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10 Tools for the Music Classroom

1. Audacity
(http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)

2. Open Movie Editor

7. Teach Guitar
Reference Materials

(http://www.openmovieeditor.org/)

3. Free Sound

8. WordPress
(https://wordpress.com/)

(http://www.freesound.org/)

4. MusicTheory.net
(http://www.musictheory.net/)

5. Tools For
Educators

9. Guitar Lesson World


Resources
(http://www.guitarlessonworld.com/res
ources.htm)

10. Gieson Metronome

(http://www.toolsforeducators.com/music.p
hp)

6. Be Part Of The

(http://www.teachguitar.com/teaching/t
eachmats_reference_materials.htm)

(http://www.gieson.com/Library/project
s/utilities/metronome/)

Audacity

Music editing software


Free (must be
downloaded to a
computer)
http://audacity.sourcef
orge.net/
Source: Roblyer, M. D., & Doering,
A. H. (2013). Integrating educational
technology into teaching.

Audacity

A free tool for editing audio files.

Works very well in editing and creating music.

Students can use this program in a library


setting or at home to help record their own
compositions or edit pieces as a class
through the software.
If a student is interested in music after high
school, recording is as important an aspect
as performance. Becoming familiar with this
tool is essential for the modern musician.

Open Movie Editor

Movie editing
software
Free (must be
downloaded to a
computer)
http://www.openmov
ieeditor.org/
Source: Roblyer, M. D., &
Doering, A. H. (2013).
Integrating educational
technology into teaching.

Open Movie Editor

A free tool for editing video files.


Assists in creating movies with audio
components.
Students using this program can create
music videos, lyric videos or other music
related videos for a music class.
This tool helps bring music away from an
exclusively aural subject and includes visual
and hands on learning as well.

Free Sound

Database of sound
samples
Free (online)
http://www.freesound
.org/
Source: Roblyer, M. D., &
Doering, A. H. (2013). Integrating
educational technology into
teaching.

Free Sound

A free database of sound samples in the


public domain. Includes sound effects as well
as music examples.
Free Sound provides access to high-quality
music sounds that students might not
otherwise have means to create/utilize.
In the classroom, incorporating these with
music editing software would give
opportunities in a music class that are not
otherwise provided by most school programs.

MusicTheory.Net

Music theory
reference site
Free (online)

http://www.musicthe
ory.net/

MusicTheory.Net

A wealth of references for theory students of


all levels.
Musicians in any class can improve their
theory skills through this site.

Provides written and aural lessons and


exercises good for teacher use in class as well
as student use while studying.

Tools For Educators

Resources for
custom classroom
material
Free (downloadable
worksheets)
http://www.toolsfore
ducators.com/music
.php

Tools For Educators

An online site which allows teachers to create


custom worksheets and games specific to their
needs in the class.
Many music worksheets are pre-made and
can be customized for each individual class.
Student who are still developing a background
in music can benefit from classwork that is
designed specifically for the needs of the
class.
Students also will receive a varied approach to
music outside of the hands-on, aural stimulus.

Be Part Of The Band

Recruitment tool for


music classes
Free (online or
download), $10
shipping for hard
copy
www.bepartoftheban
d.com

Be Part Of The Band

Recruitment videos and documents to


encourage non-musician to consider music
programs at their school.
Breaks down instruments with extremely
proficient students of various cultural
backgrounds to help eliminate age, gender
and other biases.
Not only great for recruiting, but also for
helping new students pick an instrument for
the program.

Teach Guitar Reference Materials

Guitar-specific
reference materials
Free (downloadable
.pdfs from website)
http://www.teachguit
ar.com/teaching/tea
chmats_reference_
materials.htm

Teach Guitar Reference Materials

Guitar centered resources for quick reference


for students.
Easily allows teachers to print and distribute
guides for beginning guitar students.
Good documents for beginning guitarists to
keep in folders or notebooks to access when
needed.

WordPress

Online website/blog
builder
Free (online)

https://wordpress.co
m/

WordPress

Free online website or blog builder.


Teachers and students can use this to create
their own music-related site.
Very user friendly and easy to update.
Having a teacher website with links to
reference materials, videos and important
information can make the class more
accessible and engaging to many students.

Guitar Lesson World Resources

Reference material
for intermediate
guitarists
Free (online)
http://www.guitarles
sonworld.com/resou
rces.htm

Guitar Lesson World Resources

Guitar and theory tools and references for the


late beginning to intermediate student.
Some links students can print while others
are available for online exploration.
As classes move into more advanced
material, reference lists will become
increasingly more helpful.
Lessons can be taught with these concepts in
mind and the links from Guitar Lesson World
can supplement those lessons.

Gieson Metronome

Metronome with
additional features
Free (online)
www.gieson.com/Li
brary/projects/utilitie
s/metronome/

Gieson Metronome

Free, online metronome with ability to change


pitches from simple clicks to full drum
sounds.
Essential for practice in any music class.
Easy to understand and use for music
students of all levels.
Students can use this metronome on a home
computer as well as at school.

Summary

The aforementioned resources are diverse


and accessible for student use in class.
Many different learning styles are
represented for students of various learning
backgrounds.
Individual attention to needs of students will
provide the best use of these tools in the
classroom.

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