Music writing software
"This product is quite simply fantastic. Full of ready to use activities and lessons it has got be the best educational software I have ever purchased." - Amazon Customer Review (more in 'Reviews and Quotes' below)
Most music software is, like sheet music, black and white, and you have to manipulate 'fiddly' traditional notation or sequence someone else's clips. And if you prefer to start with or add lyrics, you can't.
Now you can. Although you can work with notation if you wish, Words and Music also provides colourful 'paper strips' - slide them up and down to change pitch, stretch, shrink, split and join them to make different notes. You write lyrics by typing on the paper strips or under the staves, and can switch between either display at any time. As your confidence grows, you may prefer to explore harmonies and chords by working on more than one stave (the 'Trio' screen). Editing tools include insert, cut, paste and copy, and there's even a 'Zoom' feature that provides an overview of your composition - a great place to explore and discuss musical shapes and patterns.
To help the busy teacher or parent, Words and Music includes two Resource Books of lesson ideas. Printable worksheets are on the CD, and there are hundreds of ready-to-use activity files and suggestions for getting started at home or in the classroom, including how to make your own activity files, save, print, etc. Opportunities for linking Music and Literacy (syllables, rhythm, stresses and intonation of speech, etc.) and for developing composition, songwriting and performance skills abound.
*Not just another 'sequencer' - users create their very own music
*Treble, alto, bass and/or percussion tracks
*Display lyrics and/or note names
*Use chords or turn them off
*Change key and time sigs, swap between major, minor, chromatic, pentatonic, blues and DIY scales
*More than 300 instruments
*Saves MP3, MIDI, MusicXML and WAV files
*Includes straight-forward options
*Share work via our website, burn CDs, enjoy it on MP3 players
*BETT Awards 2007 runner up