This site is basically a series of java applet tests for the user to practice fundamental music theory and aural skills. It...
This site is basically a series of java applet tests for the user to practice fundamental music theory and aural skills. It will be useful for non-musicians in music appreciation courses as well as for music majors in beginning music theory courses. The tests are divided into two sections: theory and aural skills and deal with the topics of pitch, rhythm, scales, chords, intervals, voice leading, melody and a "drop the needle" style analysis section that uses classical and jazz styles.Technical Remarks: The general format is a presentation of 10 questions in a java applet. Generally an interactive staff and keyboard appears with buttons to use for submission of answers and other technical buttons to use for the questions, such as adding a sharp or choosing the note value that you wish to use. For the most part I found the format easy to understand and to use, especially in the theory column of tests. Immediate aural feedback is used to indicate if your answer was correct or not. I believe that this site will be extremely useful for students to practice their skills, but some of the aural tests are difficult to submit answers. I found difficulty with the Tap the Rhythm tests because of the requirement of barring the note values. The procedures were difficult to understand and the barring tool did not work at all and the erase feature did not work consistently. It seems that the questions are given randomly instead of in a progressive order and the student is not given the chance to try the exercise again after submitting the answer. I feel that if these issues are addressed and corrected, this would be an excellent site to use in basic music courses in high school and college.