Kristel Behrend (pictured dressed as her favourite book character, Rita Skeeter, for Read Across America Week) is a Elementary general music teacher at Lake Myra Elementary School in Wendel, North Carolina who is also studying to get her masters at ECU. She stumbled across MuseScore during an internet search and has been using it for just over 8 months now.
So, has MuseScore been adopted by your school? ”I’m working on it. It’s on my laptop and my home computer, but Wake County has to get it on the approved list before I can install in in the lab.” Kristel explains “We have a lab of about 30 computers and a laptop cart with 28. I plan to install [MuseScore] on both.”
And how are you and the students using it in class?
“Right now, it’s a teacher tool, but the kids recently did composition projects that I put into MuseScore and then arranged. I was able to play the arrangement for them in class using an interactive projector to display it. Also, while tracked out [Ed: Kristel teaches at a "year-round school" where students are away from school or "tracked out" for a couple of weeks at a time], a student e-mailed me about working ahead in his recorder unit. I was able to notate 3 versions of Yankee Doodle, post them to MuseScore.com, and link to them from my site. Now my student can not only see the music, but play along with the accompaniment as well. That’s my new favorite tool.”
Kristel uses MuseScore to write for her students at school:Orff classroom arrangements, for notating student compositions, or for creating her own compositions.
And her favourite thing about MuseScore?
“Everything… it’s got better options than any of the lower paid versions out there, your videos make it user friendly [Ed: thanks!], it seamlessly goes between PC and MAC, I can post scores that my students and their families can see, and it totally FREE! I have been sharing this with everyone – seriously, I feel like a spokesperson, but it is a really great product and the company seems genuinely interested in making better to meet the needs of its customers.”
Visit Kristel’s music class website
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