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using New and Emerging Technologies to enhance Learning Provider's "current Practice" - John is a retired eLearning Adviser, but keeping up to date, and all views are his own
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beatlab

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make music together
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Beatlab is an easy way to create music and share it with others. 
Users can create music using a simple expressive interface that requires no knowledge of music theory or instruments. 
Users can... 
♫ start from scratch, or remix the musical ideas of others; 
♫ share their finished tracks privately with others, and/or share them with the world to listen and remix. 
♫ download tracks into an MP3 file to put on an iPod or make into a ringtone. 
Beatlab for chrome is also available at the Chrome App Store at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/beatlab/alnfdikmbdfgkcbdodjcbmedanjinmkk
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Bouncy Balls - a free on-line noise meter!

Make all kinds of bouncy balls react to sounds from your microphone. A great sound/noise monitor for classrooms and a fun way to visualize music.
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Bouncy Balls is a free on-line noise meter that shows learners the volume of the noise in their learning environment. 
Bouncy Balls does this by displaying a set of... 
♥ colourful bouncing plastic balls or 
♥ bouncing Emojis or 
♥ bouncing Bubbles or 
♥ bouncing eyeballs 
...on a screen or interactive white-board etc. 
The louder learners are, the higher and more frequently the selected images will bounce. 
Visually sharing Bouncy Balls with learners, could be a good way to help them understand the appropriate volume for conversations while working on group activities in their learning environment. 
It could also be used to visualise music and/or other sounds.
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Music Resources | ArtsAlive.ca Music

Music Resources | ArtsAlive.ca Music | technologies | Scoop.it
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This music dictionary is compiled and shared in ArtsAlive which is an educational website that belongs to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Besides this dictionary, ArtsAlive also provides some very useful materials and resources for music and arts teachers.
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VexTab Music Notation - Google Docs add-on

VexTab Music Notation - Google Docs add-on | technologies | Scoop.it
Add music notation, drum notation, and guitar tab to your documents using the VexTab language.
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VexTab Music Notation is a Google Documents Add-on that lets users write music notation in Google Documents.
With the Add-on installed users can write...
► standard music notation,
► drum notation, and
► guitar tablature
...in a Google Document.
A tutorial on writing VexTab notation can be found at http://www.vexflow.com/vextab/tutorial.html

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Hymnary.org: a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals

Hymnary.org: a comprehensive index of hymns and hymnals | technologies | Scoop.it
Hymnary.org: A comprehensive index of over 1 million hymn texts, hymn tunes, and hymnals, with information on authors and composers, lyrics and scores of many hymns, and various media files. Hymnary.org also incorporates the Dictionary of North American Hymnology, an extensive collection of hymnals published before 1978.
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Hymnary is a comprehensive index of over 1 million...
   - hymn texts,
   - hymn tunes, and
   - hymnals,
...with information on
   - authors and composers,
   - lyrics and scores
...of many of the hymns

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Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People

Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People | technologies | Scoop.it
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Music Theory for Musicians and Normal People...

   - is a free ebook created by Toby Rush at the University of Dayton.

   - covers everything from the basics of reading key signatures to advanced topics in composition.

   - can be downloaded in parts or in whole. is released under a Creative Commons license that allows practitioners to use it for instruction.

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All of Bach

All of Bach | technologies | Scoop.it
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Thanks to the new and certainly ambitious All of Bach web site, learners and their practitioners can eventually watch the Netherlands Bach Society (founded in 1921) perform each and every one of those 1080 compositions by Bach.
The site, at the time of posting this, features six performances, which means there’s only another 1074 to go.
A new Bach recording will go live every Friday.

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WebSID; Chrome music experiment...

WebSID; Chrome music experiment... | technologies | Scoop.it
An homage to the Commodore 64's SID sounds running inside your WebKit browser
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For some practitioners, especially if they’re a child of the 80′s,WebSID will definitely bring back some memories.
The WebSID is a digital recreation of the iconic SID sound chip, as used in the Commodore 64.
It’s very simple and easy to use, with a straightforward interface, and can be played using a computer keyboard.
The on-screen keyboard also responds to touch if users are accessing it on a smartphone or tablet or iPad.
WebSID also comes with a built-in delay effect for more sound design possibilities.
WebSID is also available on the Chrome Web Store so practitioners, and/or their learners, can play the synth offline.
Note: It's been built using the WebAudio API, so only works in browsers that support HTML5 audio.

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BusSongs

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BusSongs.com has the largest collection of children songs on the Internet - with lyrics, videos, and music for over 2,000 kids' songs and nursery rhymes
John Dalziel's insight:

BusSongs has a large collection of lyrics for nursery rhymes and children’s songs.
At the moment, there are over 2500 songs, many of which also have audio and video clips.
The Nursery Rhymes and Songs can be located by...
...genres, which include...
   - animal songs,
   - counting songs,
   - religious songs,
   - sports songs and more
...alphabetically or
...browse via the top rated and most visited songs.
A great resource for family learning and/or childcare and/or Initial Teacher Training practitioners; and more.

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LSO

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View performances from a new perspective, watch up to four cameras at one time, and use the orchestra visualisation to learn more about the instruments & musicians involved.
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Experience an Orchestra Close Up
Music practitioners and their learners will enjoy one of the more brilliant online experiences as they watch the London Symphony Orchestra play Bolero.
The site is rich with layered content.
Learners can watch four sections at once, explore all of the instruments and even take a master class.
A truly amazing example of compelling online learning.

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Best Metronome

Need metronome for music practice. Use Best Metronome online.
It's a free metronome and it's online so there is no need to install anything.
It's precise, user friendly and natural. Get it now.
John Dalziel's insight:

A Simple, free online program that displays a traditional metronome that allows practitioners and/or learners to adjust the volume and/or tempo.

A useful free resource for music classes.

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The Full English

The Full English | technologies | Scoop.it
The Full English contains over 44,000 records and over 58,000 digitised images from the archives of 19 of the most important and influential collectors in the UK. You can freely browse and search all the materials in these collections.
John Dalziel's insight:

Visitors to this website have access to an archive of English Folk Songs, sourced from 19 early 20th-century collections.
Browse each of these 19 collections individually for...
- original manuscripts of lyrics and music,
- performer details and dates, and/or
- collectors' notes and letters.
On the negative side, the lack of audio.
In spite of that, an impressive, comprehensive, well presented work of reference.

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ICTmagic - wiki

ICTmagic - wiki | technologies | Scoop.it
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The awarding winning ICTmagic wiki is packed full with thousands of free links and resources for educators.
Including...
Art, Craft & Design;
Early Years;
EducationalGames;
English;
Food & Cookery;
History;
ICT & Web Tools;
Languages;
Maths;
Music, sound & Podcasts;
...to name but a few.

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Graham O'Shanesy's curator insight, May 23, 1:52 PM

Some links to some new and interesting ICTs - particularly like the look of Algodoo as a Physics playground

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Sheet Music Reader “piaScore” - Catalog of Songs with Guitar Tablature & Piano with Metronome & Chromatic Tuner

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Sheet Music Reader “piaScore” - Catalog of Songs with Guitar Tablature & Piano with Metronome & Chromatic Tuner. Download Sheet Music Reader “piaScore” - Catalog of Songs with Guitar Tablature & Piano with Metronome & Chromatic Tuner and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Sheet Music Reader piaScore (Free, iPhone, iPad) 
The Sheet Music Reader piaScore app (Free, iPhone, iPad) is a great tool that lets users... 
♫ view musical scores, 
♫ jot down notes, 
♫ search and browse, and 
♫ manage scores with tags. 
With wireless page-turning, page rearranging, and Dropbox support, users will be playing a new tune in no time.
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Download Royalty Free Music from Musopen.org

Download Royalty Free Music from Musopen.org | technologies | Scoop.it
Download sheet music as PDF files, or print, all for free.
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Musopen's collection of free recordings contains performances of the works of hundreds of composers that could be used in video projects. 
Picking the right music or sound effects can have a drastic influence on those watching the end product and how they react to scenes within the resulting clips. 
The collection can be searched by composer, by performer, by instrument, or by form. 
Users can stream the music from Musopen for free. 
They can also download five recordings per day for free from Musopen.
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Index of Music Terms - Music Glossaries

Index of Music Terms - Music Glossaries | technologies | Scoop.it
Music Glossaries. Glossary of music terms which offers definitions of words often used in music.
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This section, in About Education, features music glossaries or definition of words commonly used in music to help learners in their study. Words are grouped according to their first letter.
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The Opera Platform

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The Opera Platform
Lets Learners Watch First-Class Operas Free Online
Yes everyone can watch full-length performances anywhere with an internet connection.
The Opera Platform...
   - offers one “showcase opera” per month, viewable free, in full, with subtitles available in six different languages;
   - provides a host of supplementary materials, including documentary and historical materials that put the month’s featured opera in context;

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Streema - Listen to Live Internet Radio - Global AM and FM Online Radio Stations

Streema - Listen to Live Internet Radio - Global AM and FM Online Radio Stations | technologies | Scoop.it
Streema is a free online radio tuner to discover, share, and listen to radio stations with your friends. Listen to more than 70,000 radio stations and watch more than 10,000 TV stations here at the Streema directory.
John Dalziel's insight:

When I was young there was no internet and my family and I used a wireless (radio) to listen to music and/or the news.
It was an amazing device but it had its limitations. We couldn’t decide the music we could listen to — it decided for you. And the radio decided what news was the most important. Yes, I know I can hear many thinking "How old are you!
Radio stations have thrived online, there are...
   - portable radio apps,
   - radio smartphone apps, and
   - sites which bring you radio from all over the world, bringing a bit of international flavour into your life.
Streema is a free online radio tuner to discover, share, and listen to radio stations.
Listen to more than 70,000 radio stations and watch more than 10,000 TV stations via the Streema directory.
When you have found the station you want, a pop-up window opens with the radio player.
Note: In some cases, users may need to download Silverlight to make the player work.

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BBC Big Band

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The BBC Big Band performs regularly at most of the UK’s major music festivals including the BBC Proms, Cheltenham, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Brecon and as an Associate Ensemble at Town Hall Birmingham.
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This website provides the history of the BBC's Jazz Orchestra and a list of their forthcoming shows.
It also lets learners toe tap to the playlists of concerts and live sessions.

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Songwriter101

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Songwriter101 is recommended as a place to learn all things related to song-writing.
The site’s main draw is its collection of articles.
They’re split into eight categories that cover various facets of song-writing...
   - Artists,
   - Technology,
   - Song writing,
   - Publishing,
   - The Band,
   - The Biz,
   - Copyrights, and
   - Finance.
Whether you’re a newbie or veteran, hobbyist or professional, there is something here for everyone.
The site also has an active forum where visitors can meet and discuss the various aspects of music creation.

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Theremin - interactive touch audio synthesizer

Theremin - interactive touch audio synthesizer | technologies | Scoop.it
An online interactive musical instrument modelled on the classic Moog theremin
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This site provides a simple on-screen theremin, the staple musical instrument of 1950s sci-fi movies, which lets users control the volume and pitch by clicking and dragging around the screen.
I've not tried it on an interactive whiteboard but I'm sure it will work just as well as it does with a mouse.
It would be good in science lessons to look at different pitches and volumes and I'm sure it will also be of interest to music teachers and those working in media courses and more.

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Glad you liked it Melissa
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Music Timeline

Music Timeline | technologies | Scoop.it
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Google has released this interesting music timeline that documents the variations in the music industry during the last six decades.
The timeline is basically a coloured visualization that chronicles how different artists and musical genres have gained or dropped in popularity since 1950 to now.
Each musical genre is given a particular colour.
Click on any of the coloured regions and users will be provided with more details on that musical genre .
They will also be able to see the major artists falling under its genre.
By clicking on any artist users can read about his/her story or go to Google Play to listen to their hits.
I would think that this is a must access for anyone engaged with music.

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GeoStories

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GeoStories combine interactive maps, media, and narrative. This collection contains all GeoStories from NG Education.
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GeoStories are short, map-based stories featured on National Geographic Education.

The stories combine text, maps, and pictures to tell a story as a series of slides connected to placemarks on maps. National Geographic Education currently offers twenty GeoStories.

The current GeoStories cover subjects in the areas of...

- politics,

- ecology,

- music, and

- exploration.
The Geostories offer a good model of using maps to enhance the telling of a story.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 21, 2013 8:06 PM

GeoStories are published by National Geographic and contain a narrative, a map and media. It  would be a great idea for students to make their own GeoStory about a significant historical character, ancient civilisation or a journey of discovery! 

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Metronome

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123Metronome.com is your free online metronome and tempo tool. Improving your metronomic state is easy as one, two, three! Pick a pattern and find the rhythm.
John Dalziel's insight:

The Metronome has come full circle with this free online version from 123.
Music practitioners and/or learners can choose from a wide range of Beats Per Minute, patterns and beats.
Musicians will make use of this tool as this app will be a big help.

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MusicEnglish

MusicEnglish | technologies | Scoop.it
Learn English through Music
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This web presence features music videos, with subtitles in English, for learners of English.
Other pages available include...
- Free Worksheets;
- Lesson Ideas;
- MusicEnglish for Young Learners (Sing-alongs, poems and Rhymes);
- An A-Z Who's Who, and
more.
Search resources via...
- Most Popular Today;
- Most Popular Ever; or
- Most Recent Videos.
OR
Look at the...
- A-z of Artists; or
- A-Z of Songs.
An excellent resource for ESOL, EFL, ESL, ELL, Music, Family Learning, Literacy practitioners and more.

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