MIDI for Mac technical notes

Posted by on July 25, 2014 with 0 Comments

Among the many unique features of MusicLearningCommunity.com are the 35 games that utilize a MIDI keyboard. We have a specialized piece of Java code that enables our MIDI capability. Near the beginning of this year Oracle, without prior notice, released a required update to Java. This update requires the addition of a signed security certificate, and blocked our application until we fulfilled Java’s new standards. Our previous newsletter announced that the MIDI games are working again. But….

 

The current Java version requires special settings in order for MusicLearningCommunity.com MIDI games to work with a Mac computer.  We recommend using the Safari and Firefox browsers on the Mac, as they are fully supported by Java. Please note that Google Chrome on the Mac is not compatible with the latest Java, and will not run MIDI games.

Here is what you need to do to set up Safari and Firefox:

Java Update. First you need to make sure that your computer has Java installed and it is up to date.

1. On your computer open Safari or Firefox and go to java.com

2. On the Java home page you will find a question you can select: “Do I have Java?”

3. When you select that question, you will be presented with a utility that will “Verify Java Version” on your computer.  Run this.

4. You should get a message that indicates  you have Java and all is well or you do not have the latest version and need to update.  Simply follow the directions from Java.

Configure Browser.  You need to configure Safari or Firefox to run the MIDI games Java scriptlet from MusicLearningCommunity.com

1. Attach the MIDI keyboard to the computer (USB port)

2. Open the browser

3. Go to the MusicLearningCommunity.com Home page

4. Select “Preferences” (under the Safari or Firefox menu)

5. Select the “Security” tab

For Safari:

a.  Select “Manage Website Settings”

b.  Select “Java” from the left column

[Note that www.musiclearningcommunity.com will show up in the right window with a drop down box.  If it does not appear you will have to configure Java first–see below–then repeat steps 4-5 above]

c.  In the drop down box select the option “Run in Unsafe Mode”

[At this point your MIDI device should be recognized]

d.  Select “Done”  [You may get a warning message.  If so, select “Trust”].  We can assure you that our site is not a risk.

e.  Close the Preferences panel.

For Firefox:

a.  Select “Exceptions”

b.  Type “MusicLearningCommunity.com” in the box

c.  Select “Allow”

d.  Close Preferences panels.

Java Configuration.  If you need to configure Java:

1.  Select System Preferences (under the Apple symbol)

2.  Select the Java application (probably in bottom row)

3.  Select “Security”

4.  Select “Edit Site List” (in lower right)

5.  Select “Add” button

6.  Type http://www.musiclearningcommunity.com in the box provided

7.  Select “OK” button (on edit list pane)

8.  Select “OK” button (on control panel pane)

[Note that you may get a security message advising that HTTP locations are a security risk.  Click “Continue”.  Our site is not a risk.]

9.  Close the Java panel.

Now you can login to MusicLearningCommunity.com and select a MIDI game to play.  (With Firefox, you may see a line at the top of your window that questions whether to allow a Java plug-in.  On the right side select “Allow”).

When you first attempt to play a MIDI game, a permissions box will appear on screen which asks the user to accept the Java code. Once the check box has been checked, the permissions box will disappear and the MIDI games will then operate.
If the MIDI does not work you may need to re-start your computer and plug the keyboard in before you open a browser.  You may need to update your browser.  You may need to repeat some of the steps.
Please let us know if you encounter any issues with running MIDI games. Make sure you have the latest Java update to your computer.

Remember that MIDI does not run on mobile devices, since Java will not run on them. We are exploring ways to get around this issue in the future.

We wish you a very happy summer!

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Singing After Forty

Posted by on August 26, 2013 with 2 Comments
BARBARA LEWIS

Barbara Lewis

SINGING AFTER FORTY!

Hello to all readers!

I am so pleased to be writing to you here on the MusicLearningCommunity Blog.

My name is Barbara Lewis. I have been both a singer and a vocal coach for over 30 years. I am delighted to be associated with the Music Learning Community for whom I am now creating a series of videos that will teach adult singers –  (ie: those who are singing after 40 – although, I hope that younger singers will enjoy the series, too!) –  how to sing better. Level One of the series is called, Easy/Fun Singing!  (Coming soon.)  Continue Reading «Singing After Forty»

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Lifetime Musician™ Curriculum

Posted by on August 21, 2013 with 3 Comments

Introducing the new

Lifetime Musician™ Curriculum

Although the MusicLearningCommunity.com games have been sequenced to various piano methods, as documented in the Student Pages, we have wanted for some time to have a general curriculum as well.

We are pleased to announce that our new Lifetime Musician Music Literacy Curriculum is now ready to use. The Lifetime Musician organizes the games by level — from beginning to end — in a sequence that matches most music teaching methods. You now have two choices for accessing the learning games: the original way by level and category or through the Lifetime Musician system.

This is the forerunner to our new e-learning system under development.

We have prepared a short video to further explain how to access and use the Lifetime Musician Curriculum.

 

“Beta” means that we are still editing! 

This is fully functional but you may find some games that don’t load and some graphics that are missing. Thanks for your patience!

Log in as a student and click “Lifetime Musician Beta.”

(Note: Wait for the blue bars to appear from Primary 1A to Level 5. With a slow internet connection, this could take several seconds.)

Click one of the blue bars to choose a level. There are 20 “Assignments” in each level with 5 to 8 games in each assignment. Every 5th assignment is a “skill check.” Click an orange tab to choose an assignment. 

Students will enjoy the new navigation

 This makes it extremely easy for a student to know which games to play and to see their progress. 

You can choose the Learn, Play, Quiz (and Challenge) stages of the game and you can see the target score right from there. When you finish the game, your score will appear under the target score. When you reach the target score on the Quiz, the gray check mark turns green so students can see that they have mastered that concept.

This will hopefully eliminate the need for some of the assignment sheets. Teachers can now assign a level and an assignment number. Returning students may be surprised to see all of their previous scores already displaying in the new system—complete with green check marks!

Please note that when a student finishes a game, the browser automatically reverts to Level 5. For now, please ask students to remember the level and assignment number they are working on. 

Teacher Guides 

The Lifetime Musician teacher guides are available as PDF documents in the Teacher Resource Center. Here you will see the games in each assignment. You will also find an alphabetical list of all games in each level that shows where to find each game in the Lifetime Musician curriculum and shows how to find each game by category.

Note: The “Games at a Glance” checklists have been updated and now include the reference to the Lifetime Musician curriculum. 

Starting a new student

We suggest that students new to MusicLearningCommunity.com start one level below their performance level and play the quizzes. If they don’t achieve the target score the first time, they should play the Learn or the Play until they have mastered that concept, then try the quiz again.

 

Terry Treble’s New Look

Posted by on June 12, 2013 with 0 Comments

Terry Treble’s New Look

Since 2005, Terry Treble has been a familiar face to us all as a member of the MusicLearningCommunity family. Now, Terry Treble is orchestrating the movement of music education into the future.

Old Terry Treble 

Old Terry Treble

As our fearless leader, Terry Treble is personally overseeing the renovation of our e-learning system. Terry couldn’t be more excited for these amazing new developments and the insight he is gaining as a result! Opening up to the world’s vast store of musical knowledge, Terry has learned a great deal about the nature of music. As can be found in Terry Treble and H Note Write Music ©, Terry personally invented the method of capturing music on paper.  Continue Reading «Terry Treble’s New Look»

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Terry Treble Books

Posted by on June 12, 2013 with 2 Comments

Terry Treble Books are Here!

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Terry TrebleMany are not aware of the importance of Terry Treble in music history.  So we are writing a few books to tell of Terry Treble’s contributions to music.  The first book is initially titled Terry Treble and H Note Make Music.  This book recounts the first efforts to write music—the creation of the staff and notes—and why there is no H note in modern music (the BACH motif).  Continue Reading «Terry Treble Books»

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