Web-based learning for Music Theory, Jazz, Ear Training, and Analysis
Music Literacy an online learning system. It is robust, accessible, and engaging and encourages classroom competition with over 500 levels of auto-generated and auto-graded learning modules. This frees the teacher from the burden of grading and gives the student immediate feedback. The goal is to learn the elements of music as a language; accomplishing deep learning so that the musical language can be used, quickly and easily. The website and modules are designed for instructors to use online in a classroom setting.
Retry until skill is mastered
Weekly on-line music tournament
Extra credit for high volume and speed of performance
Timed tests encourage speed
Continual review of materials to build depth of knowledge
Originally developed by and for college classroom use, the system is comprised of an interactive online portal with the option of accompanying physical textbooks. The system is easily adaptable to your existing curriculum and can be used in remote and fully online learning environments, with or without the companion textbooks.
Unique Features of Music Literacy
Random problem generation and auto-grading.
Students see unique problems and can repeat until skill is mastered, with no grading burden for instructor.
Immediate feedback with gaming model.
Class competition for extra credit for speed and number of correct problems.
Customizable courses, analysis and assessment/placement tests.
Course templates available with no set up needed.
Or fit your syllabus, and customize all aspects of the online system with choices of your own problem sets or any of the over 500 modules, analysis examples and levels in our practice rooms.
Easy to use and fun!
Students state that Music Literacy is fun and they are motivated by class competition and extra credit!
What is due next is always shown on login.
One click to current assignments.
In contrast to similar music study programs, our system integrates game theory into its design to reinforce repetitive layers of learning and to engage and sustain the students' attention. The program encourages classroom competition with over 500 levels of auto-generated and auto-graded learning modules. This frees the teacher from the burden of grading and gives the student immediate feedback. The goal is to learn the elements of music as a language; accomplishing deep learning so that the musical language can be used, quickly and easily. Additionally the program comes bundled with a free assessment test to easily and accurately place new students.
Music Theory 1,2,3,4
Ear Training 1,2,3,4
Custom course to fit your syllabus: Courses can be customized to fit your syllabus, with over 500 different assignments and levels.
Assignments randomly generated and automatically graded
Cumulative grades and extra credit automatically added to gradebook
Auto-reminder emails to students on assignment due date
Student testing data generated to analyze student learning
Customizable courses to fit your syllabus
Customizable timed assessment/placement tests
Auto-graded music analysis: chords, keys, roman numerals
Work on-line correlates with improvement in-class tests.
Addresses equity: increases retention and persistence.
Higher student completion rate for homework
Theory, aural skills homework in one location
Increased engagement = more time on task
Easy access, small successes = motivation
Reinforces classroom learning = better performance on in-class tests
Students enjoy doing homework, many learning styles
No teacher burden for grading
Immediate feedback increases confidence
Roman Numeral Analysis
We offer high quality, low cost textbooks, manuals written by Dr. Momilani Ramstrum and refined with 10 years of use in the classroom. Website access only is OER (Open Education Resource, under $25 student cost).
Website Access Only - $18 per student per course to the bookstore (OER)
Music Fundamentals Textbook - $40 to bookstore, complete textbook with semester web access
Workbooks - $31 to bookstore, Music Theory, Ear Training, Composition Workbooks, includes web access for the semester
Site License - $200 per course per semester, (departmental funding accepted)
Assessment Test - FREE included with any course for all students
Show Book Excerpts
This is an excerpt from the Music Fundamentals textbook Musical Literacy.
Within each course are a series of online competition - Tournaments. Students do the series of exercises for a grade and at the same time compete with classmates for extra credit (number of correct problems and/or speed in completion). We have found that the competition and promise of extra credit is a motivator, which has a positive impact on retention and depth of understanding. Once tournaments are used, students do the homework multiple times in hopes of winning and getting extra credit.
Large volume of correctly answered problems (see graph below)
All problems are randomly generated
Instructors can create a set of exercises for a Tournament to fit students' needs
Top performing students can participate in a California statewide music theory competition hosted by Music-Literacy.com
Total correct answers in the semester: 20,100 with 19 students
Average correct answers: 1057 per student
Who is Using Music-Literacy.com
The online learning system has been in use for ten years by music college faculty.
Music theory, Ear Training, Music Fundamentals, Composition, Jazz instructors around the USA are using the materials as the core training components for their online and remote teaching courses.
The website and materials have been developed over the last 10 years by a full-time music college professor in Southern California.
All materials have been thoroughly vetted and tested on music students in colleges and universities.
California statewide music theory competition host since 2015
Music Literacy is an
online learning system that uses a gaming model to reinforce repetitive layers of learning. The system was created by Dr. Momilani Ramstrum, Ph.D., Professor of Music at San Diego Mesa College. She has used the Music Literacy system with her own students for over a decade and has observed a
dramatic increase in retention and persistence, and has found it especially beneficial in promoting equity. Students entering college with less background preparation are able to succeed using a 'keep working until you succeed' model of learning.