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New Standards The time and energy to retrain music educators to fully embrace new

than resources to grow. They need interactive instruction geared to their training needs. Web-based, educational technology, which I define as organized instructional, interactive opportunities that students can access online, provides the answer. It can include software applications that operate fully over the Internet, with specific training or supplemental instruction that teachers can customize and post for interactive participation. After seeing the power of the Internet, Steven Chetcuti of Somers, New York created lesson materials for his performance groups on the Web. He developed interactive rhythmic exercises, scale patterns and performance benchmarks for his band using Sibelius Scorch (www.sibelius.com) to view any of the interactive instrumental materials on his Web site (www.theradiohour.net). How can you demonstrate the impact of Web-based technology on a performance group? Steven started an integrated program with a fellow teach-

technology is a critical factor toward answering why so many music educators have lingered in incorporating it well into the first decade of the 21st century. Only 21 states have adopted MENC’s nine standards, while 29 states have adapted only a few of them. Yet, national teaching standards are the very framework of improving teaching, and the capability of assessing those standards involves even more time and effort. Music technology can certainly make a difference in raising the bar on teach- “This technology is a positive addition ing and assessing to the future of music education.� national standards. To see where your state stands towards incorporating or er connecting studies of the American adapting national music standards, go Revolution with the music of the day. to www.aep-arts.org. The group started with two drummers If our students could be engaged and four flautists. Steven developed an in music technology outside the classinteractive Fife & Drum curriculum, room, who knows what heights of which encouraged students to practice achievement and accomplishment at home. The Fife & Drum group is could be realized through our instrucnow up to 53 members tion? We need to direct students with Steven also developed a series of connected, organized opportunities SolFege lessons using the same Scorch outside of the classroom and overcome interactive process. With a minimal the obstacles of budget, commitment, subscription, a teacher can have access training, and time. to seven levels of ear training. Students must sign in to use the site, and when they do, an e-mail is automatically sent to their teacher to show participation of each unit. We need to find and create more Web sites like this for our The Internet offers a wide range students. of resources, but students need more

The Internet is the Answer

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