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Over the past several months I have learned of a lot of technology to help with music education, and to make it easier for kids to understand different music concepts. One website available is known as groove pizza. This allows students to experiment with different rhythms on a "pizza." This can be good for students who are having trouble with different rhythms, they can use this to experiment on different rhythms and create their own grooves. This gives students the ability to create their own grooves and rhythms that they can play along too. Another technology out there is known as SmartMusic. This is a software available for download, you do have to pay for it. This allows each student in your classes to play along with orchestras and bands at any tempo they like. They can click on their own instrument part, and play along with all the other parts, using any tempo they like. They can also play by themselves. Smart Music also includes solo pieces, jazz pieces, and various sight readings. All of the tools in Smart Music can help students with sight reading, and to learn other people's parts as well as their own in a piece of music. Lastly, if they are learning a solo piece It allows them to play along with the piano, so they can get used to playing with someone else. Both of these tools help the student improve their rhythm readings, as well as help them when they are trying to learn a new piece.
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