Tuesday, January 10, 2012


1) Some favorites: Animoto, Atomic learning, Wordle, Prezi. I plan to use Wordle to ask groups of students to come up with as many words as possible related to specific areas of music, such as styles, theory, dynamics, tempo, expressions.
2) My thinking has been transformed by realizing that there are almost infinite technology sources and applications for instruction to enhance student involvement and learning.

Digital Citizenship

1) Important things for students to understand about digital citizenship: Plagiarism - what is it and how to avoid it, how to use citations and give credit for material.
Online Harassment: what is it and steps to take if encountered.
Copyright: general understanding of people owning the rights to their original material, how to respect those rights and the property of others, how students can have copyright of their own original material.
2) Atomic learning is a source I would use for instruction.
3) teaching digital Citizenship: I would give students specific links to information in Atomic Learning, require at least one source there and encourage exploration of other sources, research and report on what they have learned-areas of citizenship and how to apply.
4) Sharing digital citizenship with parents: send a note home with the report each student created explaining the project, ask parents to read and discuss the report with their students.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Incorporating devices

1) It is important that technology is tied to the objective so that students will see how technology can be used to research, solve problems, create products, and increase interest in many lessons and many fields.
2) It is important that students be held accountable for developing skills to utilize available technology, and preparation for functionality in a technology-rich society.
3) Tenmarks provides enjoyable video tutoring and allows a motivational reward system to be utilized.
Thinkfinity offers many subjects that could be used for cross-curriculum lessons.
4) Apps for ipod: metronome, tuner, recorder.
A station will be set up in a practice room for use of one or two students at a time. Students will be accountable to record their tempo at which they reached proficiency in performing their music. They much also record the discovered pitch tendencies of their instruments.
5) Additionally, student may use the recorder to record their performance.

Use of Mac Book

Things I learned about the mac Book: Spotlight is an easy way to find anything on the computer. Web cam allows use with Skype. Photo booth will be a good way to test performance. Garage band will allow student to compose and experiment with music.

One way we will use the Mac book is to set it up in a practice room. Student will enter one at a time and start the video in Photo booth and record their performance. We can then evaluate their performance at a later time.

3/4 time collaborative lesson between band and orchestra

Objective: Given a variety of musical example in 3/4 time, students will evaluate and offer constructive criticism after listening to the collaborating group count and perform the noted rhythms.

Time frame: week of January, 23, 2012
Tools: Mac book computer, Skype, Sight Reading books, Metronome, Rhythm Bee software and musical instruments
Description: Band and Orchestra will use computers to connect through Skype. Each group will perform for one another and evaluate one an other. Skill focus will be based on rhythms in 3/4 time.


Check out my twitter for a wynton marsalis concert and a link to my diigo library for information on scales.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Used wordsift.com

To create a vocabulary for band.

allegro attitude band baritone bas clarinet corner drum embouchure emotion fermatta firm fluteforte french half horn jazz lyre mezzo mozart music mute note percussion phrasingpianissimo piano quarter rhythm ritard sax snare tempo trombone trumpet tuba tympani whole