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Using Technology in Music Education Tips and Resources THE SHOWDOWN FINALE vs. SIBELIUS Why do we use Finale anyway? Less expensive Most labs/schools already own Finale Difficult to convince administration to buy notation software when you already own a program. Stubborn musicians

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why do we use finale anyway
Why do we use Finale anyway?
  • Less expensive
  • Most labs/schools already own Finale
  • Difficult to convince administration to buy notation software when you already own a program.
  • Stubborn musicians
the benefits of the omnipresent finale
The Benefits of the Omnipresent Finale
  • Less expensive
  • Familiarity
  • Most labs already own them
finale resources
Finale Resources
  • Finale Guitar – Notation and TAB software
  • Allegro – MIDI Notation
  • PrintMusic! – Music notation software
  • Notepad Plus - turn any standard MIDI file into great looking sheet music.
  • Notepad – Basic version of Finale
  • Intonation Trainer – Intonation charts and tutorials
  • SmartMusic – Computer accompaniment

“SmartMusic is revolutionizing music education."- Wynton Marsalis

why we should be using sibelius
Why we should be using Sibelius!
  • "I consider the two months I spent trying to learn Finale as among the most frustrating in my whole life. Sibelius is written for people like me, who think like musicians, not like geeks.” - Mary Lycan(Treble Clef Music Press)
  • Professional Looking Scores
  • Sibelius was the very first major music program to be released for Mac OS X - and it’s still the only serious Mac OS X notation software.
  • Sibelius 3’s friendly manual explains all the main features in just 50 pages, so you won’t waste months learning a whole new program all over again.
  • Includes all the main new features of Finale 2004
  • Opens Finale files in seconds
  • 20,000 Finale users have already switched
  • Jobs that used to take a day in Finale can be done in a couple of hours in Sibelius
more great sibelius features
More great Sibelius features!!!
  • Clear, elegant design. Even choose different background colors and textures for your music.
  • Easy-to-use key strokes
  • Sibelius includes PhotoScore Professional which allows you to scan music into your computer, then edit.
  • Sibelius helps position lyrics under notes!
  • Arrange – Helps students with orchestration
  • Transposition – Sibelius considers instrument range when transposing
  • Mistakes – Sibelius spots mistakes such as parallel 5ths and helps add in cautionary accidentals.
  • SoundStage – Provides 3-D playback of your score
  • Formatting – Sibelius formats your music to look professional
  • Part Extraction – less than 1 second per part
  • Timecode– enables users to time music with video
  • Find and Filters
  • Scorch – allows user to post scores on the internet for vistors to download, regardless if they own Sibelius!
  • Avant garde notation – Sibelius allows for even the most inexperienced user to notate uncommon rhythms and meters
sibelius resources
Sibelius Resources
  • Kontakt Player Gold - adds high-quality playback to Sibelius 3 using 64 pitched & 100 unpitched percussion sounds.
  • G7 – Guitar notation software. Capable of turning tab notation into lead sheets
  • Auralia - Ear training & aural testing. Suitable for all ages & levels.
  • Musition - Music theory training & testing. For all ages & ability levels
  • Sibelius Starclass - Complete lesson plans and resources to help you teach music at elementary and primary school.
  • Sibelius Instruments - It includes complete information on every orchestral and band instrument, with full details of their characteristics, how to write for them, and hundreds of high-quality recordings.
  • Sibelius Compass - It includes lessons, worksheets and self-tests covering a wide range of topics, leading on to complete composition projects.
  • Sibelius Notes - ready-to-use exercises and worksheets on everything from notation to composing, plus dozens of music files on CD-ROM and other useful resources.
  • PhotoScore MIDI -It turns printed music notation straight into MIDI files for you to play and edit in your sequencer.

Educational Pricing!

For PC or MAC

Finale 2004 (single version) - $240.00

Sibelius 3 (Single Version) - $260.00

Finale 2004 (5 - user lab pack) - $525.00

Sibelius 3 (5 - user lab pack) - $800.00

Finale 2004 (10 - user lab pack) - $675.00



Finale 2004 (single version) - $90.00

Sibelius 3 (Single Version) - $120.00 – 150.00

Sibelius 3 (5 - user lab pack) - $420.00 – 450.00


Site Licenses

What is a “Site License”?

Enables computer labs to purchase one CD for use on 16+ computer terminals.

Finale 2004 (16 users) - $75.00

Sibelius 3 (16 + users) - $150.00

  • Finale -
  • Sibelius -
band in a box

What is it?

Band-in-a-Box is an intelligent automatic accompaniment program for a multimedia computer. You can hear and play along to many song ideas and go from “nothing” to “something” in a short period of time.

It is easy to use. Just type in the chords to any song, pick a musical style from hundreds available, and click the Play button. It automatically generates a full backing arrangement of piano, bass, drums, guitar, and strings.

what are the practical applications
What are the practical applications?
  • Band-in-a-Box can be used as a compositional tool
  • It can be used to help students practice improvisation when a rhythm section is not readily available
  • It can be used for ear training
  • It can be used to study style. There are 161 styles of accompaniment available from basic jazz swing to country to hip-hop, but it will also generate a solo in the style of musicians from John Coltrane to Earl Scruggs!
more features
More features
  • Melody- can be generated, recorded, or inserted by the user via MIDI-controlled keyboard or notation feature. There is also an option to “jazz up” any notated melody.
  • Accompaniment can also be “jazzed up” by allowing chord substitutions.
  • Other parts (bass, drums, etc.) can be edited by the user if the automatically generated part is unsatisfactory
features cont
Features (cont.)
  • Guitar tutor – will display a virtual fretboard showing fingerings for chords! Helpful for molding the Metallica junkie to fit into a jazz band
  • You can burn a CD after recording a solo with the accompaniment. May be useful for all-state jazz auditions?
  • And many more!
hmm sounds intriguing how do i get it
Hmm… sounds intriguing… how do I get it?
  • Band-in-a-box is available for both Mac and PC users from PG Music Inc. (
  • Prices:
    • Band-in-a-Box Pro $88
    • Band-in-a-Box “megapak” (all available styles and soloists, video tutorial and more) $249
    • Does not require the CD to run
uses for recording

Portfolio Material

Record Songs

Evaluate Performances

Audition/College Info

Sense of Pride


Portfolio Material

New Opportunities for Students


Rehearsal Use

Evaluate Performances

Uses for Recording
recording devices
Recording Devices
  • Mini Disc Recorders
    • Live Performance Recordings
    • Rehearsal Recordings (Items for Improvement)
  • Multi-track Recorders
    • More General Music
    • Students can Record Songs
    • Digital vs. Analog
  • Computer Recording
    • Record Songs
    • Manipulate Sounds
mini disc recorders
Mini Disc Recorders
  • Sony MZ-B100
    • $399.95
  • Sony MZN10K
    • $349.95
  • Sony MZNF810K
    • $249.95
  • Sony One Point Stereo Mic
    • $99.95
multi track recorders
Multi-track Recorders
  • TASCAM Porta 02 mkII w/ starter pack
    • $189.00 (List $239.00)
  • TASCAM Portastudio 414 mkII
    • $249.00 (List $375.00)
  • Boss BR 864
    • $495.00 (List $595.00)
  • Boss BR 532
    • $239.00 (List $495.00)
computer recording
Computer Recording
  • Cool Edit Pro- Now is Adobe Audition
    • $299.95
  • Pro Tools
    • Way too Expensive
  • Movie Editing Software
  • Open up Teaching Opportunities
  • Open up Learning Opportunities
  • Student Motivation
  • They are Fun
online lessons

Online Lessons

Web Quests


Unit Plans

web quests
Web Quests


A: A teaching Model

An inquiry-oriented activity in which most or all of the information used by learners is drawn from the Web. WebQuests are designed to use learners' time well, to focus on using information rather than looking for it, and to support learners' thinking at the levels of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The model was developed in early 1995 at San Diego State University by Bernie Dodge with Tom March, and was outlined in "Some Thoughts About WebQuests".

What are the parts?

Introduction: Orient the learner, Raise interest, Motivate

Task: Description of what the learners will need to do to complete the Quest

Process: Steps for learners to do in order to complete the task

Resources: Web pages and other resources the students will use to complete the task (pre-selected)

Evaluation : how will the students be measured

Conclusion: Summarize, reflect, discuss.

classroom uses
Classroom Uses
  • Flexibility
  • Interaction and Incorporation
  • Convenience
  • Curricular
  • Developmental
  • Assessment
actual web quests about web quests - fantasia - Jazz - conducting - Asian music - Chord Progressions - aesthetics -civil war band - musical expression - musicals - Duke Ellington

Actual Web Quests About Web Quests
unit studies
Unit Studies

The purpose of the unit studies is to enhance musical learning through performance.

The Unit Studies give a visual representation to supplement the lessons that can be taught through quality music.

Many good unit studies can be found at the following website

  • Ear Training
  • Intervals
  • Chords
  • Rhythm
  • Pitch/Melody
  • Input and output
dolphin don s music school
Dolphin Don’s Music School
  • Notation and Ear Training for Beginners
  • Includes “Learn Mode” for first timers.
music ace 1 and 2
Music Ace 1 and 2
  • Teaching tool and game
  • Doodle Pad
  • Lesson’s in pitch, note reading, and clefs
  • Game that goes with the lessons
  • Version 2 includes more advanced concepts appropriate for high school students.
  • Multiple sites available for help with creating a website.
  • Choose a domain name.
  • Choose a web host.
  • Build your site.
when building your site
When building your site…
  • Keep it simple.
  • Make it eye pleasing.
  • Don’t use Flash introduction.
  • Don’t use slow loading graphics
  • Visitors should easily be able to tell what your site is about.

professional development on the web
Professional Development on the Web
  • IMEA
  • MENC
  • Links to 12 other music organizations.
  • Links to 11 universities in Indiana.
professional development through the internet
Professional Development through the Internet

The Internet is full of many sites and links that have training modules, possible lesson plans, links to corporations who sell products necessary for classroom teaching, and post boards full of experienced teachers’ views on many of the problems we deal with everyday.

helpful sites
Helpful Sites
  • Index of many sites for use in the band classroom:
  • The Technology Institute for Music Educators:
  • American Music Conference. Updates on possible television programs and lesson plans to use in the classroom:
helpful sites continued
Helpful Sites (continued)
  • American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Teacher training modules and guidelines:
  • Student-based lesson plans and professional resource lists:
  • Music Educators’ National Conference website: