple notes on staff layout, listen to selected sounds, visually see and hear intervals

Great starting learning tool
Free !

Ideal for all first learning to listen to intervals

Ear Training
Useful (but limited) tool training the ear to listen to melodic intervals starting on C

Listen, then play back on keyboard
Free !

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Right Note Ear Trainer
Excellent tool focused on listening to intervals, pitch, and melody
Free !

Ideal for adults, & RCM students

Music Theory
Music Theory
All-in-one package app

Subjects include:
-music theory concepts
(symbols, key sig, chord theory, cadences)
-ear trainers (interval, chord, rhythm, melody)
-general music trivia (composers, concert instruments, performance halls)

Free ! trial
Available for purchase on iTunes.

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Piano Helper
Review notes on the grand staff

Flashcard style; includes option of hearing the note
Free !

Easy to use; download and play

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Music Minds: Flashcards with Calvin & Zoey
Apply music theory skills by identifying flashcards

Options include:
- note names
- symbols and terms
- timing
- key signatures & intervals
Free !

Easy to use & fun to play

Ideal for young beginners

Music Keys
Locating notes on the keyboard via music letters
- including b (flats) & # (sharps)

Free !

Easy to use; download and play

Name That Note
Apply music theory skills by naming notes on the ‘flashcard’ (timed)
Free !

Easy to use; select your level and begin

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Pluto Planet
Ideal for young beginners learning notes on the staff!

Solidifies line/space concept with music note visuals
Free !

Fun & easy to play

Ideal for young beginners

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Solfege Note Reading
Review and solidify sight reading by connecting notes on staff to keyboard (timed)
Free !

Ideal for beginners

Ear Training
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Nail That Note (lite)
Options including listening to and identifying:
-          notes
-          chord/arpeggio
-          scales
-          intervals
Free !

($ full version available)

Easy-Moderate use; adjustable options to suit each individuals level

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Music Intervals
Ideal for young beginners learning/reviewing intervals
Free !

Easy to play

Ideal for young beginners

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Music Mastery: Ear Training
Ideal for older beginners and RCM students

Listen & identify:
-          intervals
-          chords
-          arpeggios
-          scales
-          tempos
-          pitches
Free !

Easy to use; various options; meets RCM requirements

ABRSM Aural Trainer Lite
Ideal for older beginners and RCM students

Listen to & identify ET concepts meeting ABRSM standards
Free !

Easy to use; follows ABRSM (UK) Syllabus standards

(100MB+)

AuralBook for ABRSM
Download based on individuals grade level

Options include:
-          sing
-          cadence
-          clap
Free !

Easy to use; follows ABRSM (UK) Curriculum

Ideal for adults & older beginners

My Intervals
Listen to & identify harmonic and melodic intervals

-includes inverted intervals

Free !

Ideal for adults

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Blob Chorus
Ideal for young beginners

Listen to and match same sounds; great for first steps in listening for same vs. different sounds
Free !

Ideal for young beginners training ears to recognize same vs. different sounds

Good Ear : Melodies
Great tool to use for melody playback.

Suggestion: listen to melody from app, replay & sing along, playback on piano (or keyboard in app)
Free !
(Pro version available; also comes in Intervals, Chords)

Ideal for adults

Ear Trainer Lite
Great tool to use when learning intervals

Compare 2 intervals at a time; hear differences
Free !

Ideal for beginners learning intervals; and RCM students

Technique
Interval Workout Lite
Excellent visual tool when learning scales

Scale pattern on keyboard shown, play highlighted notes, learn by intervals
Free !

Easy-moderate to use; ideal for older beginners and adults learning scales of all types

Composition /Other
Piano Infinity
Inspirationally fun & hones creativity J

Options include:
-          free play on a piano
-          learn tunes via rote
-          create your own music
-          jam to tunes
Free !

Easy-Moderate use;
Tutorial available in app

Piano Man
Learn to play tunes by rote
Free !


Mini-Synth II
Have fun creating your own music with different sounds!

Create your own type of sounds!
Free !

Moderate use; play around with the buttons and knobs to create your own sounds; start by choosing a soundwave.

Masterpieces
Learn about different classical composers by reading biographies and listening to music pieces
Free !

Easy to use

piaScore
Search for classical pieces and build your own library
Free !

Easy to use

PMelody Free
(Piano Melody Free?)
Search for popular tunes and learn to play via rote
Free !

Happy learning :)