Why use loop-based composition software in a music class?
Here are 10 reasons:
- Students don't need prior knowledge of music fundamentals (though this knowledge certainly helps)
- It is empowering when students are working on "real" music in their own way.
- It is empowering because students can work on projects for "real world" purposes. (ie..creating music for school functions, websites; podcasting)
- It is empowering because students can export their work as Mp3 files and share them on the web or put them on their i-pods where their name comes up as "the artist"
- Music class becomes inextricably linked with technology which means two budgets feed the program.
- All Music Standards can be taught in some way using loop-based composition
- Students love it.
- The software is fairly inexpensive given the possibilities
- Independent work allows for one-on-one interaction between teacher and student. Perfect for differentiating learning.
- Public Relations: When students talk up their experiences with loop-based composition, they spread the word that something exciting is happening in music at school (beyond the band and choral programs.)
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