ALEX Learning Activity

Examine the Benefits of Utilizing the Online Resource “Musescore”

A Learning Activity is a strategy a teacher chooses to actively engage students in learning a concept or skill using a digital tool/resource.

  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Linda Bean
System:Cullman City
School:Cullman City Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2697
Title:
Examine the Benefits of Utilizing the Online Resource “Musescore”
Digital Tool/Resource:
Musescore (Online Music Library for Instrumentalist)
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

Musescore is an online music library for instrumentalists. Students may search specific song titles and then choose from various options available at varying levels of difficulty. Students may also listen to a recorded example of the music selected.  Students can choose to publish a composition of their own and make it available to other students through Musescore. The activity will provide students with greater knowledge of the impact of computing as referenced through R3. of the Alabama Course of Study.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 6
Music: General
3) Use standard and/or iconic notation and/or audio/video recording to document personal simple rhythmic phrases, melodic phrases, and two chord harmonic musical ideas.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 6
Music: General
15) Select music to listen to and explain the connections to interests or experiences for a specific purpose.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 7
Music: General
5) Describe the rationale for making revisions to music based on evaluation criteria and feedback from others, including teachers and peers.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 6-12
Music: Traditional and Emerging Ensembles - Intermediate
12) Explain reasons for selecting music, citing characteristics found in the music and connections to interest, purpose, and context.

Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 6-12
Music: Harmonizing Instruments - Intermediate
10) Explain reasons for selecting music, citing characteristics found in the music and connections to interest, purpose, and context.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 6
15) Identify emerging technologies in computing.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
14) Discuss current events related to emerging technologies in computing and the effects such events have on individuals and the global society.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
14) Analyze current events related to computing and their effects on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this activity, students will be able to identify how advanced digital technology has transformed opportunities available across the globe for instrumental instruction.

Students will use audio recording equipment to document musical ideas.

Students will select music based on interests and evaluation criteria.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

Students will view the musical content available on Musescore along with the opportunities for publishing original content.  Students will discuss the impact of digital learning programs such as this one on the educational environment with attention to possible impacts for financially disadvantaged school districts.  The students will compile a list of current roadblocks facing the global digital learning environment along with possible solutions. The teacher will guide a discussion of how worldwide current events such as a pandemic change the landscape of education and the need for digital content.

Assessment Strategies:

The class will discuss the validity of digital instructional content as it pertains to instrumental instruction. Students will create an 8 measure composition utilizing https://musescore.org/en. Students who wish to may share their composition with the class for group discussions concerning content and structure. The teacher will conclude the lesson with a verbal group discussion concerning the pros and cons of digital music resources.


Advanced Preparation:

The teacher will need to visit the digital tool website (https://musescore.org/en) to become familiar with the search, playback, and publish options.

Variation Tips (optional):

Additional online programs for accessing instrumental music may be explored for variety and comparison. For example, https://www.pianoshelf.com/  is a wonderful digital resource for piano literature of various genres.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

This resource may used in a classroom setting to encourage students to seek out digital instructional resources available to them for augmenting their education.

  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: Audio Playback, Composition, Copyright, Instrumental, Music, Music Library, Musical Score, Original Composition, Publishing, Search, Sheet Music