I thought it would be helpful to make a list NOW (while they are fresh in my mind) of new music iPad apps and books I discovered over the summer that will definitely be used again next summer, in the near future, or, from now on. From past Music Teacher Helper blogs, you know that I enjoy holding Piano Olympic Camps along with various lesson options. I’ll limit this blog to Ms Leila’s Summer Blockbusters….
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Music Style Bingo (book/CD) by Cheryl Lavender published by Hal Leonard. Plans for the third day of camp included various stations. While one camper worked with me at the piano, another enjoyed an iPad app (see below), another spelled triads with blocks and magnets on a white board and yet another listend to 24 sound samples of music styles. The Music Style Bingo CD was imported to my iPod, so students listened to each excerpt with headphones. As the camper listened to each style (a narrator names the style on the CD while the book provides a brief explanation of each) he/she placed stickers on a reproducible chart provided in the book. The next day of camp, we had a rousing game of music style bingo–thanks to the catchy musical excerpts that range from Barbershop Quartet to Reggae to Opera. There were so many styles to keep straight it was hard for students to always label them correctly, but I know that pulling this game out again and again will help them develop a keen ear for discerning styles.
Music Makes the Scene Grades 5-8 by Cathy Blair published by Heritage Music Press. If you click on the title, you will get a better idea of what the book/DVD includes. What I loved? This fit so well with my movie Olympic camp celebrating movie soundtracks. The DVD provides clips of various scenes. Each clip is shown three times with a different soundtrack. Students act as “movie producers” and make decisions on what type of music fits best with each clip. The book offers reproducible guides to direct students’ listening ears. My Olympians enjoyed the “board room power” of choosing the “right soundtrack” and I was intrigued by their discernment. They all based their decisions on what fit the best and not necessarily their favorite musical excerpt.
Music iPad Apps