Make Music on Your iPad with the Incredibox App
Apr17

Make Music on Your iPad with the Incredibox App

Incredibox is a fun music creation tool that lets you you to create music using as a virtual human beatbox. I’ve written about the web version of Incredibox before, but now it is finally available as an iPad app! As you drag outfits onto the people on the screen they begin to perfom different sequences of sound. The sounds then play on a loop to create your own unique piece of music. This would be a good way to introduce...

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Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App
Sep29

Karaoke Learning with The Literacy Jukebox iPad App

Here’s a very different idea for an iPad app from Mr A, Mr C and Mr D Present. The Literacy Jukebox app is new resource which uses catchy and fun songs to help support the teaching and learning of literacy in the curriculum. Each song has been written and recorded by primary school teachers Mr A, Mr C and Mr D. Their aim is to engage and motivate children in learning key literacy concepts through their passion for alternative...

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App-vent Day 19 : Create tunes with Make Me Music
Dec19

App-vent Day 19 : Create tunes with Make Me Music

Make me Music is a fun musical app that lets children play and record their own tunes. Play a bread box or didgeridoo, make water glasses sing, or pluck a kalimba and make music! The app provides a  world where everything you tap becomes a musical instrument. Learn about melodies, rhythms, glissandos and more. The app features: 24 animated instruments including found objects like pots and pans, and unusual classical world instruments...

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App-vent Day 15 : Paint music with Singing Fingers
Dec15

App-vent Day 15 : Paint music with Singing Fingers

Singing Fingers is a free app that lets you fingerpaint with sound. Just touch the screen while you make a sound, and colorful paint appears. Touch the paint to play back the sound again! Painting is an odd sensation, as you need to be making a sound for any “ink” to appear. The louder the sound, the larger the blob of ink appears. You can paint your own musical instrument and play it, play with your voice, experiment with...

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Create Music with the Incredibox Human Beatbox
Jun18

Create Music with the Incredibox Human Beatbox

Incredibox is a fun music creation tool that lets you you to create music using what is best described as a virtual human beatbox. As you add people to the screen you can choose different sounds for them to make. The sounds then play on a loop to create your own unique piece of music. It’s very simple to use, and would work well on an Interactive Whiteboard. I first wrote about Incredibox about 4 years ago, and since then they...

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A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.
Feb20

A Playable Digital Theremin Simulator for your Whiteboard.

A quick post for half term.  This Theremin simulator provides an on-screen version of the staple musical instrument of 50s sci fi movies. A theremin, for those who don’t know, is an early type of electronic instrument. It’s played by waving your hands around a pair of antennae, and is the only instrument that can be played from a distance without touching it. Using it you can create noises that sound like they came from early...

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Charanga Music World: Online Instrument Tuition via Video Games
Feb21

Charanga Music World: Online Instrument Tuition via Video Games

Charanga Music World is a unique new way of learning an instrument online. The website Combines interactive gaming, music-related quizzes and videos to support 7-12 year olds learning musical instruments. The learning materials in Charanga Music World have been developed by some of the UK’s leading educators, and cover 24 instruments from absolute beginner through to the first ABRSM Music Medals exam and beyond. Instruments available...

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KS2 Educational Songs from Mr A, Mr C and Mr D.
Jul11

KS2 Educational Songs from Mr A, Mr C and Mr D.

Mr A, Mr C and Mr D are three Key Stage 2 teachers obsessed with teaching the best they can, often using music as a tool for learning. Their blog contains some of the excellent songs that they have produced, along with lyrics and a download link, so you can use them in your lessons. There are songs for Literacy, Maths and Science, with more songs being added every week. They’re not your ordinary educational songs – some of...

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Play Music with the Virtual Keyboard
Dec20

Play Music with the Virtual Keyboard

The virtual keyboard is a fun on-screen music keyboard that lets you play music on your computer. You can either tap the keys on your Interactive Whiteboard, use the mouse, or just press the keys on your computer keyboard (using the A to @ keys, and the row above). You can choose from several different musical instrument sounds from piano to organ to guitar and even steel drums. It’s fun, and even better, it’s free. Check...

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Music Shake – free online music creator
Nov28

Music Shake – free online music creator

Music shake is an online music creation tool that lets you create your own original music track from thousands of copyright-free music samples. To make music, choose a music style from the bottom of the screen, and then click in the squares to add layers of different instruments. Some blocks of music – such as the drum beats, can be altered once added. Clicking the numbers at the top will change the chord for that block....

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Plink and Tonecraft – two music tools for Chrome
Oct11

Plink and Tonecraft – two music tools for Chrome

Music teachers might be interested in these two Google Chrome based web apps from Dinahmoe Labs, both of which would work really well on an Interactive Whiteboard. Plink is a simple HTML5 interactive music generator. Simply log into Plink, choose a name, then hit “OK”. Your name, along with other users’ names, will appear on the screen and start generating music. Press and hold the left mouse button (or press on your IWB) for any...

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Create Music with Isle of Tune
May30

Create Music with Isle of Tune

Isle of Tune is a music sequencer with a slight difference. You create music from street layouts. It sounds like an odd idea, but it’s brilliant. Draw a road, and place a car on it. Then place different items next to the road such as houses, trees and lamps. As the car passes these it plays a sound. The type of sound/pitch of the note can be changed. You can have several cars moving round at the same time, on several different...

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