Interactive flash based game introducing the orchestral instruments and families using the famous work by English composer Benjamin Britten The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra.
The player must search for all orchestral instruments lost in the jungle. To do so, he must learn about each instrument and use the knowledge acquired in very effective games to catch the instruments.
The player learns about the acoustics involved in each of the instruments families and some musical concepts like pitch and rhythm among others.
Type of Material:
Flash, multimedia and HTML
As an introduction to the orchestral instruments.
Browser with Flash and multimedia capabilities.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Teaching basic concepts of music through instrument families, each instrument, and the full orchestral ensemble. Britten's "...Guide to the Orchestra" is used as well as other standard works for the medium. Some primary goals:
1. Introduction to orchestral instruments families and its members 2. Basic instrument acoustics 3. Pitch and other basic musical concepts 4. Music appreciation
Target Student Population:
Elementary - middle school students.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic computer knowledge.
Outstanding animations. Excellent voice characterizations. Excellent musical recording. Very effective games. A variety of options are offered to the user as a means of moving through the web site. Interactive games, narrative content, visual and audio streams are employed as a means to maximize student learning styles. In addition to the Britten work, a wide variety of standard orchestral works are used to supplement the content.
Some previous experience with web-based "game-based" sites may be helpful. A very creative, risk-taking student profile would be the better candidate for success on this site.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This is a very "high-end" site and would hold interest of most students, especially gifted users who seek a challenge. The authors are sensitive to the diverse student population and a wide variety of learning styles. Very good animations, sounds recordings.
The user must be willing to freely explore the site for the many options available for success. At times bench-marks may be a challenge, but most students will, with provisional tries, succeed.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Many options for success and a variety of paths to learning are offered. The links are embedded in a variety of ways and the portal is rich in information that allows, when read or experienced, for ease of use throughout the site. Provisional tries are offered and encouraged. Users are also given options to return to the site at the point at which they logged off, without needing to "start over" upon each log on.
Bench-marks for success may be a challenge for some students. Users must be willing to spend time to solve musical problems presented in large variety of "games" as a means to increase musical understanding.
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