Category: Technology and Teaching

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The Soundbrenner Pulse UPDATE! – Technology and Teaching

It’s finally here, our long awaited update on the Soundbrenner Pulse? Is it truly the next evolution of the metronome, or just an interesting offshoot? Watch as we come to our conclusion! Technology and Teaching is a reoccurring article that focuses on teaching old dogs new tricks to teach new dogs old tricks.

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Technology and Teaching – Zildjian L80 Low Volume Cymbals

Check out our review on Zildjian’s new L80 Low Volume Cymbals. Zildjian claims these cymbals sound like regular cymbals but are up to 80% quieter. If this is true it changes the game if you are a teacher that has to use a muffled setup. Do they hit their mark? Watch the video to find…

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Technology and Teaching – The Soundbrenner Pulse

Welcome to our first video article for Technology and Teaching. In this episode we’re taking a look at the Soundbrenner Pulse, a wearable, vibrating metronome. Make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below or send us a tweet @musiciansnotes. If you’d rather read the review, a text version is available…

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Technology and Teaching – Groove Scribe

Groove Scribe is an online transcription and composition tool for drumset brought to us by Mike Johnston and the great people over at It combines the worlds of a WYSIWYG interface, drum tab, and western musical notation. It easily allows a user to write, listen to and share a groove. This is a great…

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Technology and Teaching – The Metronome by Soundbrenner

“The Metronome” is a metronome app released by the new startup company Soundbrenner. For someone who prides himself on writing the most in depth breakdowns of tech as it applies to teaching percussion, I have to say that this is going to be a fairly short review. The TL;DR of it is “It’s good, not…


Technology and Teaching – PASIC15 Streaming!

Didn’t make it to the Percussive Arts Society International Convention this year? Did you get a chance to stream it? That’s right, PAS streamed portions of the 2015 convention online. I have to disclose that I personally did not have the chance to watch any of these clinics, as I was working during each and…

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Technology and Teaching – Clapping Music

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music is the quintessential representation of phase music. Its simplicity clearly shows the core concept behind phase music and is the perfect and most elegant piece to illustrate the concept that by changing and modifying small fragments of music one unlocks a whole new way of experiencing that music. If you are…


Technology and Teaching – Android Metronome Shootout

Last time in Technology and Teaching I wrote about the highest rated iOS metronome apps. This time we’ll be doing the same thing for Google’s Android operating system. It should be noted that to test the metronomes I used a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 running Android Lollipop. I searched “metronome” on the Google Play store…


Technology and Teaching – iOS Metronome Shootout

Metronomes are a technology that has been almost completely taken over by the smartphone industry. When I was getting started as a  teacher, a decent metronome would run about twenty dollars. If I wanted something with major capabilities I would have to spend over one hundred dollars on either a BOSS Dr. Beat or a…

Technology and Teaching – Groove Freedom

Groove Freedom is a new app for the iPad imagined by Mike Johnston, music educator and founder of the site If you don’t know much about Johnston or his website I highly encourage you to check it out as well as giving this video a watch. Johnston was one of the first to do…