Further information

Why the MusicBoard is useful

Music theory is the most challenging aspect of music education for teachers as theory knowledge is not remembered by students as much as the instrumental side of music.

Instrumental learning is kinaesthetic and it is this approach to theory that led to the Musicboard being made.

Board pens and cordless 'magic' wands are used by both the teacher and the students to create notes and learn how they sound. This has proved far more productive in helping a student retain pitch and rhythm recognition compared to methods which just allow students to write music electronically and have it played back to them. Teachers find it difficult to help students retain knowledge about key signatures and how minor keys work as this can seem alien to non-instrumentalists. The Musicboard enables effortless key changes and naturally shows the progression to relative minors from the major keys, allowing students to hear the relevance between the two. Natural minors are taught first and so melodic and harmonic scale theory is much easier to digest.

Even if a student is not able to play an instrument, they are able to demonstrate their understanding of how melodies, along with their rhythms, should sound. Using the wand to create each note's voice in time with a backing track (which is blue-toothed through to the Musicboard from a teacher's phone) can help students realise the fun of understanding music theory and how it can help them create music.

How the MusicBoard works

The Musicboard is very simple and easy to use and does not rely on any external computer programs or hardware which can take up teaching time. There is an instructional app for cover teachers who need to know in seconds how to use a specific function.

The board features a built-in piano keyboard so hand positions and musical demonstrations can be performed to the entire class. Four major instrument sounds are offered for young students to identify.

Key signatures and working out scales are made easy to demonstrate and explain with in-built technology from Intel allowing teachers to demonstrate audibly key changes and differences between major and minor keys.

Other features include:

  • easy clef changes for harmony and group work
  • an in-built metronome and a large tuner for singers and instrumentalists to check their tuning to
  • a facility that guitarists can plug into the board using the in-built speakers and overdrive while students and teachers bringing in music to play and learn can link up to the board's Bluetooth via their phone or wireless device

Patented technology in this board means there is no need for buttons and commands are instead activated by wireless wands. These wands can be used by students and teachers to play notes together and discover what they should sound like in relation to each other helping to improve their aural awareness.

Tried and Tested?

The Musicboard had been put through its paces and constantly tweaked by over 40 music teachers for four years not just in the UK but internationally. Musicboards were placed in dedicated music schools where music was taught through instrumental lessons or through GCSE and A level music classes of the OCR and EDEXCEL examination boards, some schools having up to 11 boards at a time.

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