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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.

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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.

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

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

Youth Band Music

Posted: February 24, 2015 in Uncategorized

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/youth-band-music

Project aim

Create a new music practice piece that helps learners to read, practise and perform Brass/Wind and Marching Band music.

Would you like to play Gangnam Style or maybe Excerpts from Frozen in a Band ? Or your own virtual Band ?

About the project

The project aim is to create Apps that will provide a range of practice pieces for Brass and Wind and Marching Bands. The functions of our unique player allows each instrumentalist to practise and learn their own parts.

eto Music Practice is a small App production and publishing company based in Ceredigion, Wales. We have created our own App music player that has many unique features. These help the learner to practise the music at a tempi to suit themselves, added with a beat counter and ensemble backing if required. The video demonstrates how this works.

Our eto Music Practice can be applied to all styles and standards of music making individually and in ensemble.

They are globally published on iTunes and Google Android and we are preparing for publication via our website. I have added a link to the current catalogue as per below.

We have recently created three new Beginner Level Apps for Recorder Music aimed at schools. In the next few weeks we will publish the first unique piano practice App for the EastEnders theme. ( Sony/ATV Licence).
eto Music practice Apps have created and published a variety of music practice Apps for Trumpet, Sax, Clarinet, Piano and beginner level Apps for Piano and Jazz. These Apps have been selling globally to some 33 countries.
We have also created a unique new version of the Welsh National Anthem for the National Library of Wales. This provides separate parts for each voice in the choir, and practise of the Welsh pronunication.
Why this App Project is unique:

You may be a band member already and want to have extra practice. You may love playing but haven’t got the time to go to a band or there is no band nearby.

Your investment will give you 24/ 7 access to your instrument’s part on our web site or Tablet of BOTH pieces.

For instance a Trumpet player can practise any of the Trumpet parts, Trumpet 1 or 2.

Anyone of any age who wants to start making music will find this App invaluable and really enjoyable.

It is a most effective and enjoyable way of learning a part, improving  your playing and music reading.

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You will learn and improve more quickly because you’ll want to practise again and again and again…

As you can see in the Demo:

  • Your part will be displayed on the screen
  • The Beat Counter will be your conductor
  • The sound of the instrument playing your part will also help your intonation …..keep you in tune.
  • When you are ready, switch off the sound of your instrument and you play the part, on your own, in the band.
  • Practice at slower speeds and repeat any section of the music.
  • When you can play a particular section go on to the next.
  • eto Music Practice is a proven method which gives you the advantages joy of practising with other people.

    The tunes are listed in the Main Menu and you are shown which notes are in each tune.
    It’s so easy to use:

  • Choose the music you want to practise
  • Click  Play to listen to your part being played at the final tempo
  • Lower the tempo if you need to
  • Practise all the tune or section by section,
  • Increase your  practice tempo when ready.
  • Go through the piece section by section.

eto Band 24/7 could also be useful for existing bands. Members could practice their parts, come along to the band with them already sorted and the actual live band practice could concentrate more on interpretation than practising the notes.

A typical arrangement might be:

Instrumentation:
2 x Flutes

1 x Oboe

3 x Clarinet
1 x Bass Clarinet
2 x Alto Saxophone
1 x Tenor Saxophone
1 x Bari Saxophone
1 x Bassoon
2 x French Horns
3 x Trumpets
2 x Trombones
1 x Euphonium
1x Tuba
1 x Timpani
3 x Percussion

1 x Piccolo

All production is in-house to eto Music Practice. Our background and skills include professional musicians, App creators, Graphic Designers and PR Marketing skills. We promote our Apps globally and to schools direct.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/youth-band-music

2 Great Piano Practice Apps

Posted: February 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Description

The usual WebPractice facilities are included; to practise along with a performance at various tempi and be able to repeat individual bars and/ or sections.

The ability to separate the audio and notation of each hand allows you to practise the vamping leaps of the Left Hand whilst the Right Hand is played for you and the syncopation of the Right Hand whilst the Left Hand is played.
You can also choose to see the fingerings for each note for both hand together or separately.

All this can be done at a tempo to suit your needs.

Entertainer App player

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In 1723 Bach wrote his 15 Two Part Inventions in order to help his pupils to practise.
This is what he said:

Honest method, by which the amateurs of the keyboard – especially….those desirous of learning – are shown a clear way. …learn to play cleanly in two parts….

This App cannot better Bach’s musical content BUT can help the way you can practise it.
The usual WebPractice facilities are included to practise along with a performance at various tempi and be able to repeat individual bars and/ or sections.
but, also you can separate the audio and notation of each hand so that you can practise the Right Hand whilst the Left Hand is playing for you; and the other way around. You can also choose to see separate Right Hand and Left Hand fingerings for each note.