Strapped for funds and new ideas in how to engage their students in school, teachers are turning to video games and video game technology.
This article explores how as many as 60 music teachers around the United States are using the “Wii Music” program on the Wii to engage students and teach them music.
“Nintendo approached the National Music Education Association (or MENC) in late October — around about the same time that “Wii Music” hit store shelves — to see how the software might work in a classroom setting.”
““Wii Music” doesn’t ask players to match beats, like “Guitar Hero” or “Rock Band.” Using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller, players can experiment with more than 60 different virtual instruments ranging from bagpipes to ukulele. They can play mini-games such as “Handbell Harmony” and “Pitch Perfect.” And they can jam or improvise as part of an ensemble.”
While I’m always a fan of old-fashioned kazoo-blowing, I think using visual cues, as well as hand-eye coordination, can be great aids to help students learn aural skills.