Saturday, August 10, 2019 | technology highlight
Isn't it amazing to live in a year as advanced as 2019? The past 20 years have brought so much technology with it that it's sometimes hard to keep up! "Boring" theory worksheets have been replaced with flashy games that keep score of points and dole out stars upon the player's victory - how cool is that? Keeping students engaged with what they're learning has been a struggle for teachers all over the world for centuries and now for a purchase of $5 or less (often free!) the problem is solved! The other upside to using technology for theory help is that students can review anywhere and anytime. Theory books are no longer written in, forgotten, and thrown away!
The technology highlight for this month is the website https://www.musictheory.net/. This website offers free lessons and exercises for music theory at various degrees of difficulty. The exercises have options to allow students to focus on specific topics - naming only the space notes in the bass clef, building chords on a keyboard, naming frets on a guitar, and ear training for everything! The website is also great on mobile devices, so students can play on the go! And to top it all off, their "tools" section includes everything a future composer needs - a tempo tapper, pop-up on screen piano, and staff paper that's downloadable! Try out https://www.musictheory.net/ for yourself and let us know what you think!