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It’s simple.
Just download your music, go to the eto Practice Room and press play.
Alter the tempo, repeat a section,
add an accompaniment – you decide.
Practise until you are perfect

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eto Music Practice is available for Schools as Classroom Packs. The price of each Classroom Pack include licenses so that the pupils can practise at home using their own or family computers.

For those NOT associated with a school individual pieces can be bought for practising at home

First you need to Register for an account and create personal Login details.

You can then buy from our Secure Shop http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/shop/

When the purchase is complete you will receive an email directing you to the Practice Room where you can access the music you have bought.

For more information on how to use eto Music Practice go to the Schools and At HomePages.

Detailed descriptions and demo movies of music available for purchase can be read and viewed in the Shop.

eto Music Practice Apps

 

Mums’ opinions

 

Group of 4 Mums with limited musical knowledge and children of assorted ages were shown the website. They were unanimous in their view that this was a very useful tool. They liked the layout of the site – it was easy to navigate round the different parts and they thought the way the music was presented was excellent.

 

There were several comments about how this was teaching music in a friendly way. It is very difficult to get kids to practice music at home in isolation and this website makes it seem as if there is a teacher there, albeit an electronic one.

 

A primary school teacher thought it would be extremely valuable in the school. Although there are one or two teachers in her school who are musicians and tend to take classes for music lessons, most of her teaching colleagues do not have skills in music but are expected to include music in their lesson plans. Any child who really wants to learn an instrument has to go to specific lessons, often in music clubs after school. This is OK but a half hour lesson every week doesn’t allow much progress. What usually happens is that the progress is limited by the slowest member of the class and that leads to frustration among the quicker members of the group. This is exactly what happened with my son (at y 8/9) – he started to learn drums in a small group with a peripatetic teacher who came to the school one day a week. This teacher did not have the time to give individual lessons unfortunately but Rob very quickly got fed up with the group he was in because they had to go over the same stuff for weeks because one duffer just couldn’t play the music. WebPractice would be of benefit to both boys here as Rob could use it to try different tunes and keep his interest up while the duffer could practice at home and get it right without holding everybody else back.

 

The Mums also commented about the cost. £2 per month seemed a very reasonable amount to pay. One Mum actually said it was cheap.

 

From my own point of view I think etoMusicPractice is excellent value for money. We ended up abandoning Rob’s drum lessons in school and going private. He now has one hour of private tuition every fortnight with a great teacher (Elliot) in the Percussion House who charges £27 per hour. Every teacher will tell you that the key to successful playing is practice, practice and more practice. I know Rob finds it boring to go through his drum pieces at home and I think he would be happier using a tool like WebPractice. It would also benefit me because if he is short of practice at home I end up paying Elliot just to do more practice with Rob rather than moving on to more complex stuff.

 

Particularly good bits of etoMusicPractice, in my opinion, are:

  1. a) The ability to change the tempo. The child can learn to play a piece at a slow speed to start with and then increase the tempo once he/she has mastered the notes.
  2. b) The beat counter – very important to keep help the child keep time.

 

There were no real criticisms of the site i.e. no “bad” bits.

Focus group of Robin and some friends

 

I showed etoMusicPractice to 3  x year 10 children.

 

The general view was that it had the potential to be a useful tool. They thought is would definitely have a place in schools and also thought the home option was a good idea.

 

They thought that considerable work on the site is needed. The pieces currently available are very simple and there are not very many of them. They therefore thought the site was aimed at young children i.e. primary school age.

 

They looked mostly at the recorder music, mainly because this was where most music was and they all had brief experience of learning the recorder. They liked the functions where they could alter the tempo and repeat specific bars or phrases. They thought the ability to include breath marks and note names was useful too. The accompaniments made the tunes more interesting.

 

One said it would be very useful to have examination pieces available on WebPractice. The ability to slow the tempo down in order to get to grips with a tricky piece would be great. Also the ability to repeat a phrase over and over again until he got the hang of it was a very useful function.

 

Best bits:

The etoMusicPractice tools – beat counter, changing tempo, ability to repeat.

 

Worst bits:

The limited range of music.

The simplicity of the pieces.

(I’m sure that these will all be fixed as the site is developed further.)

The children were aware that etoMusicPractice is still under construction.

 

How could etoMusicPractice be sold?

 

Tricky one.

A teacher said you can’t just send a flyer to an unnamed teacher – it won’t get read. Something attention-grabbing that could be put in the staff room would be more successful.

Putting adverts in teaching magazines might be one route.

There are various websites offering music content to teachers as help in preparing lessons – possibly a link to WebPractice from there might work.

It is possible to find the names of private music tutors on the internet because that is where they advertise their services. It would therefore be possible to send them an email about WebPractice but this would be time-consuming.

Times Educational Supplement – press release.

TES Connect website – press release.

 

The target market for the Home version was felt to be all the parents who care about their childrens’ education. It is the mothers who usually have the greater role in schooling with the younger children so perhaps adverts in women’s magazines might work.

 

A sort of parallel can be seen with Kumon maths. This is a well-known programme offering help with maths through study centres and home worksheets. Wherever Kumon advertises might be a place that WebPractice could advertise too.

 

Political context

Michael Gove previously announced a review of music education:

“All young people should have the chance to learn an instrument, read music and receive top quality music education,” UK Education Secretary Michael Gove said in Sept 2010. “It’s a sad fact that too many children in state schools are denied the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument. Evidence suggests that learning an instrument can improve numeracy, literacy and behaviour. But more than that, it is simply unfair that the joy of musical discovery should be the preserve of those whose parents can afford it.”

 

Research shows that quality music education improves behaviour, attention and concentration, and has a hugely positive effect on numeracy and language skills. Giving all young people the best possible music education will help the Government achieve its twin aims of driving up standards and reducing the attainment gap.

Previously UK Minister for the Creative Industries, Ed Vaizey, said:

Young people are the lifeblood of creativity in the UK. We produce some of the greatest musical talent in the world but there is so much more that can be done to harness the passion and enthusiasm that children have for music.

Young people need to be given greater and more equal opportunities to benefit from formal music education. We need to encourage them to see the link between learning an instrument, and the artists they hear on the radio and the songs they download.

As well as it being important to learn skills in music for its own sake, the benefits don’t stop there. Immersion in music can lead to improved social skills and educational success, with behaviour, wellbeing, confidence, team-working and concentration skills all proven to improve with good music provision. I look forward to supporting the review and seeing its results.

 

Unfortunately we could not find similar quotes from Welsh Ministers and the recent Assembly and General Election has made it impossible to find who to talk to.

25 songs on Recorder Music Practice Apps Level 1, 2 & 3.

Our Apps allow you to read the music, follow the beat Counter and practise each Bar over and over again until you are performance perfect !

Try it ! It’s fun and makes practise fun and easy !

http://www.etomusicpractice.co.uk/apps/

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https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/carnival-venice-advanced-trumpet/id722433065?mt=8

This App combines two of J. S. Arban’s characteristic studies 1 & 10 for Trumpet and also Carnival of Venice.
You can practise with performances of the studies at tempi from 50 to 120bpm. At the faster speeds there are appropriate changes of tempi during the Piu Lento section.

A graphic beat counter above the music notation acts as a conductor to help you keep you in time.

This is an efficient and effective way to develop your double tonguing. The solo part, with which you can play along, helps keep the ‘doubles’ evenly produced if you practise slowly at first. Then by sensibly increasing your practice speed you will gain stamina and control at the faster tempi.

Similarly you can increase your single tonguing speed.

Playing along with the Piu Lento will also help improve intonation.

The controls are very easy to use.

It will make you want to do more practice!

Play along with the performance. Slow it down, play a few bars over and over again until you’re practice perfect.

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/carnival-venice-advanced-trumpet/id722433065?mt=8carnival5287_564431183577362_551679144_n

25 songs on Recorder Music Practice Apps Level 1, 2 & 3.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=air.com.eto.recorder.pack.level.A1

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Also available on iTunes https://itunesconnect.apple.com/WebObjects/iTunesConnect.woa/ra/ng/bundle/966131458