Tutor Talk

Contests - Creating competitions that are fun and fair

Mar 1st, 2012

Posted by William

Making educational games that are fun to play a few times is challenging. Making games that students will want to play for weeks and months on end is even more difficult. It's necessary to keep things fresh for students by creating new challenges and mixing things up enough that they don't get bored and lose interest.

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Our very own dictionary

Feb 23rd, 2012

Posted by Christine

Students can now search for terms they don't recognize by typing them into the dictionary search bar located under the main navigation bar.

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Events - Streamlining Tonic Tutor Data

Feb 17th, 2012

Posted by William

You may have noticed the new Events link that recently popped up in your sidebar - if not I recommend you click on it and take a look at what you've been missing out on.

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New printable resources

Feb 8th, 2012

Posted by Christine

Our latest feature is a page containing downloadable and printable files that can be used in a variety of ways.

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Where did Tonic Tutor come from?

Feb 2nd, 2012

Posted by William

Where did Tonic Tutor begin? Early in 2009 Christine asked me to make a game that her students could play in her studio while they were waiting for their lessons.

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AURAL RHYTHM GAMES: Feeling beat, finding patterns, detecting differences

Nov 23rd, 2011

Posted by Christine

Where would music be without rhythm? Some students have an innate sense of it, and others struggle with it, but everyone has room for improvement.

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Motivating students: the impossible dream?

Nov 16th, 2011

Posted by Christine

Is there a fictitious monster, locked away in some bestiary or fantasy novel, that gets larger the longer you look at it? If not, there should be one, if for no other reason than to allow me to liken this topic to it.

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KEYBOARD GAMES

Nov 9th, 2011

Posted by Christine

Last week I wrote about the importance of melodic and rhythmic dictation, which requires students to "hear what they see" But even for people who don't read music, pianos (and other keyboard instruments) offer another way to make a connection between sound and sight. No other instruments provide such a clear visual representation of what we hear.

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DICTATION GAMES and our contest winner!

Nov 2nd, 2011

Posted by Christine

I don't know about the rest of the music teaching world, but almost all of the students that I've ever taught could fit neatly into one of two categories: "prefers to learn by listening" and "prefers to learn by reading".

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Originally a post on THEORY GAMES, but now including so much more!

Oct 26th, 2011

Posted by Christine

I think there's a little of everything in this post: the usual game rundown, a contest, some science, and a host of new method presets.

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