Garage band, audacity and other recording devices
SmartMusic is not a realistic financial commitment for some schools. Garage Band and Audacity are free programs that are user friendly and great for recording student assessments.
-Perfect for student self assessment. Make an assignment and have student listen to themselves and assess. Guided written response and specific rubrics are a great starting point for this type of activity.
-Garage Band is only compatible with Apple products.
-Garage Band is a very user friendly program that allows students to record directly into a computer. All Apple computers come with this program.
-Can easily split tracks and edit tracks to create best take.
-Also very easy to record multiple tracks at once. This is useful for composition assignments and for creating background tracks for students to play along with.
-Can email files to teacher or put files on a flash drive or CD for teacher to grade
-Gives teacher chance to hear style and musicianship as opposed to just grading notes and rhythms like smart music
NOTE: The Video to the right demonstrates ONE way of recording into Garage Band. Many computers have and internal mic so you would not need any extra equipment (such as a microphone)
-Free program that runs on PC or Apple
-Not quite as user friendly as Garage Band, but has many of the same basic features
-Students can download on their home computer if they do not have an Apple with Garage Band
-Handheld recorders are a great resource for any director of a performance ensemble.
-There are many brands of high quality recorders that can be used for full group recording and for individual recording.
-These recordings can then be used for assessment purposes.
-There are wide variety of Handheld recorders on the market. Ranging from somewhat low quality to very high quality.
-Some reputable brands are Zoom, TASCAM, and Roland.
-In choral music, handheld recorders can be used by an individual holding the device close to them in the middle of the rehearsal. This gives the student the opportunity to perform an assessment in an extremely practical situation.
-This practice can be used in band an orchestra as well, but the sound may not carry well enough, or could be more distorted. Choir is the ideal use for this type of assessment.
-Handheld recorders can also be used by directors to record full ensemble rehearsals or performance. The director can play the recordings back to students and ask for written responses.