Brian VandeWalle, Technology Chair

Welcome to the Technology Page for the state of Texas!


Here you can find more information about apps, software, and other topics that have been discussed in TMEC Connections.

Use the links below to navigate to some of these lists and topics.


The most difficult part of beginning the use of mobile devices in my classroom was finding quality apps that were worth downloading for the students.  It was hit or miss for a while.  Some I paid for and realized I had wasted my money.  Others were free and they turned out to be some of the best apps.  Below is a list of the apps that we use in my classroom on a regular basis.  Some are free and some are not.  But all have become favorites.

Note Squish

Note Squish is an app for iOS devices that promotes students to practice reading the lines and spaces of the treble clef, bass clef or C-Clef staff.  It is similiar to the classic Whack-a-Mole game that requires students to identify the note displayed and quickly tap the cartoon mole that is displaying the correct note name in the section below the staff.  Settings in the app allow the user to select the range of notes to be included in the game and the speed of the game.  Users can also choose bewteen note names or solfege names.  For more information about this app click here.

Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra by Benjamin Britten

Here is a fun and creative app for students.  This app has MANY features that allow students to explore the families of instruments as well as each individual instrument with background information and audio samples.  Included are also a variety of composition and matching games, and a full video recording of this famous selection being performed.  Students can switch instantly between the score and the video during the performance video.  For more information and a complete list of feature that this app provides click here.



Here you can find a list of computer software that we use in my classroom.  Some can be downloaded online and others have to be ordered in hard copy format.  You can get more information about each program by clicking on the name of the software below.


I mentioned iTunes in a couple previous articles in TMEC Connections.  iTunes, for those unfamilair, is a media player, media library, online radio broadcaster, and mobile device management application developed by Apple Inc.  I use iTunes to store and organize all my media files, from music to video files, which makes locating and using those files much faster and easier.  It is also a tool for my iPads and iPods used to sync and make sure that all devices have the same files and apps loaded on each one.  This is one of the most used pieces of software that I use as a teacher.



Finale is a Music Notation program that I use for creating sheet music, worksheets, and exercises.  The full education version offers a variety of tools that I find useful.  The paid version offers two licenses.  This does not all the computers in my classroom.  The paid version is loaded on my teacher computer.  Finale offers a free version that I use on student computers.


Finale Notepad

Finale Notepad is a free version of Finale Notation software.  I use this free version on my student computers.  It does not have nearly the same level of options as the full teacher version but it offers enough features and options to make it a valuable tool to my students when working on compositions.




Below you will find a variety of websites that my students use in class during centers and/or computer time.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra for Kids

A great website full f musical fun for students, parents, and teachers.


The Ultimate List of Online Music Education Games

This site contains a HUGE amount of music games and online lessons for students of all ages.  Many of them can be used independently by students, as a group, or as a class.  A site well worth visiting.





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