Technology Strategies -- National Music Standard #1

Grade Levels: K - 12

Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music

Student Use of Technology

There are a variety of ways that technology can be used to enhance this standard. For example, some computer-assisted instruction (CAI) software is designed to evaluate the ability to sing on pitch. Other CAI programs are available to help students practice rhythms. CAI software can be used in a computer lab, in the classroom, or independently.

A MIDI Sequencer can also enhance singing by allowing students to alter the tempo, key, and timbre of a piece. With a MIDI sequencer, students can mute individual parts of a composition for more effective practice. Other specialized programs/devices are available for the vocalist. Some are designed to intelligently accompany vocalists in rehearsal and performance.

There are also many locations on the Internet where MIDI files can be copied to disk (downloaded) and used with a MIDI sequencer. Students can search for appropriate files and download them for use in rehearsal and performance. This can be especially helpful when singing songs representing genres and styles from diverse cultures.

Student Activities for Standard #1

1.01 The student improves pitch accuracy using computer-assisted instruction (CAI) software.
1.02 The student improves rhythmic accuracy using CAI software.
1.03 The student isolates individual parts for singing practice/rehearsal using MIDI sequencing software.
1.04 The student practices singing one on a part using practice and performance devices.
1.05 The student searches for MIDI files using the Internet

Teacher Use of Technology

Using a MIDI sequencer or automatic accompaniment software, choral/classroom teachers can create accompaniments in any genre. The MIDI sequencer can easily control tempo and key. Parts can be muted for rehearsal and performance. Once an accompaniment is recorded or purchased, it can be used to free the teacher to conduct the ensemble. Students can then be expected to respond to the cues of the conductor.

Teacher Strategies for Standard #1

1.06 The teacher plays back accompaniments using a MIDI sequencer.
1.07 The teacher conducts a chorus or class using a recorded (MIDI sequenced) accompaniment.

Excerpted from Technology Strategies for Music Education.

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