These two games enable the user (student) to hold a guitar, drum kit, microphone or bass guitar and play the notes as they roll down the screen. This links directly to the New Zealand Curriculum Level 2 objectives to share sound making using basic music performance skills and techniques.
These techniques include using this system of performance in a competitive nature between classmates, inter class competition and inter school competition. What is missing in today’s learning environment? In order to create this form of competition and involve as many students as possible the only thing lacking is a second set of instruments and a second projector.
With this enabled you would have a total of eight participants, and within only 4 rotations the entire class would have participated.
Recent observations in the classroom of only one guitar and projection resulted in a total of 24 out of 27 students actively observing the projection and acquiring an understanding of the game’s task.
Further research should include the link between this type of game play and the ability to cross-over into playing traditional instruments to see if the cross-over makes learning the new instrument more straightforward and simpler.