Music Software Options Music Box 2 Available with eLCs and 30 days approval Topologika Website Winner of BETT Gold Award Exploration of pitch Experimentation with chords Exploration of percussion patterns, pulse and rhythm Creation of compositions with more than 200 instruments Great Web support at Topologika. Compose World Junior Available with eLCs RM Website Compose World Junior is a simple and flexible musical software package for the primary classroom in which pupils drag and drop icons representing sounds into a table to create melodies. You can know upgrade from Compose World Junior to Compose World 2. Compose World 2 Available with eLCs Compose World 2 is a music program that uses phrases and tracks to encourage musical composition. The phrases can be displayed in a variety of ways including stave notation and new phrases can be created and edited. Visit http://www.kented.org.uk/ngfl/compose/compose.html for ideas linked to QCA units Music Explorer Available with eLCs Designed to assist both specialist and non-specialist music teachers to teach the key music topic areas of rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, tone-colour and timbre. The application enables Key Stage 1 pupils to create sound composition and with the four colour-coded user levels Visit http://www.hitchams.suffolk.sch.uk/ictmusic/ict_composer_showdown.htm for a comparison Music Explorer and Music Box Finale NotePad 2003 FREE This is a fantastic free program that can be downloaded from the internet. The program allows children to begin composing with standard musical notation. The program will play and print the music too. You are guaranteed to be impressed with this resource. Download it now at http://www.finalemusic.com/ Finale PrintMusic is a more advanced version of NotePad which also allows you to import Midi files. A free demo version is available. PLUS Finale Viewer FREE The Finale Viewer, a FREE web browser application, is now available for sharing Finale NotePad™ files on the web. Download it now Finale Viewer Sibelius Sibelius is the world's best-selling music notation software for Mac and Windows. It is only suitable for gifted and talented children in upper primary and is most suitable for secondary schools and beyond. Download the demo version here . Both NotePad and PrintMusic are simpler versions of Sibelius 2. VanBasco’s Karaoke Player FREE VanBasco’s Karaoke Player is a MIDI Player for Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4/2000/XP that also supports karaoke files. It comes with full-screen lyrics display and you can change tempo, volume and key. You can also mute instruments so that the children can listen to various combinations of sounds. You can download this free of charge from the link below VanBasco's Karaoke Player 2.52 VanBasco's MIDI Search FREE This is a facility where you can quickly search out midi files to play on you Karaoke Player. There is a wide selection of music from classical, to pop, to nursery rhymes and many more genres too. Combined with the Karaoke player, this site is bound to have you and your children hooked. Just click on the link below http://www.vanbasco.com/midisearch.html Music Maker Pitch Free demo disc available on request, Resource Education, Telephone: 01509 672222 Music Maker Pitch introduces children to the idea of pitch without using formal musical notation. There is a choice of 5 different activities. Super Duper Music Looper FREE DEMO VERSION available with eLCs Children compose tracks made up from loops. Similar to Dance eJay but is very easy to use. The key and tempo of tracks can be changed and there is a choice of instruments from 9 separate categories. Guaranteed to have both yourself and your class hooked! Try the online version! Play the Super Duper Music Looper Online Version. All you need is Macromedia Flash and you can try Super Duper Music Looper right away! Download the free version! Download Super Duper Music Looper XPress, the free version Notable Impressions Notable Impressions FREE Demo FREE DEMO VERSION Notable Impressions is a fun and motivating program to help children learn to read music notes using "smart," computerized flashcards. This quality program is packed full of features including adjustable speed and number of cards, background music, letter name hints, record keeping to track your improvement and a personal mentor who gives encouragement and makes suggestions along the way. For absolute beginners or those who just need a refresher, Notable Impressions is the program for solid learning and lots of fun! This would work particularly well for whole class teaching with an interactive whiteboard and also as drill and practice for individuals in an after school club for example Aldo's Pianito 3.1 SHAREWARE £10.87 to buy Shareware Download Pianito is a very intuitive and funny piano simulator great to learn music. This piano features 128 different instruments and 48 percussion instruments, save unlimited songs recorded with instruments, replay with a single key pressing CTRL, all piano keyboard mapped to your PC (use SHIFT to play one octave down). Play perfect chords pressing a single key using the Auto-Chord feature. Play in background your favourite MP3, midi or wave files as your rhythm pattern while you play interactively with the keyboard of your PC. You can try this free of charge, but if you intend to use with the children, you will need to buy it otherwise every 20 seconds you will be asked to register - Very annoying!
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