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Cadenza in the Real World, Part 1

As a long standing teacher advisor on the Music Tool Suite project (the creators and developers of Cadenza, Notemaker, and DREAM) I’ve recently been blogging with great excitement about Cadenza. I’ve played around with demo versions in the development stage, and I’ve play tested the final version with “dummy” student accounts. I originally titled this Read More

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Angela Elster Receives Meritorious Service Decoration

On this past Thursday morning, June 23, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) to 52 recipients from various sectors across the country during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. One of the recipients was Angela Elster, who served on the Executive of the Music Tool Read More

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Cadenza and Notemaker, Together!

Do you remember that old commercial for those peanut butter cups? “You got peanut butter on my chocolate!” “You got chocolate in my peanut butter!” Then both parties take a bite and suddenly their irate expressions turn ecstatic? Well, that was me and several of my best “music geek” students a short time ago when Read More

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International Survey Winners!

Back in October, 2015, the Music Tool Suite project launched a huge international survey of music students, parents, and teachers to find the answers to questions including… What do students find most challenging in terms of practising between lessons? What strategies do they use to become more self-regulated as learners? What kinds of repertoire and Read More

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Cadenza for Teachers

Welcome to Cadenza for teachers.  Back in Part 1, I waxed poetic about Cadenza’s student features, including features for students to: upload their recordings and videos directly via the Notemaker app for teacher feedback and self assessment take ownership of their practice sessions through the use of the timer, planning and reflection tools, and end-of-practice Read More

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Notemaker in Action!

“I love Notemaker!” “Pretty cool!” (in an excited text) “Did you get my share? :)))” Christmas came early to my studio in the form of the Notemaker-Cadenza app and it’s a popular new toy amongst the students and myself. Now that it’s “back to back to back” RCM exam season again, with the usual tense Read More

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iSCORE – Alive and Well in the Classroom

“The iSCORE Curriculum Fellows Program is designed for independent music teachers who are interested in radically transforming their pedagogy by integrating iSCORE into their teaching.  iSCORE is a web-based learning portfolio tool created specifically to enhance music teaching and learning.” 2014: For a short time, I considered applying for the Fellowship but, to be candid, Read More