Music Theory Skills Curriculum is a series of 13 interactive musicianship skills applets. Each applet is devoted to a different music reading, writing or identifying skill or level of skill. Each applet has a timer and reports to the student correct answer, incorrect answer, total time and average time per answer. The applets inform the student when they give a wrong answer. Each applet also allows preferences to be set to limit or expand the difficulty of the exercise. The applets are: STAFF NOTE READING, PIANO KEY FINDER, INTERVAL DRILLS (Episode One), SCALE BUILDING, INTERVAL DRILLS (Episode Two), KEY SIGNATURE DRILL, INTERVAL DRILLS (Episode Three), CHORD DRILLS (Episode One), INTERVAL DRILLS (Episode Four), CHORD DRILLS (Episode Two), CHORD DRILLS (Episode Three), C-CLEF NOTE READING, CHORD DRILLS (Episode Four).
Type of Material:
Musicianship drill exercises.
This collection of applets would be ideal for self-directed drill exercises.
Works well with any computer with an online connection and a current browser. The more advanced applets yielded some java errors. The success of the applets may be browser dependent.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The major goal of this collection of applets is to improve students speed and accuracy in reading, writing and identifying notes (including C-clef), intervals, scales, key signatures and chords.
Target Student Population:
This site is directed at first year college level music theory or musicianship students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Students need to know how to read and write and identify music, intervals, scales, key signatures and chords to use this collection of applets.
Each exercises is clear and accurate and includes directions on its use.
The exercises have been designed as practice drills and assume the student knows the material. No explanation or reference is given when a student gives a wrong answer.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site is an excellent skills development site. It is an exceptionally well-designed site. The layout is simple and clear. Each applet is a self-contained unit focused on honing a particular skill. The modular organization of the applets makes it easy for instructors to isolate individual exercises for use in their own course sequence. There is also a clear pedagogical sequence from one applet to the next allowing instructors to adopt either parts or the entire collection.
For PC there were no problems. For Macintosh many of the applets did not load on the initial attempt with the program. My later tries in OSX were more successful. The loading time of the audio is very long especially on the first tests.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This site is easy to use for both students and teachers. The organization of the the site is clearly laid out with links to each exercise at the top of the page. For teachers at Hamilton College, the grades can be reported directly to the instructor. The tests can still be used as practice by other students at other schools but the communication of the results would have to be done outside the program.
Other Issues and Comments:
Great tools for practice. The product needs to be consistent and stable. These java applets are good evaluative tools for students in the area of interval and chord construction and recognition. The knowledge required to do well on the tests would have to be supplied by the teacher. Therefore, it is not a teaching tool as much as a skills building and evaluative tool.
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