See Music Pro in the Classroom

The new sight reading app by mDecks Music: See Music Pro for macOS (a.k.a See Music on iPhone & iPad) is a must-have for all music teachers and students.

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See Music Pro in the Classroom

If you are a Music teacher or student you almost certainly know that sight-reading is an essential skill which is usually lacking in almost every student’s arsenal.

Becoming a good sight-reader requires many hours of practice (daily practice), consistency, patience and of course, plenty of sight-reading material at a level that is challenging enough for the student but not impossible.

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See Music example in 5/8 with triplets for advanced students

If you are a band teacher or orchestra/choir teacher you also have the challenge of finding good sight-reading material for any instrument and voice

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And at last, evaluating a student’s performance as a sight-reading is crucial if one wants the student to make progress. Feedback is essential.

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See Music Note-by-Note Performance Report, including rhythmic placement and pitch accuracy

 

“See Music” by mDecks Music is an amazing tool that tackle all this problems, using technology that was not available just a couple of years ago.

“See Music” composes unlimited amounts melodic or rhythmic pieces of music at your level and keep track of your progress to help you improve your reading skills in no time. It includes all instruments and voices, which makes it the ideal practice tool for band, choir and orchestra students alike.

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See Music in the Music Lab. See Music gives note-by-note feedback of your performance in real time.

“See Music” will challenge your reading skills and give you feedback on your performance in real time. “See Music” will listen to you and give you a complete performance report with rhythmic and pitch accuracy, missed notes and all the relevant information you’ll need to improve your playing.

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The See Music Composer allows the creation of endless exercise at your level

With the Composer you can create three different kinds of exercises:
Note Trainer • Rhythmic Trainer • Complete-Melody Trainer

See Music Demo and Tutorial Video

 

 

– The Note Trainer is ideal for beginners or to practice uncomfortable ranges in your instrument. It does not involved rhythms so you can just concentrate in notes. See Music listens to your playing one note at a time, but shows you all the set at once so you can practice reading ahead.
It creates 8-note, 16-note, 32-note, and 64-note challenges.

– In the Rhythmic Trainer mode composes rhythmic exercises and you tap the rhythms on your device. See Music listens to your playing and gives you an instant visualization and then a complete report at the end of the exercise.

– The Complete-Melody Trainer composes entire melodies for you to sight-read. See Music listens to your playing and then gives you a report with rhythm and pitch accuracy for every note in the piece so you know if you were flat or sharp, late or early, or you missed the note all together. The final report also includes an overall score and other stats.

“See Music Pro” is available on macOS. The PRO VERSION of  See Music contains more instruments, more time signatures, and composes melodies to up to 16 measures long.

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Watch a video where we test See Music via MIDI

“See Music Pro” is ideal for classrooms and music labs. It is Audio & MIDI compatible.

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See Music Pro for macOS

 

“See Music” is also available for iPhone & iPad

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See Music on iPhone

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See Music on iPad

 

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See Music as a Rhythmic Trainer

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See Music contains all instruments and voices

See Music was created by mDecks Music

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Reharmonization Techniques using Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro

Harmonizing and re-harmonizing a melody is an essential skill for performers, jazz players, arrangers and composers. One of the most important aspects (after creativity) in creating harmonies and harmonic embellishments is the level of proficiency one possesses in Tonal Harmony.

At mDecks Music we have created a series of master classes in tonal harmony and reharmonization techniques using Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro 6 that will guide you through the vast landscape of Tonal Harmony and harmonic concepts. We hope you find it useful.

Reharmonizing “Oh, Danny Boy”

Here’s the final arrangement of “Oh, Danny Boy” where we have used all the techniques mention in the series. By the end of the series, you will be able to create reharmonization and arrangements such as this one.

 

Before we take a look at the final arrangement we would like to introduce the concepts and techniques used.

Introduction: The Basics

Now you are ready to start learning some essential reharmonization techniques and concepts. 

Part 1: 4 Essential Reharmonization Techniques

 
On the next post we will show you more reharmonization techniques. After that we will use them to create a full arrangement of “Oh, Danny Boy” using Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro as our guide.

Mapping Tonal Harmony in Music Education

Imagine an interactive harmony map that reveals the secrets of tonal harmony, where every harmonic function is placed coherently through-out the map, respecting the rules of tonality in such a way that any tonal song is in front of your eyes. You just need to discover it!

“If you study or teach harmony, Mapping Tonal Harmony is an app you must try.”

 

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro is an interactive harmonic map, where you can study and listen to any function in any key played in 5-part harmony with impeccable voice leading, using standard classical or jazz voicings with chords and tensions.

The map detects standard cadences such as PAC (perfect authentic cadence), deceptive and alternatives cadences, bass lines, chord-scales and can show the map in chord notation or functional notation including inversions and pedal points.

The Map has seven levels of complexity from Diatonic Functions to Secondary Dominants to Blues and Modes to a Complete Map.

You can use Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro in Browse mode where you study by tapping on the different functions, identifying them and listening to the different harmonic progression you create in real time. Mapping Tonal Harmony will detect any standard cadences and important bass lines.

In Progressions mode you can load any of the many progressions included in the app, from simple cadences to jazz workouts to entire songs or create you own. You can also view them as chord changes, with standard notation or jazz notation, view them functional analysis or with jazz analysis using arrows and brackets or as chord scales. Or any combination of any two of them. It also plays the progression using 5-part harmony or as a play-along in different styles with rhythm section (piano, bass, drums) to practice improvisation and jazz standards.

In Audio mode you can load audio tracks from your iTunes Library and sync the harmonic progression with the track to view the analysis play in the map in real time while you listen to the song.

Mapping Tonal Harmony Pro is so vast that it would be impossible to list all the features in a short article. The best way to understand the power of the is application is by watching the demo videos provided by mDecks Music in their YouTube Channel.

For more information here’s a link to the app’s webpage:

http://mdecks.com/mapharmony.phtml