This site is a broad collection of music theory and analysis Flash learning objects. The learning objects on the site are divided into three categories: Tutorials, Exercises and Reference. The Tutorials include Reading Music, Intervals, Scales, Chords and Harmonic Functions. The Exercises include Rhythmic Dictation, Clef Reading, Intervals, Scales, Key Signatures, Chords, Harmonic Functions and Jazz. Reference includes Reading Music, Intervals, Scales, Chords and Articles (the Articles sub-category includes several analysis objects.)
The Primary learning goal of this site is to introduce the fundamental concepts of Western music theory. A secondary learning goal would be the development of fundamental analysis skills.
Target Student Population:
Students in a music theory, keyboard, or analysis course, high school through college.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Students need to know how to read music to use this site.
Type of Material:
Flash learning objects.
This site would serve as support material for a fundamental music theory course.
A current browser and current Flash plugin.
Evaluation and Observation
The information on the site is accurate and correctly notated within topic areas represented. The quality of the Flash animations is high.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The information is broken up into short sections that are easy to retain. The animations are clear and often do not need the accompanying text to understand. The site has great potential for reusability, individual parts of the site could be inserted in a number of ways into an instructors teaching sequence. Use of the search engine makes it easy to bring collections of modules into an existing courses. Granularity of site materials facilitates reuse. There is a pedagogical sequence but the user is free to browse.
Depth of coverage is sometimes uneven between slices within a module. Students using the site as a "stand-alone" tool may have difficulty finding an appropriate sequence.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Generally speaking the site is easy to navigate. Users are encouraged to take advantage of the search engine when using the site.
The same title is often used for different sections of the site, e.g., there is a Scales section in the Tutorials and a Scales section in the Exercises and a Scales section in Reference. This may lead a user to think that they are the same section when they are different. Navigation could be more transparent. For example, analysis and articles might be more prominently featured on the main page.
Other Issues and Comments:
Some of the individual sections of this site have separate reviews in MERLOT. The reviewers appreciate the fact that the site is continually being updated and improved.