Try the Listen 1 Music Quiz 10/12/2011
Listen 1: Mix and Match is a music education quiz that will test your knowledge of musicians, composers, listening, theory, instruments and websites.
To prepare for the quiz, read Listen 1 and visit some of the websites, then you will be ready to try Mix and Match.
How did you get on? Did you find the puzzle easy or difficult? You could try playing the game with a friend, loading a new set of questions for each round!
When you have completed the current set of 70 questions, why not devise your own MIX AND MATCH for other pages of TANBUR MUSIC EDUCATION LINKS? Design and upload your own quiz!
Listen 1: Mix and Match was created using Hot Potatoes software.
Miles Mingles Mix 09/12/2011
Miles Davis – image by Tom Palumbo
(from Wikipedia article)
MILES DAVIS: SO WHAT
Listen and perform So What by Miles Davis.
MUSICAL HOOKS VIDEO
Five minute video demonstrating the importance of hooks in all styles of music.
This jigsaw puzzle with musical instruments features a very famous piece by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is the 'Air on a G String' from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068, Mvmt. 2.
Mix the shapes and create fun sound patterns.
Interactive listening exercises in melodic dictation, chord types, chord progressions, perfect pitch and intervals. Comprehensive instructions are provided allowing you to control the type of question and level of study.
My First Post - Computer Singing! 08/12/2011
Do secondary school students enjoy singing? Class singing can be viewed as an activity that is popular with the primary age range but becomes more difficult with secondary students. An idea tested in my classroom is to have one PC available as a singing resource.
The ideal location for a computer with 'bouncy ball lyrics' is a small room adjacent to the main classroom. This allows a small group to rehearse and then perform their songs to the class. A computer can be used in the main classroom with headphones used for rehearsal, but this is not ideal as it will distract others and also cause problems with intonation. Students will not be used to standing at the computer screen and they will need to be reminded of essential breath control and singing techniques.
'Divtune' is an example of the 'scrolling lyric' software resource. The program plays MIDI files that have embedded lyrics and KARAOKE files with the *.kar extension. It can also display lyrics that have been prepared for CD tracks. The MP3 format is also supported. Full instructions, program, MIDI and example CD lyrics are available from Bill Basham at http://www.divtune.com/ The small shareware charge allows educational establishments unlimited use of the program.
The scrolling lyric resources on TANBUR SONGS 1 include Fireflies, a delightful presentation from the music page of SillyBooks dot net and for early years learning there are several fun songs from the BBC. TANBUR SONGS 2 provides examples of MIDI and MP3 files that have been converted to flash format. As an example, try the Tum Balalaika backing track, then listen to the a capella version by 'Listen Up!' The National Anthem of Tanzania features simultaneous English and Swahili presentation of lyrics. Song from Colombia is a presentation with photos and lyrics that was recorded during my visit to Ibagué in 2005.
I have also used 'scrolling lyric' resources to gain initial interest for a school musical production. Small groups of students used backing tracks with displayed lyrics, transposing and adjusting the tempo of songs as required. When main rehearsals were held the students were confident in performance, requiring less rehearsal time than would otherwise have been the case.
If your computer has Internet access, Youtube has some excellent quality scrolling lyric resources. Try typing the name of your song followed by the word 'lyrics'.
A few websites have successfully promoted a selection of CD recordings with displayed lyrics that do not scroll. A case in point is from one of Ireland's most respected folk singers. Listen to enchanting performances of songs such as 'Red is the Rose' and 'Will ye go Lassie go' at Liam's Songbag.
Do you have experience of resources that can be used to promote singing and the voice in the music classroom? Comments please!
Secondary School Teacher of Music and Webmaster for TANBUR MUSIC EDUCATION LINKS.