What is Soundtrap?
Soundtrap for Education is a revolutionary new, user-friendly platform for music making that disrupts how music is taught and learnt in schools across the world.
Multitrack Audio Editing on a Chromebook finally!
We now live in a world where services like Instagram, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Dropbox and Google Docs are taken for granted and these services are tightly integrated in our daily world of activities. Our expectations are that “if I would make music, the tool must be as easy to use as Instagram, social like Facebook, collaborative and productive like Google Docs and cloud-based like DropBox”. This is what Soundtrap provides to music making!
Soundtrap is a music-recording tool, which is:
- Easy-to-use; students who may never have made music before are helped by the well thought through user interface
- Collaborative; students collaborate via video calls from remote locations. Teachers can create group assignments and coach and help their students from where ever they are.
- Online directly in your browser; you are are not restricted to specific hardware or software. Just open up a Chrome browser, and off you go!
- Mobile and platform independent; students can work on their music from where ever they are, using different devices. Start a new song on an Android device, invite friends that might be using Mac, Chromebook, Windows or iOS devices. Make music together!
Soundtrap for Education – A world of completely new possibilities
In addition, to support current music education, Soundtrap opens up completely new possibilities for teachers and schools. Let us give you some examples!
- Assignments; create assignments to groups of students to make music (or podcasts, or spoken word). The students work from their own devices and and you as a teacher is part of the project to help and coach from where ever you are and what ever device you are holding in your hand
- Cross-school-and-nation collaborations! Find teachers in other schools around the world to collaborate with in multicultural music projects. Start a cross-pacific music making project with students from the US and Australia, where students play slide guitar and didgeridoo. Find new friends and learn about other cultures.
- Remote instrument lessons; give the lessons using the built in video chat and have all practice material ready to be send out to the students who can add their own parts on top of the backing music.
- Remote rehearsal. Records the parts for the choir in a Soundtrap project and then invite all the choir members the project. The members can now practice their parts and sing along with the real world experience of hearing all the parts except their own from where ever they are.
Soundtrap for Education is a safe environment for young students. All educational accounts come with a walled garden and COPPA compliance to keep young students safe. This allows students to work together in their own, protected environment.
Needless to say, since Soundtrap is browser based it makes the school independent in their choice of hardware platform to use for the music education: use Windows, Mac, Chromebook, Android, iPad or Linux or a mix of them.
Soundtrap awarded “The Best Website for Teaching and Learning 2015″ by the American Association of School Librarians
We are very proud and honored to announce that Soundtrap has also been awarded “The Best Web Site for Teaching and Learning 2015″ by the American Association for School Librarians. The award was announced on June 27 in the Moscone center in San Francisco on the yearly ALA Conferance with over 20 000 participants! This award is a very important quality marker for us enforcing our strive to create an easy-to-use, collaborative and cloud-based recording studio for students of all ages and their teachers.
Not only for music education
The community of schools that are using Soundtrap in the music education growths very rapidly and the results of exciting projects are already becoming public. Teachers are however already using Soundtrap for many other types of projects as well. Here are two projects delivered in just the last couple of months:
- Students excel at spoken work project. Thanks to PLN and Soundtrap, and here is short clip from the same project on vine.
- Colllaboration with Soundtrap and Animoto.
Are you a teacher? Join our Facebook group!
We are now starting a Facebook group for music teachers! Here you will find teachers from all over the world and you can share experiences and set up cross-school collaborations and just ask questions to the Soundtrap team. Join now!
Find Soundtrap tutorials and inspiration videos at our Youtube channel.