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Music Express FAQs

Where do I find the extra parts listed in the lesson plans?

I'm using the Digital Student Magazine, but am unable to play the audio files from my SmartBoard. What am I doing wrong?

Why aren't choreography videos offered for all the songs in each issue?

If using the Digital Student Magazine, what is on the DVD-ROM?

What do all those icons mean?

When using the Digital Student Magazine, I would like to zoom in to show a certain section of the song to teach it. How do I do that?

What are my options for viewing Music Express videos?


Where do I find the extra parts listed in the lesson plans?

At times, we may simply run out of space in the teacher magazine and need to put additional music parts and activities online and on the enhanced audio CD.

Online:

Go to www.musicexpressmagazine.com and select Teachers' Corner from the left sidebar. Then select the feature to which we have directed you.

Enhanced Audio CD:

The enhanced audio CD is packaged inside the Teacher Magazine and contains audio files plus data files for the Amazing Slow Downer. PDF files of selected content are also included for projection or reproducible use. The CD can be played in a regular CD player or through your computer. Each computer is set up a little differently. Your computer may automatically open the audio CD portion of this enhanced CD and begin to play it. To access the data files from a PC, click on My Computer, then right click on the Drive in which you placed the CD. Click Open. You should then see a folder named "PDF files" and a folder named "Amazing Slow Downer." MAC users will see two icons: "Audio CD" and "PDF files and ASD." Download a free version of Adobe Reader from www.adobe.com to open the data files.

I'm using the Digital Student Magazine, but am unable to play the audio files from my SmartBoard. What am I doing wrong?

Make sure you are viewing the Digital Student Magazine in Adobe Reader 9-a free application available online (see above answer) or included on your Digital DVD-ROM. Please refer to the back of the DVD-ROM cardboard sleeve for directions. Some computers have a default viewer for opening PDFs, like Preview. If you open the interactive PDF using another viewer, the audio files will not play.

Why aren't choreography videos offered for all the songs in each issue?

Because of copyright restrictions, we are unable to offer choreography videos for non-Hal Leonard copyrighted songs. If you see a Hal Leonard copyright at the bottom of the title page for songs in the Student Magazine and the Hop 'Til You Drop song in the Teacher Magazine, there will be a choreography video for it. Look for the reference icon.

If using the Digital Student Magazine, what is on the DVD-ROM?

The DVD-ROM includes: Interactive PDF of the Student Magazine, the Hop 'Til You Drop song, Resource folder, Adobe Reader 9 application for PC and Mac, Volume 13 Subscription Order Form.

What do all those icons mean?

Full Performance Full Performance

Accompaniment Only Accompaniment Only

Choreography Video (if available) Choreography Video (if available)

Lesson or Interview Video (if available) Lesson or Interview Video (if available)

Audio Recording Audio Recording

Resources for Vocabulary Words, Worksheets, Maps, Photos, Sound Samples, Website, etc. Resources for Vocabulary Words, Worksheets, Maps, Photos, Sound Samples, Website, etc.

When using the Digital Student Magazine, I would like to zoom in to show a certain section of the song to teach it. How do I do that?

You may use the Adobe Acrobat tools that surround your document. Experiment with your Adobe preferences (found under the Adobe menu). If you are not viewing the page in full screen, you will have access to the zoom tool, the hand grabber, page percentage and others. You can set up your toolbar as you desire in the preferences menu. You may also choose to use the following key command shortcuts:

Page down or [DOWN ARROW] to go to next page
Page up or [UP ARROW] to return to previous page
Shift + Command + N for Go To Page screen
Command Y for Zoom To screen
Command 0 to Fit Page
Command 1 for Actual Size
Command 2 to Fit Width
Command 3 to Fit Visible

What are my options for viewing Music Express videos?

  1. On the Music Express Website at www.musicexpressmagazine.com. Select the Resource menu and choose John's Choreography. Other videos, such as interviews and Musical Planet are located in the Teachers' Corner.
  2. In the Digital Student Magazine offered on DVD-ROM with a Digital or Premium Subscription.
  3. On the Music Express YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/musicexpressmag. You may choose to view the videos at home on your personal computer, or have the Music Express YouTube Channel approved by your school administrator. Become a subscriber to this channel and you will be notified when each new video is posted.