|Music Lessons II: Chords
|| Todd Wallar and John
||MiBAC Music Software, Inc.
||Chords and Harmony
Description: Best use would be in a music theory classroom for practice and drill.
|The content within this
is all drill and practice for chords and harmony. It works on the root
of chords through all the inversions. It also drills major, minor,
and augmented chords. It works on the roman numerals of chords within a
You can choose to drill seventh chords, key changes, and scale types.
||The student would choose
musical concept they wanted to practice and choose this from the menu
the top of the program. If you choose to drill chord inversions, the
shows a chord on a staff and plays it for you. The student has to click
the pitch of the root of the chord, and what inversion the chord is in.
student can play the pitches of the chord as many times as needed. Once
answer is put in, the student clicks on "check" and the computer checks
see if the answer is correct. If it is, there is applause, if not, you
click "show me" to see the correct answer. There is a box you can click
to get any help with the concepts that are being drilled in case a
does not understand how to obtain with the correct answer.
||Drill and Practice
|Sequence of Materials||There does not seem to be
a sequence of the materials. The student can choose whichever concept
they want to work on, and when they feel they are done with that
concept, they can move to whichever concept they want to drill next.
This would be fine for individual practice, but may not work well in a
classroom setting where the teacher would want to monitor. It would be
hard to monitor each student.
|Pace of Instruction
||The instruction is
so the pace can be as fast or as slow as needed.
|Quality of Interaction
are very helpful. They are simple and not very exciting, but they get
the concept across clearly, and they help reinforce the concepts.
||I like this program. It is not really
exciting; it doesn't contain lots of fun graphics and sounds, but it
definitely accomplishes the purpose and provides great practice for the
|Method of Record Keeping:
The score is kept at the top of each page, for each concept. There is not something that the teacher could print out, so the scoring is basically for student's help. It records the percentage of correct answers as well as the ratio of correct to incorrect answers.
||The scoring is good for
individual work, but it would be difficult to monitor the process of
students when used in a high school classroom.
|I like this
program for individual work, and to reinforce a previously learned
concept. I would not use it as assessment or as sequential instruction
in the classroom.