Technology is enhancing the music experience for students at Berner Middle School as they are working with programs that help them develop their abilities.
Band and orchestra students are using SmartMusic, an Internet-based program that allows them to practice hundreds of songs and receive instant feedback on their performances. In addition to viewing the musical notes on the screen, each song includes a professional accompaniment so students understand how their part works within a full ensemble.
“This program is a nice addition,” Mr. Einhart said. “The students get to practice their music in the context of actually playing with an orchestra.”
Added band teacher Ronald Basirico, “They can hear what everyone else is supposed to sound like, so they can fit their part in.”
Although the music department has been using SmartMusic for several years, this year a web-based program was introduced that has a greatly expanded library of songs. It also allows students to access music on their Chromebooks so they can practice at home.