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Technology

  • Importing Files into Assessment Software

    SBO Staff | December 2, 2010I recently received an e-mail from Dan Franke, the principal of a private school in Audrey, Texas. Mr. Franke was requesting information on how to find software with which he could import music notation and audio files into an application for comprehensive assessments of his son’s daily practice. He explains, “My young son, 11, is […] Read More...
  • Using Smart Phones for Music Education

    SBO Staff | September 28, 2010Have you ever had a teaching moment where you were lucky enough to have just the right tool to create magic? With the increasing array of musical apps for smart phones, that tool just might be already sitting in your pocket. Smart phone technology is making magic with a plethora of music applications or “apps.” […] Read More...
  • The Magic of Handheld Digital Recorders

    SBO Staff | August 17, 2010In the world of handheld digital recorders, smaller is better and now it’s getting cheaper, too. This is great news for music educators who are looking to record their rehearsals, concerts, and lessons. Today’s handheld digital recorders can professionally record at a moment’s notice with instant, one-hand operation. There are even palm-size handheld digital recorders […] Read More...
  • Audio Tools for Music Educators: Noise Cleaning Audio Enhancements

    SBO Staff | May 19, 2010We are all familiar with those dramatic “before and after” weight loss ads. Now just as dramatic results are available to everyday music educators with audio archives and performances we want to share via Internet blogs, podcasts, Web postings, CDs, and DVDs. While the recording industry has traditionally dealt with audio restoration, music educators have […] Read More...
  • Juggling the Many Hats of a Music Educator

    SBO Staff | January 20, 2010In 2003, the NCTAF (National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future) reported that the nation’s widely publicized and often-lamented teacher shortages are, in fact, symptoms resulting from a teacher retention crisis in the United States. Beginning teachers had an attrition rate of over 46 percent for their first five years. And American schools lose about […] Read More...
  • Music Theory Ear Training Software

    SBO Staff | December 8, 2009“Accountability” is the buzzword for survival in music education today. With the help of state-of-the-art music technology, we can now validate our instruction and show growth via assessments or performances as never before. Some excellent music theory and ear training software applications have arrived with attractive new features that can facilitate growth and learning and […] Read More...
  • Introducing Interactive Whiteboards

    SBO Staff | July 28, 2009Technology is changing how we teach. First we had old blackboards and chalk, and then we moved onto colored markers on whiteboards. Now, a totally new interactive whiteboard is waiting in the wings. What is this new-fangled contraption? It’s basically a giant touch-screen on which an LCD projector can display your computer’s screen for the […] Read More...
  • Surfing Web-Based Music Software

    SBO Staff | November 18, 2008While technology is significantly impacting much of today’s education scene, it doesn’t seem to have an equal presence in music classes. Only a third of music educators are using technology with students. And even among this progressive one-third, few are reaching out beyond the classroom. Many of us still embrace the values of music education […] Read More...
  • Rhythmic Independence: The Missing Link in Sight-Reading Literacy

    SBO Staff | July 14, 2008Understanding the complexities of simple and compound rhythms found in sight-reading is a huge undertaking for middle and high school ensembles, and one which is often overlooked. Without the ability to read and accurately perform rhythms, printed music is mysterious gibberish however sharp the ear or agile the technology. Rhythm is the key that opens […] Read More...
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