LESSONS II is the most comprehensive Chords and Harmony
software available. It's recommended for intermediate to
advanced musicians, ages 12 and up.
LESSONS II develops all four areas of music perception
essential to the study of music:
Skills (Piano and Guitar)
Chords Ear Training
Numeral Chord Identification
study activities, Naming, Writing, and Playing, develop
three of the four essential areas of music perception:
Visual Recognition, Written Notation, and Keyboard
Skills. The fourth area, Ear Training, is covered in the
two Ear Training drills, which can also be practiced in
the Naming, Writing and Playing activities. Being able
to switch between the three study activities in every
drill keeps you motivated and interested, while
reinforcing the musical concepts being learned.
you see in all keys, clefs, qualities, inversions, and
open or closed voicings;
chords on the music staff in all keys, clefs, qualities,
and inversions, using the programís drawing tools;
in all keys, clefs, qualities, and inversions on the
program's two instruments (piano and guitar) or from an
attached MIDI synthesizer;
identify chords in all keys, clefs, qualities, and
inversions in the ear training drills.
LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY
of study has three to four subdrills, and each subdrill
has multiple settings. The easier settings work well in
the middle school, while the advanced settings are
suitable for college study.
drills are easily created to target specific areas of
study. For example, you could create a drill to work on
the ii - V - I chords in the keys of C, F, and G.
work in treble clef, bass clef, alto clef, tenor clef,
grand staff, or any combination of these. In treble clef
they can work with three or four part chords in open or
Playing activity drills, you answer questions by playing
the on-screen Piano or Guitar instruments, or an
attached MIDI keyboard.
Writing activity drills, you answer questions using the
program's built in music notation tools.
training is a challenging area for most students. With
MUSIC LESSONS II, you can create custom ear training
drills with a learning curve that fits your needs.
drills help prepare for Advanced Placement Music Theory
immediate feedback with on screen scores, and you can
work at your own pace. If you don't know the answer, the
program will show you. If you don't understand the
answer, the built in Help screens clearly and completely
explain every musical term and concept used in the
MUSIC LESSONS II is open ended, you can work on the
drills in any order. The software is easily integrated
with any existing curriculum.
LESSONS II works with a wide range of learning styles
and preferences. Nearly every aspect of the program's
interface is under the your control.
provides hundreds of possible chord and harmony
exercises formed by combinations of the six areas of
study, the three study activities, the multiple levels
of difficulty, the five clef choices, and the piano and
Reports provide a detailed record of student scores on
every level of every drill. It's easy to view or print
the current assignment, any assignment from the past, or
the cumulative listing of scores for all drills done in
the past and up to the present. The cumulative score
listing provides an end of term assessment for each
student. Progress Reports can be printed and saved for
an unlimited number of students.
MUSIC THEORY REFERENCE
comprehensive Music Theory Reference explaining all
concepts related to the drills is built into the program
and is always available on screen.
USER GUIDE AND REFERENCE MANUAL
manuals thoroughly explain every aspect of the program's
card or optional MIDI synthesizer
Mac: Computer speaker: sampled sounds or QuickTime
MIDI: MiBAC routines, MIDI Manager, OMS, FreeMIDI
Win 95, 98,
NT4, Win 2000 Sound Blaster and MIDI compatible
Mac 68K or
PowerMac MacOS 7.1.1 or newer, MacOS 8 or MacOS 9 MIDI