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Bonus Beans, or How to Boost Motivation

Until I ate them…I mean… stored away the leftovers, the top of my piano was covered in little heart-shaped tins and bags of jelly beans, jelly hearts, and small chocolate hearts. Yup, it was another BoB blitz (Bum on Bench) to entice my students to get … well … their bums on the piano bench. Read More

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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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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 in Hawaii!

More iSCORE research is being presented internationally–today!–at the 11th annual Hawaii International Conference on Education (HICE) in Honolulu. The paper, iSCORE: A Web-based Tool for Self-regulation in Music Learning, by Dr. Rena Upitis, Dr. Philip Abrami, Wynnpaul Varela, and Angela Elster, describes the self-regulated learning and deliberate practice literature that forms the theoretical underpinning for Read More

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iSCORE in Madrid!

Dr. Rena Upitis, Dr. Julia Brook, and Dr. Phil Abrami (see “people” tab under “About”) have written a paper on professional development for teachers of iSCORE. It is being presented – today! – at the International Conference on Education, Research, and Innovation (ICERI 2012) in Madrid sponsored by the International Association of Technology, Education, and Read More

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iSCORE iDEAS: Creating your Home Page

The Home Page can help you send announcements to your studio and help your students organize their work. Although you can change your picture, message and banner in Settings, you write in the General Goals, To-Do List, and Notes & Posts sections directly on the Home Page. Simply click on the “plus” sign to write Read More