Practical Music-Making Online – Business as Usual

Gina Murphy / Categories: News

Practical Music-Making Online – Business as Usual

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Even though music lessons have moved to an online platform, this has not stopped the Music Department from combining music technology and software options to make practical music-making a possibility. 

Key Stage 3 students are using Chrome Music Maker, which allows students to play and learn the piano, virtually through use of their qwerty keyboard / touch devices at home. In addition, the programme has a shared piano app, which allows students to share their browser and play with their classmates remotely at the same time. They can then share their masterpiece with their class teacher, who can also listen live and demonstrate the task live for the students to see!

We have also invested in Soundtrap Education, an online cross-platform digital audio workstation for all browsers.  This piece of software allows students to use loops and beat makers, as well as the ability to record audio and experiment with different sound and MIDI devices.  We have introduced this to upper school classes, as well as provided a weekly masterclass session that students can take part in, via Miscrosoft Teams. 

We have found that students have really engaged in both pieces of software and are enjoying the ability to create music from home!

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