Mrs. Benschneider, middle and high school music teacher creates piano accompaniments for her singing groups using a software called Finale. She explains, "From the Finale file I can create a MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) file which I then play on my new digital piano. I am then able to hook a microphone up to the piano and record the students' parts to the songs onto a flash drive. I then post all audio files to a web based music sharing site called SoundCloud. The kids can go to this site any time from any computer and listen to my singing their parts for them. Its a great way to practice their music when they are at home."
Thank you so much to Mrs. Benschneider for sharing this with us. I think it is a great to see how other teachers are using technology to enhance instruction. So many students have smartphones, tablets, iPods and Mp3 players and this is an excellent way to get the music to them to study. SoundCloud can be used online or downloaded as an app on both Apple and Android devices. This would work nicely with a foreign language classroom, the teacher could record speaking and then upload it for students to listen to using a simple microphone.
Mrs. Benschneider explains that this process has definitely helped them learn their music faster and better than ever before!