Benefits of a Group Piano Lab
Technology is increasingly growing and is now a major
part of everyday life. Music classrooms are now including computers,
digital (music) keyboards, software and internet access. A piano
lab is a fun and educational tool that can be used for all types of students
in varied learning environments. Soundtree is one of the leading companies
that specifically deals with Music Technology in the classroom. They
have designed a Group Education Controller (GEC) that allows students to
connect to each other (to perform duets, trios and quartets) and to the teacher
through the use of headsets. The teacher also has the capability
to listen in on students, turn all keyboard volume off and to connect to
each student individually.
Theresa Derr, who is affiliated with
Centennial Elementary School in Littleton, Colorado, has a 26 station keyboard
lab. She states, “One of the best features about this lab has been
the ability for the teacher to plug into individual student stations while
children are working on pieces from the group curriculum." “Most of these
simple songs include a duet part for the teacher to play, so the student
and I are able to play duets together using different timbres on the keyboard.
When the student feels especially competent, we will play together for the
entire class to hear. This can be very motivating for the other students,
and gives the performing student a great sense of pride. “I think coming
to the keyboard lab is an activity children truly look forward to,” Mrs.
Derr continued. “I have been thrilled with the high levels of achievement
we have seen, even from children who have no previous piano instruction and
no instrument on which to practice at home. The SoundTree lab has had a profoundly
positive impact on the students at our school.”
"What Chief Administrators
should know about Music Technology"
Music technology "makes
- Students with classes or "experiences in music performance scored
52 points higher on the verbal and 37 points higher on the math portion of
the SAT than students with no coursework in the arts
The National Association
of Music Merchants (NAMM) reports statistics yearly comparing academic
test scores for students involved in creative activities, including music.
- Researchers found that students engaged in piano study are more
motivated, had better school attendance and concentrated longer in other
classes as well as improved their grades as a result of the added music instruction.
Baldwin Piano and Organ Company assessed the
impact of keyboard instruction on the general fourth-grade student population.
- The music industry continues to collect evidence that systematic
music instruction and music making have positive effects on many mental
and behavioral factors including general cognitive development, language
development, reading-readiness, reading and verbal skills, abstract conceptual
thinking and reasoning.
- Obvious advantages of music study also include motor development
and coordination, play improvisation and stress reduction. Noted positive
attitudes toward school, improved personal and social adjustment are also
documented as a result of participation in school music programs.
See Music and Science Information Computer
Archive, Vol.VII: Issue 1, Winter 2000 (www.musica.uci.edu) for further
Links for more Information:
SoundTree is the
leading provider of music technology systems to schools and educators.
Professional association dedicated to training and certifying
music teachers in the use of music technology.
Opportunity-to-Learn Standards for Music Tech.
From MENC (Music Education National Conference)