Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Harmonic Vision's Music Ace2

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Harmonic Vision's Music Ace2

Article excerpt

Users familiar with Harmonic Vision's first software title, Music Ace, should be happy with the second, Music Ace2. This title engages beginning and intermediate music students in a series of 24 fun and challenging music lessons.

Lessons effectively cover the aspects of learning music that students traditionally find difficult or boring. Emphasis is placed on music reading, writing, listening and performance skills. The lessons begin with Beat and Tempo and end with Introduction to Harmony, covering more concepts than can be described in this review.

Students are introduced and guided through the lessons by Maestro Max. Max provides a virtual "Mr. Holland" by providing praise and suggestions throughout the lesson. Each lesson is enhanced with a game, which challenges the students to demonstrate the concepts introduced in the lesson. Points reward students as they master each reinforced concept. The games, like the lessons, are engaging, and you will find students returning to lessons to replay the games, strengthening their understanding of the underlying musical theory.

Throughout each lesson and game students are introduced to "snippets" of compositions by great composers (Bach, Purcell, Mozart, Verdi) as well as melodies and styles they may already be familiar with (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star). Each "snippet" is credited, allowing students to grow in their knowledge of famous composers and their work.

The student's progress is monitored and easily displayed. A Completion Count enables students to know how many times they have gone through a particular lesson. A similar feature allows users to see if they have successfully completed a game.

Two other components add to this fine program: Music Doodle Pad and Jukebox. …

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