Microcomputers in Music Education
High School Music Theory
· A method for occupying students while the rest of the class is composing.
· The students can practice doing the dictation and interval identification, while they wait for the other computers to free up.
· Dictation is part of our daily practice in music theory, and can be incorporated in via the computer thus freeing up the teacher to work individually with the students composing.
· The software on their interval singing, scale singing, as well as interval identification can also critique students.
· Computer work station for composing.
· Computer attached to an overhead projector that can project the dictation software.
· A computer microphone.
· Aurelia Software by Sibelius.
· Start the students on their harmonization project, by explaining the requirements of the project.
· Split the class into 2 groups, the group that will work on their composition project, and the group that will practice dictation on Aurelia.
· Halfway through the class, the groups should switch places, thus giving everyone in the class practice with dictation, as well as time to compose.
Check for Student Understanding:
· Before the end of the class, students should wrap up what they are doing, and regroup.
· To check for student understanding, go around the class, and have the students identify where they felt their weakest places were with the dictation software.
· Have student then end the class by identifying intervals that are played on the keyboard.