This music site provides a free program called ‘Anvil Studio’ that allows a person to record, compose, sequence and play music.
Learning and Teaching Resource
Anvil Studio can be downloaded without charge, for use with computers running on Microsoft Windows. It is intended to support recording music, composing and playing with music held on a computer. iT can be used for any key stage. Sample songs are featured on the site to show you what can be produced from this software. There is a page that informs you of the system requirements needed to download Anvil Studio.
The feature list does what it says on the tin. There is a long list of items that feature on the Anvil Studio software, divided into sections. It is vital that you know what you'll be getting before you download.
The sample screens page offers images of what the software looks like and come with notes so you know what you are seeing. If you are wanting other accessories to go with this programme then they can be ordered.
Uses of Anvil Studio
Teachers who are creating soundtracks for use, as part of performances, class assemblies or other projects may find this software useful in producing the desired musical materials they require. It could also be used alongside the children to demonstrate the usefulness of ICT in creating compositions and manipulating sounds.
The software could be used to support recording and storing sounds to make a sound trail. This could be sound captured around the school environment or through exploring the sounds made by instruments. Musical phrases could be created on the computer to consider long and short sounds to introduce the concept of duration.
The use of software can also support the ICT programme of study where ideas are developed, refined and enhanced. There are tutorials for teachers and pupils who are wanting to know the basics of the software and how to create rhythm tracks.