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Instructional Software

Evaluation Sheet

1. Citation and General Information:

Music Lessons II: Chords and Harmony                                                       
 Todd Wallar and John Ellinger
MiBAC Music Software, Inc.
Copyright 2000
Chords and Harmony
High School
Class applications
Description: Best use would be in a music theory classroom for practice and drill.
PC              MacIntosh
Necessary Peripherals:
MIDI          Keyboard          

2.  Instructional Content:

Musical Content
The content within this program is all drill and practice for chords and harmony. It works on the root position of chords through all the inversions. It also drills major, minor, diminished, and augmented chords. It works on the roman numerals of chords within a scale. You can choose to drill seventh chords, key changes, and scale types.
The student would choose what musical concept they wanted to practice and choose this from the menu at the top of the program. If you choose to drill chord inversions, the program shows a chord on a staff and plays it for you. The student has to click on the pitch of the root of the chord, and what inversion the chord is in. The student can play the pitches of the chord as many times as needed. Once the answer is put in, the student clicks on "check" and the computer checks to see if the answer is correct. If it is, there is applause, if not, you can click "show me" to see the correct answer. There is a box you can click on to get any help with the concepts that are being drilled in case a student does not understand how to obtain with the correct answer.
Instructional Mode
Drill and Practice    
Program Structure
Student Directed    
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 student-directed, so the pace can be as fast or as slow as needed.
Quality of Interaction
The drills are very helpful. They are simple and not very exciting, but they get the concept across clearly, and they help reinforce the concepts.
Summary Comments
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 concepts.

3.  Record Keeping:

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.
Summary Comments:
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.

4. Overall Evaluation:

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.

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