Seven great ed-tech tools for music instruction


SoundJunction

Learning rating: 3

Grade range: 7-12

What is it? Music site brimming with great info is a tad text heavy and glitchy.

Pros: An impressive amount of detailed information, and the interactive tools that work help illustrate song components.

Cons: Plug-ins required for some of the tools can be problematic, and the one tool that works doesn’t offer feedback.

Bottom line: Kudos for the site’s extensive music-related content, but adjustments to its tools would make for a better resource.

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

 

The Beatles: Rock Band

Learning rating: 4

Grade range: 6-12

What is it? Iconic music becomes interactive in this rockin’ rhythm game.

Pros: This authentic Beatles experience encourages kids to practice rhythm, listening, accuracy, and singing in a game setting with practice modes and adjustable difficulties.

Cons: At 45 songs, this game only covers a fraction of the Beatles’ catalog.

Bottom line: A fun way for kids to interact with the music of The Beatles without having to master real instruments.

Review: http://www.graphite.org/game/the-beatles-rock-band

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