Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity

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CHAPTER 16
CREATIVITY
WITH INSTRUCTIONAL
SOFTWARE AND OTHER
MUSIC APPLICATIONS

OVERVIEW

THIS CHAPTER EXAMINES SEVERAL TYPES of music applications not covered thus far in part II of this book. Many have diverse components that can be used with music students to accomplish a variety of educational goals. While this versatility makes these applications appealing for music teachers, it certainly makes it daunting to try to categorize them. A further distinction can be made between conventional software programs that run locally on a particular computer and web applications that run in the browser of anyone with access to the Internet. I divide our examination of these varied music programs into three broad groups: (1) instructional software, (2) creativity applications, and (3) web applications. The common thread in all three groups is their potential to be used with students in producing creative musical content.

I do not attempt to provide a comprehensive catalog of useful, available music creativity applications here. Why? First, I do not want to give the impression that the approach presented in this book depends on any particular software (or hardware). Second, technology is changing all the time, so any listing could not help but be dated. Recently I presented on the topic of this book at a large music educator conference. During the several days of the conference I learned of two great, new programs that could be used to this end. One was a traditional computer software program, and the other a newer web application. I ended up making last-minute changes to my presentation to include them both. Literally dozens of such programs have come to my attention just during the time I have been working on this book!


INSTRUCTIONAL SOFTWARE

The main focus of music instruction software is to introduce and reinforce musical concepts using tutorials, drill and practice activities, and even fun review games. However, some instructional programs also include components that allow students to put the concepts presented to use in appealing creative activities. The following are examples of instructional software that have a creative

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