FLASH! Rhythm Trainer
FLASH! Rhythm Trainer© 1.0, for both classroom and individual use, is the latest educational software from LBG Enterprises. This exciting new program is a computerized version of the time-proven method of teaching rhythms and sight-reading using rhythm slides.
"Flashing" rhythms helps improve pattern recognition and short term memory of patterns, instantly increasing the students' ability to read common patterns in music.
Static display of rhythms may be used to explain counting and meters. Rhythms may be printed for ensemble usage.
A wide variety of meters, patterns, and difficulty levels are combined in examples with notes only, notes and rests, and notes with ties.
Control of flash time, interval between flashes, and the adjustable multi-timbre metronome all are from one easy-to-use screen.
Here's what the program can do for you!
- Uses 15 of the most commonly used meters:
2/2 3/2 4/2 2/4 3/4 4/4 5/4 6/4 7/4 3/8 5/8 7/8 9/8 12/8
- Built-in Metronome with various Percussion Sounds
- Rhythm Patterns divided into Easy, Medium, Difficult and Random
- Notes, Notes with Rests, and Notes with Ties
- Adjustable Flash Time of Rhythms on Screen
- Adjustable Interval between Flash Times
- Manual Advance of Rhythms
- Rhythms may be selected for specific lessons
- Up to 8 Class Lessons may be stored
- Rhythms maybe printed for Ensemble study
- A variety of appealing Screen Skins
- Microsoft® Windows® 95, or higher, Windows XP, Windows Vista (32 bit) and Windows 7 (32 bit) - May run on mult-platform Macintosh® Computers
These demonstrative screen shots are intended to give you an idea of what the program looks like in general terms. The program does much more than what a simple, static screen shot can convey!
|Music View Screen|
|When you open the program, you will automatically be in Music View. This is where the majority of the controls for FLASH! Rhythm Trainer© are located.
The upper portion of the screen is the music example. Note the file name in the bottom left corner of this section for future reference.
The lower portion of the screen is the control panel. This is where you control which music example will display, how long it will show, control the progress of the slides, and determine how the metronome functions. Each element is described below:
|Controls the tempo the metronome plays. Left click on the slider button and drag to the desired tempo.|
|Controls how long the slide will display on the screen when in “automatic” mode. Left click on the slider button and drag to the desired time.|
|Time Between Slides:|
|Controls the interval between the end of one slide to the beginning of the next slide. Left click on the slider button and drag to the desired time.|
|Select the desired meter you wish to be displayed by clicking on the white circle.|
|Select on the desired type of slides within the selected meter by clicking on the white circle. When ALL is selected, slides will be shown in the order of Notes Only, Notes and Rests, and Notes with Ties.|
|Select the difficulty desired by clicking on the white circle. When ALL is selected, all difficulties will be shown in order from easy to difficult. When RANDOM is selected, difficulty will be in a random order.|
|Select the type of sound you want for the metronome by clicking in the white circle. The START and STOP buttons let you control the metronome independently of the slides by clicking on the buttons.|
|PLEASE NOTE: If ALL in both Meter Options and Difficulty is selected, every slide in that meter will be displayed starting with Notes Only (E, M, D), Notes and Rests (E, M, D) and Notes with Ties (E, M, D). If ALL in Meter Options and RANDOM in Difficulty is selected, all the slides for that meter will be displayed in random order.|
|This button, which looks like a file tab, lets you return to the Music View screen from the other screens. All these tabs are operated by left clicking on them.|
|Browse/Modify Music Info:|
|This button takes you to this screen.|
|This button takes you to this screen. This is useful for designing your daily lessons.|
|Start Slides and Start Slides & Met:|
||These buttons allow you to automatically play the slides with the criteria selected for tempo, flash time, and interval selected above. Start Slides allows your to play the slides without the metronome; however, if the metronome is already playing, it will let it continue. Start Slides with Met not only starts the slides, but also the metronome. When either of these buttons is left clicked, at slide that says “Ready….GO!” shows first to let students know the sequence is about to start.|
|Manual Reverse/Manual Forward:|
||These buttons allow you to manually go from slide to slide with the criteria you have selected for tempo, flash time, and interval selected above. You may manually start the metronome in Sounds and view the slides at your discretion.|
|Stop Slides and Stop Slides & Met:|
||These buttons let you stop the automatic play of the slides. If you started the slides and metronome automatically using the Start Slides & Met button, selecting the Stop Slides & Met button will stop both automatically. If you started the slides manually with the Start Slides button and the metronome was already running, selecting the Stop Slides button will allow the metronome to continue running. You must stop the metronome from the Sounds box.|
|This button allows you to hide a slide that is currently being displayed. This is most useful in the manual mode for testing student memorization of a pattern. Show the slide, hide it, then have students perform from memory.|
|This button allows you to show the slide you just hid with the Hide Slide button.|
|This button is used in the automatic play mode to repeat the slide that is currently playing. Left click on this button while the slide is being shown. After the blank interval between slides, the same slide will appear again. This can be done as many times as you want on a give slide. Clicking this button in the blank interval may not repeat the previous slide.|
|Browse / Modify Music Info Screen|
|Browse / Modify Music Info:|
|This screen allows you to see the more information and make comments about the slides you will be using.|
|PLEASE NOTE: The criteria you have selected on the Music View screen is still in effect.
The top portion of the screen is the music example. Note the file name in the bottom left corner of the white box. These examples will change as you scroll to different lines below.
The bottom portion of the screen gives you the option to manipulate the files and make comments as described below:
File Name is the actual name of the file being shown above. You will know which if being shown by seeing which field is either highlighted in blue or outlined in a blue box. File data is in a horizontal layout.
Select gives you the option to select that specific file as on that you would like to display in the Favorites screen. This will allow you to limit your choices when planning your class lessons. You can either left click on the box or use the scroll up/down buttons and press the space bar to select. The Clear Select button about this column will clear all the boxes that have been checked with one left click.
Meter, Meter Options, Difficulty:
Meter, Meter Options, Difficulty and Order tell you the characteristics of the slide being displayed.
Description gives you the ability to write a brief description of the slide being displayed. This would be helpful in remembering something about the slide for lesson planning.
You may left click on the top of each of the column headers to sort that column. The first click sorts in ascending order, the next one descending. This affects only the column you click. The box that says Sort by Meter, Meter Options, Difficulty and Order does a master sort of all the files.
You will notice that the controls at the bottom of the screen are still present and functional. You may change screens and preview the slides.
|This screen allows you to construct lessons for up to 8 classes.
The top portion of the screen is the music example. Note the file name in the bottom left corner of the white box. These examples will change as you scroll to different lines below:
Use this box to enter up to 8 classes for which you are designing lessons. These are free form fields so you can put in letters or numbers. A short name works best for the drop-down box under the Filters.
Use Music View filter:
Checking this box means the criteria you selected in the Music View screen will be used to display the slides below.
Use Select filter:
Checking this box means the files you selected in the Browse/Modify Music Info screen will be displayed below.
Use Favorites filter:
Checking one of these boxes means the slides that you’ve selected for that Favorite will be displayed. Checking two means both favorites must be selected. For example if you check Show Favorites 1 and Show Favorites 2, only slides that have Favorite 1 and Favorite 2 will appear.
Remove All Filters:
Left clicking this box removes all filter selections.
Show Selected Only:
Left clicking this box shows only those files selected in the Browse/Modify Music screen.
Left clicking this box will clear selections from below it.
You may click on any column header to SORT the information below it.
You may change the appearance of FLASH! Rhythm Trainer© by clicking on the graphics background. There are several backgrounds available which are designed to stimulate student interest and match characteristics of various classes which use this program. Seasonal skins will be available in the future.
You may print out your selected rhythm examples by going to the File menu at the top of the page. This format prints with 5 rhythms per page and the file names are displayed. You may preview what you wish to print by selecting Print Preview.
Sibelius Music Notation Software Users:
If you are a Sibelius music notation software user, you may access the complete files on the program CD. Please open Sibelius, insert your program CD, then select the desired file through Sibelius.
Add Music Slides:
This option is not presently available but will be in the future.