If you are losing hours of your life to games like Candy Crush and Angry Birds, consider using your smartphone or tablet to work on music skills or simply play with sounds and create something all your own. On Saturday mornings, I will be hosting free "lobby workshops" where you and your children can learn how to use downtime to enjoy your own creativity. Or, stop in anytime the lab is open to get a crash course.
Some of these are iPad or iPhone only, and descriptions are of the Apple versions. To download these apps, search their names in the Apple or Android App Stores. If you have any suggestions to add, email Dave Chisholm.
Quirky Things to Play withCreating Electronic MusicTools for Practice and Performance
Quirky Things to Play with
Creating Electronic Music
Tools for Practice and Performance
About the Lab
The lab is an excellent place to learn creative new ways to build musical ideas or hone skills. Stop in whenever the door is open for some one-on-one guidance on using the available tools. If you have any specific questions, email the lab director, Dave Chisholm.
With software like Auralia®, you can work on interval training and rhythm skills outside of your lessons. Guided exercises of varying difficulty will help to develop these invaluable skills. Practicing often, just like with your instrument or voice, will help you to be a stronger overall musician
Another program called Musition® helps students to learn the terms and symbols that are so necessary for reading and performing from sheet music. Besides, how can you know how to play a piece marked "Cantabile" if you don't know what it means? And why does that flat have a line through it?
Using programs like GarageBand®, you can build entire songs without singing or playing a note. Instead, composers young and old use "loops," short recordings that work like building blocks. By moving them around and layering them on top of each other, just about anyone can make new music that you can share.
Finale® and Sibelius®
These powerful notation programs allow you to turn your musical ideas into professional scores. They also give you the chance to hear your music, something that a pen and paper just cannot do.