Product Reviews

I have been recently using a software program called “Noteable” which aids my students’ ability to read music, as well as test their skills and send the parents a progress report. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with the many features, including five play modes, music, animation, record keeping, and much more.

The animated flashcards make it fun for the students to learn and improve the reading of their music, as the software is adaptable to music for any instrument. The four modes are Piano, Guitar, Solfege, and Note Names.

MIDI is more of an option to answer the questions; ie you can use a MIDI keyboard to answer while in Piano mode or you can use a MIDI guitar for guitar mode.  Having a keyboard or MIDI device is not required.  All modes can be answered by using the mouse and people can use the computer keyboard to answer the note names by letter. [···]

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I decided to do a book review this time, because I realize that as music teachers, we are contstantly looking for interesting content to teach our students. I have been using Pro Vocal Jazz Standards for Female Singers for a few years now and I wanted to recommend it to the MTH community.

Pro Vocal Jazz Standards for Female Singers features 8 Jazz Standards including Bye Bye Blackbird (Carmen McRae) – Come Rain or Come Shine (Judy Garland) – Fever (Peggy Lee) – The Girl from Ipanema (Astrud Gilberto) – Lullaby of Birdland (Ella Fitzgerald) – My Funny Valentine (Sarah Vaughan) – Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin’ All the Time) (Lena Horne) – Tenderly (Rosemary Clooney).   The arrangements are easy to follow and are in keys that are friendly to most beginner voices. The melodies are also very impressive to those students that say they “don’t like Jazz”. I had a few of those and as soon as I used some of the songs from this book, they realized that they had been wrong all along.

The book also comes with a CD of back up tracks as well as demo tracks. This CD is very different from regular Karaoke CDs because the music is recorded by a real professional Jazz band.  The recording makes it feel like you are singing with a real band.

I haven’t tried any other Pro Vocal, but I’m interested in recommendations from the MTH community. If you have tried any other Pro Vocal books, please post and let us know if it’s worth our time and money.

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