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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students can use the metronome option in this app as a tool for regulating the timing of their playing.
- 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.
- 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.
|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|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|