Zoom – a web communication cloud platform, which allows students and teachers to connect via online video streaming in order to still play, learn, and explore music together. All instructors will be using this platform for virtual private lessons and group programs, as it provides the most options for collaboration. Zoom is free to students and teachers to use. There are also many different ways to optimize Zoom for music lessons. Here’s a Video that demonstrates how to adjust the Zoom settings for maximum music lesson quality.
Soundtrap – Soundtrap is an online Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). If you have used Garageband or a similar program, you will already be familiar with a lot of it. The difference is that Soundtrap is totally cloud based, which means that we can collaborate on the same project virtually. For instance, a teacher can record one half of a duet into a session, share the session with a student, and the student can then record their half of the duet right into the same session. A teacher could also use the program to model a musical passage so that the student has a frame of reference for their weekly practice. Here’s a Video to get you started!
Noteflight – Noteflight is an online music notation software. Students can compose music, record live audio into scores, and get automatic performance assessment, making it the ideal platform for teaching composition and theory as well as for performance assessment and feedback. Any score can instantly become an assignment with a unique copy automatically created for each student, which also works seamlessly with Google Classroom and other learning management systems. Noteflight can be linked with Soundtrap, making it ideal for collaboration.
Musictheory.net – a music theory service that can be accessed via Apple devices ($3.99) or through a desktop computer (free).
Teoria – a music theory service that can be accessed via a desktop or laptop computer. There is a free and paid subscription.
Flipgrid – a Microsoft-based video sharing platform that we plan to use for enrichment weeks and special projects. It allows instructors and students to collaborate through video sharing and emphasizes social learning. Cost is free to students.