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Jamorama – Learning Music Theory

At some point every guitarist will come to realize the importance of learning music theory. For some this can happen shortly after picking up a guitar for the first time, for others it could be years down the road. The fact is, if anyone wants to be able to competently jam with others, compose solos or entire songs, or just continually improve as a musician, then learning music theory is important. This is where software such as Jamorama can help someone learn theory the right way from the beginning.

Jamorama takes the student through learning chords, scales, and how to read music in a package that combines ebooks, video, and games. From day one a guitarist starts becoming familiar with note location on the fret board and various chords. Both of these lead to skills that will allow the guitarist to compose their own songs and be able to jam with others.

An important part of music theory is how to read and write music. Traditionally these skills are picked up by the guitarist in same way as algebra formulas: studying and memorizing books. Jamorama utilizes a game system to assist with learning how to read music. This helps speed up the learning process, but I would still recommend having a good reference book on hand as well.

There are of course other ways to learn music theory besides using computer software. Traditionally, many people have taken classes and also used books to self educate. These methods are not rendered obsolete by computer software and there are definitely benefits offered by taking a class that cannot be matched by any other method. The main problems with taking a class are the cost and the fact that you would be on someone else’s schedule.

Books don’t have many benefits over using computer software like Jamorama. Computer software combines aspects of books, plus video and games as well. Most software based solutions also help build technique at the same time as teaching music theory. Books also can’t engage a user as dynamically as software can. The only strong advantages that books have are that they are less expensive than the cost of a computer and they are portable. Of course, portability is only an issue if laptops are not part of the equation.

All of that being said, software solutions like Jamorama are arguably the best solution to learn music theory if price is a concern. The assortment of eBooks alone makes it an excellent alternative to purchasing a series of books. When you consider that numerous videos and music tracks are part of the package, the advantage over books is clear. It is only when compared to classes or individual lessons that software based solutions fall short.

Educational Technology Needs a Lesson Plan

I remember feeling very progressive when I purchased my daughter her first educational software, Reader Rabbit, in the early 1990s. Now a 22 year-old college graduate, she and many like her have never known a world without computers. Not only does she use an internet-enabled phone to constantly communicate, but her job as an emergency room nurse requires computer skills as well. So, needless to say, I am a strong proponent of using educational technology, both in the classroom and at home. Whether we like it or not – it’s a part of our daily lives now.

But that is only the first of a couple of reasons I support the use of technology with young children.

A second reason is that the use of educational technology in early education programs tends to level the educational playing field between those who have this access at home and those that do not. Being able to use computers and other technology at school can help all children develop the necessary life-skills needed in our technologically focused society.

Many experts recommend that all early childhood classrooms have an educational technology center that includes a computer, a printer, a digital camera, age-appropriate educational software, and access to the Internet. We would like to suggest that these centers also include a variety of educational DVDs and videos for those students who learn best with the added audio visual element that these mediums provide. Because children learn differently, at different rates, requiring different stimuli, when integrating technology into the lessons, it is important to plan to use all forms of technology – not just a few.

When creating such a technology center, here are some things to remember.

o Technology is not a replacement for the teacher. Technology elements, whether computers or educational DVDs and videos, are merely tools designed to help children learn. The teacher is still the guide.

o Consideration the applicable students’ age, developmental levels, and individual needs when selecting software, videos, and other technology.

o Don’t forget the parents. Collaborate with them and impart the importance of their involvement when their children are watching an educational television program or playing/working with computers.

o Monitor children’s use of all forms of technology that use earphones. Some research suggests that the volume at which children listen to the music can be extremely harmful.

In other words, what educational technology needs, to be properly integrated into the classroom is a good old-fashioned lesson plan.

Music Video Production Companies

Music video production companies are production companies that produce music videos. A music video is a video clip or a short film that gives a visual presentation of a song. Though music videos made specifically for television first appeared in the 1950s, the strong association between music and the video presentation of it started in the 1980s, with the launch of cable channels like MTV.

Apart from producing the video for music, music video production companies specialize in the writing of treatments for music videos, coverage of live shows, video editing, and developing video for the Internet. Music video production is a labor-intensive industry. As for any project, production of music videos begins with proper planning and design. Since there are many types of music videos, a decision has to be made regarding the type that suits the particular project. Based on the type of music video being developed, music video production companies decide on the film and video equipment that are needed for shooting the video.

The music video production association (MVPA) is the umbrella organization that brings together companies that are in the business of music video production. Together with providing a platform to share ideas and to educate its members on the latest happenings in the music video industry, MVPA tries to ensure that the member companies adhere to the highest professional production standards. The MVPA also facilitates discussion of matters of mutual concern among production companies, crews, suppliers, record companies, and any other party related to the music video industry. The MVPA Annual Awards are presented as a form of recognition to the technical and creative artists in the music video production industry.

Since 2000, the music video industry has been experiencing sinking levels of activity. With record labels experiencing declining profits, their investments into making music videos have also taken a hit. While a $500,000 music video for a band of average recognition was the norm earlier, currently such videos are budgeted at $200,000. This has adversely affected the music video production industry and the companies operating in this industry. Free online swapping of music and lax enforcement of intellectual property rights in developing countries have lately dulled the revenues for this industry.