Best Music Freeware: JAM Chord Player

Music Educator’s Freeware Toolkit (Currently- filling our toolbox)

Title: JAM

Category: Freeware Chord Player

Description: A freeware title that allows you to enter chords by simple text and hear them back in midi song format.

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Tested On Which System (before posting): VISTA

Teaching Ideas: This is a great little program that can easily be translated into the classroom.  It is very easy to learn and will allow you and your students to explore chord progressions, transpositions and chord variations.  You can even cut and paste from a word processor into this program (using their text format).  Great for teaching common chord progressions like the Blues or I, vi, V, vi -etc.  This also could be used as a stripped down version of band in a box to allow student to practice jazz/music changes.  Please note it only plays back the chords, not an arrangement of them.  Nonetheless, it is very useful!

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Best regards,

J. Pisano

Mac and Linux Friends: If I’ve posted something that you know of a comparable counterpart please add it in the comments section below…

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Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is the creator of many education websites, a lecturer, clinician, trumpeter, and conductor. He is currently the Associate Chair of Music and Director of Bands in the Calderwood School of Arts at Grove City College in PA. He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award and the PA Citation of Excellence. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators and the current Vice-President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He also writes for DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and is the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. Find out more at his website