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Semester 1, 2020 – First time

Tutorial 7a

Monday 6th of April, 2020

For today’s lesson, we had a guest, Peter Chan the founder of Auralia!
Auralia is a software that allows teachers to create aural quizzes which covers an incredible amount of fundamentals that all music students require. The layout is clean and elegant and it even has classroom management possibilities!

Look at it! It’s so clean!

It is complete with customizable tests, syllabus and many more. It is an INCREDIBLE source of aural practice and is easily one of the best things to implement in a classroom.
The classroom management system is great, it allows you to see exactly how your students are progressing through the well designed tests.
The tests, oh boy the tests. There are basically an endless amount of customization to the tests from choosing notes, octaves, patterns, beats…there are just too many to name!

This is definitely one of the software that I will be using in my teaching career. Thanks to Peter Chan for showcasing the software, and thanks to James for introducing me to this software!

I do wish it had dark mode tho. Maybe it does and I haven’t found it yet.


Tutorial 7b

Wednesday 8th of March, 2020

This week for MUED4002, I had gained a heap amount of new information on the biology and physics of sound. Such as attack, decay, sustain and release

This was definitely incredibly interesting to listen to and to think about. With the amount of recording that I will have to encounter in my future years, this information will definitely come in handy (if i can still remember all of it…hopefully).

The real treat of this week was Sonic Pi. James had invited another guest presenter: Rowena Stewart. Sonic Pi is a software that allows music to become programming!
Sonic Pi is a program that allows you to literally ‘code’ music. Through it’s coding language interface and unique coding language, you can make music by simply…coding!

Heres a simple C Major broken chord that I have made in the program!

If you would like more resources, please go to this link right here

Sonic Pi really opened up my mind to the possibilities of music technology. I have never thought for once that you could literally code music. It does create a small satisfaction for me as I have always regretted not spending time on learning how to code.
Although, I really don’t see this as a classroom implementation, especially in a high school setting. It could definitely be a fun tool to showcase to students and allow them to experiment a little with the program, but because it is based on coding, it does limit students that have 0 coding background.
However, like I said in my previous blog posts, kids are smart, they will be able to figure everything out, given enough time of course. The benefits of using Sonic Pi in a classroom setting could be that students are learning music AND coding at the same time. It would be an amazing feat to allow students to learn music and coding because I feel like coding in our modern day world is becoming an increasingly valuable skill to have. Reminds me that I should really enter some coding lessons during breaks.

Oh yeah and also.

Dark mode makes everything better. šŸ˜€

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