Technology Strategies for the Performing Ensemble Classroom Lauren HIll

Music teachers have many tasks they must accomplish. This includes both administrative responsibilities, such as attendance and communication with parents, as well as instructional ones such as repertoire selection, assigning assessments, and lesson planning. Using technology in the classroom is a very helpful resource for music educators when handling these responsibilities.

Administration

The administration of the performance ensemble classroom involves managing many activities both inside and outside of the classroom. There are many technological resources to help combat these responsibilities.

Google Drive: Google Drive is a digital, cloud-based storage system. This program allows you to store files and share them, without having to send files via email. Google Drive is a great way to digitally administrate your tasks and is free to use with a google account.

EmailMeForm: EmailMeForm allows you to create, distribute, and collect web based forms.

Remind: This program allows you to connect mobile phone numbers and send text message reminders to your class.

Issuu: A mobile app that allows you to publish and distribute documents digitally.

Instruction

Technology can be used as an instructional tool in the performance ensemble classroom. In musical performance, we see this with Computer Assisted Instruction and mobile apps.

Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI):

-SmartMusic allows students to practice with an accompaniment. This CAI program also has an intelligent accompaniment system that can speed up or slow down with the performer.

-Music Prodigy and Practice First: Both of these programs provide instant feedback to the user, typically regarding pitch and rhythmic accuracy.

Mobile Apps:

-Music Monitor is a free mobile app that allows students to record and send practice sessions from their mobile devices. This app can also be used for assessments such as homework or quizzes.

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