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Saturday, November 28, 2009


A friends daughter who is in middle school showed a small demo of how she does her music homework. They have a software site to log on to, and once they log on, the "sheet music" for the homework shows up. They play the musical instrument in front of the laptop and the mic pics it up. If they hit the right notes in sequence, the notes keep lighting up in green. If they hit wrong notes, it shows the note they hit in red and helps them correct.

The teacher grades this online and they know which note is a problem for the student (which they hit consistently wrong) and suggests methods to help them improve!

The software also gives student sheet music access to hundreds of music books.

If I had access to anything like this during my student days, can totally imagine spending hours on this and practicing.

Now when you are older and can afford a music lesson and can with difficulty make time (because your kids can do a lot of things by themselves), your ability to learn a new language like sheet music is more difficult.

Jr. and the little one are going to be given the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of music so they can understand and explore. What they make of it later as they grow older is up to them. We will at least try to give them the basics...

Sometimes, we live through our kids. This is one of those things...

1. They are not going to wait till they are 30 to learn how to swim.
2. They will get to learn Carnatic music formally
3. They can learn dance if they want to and can keep up with it

and now

4. they will get to learn how to read sheet music and the notation.

and maybe Daddy will learn with them...

Hey, I am just old, not dead!


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I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 5:43 AM, Blogger Kavi wrote...

But ofcourse. None of us are dead until we think we are too old to learn !

good luck !


I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 10:36 AM, Blogger Sriram wrote...

You should try rock band for XBox... try it out next time you are @ Best Buy/Fry's :)

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 8:21 PM, Blogger Violet wrote...

Sriram - my thoughts exactly. Rockband does pretty much the same. Off course it is not real music, but it does provide you with the vicarious joys of making music.

I am not responsible for comments posted by others... At 11:20 PM, Blogger Sundar Narayanan wrote...



Sriram, Violet, thanks. will check this out next time I go to Fry's.


we dont have any game systems in the house. kids already spend too much time with iphone. if we get a game controller in the house, they will stop studying for good.


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