Digital Audio Recording Smartpen Learning Tool for Music Education

A Smartpen Empowers Students who are studying music

“Talent is no accident of birth”  Shinichi Suzuki

A digital smartpen with the capability to capture a quality recording can be a wonderful learning tool empowering students who are studying music.
Shinichi Suzuki believed that musical ability can be developed in all children..  Music lessons can have a positive impact on the development of a child regardless of whether the child continues music education.  A digital smarpen like the Livescribe Pulse or Echo is a technologically advanced audio recording learning tool that can help students learn music and empower them to express themselves writing music.

Benefits of Music Education

The benefits of music education for students are considerable:
  1. Develop ability to express themselves creatively
  2. Exhibit strong correlation with higher grades in academic subjects
  3. Advance problem solving and self expression abilities
  4. Facilitate development of self confidence and self discipline
  5. Develop teamwork skills (participation in duets, recitals, duets)
  6. Enhance ability to perform before an audience
  7. Develop spatial intelligence, the ability to see the spatial relationships of a number of elements
So many of these attributes are related to brain development that many counties consider music ability in identifying Gifted/Talented students.

How Can a Digital Smartpen Help Students Learn Music

For parents whose children are studying music, digital smartpen technology represents a welcome new learning resource to make learning music easier. At the most basic level, students can capture a complete audio recording of a song the student is learning.  During replay of the song, the student can record notes and guidelines to follow when playing the song.
Digital smartpens like the Livescribe Pulse and Livescribe Echo make it easier than ever for teachers to deliver information the student is playing.  The teacher can mention intonation problems, dynamics, handling of repeats and retards, etc, narrating comments as the student listens to the recording. The teacher can highlight student progress and areas for more work.  The teacher can also play a new piece; in reviewing the audio the teacher can give the student instruction on the student’s playing.
Does your child forget the teacher’s instructions about playing the song?  Not with a smartpen because the student can capture a handwritten record of notes and drawings along with the audio.  At home the Livescribe pen audio controls help the student  replay the audio at a slower or faster speed, and lower or higher volume to aid in the learning process.  For more advanced students, teacher can record the basic song, then record the harmony.

How smartpens work

I have included a video illustrating how a Livescribe digital smartpen works.  The award-winning Livescribe 2GB Pulse Smartpen is featured in this video by my friend web designer and copywriter Scott Foster.  Scott owns a Pulse Smartpen as I do.  This video shows how much Scott believes in the Livescribe smartpens and how highly he rates their value.  He presents a clear demonstration of the Livescribe smartpens’ easy-to-use transcription functionality, allowing you to record everything you write and draw, edit the recordings, and convert the handwriting to digital text.  The Killer App, though, most people believe, is the voice recording feature, rather than the handwriting recording and transcription.   Here is Scott’s video*.


In addition to the features described in the video, all the Pulse and Echo pens are voice recorders that can capture every word of a speech, song, lecture, conversation or tutoring session. You can record the music your student is learning, the music played back, the harmony, and the instruction by the teacher. The audio recordings are very clearly indexed to synchronize with your written notes, a groundbreaking feature allowing easy access to playback from any point in the recording and the ability to update the recording and maintain synchronization.  All Pulse and Echo smartpens share these amazing feature sets; to compare the differences in storage and audio outputs, check out my handy side-by-side comparison of the models below or on the following page.

*Scott Foster’s video copyright at Need an Article,

How a Livescribe Pulse 2GB smartpen can make learning easier

The smartpen’s multimedia capability eases each phase of the teaching process, from the delivery of information to sharing music with friends, teachers, and family.  Benefits of using a digital audio recording smartpen include:.
  1. Help the student develop a life-long love and appreciation of music
  2. Facilitate an introduction to classical music and other types of music
  3. Multisensory presentation reaches different learning styles; with a smartpen, there are alternate ways of practicing to help a student learn.
  4. By integrating writing, drawing, and recording, the pen allows teachers to deliver students information in visual, audio, and tactile formats simultaneously. This multisensory presentation capability enables teachers to reach students with different learning styles more easily and effectively. Students can record multiple parts of a song at the same time, with instructor’s comments and guidelines..
  5. The audio recording capabilities of the smartpen support recording the scales, songs to practice, the harmony if needed and the teachers instructions and comments for every individual lesson and group lessons facilitating learning by listening
  6. Teachers can use the smartpen to perform games that help students identify music symbols, learn to count beats, and play rhythm exercises.  Instruction with puppets  providing comments such as “Meet Professor Long Bow” for violin students can help students have fun and learn more easily:  Students can also record lyrics on a pen especially to generate interest and help students learn the pieces.
  7. The smartpen supports the composition of music (at, students can open a free account to write music, editing, playing and saving their compositions).
  8. Livescribe digital smartpens offer the capability to transfer the recorded music to a personal web space, a 500MB Livescribe private computer area, where the handwritting, drawings and audio can be published on the Livescribe Public Community where friends and family can review them without owning smartpens!
  9. To teach listening comprehension, a teacher can use a similar procedure to create an audio recording where the student listens to a title of a song or listens to a technique and then uses the pen to identify a corresponding word or phrase. This technique can also be applied to simple vocabulary used for playing music, or it can be taken to a literary level by employing technology that narrates step by step instructions aloud, or music.
  10. Capture a history of your student’s playing of a particular song to see the student’s incredible progress.over time.
With a digital audio recording smartpen as a learning tool for music education,  students will be able to develop their musical ability to reach their potential.  They will be able to record, review, recite, and share information more efficiently than students from any previous generation with similar musical ability. Knowledge is power, and if the pen has always been mightier than the sword, it is now.

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