CAI – Computer Aided Instruction

Four Categories of CAI 

Drill & Practice software provides a platform for students to demonstrate and perfect newly acquired knowledge through repetition.

Tutorial software presents new material and is usually accompanied by examples, definitions, and exploratory activities.

Game software provides and exciting platform for students to use their skills and/or knowledge in a fun and relaxing way. Varieties of gameplay can activate other areas of the brain to further build connections with the content.

Discovery/Simulation software provides an experiential platform placing students in the role of explorer, conductor, or composer, for example. Being Montessori-like in approach, this option puts the student in charge.

Include briefly annotated links to the two examples you found most useful.

In my classroom, I use several different platforms to deepen students’ understanding of the material. These are: provides a highly flexible assessment tool in addition to lessons and practice drills. uses proprietary algorithms to instantly compose new sight reading examples within highly customizable parameters. is a free notation program with a user-friendly interface. Files can be exported in multiple formats making

GarageBand for iOS allows users to compose, arrange, manipulate, and create an endless variety of music projects to share.

Include a link to the PDF you created containing your description or your chosen resources and how you can use them in your teaching.


I created this exercise using Noteflight, Word, and Preview. This is the first in a set of forty written to be used with my keyboard and theory students. A variation of this set will be used with my chorus and orchestra students.

Related Fun Facts

Béla Bartók shown in his high school portrait (L) and later in life (R).

Béla Viktor János Bartók  (25 March 1881 – 26 September 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist and an ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary’s greatest composers. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology. (Wikipedia)

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