Reviews of books, videos, software and music
for the professional music teacher
consider their contribution to the “Assemble” aids in defining musical
Books character of the piece. Considering style. Students choose a tempo and
instrumentation, text, tempo and vocal select and place loops onto tracks with
Literacy, Music & Technology techniques, the students learn to dis- loop-based software.
Connection, w/CD-ROM, by Zig cern musical style. Finally, they brain- In “Produce,” students organize the
Wajler. Alfred Publishing Company, storm to create loops into sec-
2009. www.alfred.com; (818) 892- lyrics for their tions (introduc-
2452; 94 pp. $24.95. own song. They tion, verse,
Wajler’s Literacy, Music & Technology begin with an chorus) in
Connection succeeds not only in com- idea, a single preparation for
bining technology and arts in the class- word or phrase, voice recording.
room, but also in generating and develop that The performers
motivation and self-esteem with social into several relat- record the vocal
skills and cooperative learning. ed words and parts on new
“Think, Plan, Assemble, and shape them into tracks while
Produce” (T.P.A.P.) lesson plans form lyrics.