Software: Theory software for choir singers
> I received several responses to my query abot theory
> software to use with my choir members. I also
> received several requests for the information I got
> Here is a compilation of those responses.
Randy Van Wingerden
> Calvin Christian HS
> I've used MacGAMUT (800-305-8731 and at
> with my
> first-year college aural skills course for four
> and recommend it. It
> originally was designed for Macintosh only but now
> works cross-platform
> (and even seems to be better on PCs). The
> has great latitude
> in deciding the scope and sequence of the skills to
> drilled, and
> students can even design their own drills. It can
> keep track of levels
> mastered and time spent using the software for each
> student but only if a
> copy of the software is purchased for each student
> about $35 each,
> I believe). You can use it in a lab situation by
> purchasing only as
> many copies of the software as you have
> but under those
> circumstances it cannot track each student's work.
> I believe a demo version is available.
> Tim Cloeter
> Assistant Professor of Music
> Schenectady County Community College
> (518) 381-1233
> I recently wrote a series of articles on Ear
> software for the
> Canadian Music Educator. You can find the series
> on-line at
> http://www.musicstaff.com/lounge/ideas.asp. It is
> three parts -
> for "Making the Most of Music Technology" (all three
> You can find a fairly comprehensive list of
> along with demos
> My personal favourite for ear training would be
> MusicLab Melody &
> Harmony, since both programs incorporate sight
> and use solfege.
> The marking/reporting system is excellent.
> Rather than repeat everything I talked about in the
> articles I wrote,
> I'll just suggest that you read them, as I spent
> a bit of time
> with each program.
> Feel free, however, to ask me any specific questions
> you might have.
> You can also forward this response to the list as
> of a
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> I have used in the past, Essentials of Music Theory
> put out by
> Alfred. It's
> a set of 3 CD's, volumes and my kids seemed to like
> it. You can get it
> through Lentine's (in Akron, OH) which is
> Hope you find something that works for you!
> Musically Yours,
> Meegan Bernstein
> Itza Rap Publications
> HI Randy,
> I use Music Ace I at both the middle school and high
> school and think
> it is
> Bob Sabourin
> Fri, 04 May 2001 07:49:54 -0700
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> Re: music theory software
> Chad Zullinger from San Francisco, CA
> I use the Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory
> software. Very good!
> -Keeps track of student progress
> -records scores at the end of units
> -starts from ... 'this is a quarter note' and goes
> the way to
> harmonic dictation/part writing.
> -Students can keep records on floppy or email them
> you on teacher
> Get a demo copy from JW Pepper. They send this CD
> full of programs
> like this so you can ultimately choose the software
> that best fits your
> needs. That's how I found Alfred's.
> Good luck,
> In the past, I've used the Mibac Music Lessons
> for this
> purpose. It
> is a very good ear training program, very user
> friendly, and is dirt
> The only drawback is that it's a very dry program -
> not much to keep
> interest, just basic drill.
> I just read in Electronic Musician that they've come
> out with a version
> now, so they might have made things a little more
> Let me know what other responses you get!
> Thomas J. Tropp, Jr.
> SoundByte Studios
> We have Auralia, but have not really implemented it
> consistently. And
> have nothing with which to compare. So I would
> your results (maybe just post a compilation?).
> Thanks, and good luck.
> Rick Kvam
> I recommend Practica Musica by Ars Nova. Alfred's
> Essentials of Music
> also a good program with three levels of difficulty.
> Practica is
> for high school up through college. Both programs
> include online
> Glenda Cosenza
> Asst. Prof of Music Education
> Northern Illinois Univ
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