KS1 - Free Browser Based Music Software
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Browser based free software
Ableton Loops Grid - KS1 & 2
A simple 4 x 4 grid matrix that contains loops for drums, bass, chords and melodies. Allow children to explore creating different combinations, discussing why they like their selection. This application offers clear opportunities to explore discussion and the creation of musical sections as well as discussions around texture.
Chrome Experiments - Kandinsky - KS1 & 2
Kandinsky is a visually engaging piece of software that allows users to draw shapes and lines. These graphics are interpreted by the software as a range of instruments and sounds in a range of pitches. Because of the free time nature of what is produced, this software could be used as a safe starting point for younger pupils, helping to build positive musical experiences in an engaging way.
Chrome Experiments – Melody Maker - KS1, 2 & 3
Melody maker is a piece of software which allows learners to quickly create single note melodies using 8 beats. The tempo can be altered and there is a delay effect which can be added to create a nice effect.
Chrome Experiments – Rhythm - KS1 & 2
Rhythm is a colourful tool which, due to its animated characters, would likely be appealing to younger students. Rhythm allows for learners to compose and explore in a range of time signatures including 3/4, 4/4, 5/4, 6/8 (or 6/4). With simple and limited graphic notation, pupils can create their own rhythms in the variety of given time signatures.
Chrome Experiments – Voice Spinner - KS1 & 2
Voice spinner is a simple piece of software which allows learners to quickly record and manipulate a short snippet of their voice (or any other sound they choose). They can manipulate the pitch of the recording or play the recording in reverse at various pitches.
Incredibox BeatBox Looper - KS1 & 2
Incredibox is a very fun and visually engaging application whilst also providing some very enjoyable and high quality looping and layering opportunities. Pupils select from banks of samples, assigning one of the characters to a certain loop. The loops can be turned on or off and be set to mute or solo. These tools allow pupils to create clear layers and sections.
Patatap Keyboard Sample Player - KS1 & 2
This app is exceptionally quick, easy and fun to use as an instant instrument with a wide variety of sounds. Each letter key, on the computer keyboard, triggers a sound and accompanying animation to play. There are 8 banks of sounds to choose from that are easily changed by pressing the space bar to move on to the next bank.
HEALTH & SAFETY NOTE – by pressing the keys 'Q', 'A' or 'Z' on the computer keyboard, causes a screen short colour flashing animation that might be unsuitable for some pupils. To remedy this, simple minimise drag the Patatap window down to the bottom of your computer display so you can no longer see the animations.
Sheep Beats - KS1, 2 & 3
Sheep beats is a visually fun and simple piece of software based around creating drum rhythms. Using a midi style note entry system, the user can compose a single bar using either the kick, snare or hi hat sound. This can then be layered with a double bass and keyboard type sound to create a one bar riff. Colourfully animated, this software can be used to help teach rhythm composition.
Tonematrix - KS1 & 2
Tonematrix is a responsive, visual and easy to use piece of software. Based on a grid matrix system, users enter in blocks to create different rhythms and pitches. This could be used to create a live interpretation to moving image by building and taking away notes.
Virtual Drum Kit - KS1 & 2
A simple virtual drum kit that can be "played" by pressing keys on the computer keyboard.
A key map for some of the drums can be seen here:
'B' – Kick drum
'V' – Snare drum (right stick)
'C' – Snare drum (left stick)
'X' – Hi-hat closed
'Z' – Hi-hat open