7th January 2000 at 00:00
Music is a classic example of where the arts and technology meet. Music can be composed, heard, played and learnt on a computer. RM's Living Library, an online resource service, is adding a number of new titles, including the Hutchinson Encyclopedia of Music, which contains over 11,000 entries and covers many areas including technical terms and musical examples designed to help teachers and students understand difficult concepts. There is also a complete listing for very major composer, plus biographical information. RM plans to extend the Living Library even further with music-related illustrations and a wide range of sound clips.

On the software side, RM will show RM Music Explorer, which helps children develop compositional skills and experiment with sounds from many musical instruments. Inclusive Technology's Music Games is designed for primaries and offers various listening activities, with children listening to an on-screen keyboard. Music Maker by Resource is aimed at children aged 4-9 and has five activities, including The Jolly Keyboard and Up the Stairs.

REM publishes a wide range of music software including Piano Suite from Life Software, an interactive package for complete beginners and which offers 380 pieces of music covering many genres. Semerc, part of Granada Learning, offers various music software titles including Musical Minbeasts, which allows users to create tunes which can be printed out. Compose World Junior represents musical phrases as pctures or words, which can be sequenced in any order or combination. TAG offers several music titles including Music Box from Topologika. Designed for six to 13-year-olds, this title covers sounds, beats and chords, which can be explored in various ways. Sibelius Software will be showing its music notation software, which includes Virtual Manuscript Paper. This appears textured on-screen and looks like real manuscript paper. Users can view one page at a time or scroll through the score.

And don't forget that the Virtual Teachers Centre, managed by BECTA, offers useful resources for music teachers in primary, secondary and special schools. The day I checked out the site, there were over 1,300 documents related to music, covering areas such as the music curriculum, flute music available in Braille and information on the Music IT Support Project. Also included were classroom resources, CD-Rom reviews, information about BECTA's Music IT Pack, plus a review of around 25 websites that are of interest to music teachers. What is more, each review includes hot links that can take users directly to each site.

BECTA Stand: Learning Stand: Technology Stand: Stand: Stand: D50www.rm.comSibelius Software Stand:C120www.sibelius.comTAG Teachers Centre web address

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