After my blog last week and discussing how there seemed to be few if any music web 2.0 sites purely devoted to the skills used in a general music classroom, I found a site that could be used immediately in many of the music classrooms across our district. Noteflight (http://www.noteflight.com) is a music composition tool that is free to use and publish music on. In general music and instrumental classes, students are required to create their own composition showing the skills of meter markings, appropriate note length, and correct question/answer musical statements.
Having just talked with a general music teacher and having her voice her frustration in how unreadable her students work was, this seems to be the perfect solution. As do most of the web 2.0 sites, Noteflight does require a student to have a working email address to sign-up for the site. It may be possible to have the students simply use the teacher's site, depending upon how many computers can be logged into that account at one time (something for further investigation). Some teachers may argue that giving the students a computer instead of staff paper to write their piece does not truly measure their musical ability, but the student must still have a basic skill level to use the computer as well.
Not only will this help with students' penmanship and music creation, but it can also be viewed by others who have access to the site. This is incredibly important as our district has made an effort to ensure that all students across the district regardless of what school they attend should have the same quality type of education. By having students on all corners of the district discuss their musical compositions online, this would not only foster communication and collaboration between "rival" schools, but also help the directors and district make sure that students are attaining the same levels of music proficiency everywhere.
I will preface all of this with the idea that our district's computer network is seriously slow and failed completely when I previously tried to have students use an online web 2.0 tool. I am interested in finding out how this program will handle student traffic at the same time. Overall, I am very excited about this site, but am still working on trying to find a web 2.0 tool purely devoted to teaching the concepts of music.