Category Archives: tools

Free tools for music educators

Check out the great free tools for music educators at PracticeSpot
(the Manuscript Genie is worth the price of admission alone….FREE!)

Here is a sample list and description of what you’ll find

Music Crosswords
PracticeSpot’s crossword collection – all dedicated to the subject musicians know best

Chord Wizard
Decode any chord, any time, anywhere in any key. Gb Minor Major 7th with added 13th? No problem.

Practice Spot’s Manuscript Genie
Infinite supply of free manuscript paper, in a variety of sizes.

Sight Reading Chef
Randomly generated sightreading sheets, so you never know what you’ll get

Scales Chef
How scales manuals should be – filled only with the scales you ask for

Rhythm Gym
Randomly generated sightreading sheets, so you never know what you’ll get

PracticeSpot’s Theory Sheet Center

The web’s largest collection of free printable theory sheets.


Free tempo adjustment feature in Quicktime

Today while I was rehearsing with my students, I needed to slow down one of the songs we were singing. There is a great feature in the free version of Quicktime that allows you to slow down the tempo of a song and keep the pitch the same. It’s much cheaper than any tempo adjustment software you can buy and is great for slowing down those tricky sections on any piece of music; guitar hacks like me love this software for breaking down those Clapton licks- Here is what you do: (the screenshots are from my Mac but the process is the same on a PC)

1) Open up a file in Quicktime.

2) Click on Window>Show A/V Controls

3) Slide Playback Speed control to slow down or speed up

If you slow it way down, the sound gets a bit “crunchy” but the pitch remains the same. Loop those tough sections, slow ’em down, and you’ll get your chops up in no time.