by Zara Mohammed, Entertainment Columnist
Published in Entertainment on 9th July, 2019
Learning should be fun, and music is something that everybody loves, so learning music should be a fun experience that is accessible to everyone. Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes this possible by teaching music through fun, hands-on experiments that encourage you to play with sound, rhythm, melody and much more!
Chrome Music Lab is a useful and popular tool amongst teachers who can use the website in classrooms to enable their students to explore exciting connections between music and other subjects such as mathematics, science and even art.
When Chrome Music Lab is combined with live instruments and dance it becomes a versatile and explorative form of self-expression and discovery. You can also make your own songs using the Song Maker experiment on the Chrome Music Lab website.
The most attractive thing about Chrome Music Lab is that it is free to use and available to use online by anyone because it works on any device. It is also very simple and intuitive to use due to its interactive nature, and the bright and colourful features make it friendly and approachable, drawing people of all ages in to explore, discover and have fun.
The website is made up of sections called "Experiments", and each one has a different focus. For examples, here are some of the areas, or "Experiments" you can explore:
And there are more! You can check them out yourself on the website.
The Chrome Music Lab is designed so that the experiments are to be used on the spot, for immediate interactivity and focus. Unfortunately this means that you can't export or download work. If you are integrating the Chrome Music Lab into your lesson plans you will need to take this into consideration, although sometimes there is the option to save a link so that your students can come back to their work later on and continue working on their projects.
There are many ways you can use Chrome Music Lab, and here is just a handful of ideas to get you started, and some lesson prompts if you are a teacher.
This experiment helps you to create songs by clicking noted into a grid. You can add high notes and low notes. You can also create rhythmic patterns to add character to your music. Play about with sound and tempo, change the scale or length of your song, or increase the range of notes.
There is a mic option that allows you to record your own notes into the song you are creating, and once you have completed it you can create and save a link so that you can share your song online.
The Spectogram visually reveals the frequencies that make up sound in a colourful picture. You can compare the Spectograms of different sounds by choosing an instrument or sound source from the choice of buttons at the bottom of the screen.
You can also record your own sounds using the microphone, and even draw freely on the screen to create your own funky abstract sounds!
Wassily Kandinsky was an artist who compared painting to making music. This is a fun experiment that encourages you to draw on the screen and turn lines, shapes and doodles into sounds. Different shapes create different sounds so you can make different types of sound by drawing circles, squares and triangles, and then by clicking on each shape you can hear each sound.
When you have finished your painting, press play to hear the song your drawings have created. Where you place your doodles on the screen affects the pitch of a note or the timbre of a sound.
Change how a recording is played back, by sliding the slider left and right, and hear it played back fast, slow, forwards and backwards. You can record your own voice either singing or speaking, and other sounds around you.