The Music Animation Machine provides visual reference for musical lines, from very simple to complex. The developer of this system states that the program was developed from his own personal interest in being able to visualize multiple musical lines at one time, hearing and seeing together the progression of musical material. These animations also help in understanding the musical structure of the pieces, e.g., contrapuntal pieces like Bach's music like the contrary motion canon of the Goldberg Variation.
Type of Material:
Animation, collection, visual music
It can be used on class to listen to the music while seeing the animations or can also be used individually.
Any multimedia browser.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The site can be used in one of three ways:
a) To help music appreciation students understand and like the music they are hearing.
b) To help more advanced musical students understand the musical structure of complex pieces like the contrary motion canon in Goldberg Variations variation 15.
c) The viewer/listener is able to practice following one line, move out to view the overall musical fabric and to gain skill in micro and macro viewing.
Target Student Population:
Grade School, Middle School, High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Excellent animations and music recordings.
There is a lot of eye fatigue when listening/viewing musical works. Granularity is difficult to achieve with some of the faster selections.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Very effective in two levels: very effective in helping music appreciation students understand and appreciate the music they hear and for advanced musical students understand complex musical structures.
It is very hard on the eyes and needs to be viewed in small doses to be effective.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
It is easy to use...just select a video and watch the screen
The more complex videos featuring colored moving score, views of the piece being played on the piano and the actual score are over stimulating. There’s too much going on.
Other Issues and Comments:
Some older videos were no loner available.
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