Pianotime

Freemium! Pianotime provides users with a digital keyboard on which they can play and record music. With Pianotime, users are able to play a 36-key piano, and they can choose their starting C note. As they familiarize themselves with the piano, users can enact more options, which include listening to a metronome as they play, viewing key mappings, and choosing background colors for their screen. Additionally, Pianotime allows users to play and record their music or listen to prerecorded music. In-app purchases that allow music to be saved as an MP3 are also available. Instructional Ideas Teachers can demonstrate to students how…

Review Overview

A. Instruction
B. Design
C. Engagement

Pianotime: A Best App for Music

Summary : A Must-Have App for the Music Classroom

Pianotime provides users with a digital keyboard on which they can play and record music. With Pianotime, users are able to play a 36-key piano, and they can choose their starting C note. As they familiarize themselves with the piano, users can enact more options, which include listening to a metronome as they play, viewing key mappings, and choosing background colors for their screen. Additionally, Pianotime allows users to play and record their music or listen to prerecorded music. In-app purchases that allow music to be saved as an MP3 are also available.

Instructional Ideas

  1. Teachers can demonstrate to students how to play a scale. They can then have students practice playing the scale. Once students feel that they can play the scale proficiently, they can record themselves playing the scale.
  2. Students can play and record a piece of music. Next, they can let a classmate or teacher listen to the recording. In response, the classmate or teacher can comment about the strengths of the piece and/or areas that can be improved.
  3. Students can use the metronome option in this app as a tool for regulating the timing of their playing.
  4. As students learn the names of the different piano keys, they can enact the key mapping feature. Then, once they become familiar with the keys, they can turn that option off.
  5. Using the recording option, students can record one piece of music per week for a semester. By the end of a semester, students should have compiled a portfolio of recordings. For a final exam, teachers can have students write an explanation regarding how their playing has improved over the course of the semester.
A1. Rigor
A2. 21st Century Skills
A3. Conn. to Future Learning
A4. Value of Errors
A5. Feedback to Teacher
A6. Level of Material
A7. Cooperative Learning
A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.
B1. Ability to Save Progress
B2. Platform Integration
B3. Screen Design
B4. Ease of Use
B5. Navigation
B6. Goal Orientation
B7. Information Presentation
B8. Media Integration
B9. Cultural Sensitivity
C1. Learner Control
C2. Interactivity
C3. Pace
C4. Flexibility
C5. Interest
C6. Aesthetics
C7. Utility

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