Content Learning

“Learning occurs when new information is attached to other information in the brain. If this information is isolated pieces of data, this process results in declarative knowledge. When declarative knowledge sorts into different webs of meaning, structural knowledge is the result. Procedural knowledge is the result of understanding connections among pieces of data. Procedural knowledge is the knowledge that allows students to take action. Teachers can and should support learners in every aspect of knowledge acquisition. Technology can help but only if it is used wisely and arranged to fit the goals” (Egbert, 2009).

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Tools for Content Learning in Music

Musical Elements

Reading Music

  • Musical Symbol Chart – Learn about lines, clefs, notes and rest, breaks and pause, accidentals, time signatures, note relationships, dynamics, articulations/accents, ornaments, octave signs, repetition and codas, and keyboard notations.

Singing

  • StarMaker combines karaoke and video to make singing fun. Students can see the change in pitch on the screen and whether they are in tune or not. The app even has an autotune feature and several other effects to add interesting filters to the mix.
  • Voice lessons
  • Low male
    • Baritone warm-up with Jeff Rolka – 16-minute vocal warm-up with piano accompaniment (lip trill with arpeggio, short vowel syllables with arpeggio, short and long vowels with arpeggio and scale, pairs of vowels with scale)
  • High male
    • Tenor warm-up with Jeff Rolka – 20-minute vocal warm-up with piano accompaniment

Playing Instruments

Sheet Music

Recordings

  • Naxos – Find classical recordings and a variety of information related to the artists and composers.
  • AllMusic – Look up any recording and find artist information and production credits.
  • ClassicalArchives – Free recordings, sheet music, and composer information. Also available as an app for iOS and Android.

Music History

  • A History of Western Music – Outlines of musical periods, flash cards, and an excellent glossary covering all aspects of music history.
  • Music History 102 – A guide to Western composers and their music from the Middle Ages to the present.
  • History of Classical Music – Naxos provides a brief overview of the eras in music history complete with recommended recordings.
  • From the Repertoire: Western Music History through Performance – Explore eight important works from different eras and genres of Western classical-music repertoire, through performance recorded at the Curtis Institute of Music. This free 7-week online course includes discussion of each work’s historical context, composer, musical significance, and compositional design.

Sources

Egbert, J. (2009). Supporting Learning with Technology: Essentials of Classroom Practice. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

Rudolph, T., & Leonard, V. (2014). Musical iPad: Performing Creating, and Learning Music on Your iPad. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard.

VanWeelden, K., & Heath, J. (2013). Low-budget apps for students of all abilities. General Music Today, 27(1), 45-47. Retrieved from http://gmt.sagepub.com/content/27/1/45.short

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