Lesson 1: Integrating the Smartboard in Piano Education


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In this lesson you will watch several videos and explore several programs or applications that integrate the SMART board into piano education. At the end of this lesson you will assess yourself, and share what you have learned through lesson plans you have created. You may want to scroll to the bottom of each page at every lesson to look at the questions before you begin viewing.


- Analyze online resources/programs that use piano education/music concept tools by identifying the pros and possibly the cons that each program provides for them and also be able to identify the musical concepts that are being used in each program.
- Demonstrate a better understanding of different piano education tools/resources that incorporate technology by describing in writing the uses of 4 or 5 of the tools given and how he/she may use it in their own classroom in the future.
- Effectively use different strategies involving technology that help their own students learn piano/music concepts
- Develop curriculum that uses technology that is supplemental to their own classroom/private lessons, taking into consideration students' skill levels
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the types of technology used by choosing to incorporate it in the piano education classroom to enhance students' learning.

Please click the links below to start learning. Begin to think about how you might use some of these programs and/or resources in your classroom.

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Video Demonstrations on Virtual Keyboards

Virtual keyboards available on the SMART board using "Notebook"

Preview of what is available on Notebook for the SMART board

Video of a Long Distance Piano Lesson

Below is some helpful information about how the piano was connected to the SMART board to make this lesson possible.
"The software that connects the pianos is called Internet MIDI and comes from TimeWarp Technologies. Internet MIDI works with digital pianos as well and provides the on-screen keyboard. (Video is provided by Skype.) Internet MIDI has an optional feature called Classroom Maestro, which is the module that puts up the musical staff and which shows the intelligent analysis. That module is available as a standalone program from TimeWarp."-George F. Litterst

Other SMART Board Resources: (may have to purchase to fully use some)

Virtual Keyboard

  • click on the "instructions" to view everything that is offered
  • build chords with students in chord mode and the program will then play the chord for the student
  • Play single notes on the virtual keyboard

Learn About the Piano- Elementary

Interactive way to learn about the piano itself

The Piano Keyboard- Drill Builder

This activity teaches whole steps, half steps, sharps & flats, on every staff

The Piano Tutor

This program allows you to quiz your students on note naming, chords, etc.

Piano Game: Naming Notes on Piano

  • Elementary level, helps learners name notes on the piano through a simple game
  • This can also be a program students can use at home on their computers to reinforce notes names

|SMART Board Resource From a Workshop

This is a pdf of some music based resources from a workshop. Some ideas can be easily modified to focus on piano education.

Looking ahead to assessment on the last page:


  • What are some ways I can use the SMART board to implement technology into my own classroom?
  • What are some ways these activities/programs may benefit my students with special needs?
  • How can I gauge my students progress on the piano by using the SMART board?

Write at least one lesson for your classroom that involves the use of a SMART board (even if one is not available to you).

(If available) Write a reflection on the lesson after it has been applied.