Seven great ed-tech tools for music instruction


GarageBand

Learning rating: 5

Grade range: 4-12

What is it? Amazingly powerful music workstation unleashes the musician in us all.

Pros: Portable, intuitive touch-screen design puts amazing music creation at kids’ fingertips.

Cons: Can’t purchase additional pre-recorded loops; brass and woodwind instruments are absent from Smart Instruments.

Bottom line: Exceptional function and value in this all-inclusive digital music workstation—it’s fantastic for recording anything anywhere, especially on the go.

Review: http://www.graphite.org/app/garageband

 

Incredibox

Learning rating: 3

Grade range: 6-12

What is it? Mix and groove along to a variety of sweet beats.

Pros: Design is outstanding, and writing music is beyond fun with these guys at your fingertips.

Cons: Play can become repetitive, and kids may tire of it eventually.

Bottom line: Musically-minded kids will go wild here, creating compelling pieces of music in minutes, and beginners will feel like pros right away.

Review: http://www.graphite.org/website/incredibox

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