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music and ICT - which programs do you use?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by chickenpants, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. I had posted this in the Music forum but wonder if that was the wrong place and am more likely to get a response here!

    After the Christmas break I am to take over the role of Music co-ordinator. In the past the music curriculum has been taught by a specialist teacher in PPA time but this is now to change. I am a classically trained violinist which is how I have ended up with the role, although I am quite excited that I will be able to teach music as I have not taught it since my PGCE year!

    I am looking for some ICT software that can be used alongside music lessons. I remeber using musical monsters in my PGCE year and finding that good for the children to use to compose their own music electronically. Just wondered if people could offer their opinions on musical monsters or if there is a better program out there. We are an infant school so it needs to be something relatively simple!
  2. I love the 2simple music toolkit. It progresses, so that it can be used throughout the whole school. Chd can compose music or sound FX and save them as MP3s so that they can be imported into other programs to be used with podcasting, annimations or film work.
    Audacity is a free music editing software that can be used to layer different sounds or music.
    If you are really lucky to have an Apple PC I would say that Garageband is probably the best for musical composition.
  3. becktonboy

    becktonboy New commenter

    definitely 2Simple for infants
  4. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    my children love super duper music looper
  5. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    sorry,just read the bit about you being an infant school - I use sdml with my juniors, There are several games in the same series as musical monsters. I use noisy things. Ther eare a couple more, but I cant remember what they are called. The children love them

  6. sparklepig2002

    sparklepig2002 Star commenter

    google Q & D multimedia - there are some programmes there
  7. This isn't software but I can recommend a book from Out Of The Ark Music. It's called Pictures, Poems and Percussion - I think there are 2 books for KS1 They are Big Books with cd's with poems, percussion and fab images. The idea is that you can do cross curricular work and develop composition skills.
    They also have some amazing songs for whole school or for specific curriculum subjects. eg colours and patterns, minibeasts and others, For their assembly type music they have some software that enables you to have a sort of karaoke version of the song, the words highlight as the music and vocals play. It really helps with teaching the songs particularly if someone who isn't very musical has to teach them!
    hope that helps
  8. That sounds great - we have lots of out of the ark stuff for Christmas Plays etc but nothing like this - will be talking to the Head and seeing how much money I can have to spend!!!
  9. Try www.pop4schools.com. It's like bringing the x- factor into the classroom! The kids love it and it also has detailed videos for teachers on how to teach music composition. There are about 30 lesson plans all pre- written as well so it's all set up for you.
  10. Great link. Hope I can register, but am working supply and the registration requires a school.
  11. I have used Compose World (ESP)
    and Music Box (Topologika)

    Both of which use ICT to create music. I thin the first one is more suitable for KS1. You get colllections of pictures, each playing a 4 beat phrase of music, and put them together in grid of 16 to make a tune. Themes are things like Chinese, Spooky, happy, etc. LOads of themes.

    Music box has more real music to it - loads of instruments to choose, a rhythm box, .... etc.

    Do you mean just software? recording using MP£ players or video is using ICT, too. They can then evaluate and imporve and re=record.

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