Music Ensemble with Computer



Résumé, summary

The students can arrange music and practice some instruments using the computer. The software used for the activity was "MUSIC PRO=TOWNS MIDI." The students could use it easily because they just needed to click the mouse on each icon on the computer screen. The computer was used for 4 different types of activities. (1) The teacher demonstrated a basic piece of music using the computer. The music consisted of 4 parts, such as the melody, the chords, the rhythm, and the basso continu. The students listened to each part separately and also listened to all the parts together. (2) The students practiced some music instruments with the computer. They could change the volume of their parts so that they could listen to the melody line of their parts clearly. (3) The students arranged some music using the computer. Two to eight students made a group and selected a piece of music which they wanted to play. They input the melody and harmony in accordance with the chord name. Then they input some rhythms and baselines in accordance with the harmony. (4) The students played the music arranged by the computer. Finally, they made ensemble music. These activities helped the students to have self confidence in arranging music and playing some instruments.

Discipline, subject :

musique Musik music musica

Public :

cycle d'orientation Sek I, BWK lower high school ciclo d'orientamento

Contacts :

Nakazawa, Hiroshi

Japan Association for Promotion of Educational Technology, 6-35-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjyuku-ku

Tel : 03-3269-5231
Mail :
Fax : 03-3269-5232

Pédagogie, pedagogy :

The computer ensemble activity helps the students to arrange some music and to practice some instruments. The students start having some interest in the structure of the ensemble while listening to the musical examples. They can arrange some music easily with the computer using their music skills. They can also practice some instruments with the computer and gain confidence in playing those instruments.

Apprentissage, learning :

The students develop their creativity while arranging music. The students who cannot play the instruments very well are able to practice freely with the computer. These activities help the students to have some confidence and enjoyable feelings toward music.

Enseignement, teaching :

The teacher input some music scores into the computer before the activity. Two to eight students made a group and enjoyed the music activity. The teacher encouraged the students to help each other during the activity.

Technique :

We used music software called "MUSIC PRO=TOWNS MIDI" on the FM TOWNS computer. The students can compose and arrange music, and practice some instruments with the computer.

Société, society :

Culture :

Institution :

Two to eight students made a group to do the music activity; therefore, each student did not need to have one computer. The teacher was readily available for the students' questions.

Logistique :

Remarques, remarks :

Since the students can practice some instruments freely with the computer, they gain self confidence and do not hesitate to play the instruments in front of an audience.