Technology enables the creation and use of digital music--how are you exposing students to digital music creation in your music classroom?

5 tech tools I use in my elementary music classroom


Technology enables the creation and use of digital music--how are you exposing students to digital music creation in your music classroom?

3. Semi-Conductor

Semi-Conductor is an A.I. Google experiment where students get to be in the seat of an orchestra conductor and control the sounds of various string instruments. I have students participate in this activity as we explore the different instrument families in the orchestra. Students, through conducting, can control the dynamics and tempo of the strings for a particular song. They move their hands high for a louder dynamic, low for a softer dynamic, and move their hands at various speeds to control the tempo.

4. Coding

Coding has grown in popularity in recent years, so I wanted to bring it into the music classroom. I currently use Coldplay Dance Party from Code.org.  Coldplay Dance Party has students create a dance party to music on various beats intervals. Code.org, like most coding activities, walks students through an activity step by step, allowing for students to not be so overwhelmed by the act of coding if it is new to them. There is a variety of popular songs so students to choose from as they code the dance party. They can add various characters and change dance moves and backgrounds after a predetermined number of measures. Students enjoy this activity because they can interact with popular music.

5. Musicplay Online

Musicplay Online is an online teaching tool that offers music lessons, games, and instruments for students and teachers to use. Games such a Major or Minor, High or Low, Note, Note Name Memory, and many more provide supplementary activities to various lessons and provide students with instant feedback. As a teacher who is responsible for teaching students online, the online music lessons and instruments have allowed for students to be more interactive in their learning.  Combined with an application with video recording, I have had students play their songs with the online xylophone to share a musical creation while learning from home. Lessons have videos of songs, modules, quizzes, rhythm, and solfa practice that can be used by students and teachers to practice and learn various musical content.

These technology tools have been increasingly helpful for me as a music educator. I continue to look for technology tools to help enhance and engage my students’ learning in the music classroom.

Want to share a great resource? Let us know at submissions@eschoolmedia.com.