Music students at the Fort Atkinson Middle School and High School are using MusicFirst, an intuitive software that allows students to instantly get feedback about their playing. After teachers upload a short segment of music, students use their smartphone or a computer to record themselves playing the excerpt. The software matches the student's recording to an automated recording and gives instant feedback about their pitch, rhythm, and tempo.
The software provides individual feedback for students and a database of their performance over time. This allows the teachers to give more specific feedback to students within the large classroom ensemble. MusicFirst also allows students to maintain a digital portfolio of other work, including written responses and music theory assessments. MusicFirst is now a critical assessment tool used by music classes at FAMS and FAHS.
To learn more about this, please contact our orchestra teacher, William Callaway at our High School or Middle School!