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Music education and technology product reviews and relevant topics of interest to music teachers, band directors, orchestra directors, and anyone who is interested in the profession.

Music education and technology product reviews and relevant topics of interest to music teachers, band directors, orchestra directors, and anyone who is interested in the profession.
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Music education and technology product reviews and relevant topics of interest to music teachers, band directors, orchestra directors, and anyone who is interested in the profession.

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English


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Lung Trainers Breath Building Tool

1/21/2018
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This is a preview of my upcoming review of the Lung Trainer, a familiar looking device with a heavy weight twist on how to help student musicians build proper breath support and control on their instrument. I saw this at the Midwest Clinic in December and bought one on the spot to use in my beginning band classroom.

Duration:00:07:06

Etymotic HF3 Noise Isolating Earbuds Unboxing

12/22/2017
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A quick unboxing video of the Etymotic hf3 Earbuds from Etymotic Research. I have been wanting a set of these for years and finally decided to do it while visiting their booth at the 2017 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. I'll do a full review in a month or so after I've lived with them for a while.

Duration:00:07:37

Band Tool Multitool For Band Directors

12/20/2017
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An unboxing video of the Band Tool, a really useful Leatherman style multitool that has everything on it that I need for day to day repairs in my instrumental music classes.

Duration:00:09:35

The Raspberry Studio By Blue Microphones - Review

8/19/2017
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A hands on review of the Raspberry Studio USB Microphone by Blue Microphones with audio samples. Review performed by Chad Criswell, Music Technology Specialist and writer for NAfME's Teaching Music Magazine.

Duration:00:09:28

Preview- Custom Instruments For Disabled Musicians

1/22/2017
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The story of how people conceive of and create custom instruments for use by disabled musicians and students is a very inspiring one. I am working on a big story about it for an upcoming issue of Teaching Music but the interview I did today blew my mind to the point I had to talk a little bit about it right now while it was all fresh in my mind. If you are interested in more on this topic be sure to read the article in the upcoming April 2017 issue of Teaching Music Magazine.

Duration:00:04:49

Is Marching Band A Sport? We've Got Proof!

1/21/2017
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Is marching band a sport or not? We take the dictionary definition of what a sport is and apply the three criteria to what a marching band really does. We've got some interesting research papers on the topic and a cool video as well that shows just how physical marching band can really get. But is it a sport? There is more to it than just the physical activity and we go into those areas as well.

Duration:00:13:51

Plickers and Assessing The Music Ed Classroom

11/3/2016
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Demonstrating the use of Plicker cards in the classroom and providing some tips on how to use them more effectively.

Duration:00:08:30

Voice Amplification In The Music Classroom

10/21/2016
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Check out two different options for wireless voice amplification systems to use in your classroom or anywhere that you want to preserve the health of your vocal chords.

Duration:00:05:35

EarMaster Pro Review

2/21/2016
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A review of EarMaster Pro 6 for Windows and Mac. A computer based ear training tool to help you build your musical skills.

Duration:00:06:16

What Is The Music Ed Minute Podcast?

2/21/2016
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A brief description of what the Music Ed Minute Podcast is all about and a little about the author, Chad Criswell.

Duration:00:01:37

StaffWars Live Review for iOS

2/21/2016
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A hands on review of StaffWars Live for iOS. A music instrument fingering training app that listens to you as you play notes on the screen, turning memorizing fingerings into a fun game.

Duration:00:05:13

Social Media and Organization Apps For Music Teachers

10/6/2015
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This month we welcome Andy Zweibel as guest host for the Music Ed Monthly Podcast. Andy recently presented a session at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic on the topic of social media and other organization apps that are of use to band, choir, and orchestra directors and he recaps that session here on the podcast. Also included is the news of the week and new tech gadgets coming down the pipe. Also, my apologies in advance for the slight echo on Andy's audio. We couldn't hear it during...

Duration:00:53:04

MEdMin E17 MusiClock

9/20/2015
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The MusiClock app for iOS is an easy to use way to start to learn a number of different musical scales. Switch keys quickly and improvise around those notes using the piano keyboard or the on screen dial. Check out this review to see all the features.

Duration:00:06:58

Yamaha Silent Brass System Review

9/16/2015
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The Yamaha SILENT Brass system is a practice mute and belt pack combo that allows you to practice your brass instrument at full volume without disturbing those around you. At the same time though you can hear yourself playing as if the mute wasn't even there. It's a really cool piece of music technology and is available for all brass instruments from trumpet down to tuba.

Duration:00:10:17

Virtual Percussion Instrument Apps For The iPad

9/4/2015
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Let's take a look at the apps PercussionSS and PercussionSS2, virtual instrument apps that let you play some exotic (and not so exotic) percussion instruments with realistic sounds and without spending thousands of dollars on equipment.

Duration:00:05:50

iPad and iPhone Mirroring Apps for the PC or Mac

9/4/2015
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Tonight I am taking a look at several different options for streaming iPad or iPhone screen to a computer along with the audio. Included in the roundup are my personal favorite Mirroring360 as well as AirServer, Reflector, and hardware based options like Apple AV cables and the Apple TV streaming box.

Duration:00:12:15

Staff Wars Note ID Trainer for iPad- Music Ed Minute E12

8/7/2015
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Staff Wars for the iPad doesn't listen to you play your instrument like the desktop version does but it does do a great job at challenging music students to learn the names of their notes, and fast! Check out this quick review of Staff Wars from TheMusicInteractive.com

Duration:00:06:19

Staff Wars Two Fingering Trainer for PC/Mac- Music Ed Minute E11

8/7/2015
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Introducing the best instrument fingering training app you could possibly use for your band or orchestra students, Staff Wars 2! Your music students play the notes that appear on the screen to earn points and save the universe, what could be more fun?

Duration:00:07:53

The InTune Ear Trainer App for iOS Music Ed Minute E10

8/6/2015
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A quick run down of the InTune ear training app for iOS. It's an iPhone app actually but it runs just fine on the ipad as you will see. It helps you train your ear to discern the difference between two pitches. Excellent for helping people train up their ears to tell if they are sharp or flat.

Duration:00:05:00

NinGenius Music Theory Training App- Music Ed Minute- E09

7/30/2015
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A hands on demo and interview with the inventors of the NinGenius app for iPad, a cool, fun new way to let your music students learn note names and instrument fingerings.

Duration:00:10:52