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This is a good site to practice basic music skills. A good second resource to send students to who may be struggling with some of the foundational skills needed in Music Theory.
The site was easy to use and navigate. I found the applets slow to load and some of the aural skills had a lag which made it difficult to really work with and assess progress.
2 years ago
David Santiago del Río Valencia
this site helps a lot, Both for students who want to practice what they learn in class, and for teachers wo want to use this site in class
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8 years ago
This site was very helpful and can be helpful expecially to students who wants to practice and get feedback while they practice and they can do this while at home. I fount it very helpful and I might start using this myself
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8 years ago
I am a Psychology major and music minor. I just finished completing the tasks on this site about ten minutes ago to see how and what they tested. Not only this but I was able to test myself on what I have learned in my own music theory classes. This site was a wonderful way to learn or retest what you already have learned. It was very simply stated and easy to follow. Being in music theory classes myself, I found the information of the content to be quite accurate. This site would be an excellent way to teach music theory and to test students on what they have already learned in class.
This site was easy to navigate and to use. The pop ups for the tests loaded a little slower than most other things I have come across but were very easy to use and helpful once they did open (worth the wait). Other than that I did not really run into any technical issues at all. This is a very helpful, organized, and easy to navigate site.
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10 years ago
This site has great skills tests that could be a supplement to a music theory class, which is what this site is based upon. It covers such topics as pitch, scales, rhythm, chords, intervals, and melody. This site will really test your abilities going from very basic concepts to much more complex concepts. You need to have a good ear on the aural part of the skills test. I would not use this site for music students that have never had any training. Each part gives you a certain number of questions. Depending on whether you answer it right or wrong, a tone will sound and then you will go to the next question. At the end of that session it will tell you how many you got right.
You really need a high speed connection to the internet to view these pages without getting aggravated. Each session opens up in a different window which you can close at the end of the session. You will need the java applet in order to view and hear the test. I wish that they would use a voice saying "that is correct" or "please try again" instead of the annoying little beeps and rings when you get an answer right or wrong. You also need a good set of speakers for the aural part of the test.
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12 years ago
I directed my students to use Interactive Applet Skill Tests to supplement my freshman music theory online materials and keyboard activities. Most reacted favorably. Comments included "this helps a lot" and "good for practice". Of course, some found the material too hard while others thought it too easy.
Several students were not comfortable with the interface. I received comments such as "online work is tough and tedious" and "even if you know the right answer, the computer will sometimes count it wrong if it is not written in a specific way".
12 years ago
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.
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.