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Isle be a Musician One Day

Isle be a Musician One Day

I’m not very good at music. There you go, I’ve said it.
I’m not very good at music. There you go, I’ve said it. However it’s quite an easy admission to make really isn’t it? I know a couple of very musical people but I’ve never been one of them. I did play the violin (badly) for 2 years when I was younger but that was because my teacher put me forward for it, rather than me volunteering because I wanted to be the next… errr… bloke that plays the violin.

So when it comes to teaching music, I panic. I haven’t got a clue where to start and I need simple baby steps to produce anything at all. Luckily when I have had to teach it recently I have had children with great musical talents to lead it for me. Pupil-led learning and all that!

But I have found a resource/tool/toy that lets me make some sort-of music with ease. I first saw this on the Gadget Show a few months back and it is either genius or rubbish, but what I do know is that it is fun. If I can enjoy making music and I can convince some children that music is fun than that’s good enough for me.

The tool in question? Isle of tune.

So how does it work?

You start by drawing a road. It made sense for me to draw a circular sort-of road so that my music repeated itself. Then you add a car. The car is your timing. Then you add lamp-posts, trees and flowers. Each of these represents an instrument (I think) and you can change the tone (noise) it makes by clicking on it again.

Press ‘Go’ to make your car move and it will drive around ‘playing’ the trees, flowers and  houses. You can clone the objects too. You can also add up to 3 cars so that your music can be played around with even further. You can share your islands with other users but I couldn’t see a way of downloading the music you have created.

Is it ‘proper’ music? Probably not. Is it fun? Yes.

Want to see what I did? Here you go.

Author: Ian Addison

I am an ICT coordinator at St John the Baptist Primary School in Waltham Chase, Hampshire. I have been here since September and since starting I have overseen the implementation of Google Apps and whole school blogs among other things. Before starting at St John’s I spent two years working for Hampshire LA as a VLE consultant. In 2010 I attended the Google Teacher Academy in London.

3 Comments to “Isle be a Musician One Day”
  1. What a fantastic site… some of the ‘shared islands’ are amazing!

  2. I would say that it is ‘proper’ music. The main skills of composing are experimenting, choosing and evaluating together with combining. All these are easily achieved with a little focus and many just naturally without any intervention by a teacher.

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