1st article in a series about boomboxes
They say variety is the spice of life. On any given day we’re faced with a variety of options when it comes to what book to read, which CD to play and equipment to use. In a classroom setting, making the best choice that will make your job easier and benefit students could feel a bit daunting. With a plethora of available choices, knowing first what your needs are is perhaps the best starting points, especially when you have limited funding for audio resources.
The [Music Maker] media player allows our 5th and 6th grade band members to use the CDs that go along with our method book in lessons and group band rehearsals.
Media players come in a variety of sizes with varying features and capabilities. Providing schools with one that fits a teacher’s curriculum and helps students improve their education is just as important as what they are being taught. Literacy and language learning instruction comes in the form of downloadable digital files that can be played on an MP3 player and is more commonly available in CD format. While it would be nice to be able to obtain such media and keep an inventory for all who need it, it is not always feasible. Sometimes it is a far better idea to come across CDs that can be used as teaching tools and make copies of them that can be played in a multimedia player like the MP3-capable Music Maker™.
Although a variety of multimedia player/recorders can play store-bought CD’s, not all will play a CD that has been burned. The Music Maker is equipped with a special CD player mechanism that will play compressed MP3 files that have been burned onto a blank disc and because CD’s are such an integral component of different types of classes, such as choir and other music-related courses, the Music Maker’s MP3 capability provides teachers and students with a big advantage. As Lori Carroll, an elementary band director from Letts, IA shares: “The [Music Maker] media player allows our 5th and 6th grade band members to use the CD’s that go along with our method book in lessons and group band rehearsals.” The flexibility of being able to play a CD that has been duplicated from a store-bought CD that contains copyright files makes the Music Maker both a cost-effective and valuable player.
Read the 2nd article in this series “Searching for Specific Content”