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Classroom Maestro will not run on my Macintosh. How do I fix the problem?
You have an older version of Classroom Maestro, and your Mac is running OS X 10.7 or later.

The original Classroom Maestro was developed for older Macs and used a system software feature called “Rosetta” to operate on both older and new Mac hardware. Apple’s OS X 10.7 and later operating systems no longer support Rosetta.

Please log into your TimeWarp account and download a newer version of Classroom Maestro.

What do I need to set up Classroom Maestro in the classroom?
The ideal setup includes:

  • Mac or PC
  • MIDI Keyboard
  • Projector and screen or large monitor

As an alternative to the projector or large monitor, you can use an interactive whiteboard.

With this setup, you can easily display musical concepts to an entire class.

Can I use Classroom Maestro as a private instructor?
Yes. Many teachers use Classroom Maestro during individual lessons. Classroom Maestro provides an interactive, electronic display for both the student and the teacher. The teacher can use Classroom Maestro to quiz the student or to ask the student to demonstrate an understanding of note names, intervals, scales, or chords.

I don’t have a projector, is Classroom Maestro still useful for me?
Classroom Maestro requires a display that is large enough to accommodate the number of students who are being taught. Here are some examples:

  • Large Class
    Usually requires a projector and screen, an interactive whiteboard, or a large flat panel display
  • Small Class
    Any of the items listed above or a small flat panel display
  • Individual Lesson
    Laptop screen
  • Long Distance Lesson (with computers and keyboards connected over the Internet)
    Laptop computer, Internet MIDI software, and Classroom Maestro software at both ends of an Internet connection

How do I move the on-screen keyboard to the top of the screen?
Hold down the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC and then press the K key. Doing so will enable you to toggle the position of the on-screen keyboard between the bottom and the top of the window

How do I show or hide the pedals for the on-screen keyboard?
Hold down the Option key on a Mac or the Alt key on a PC and then press the P key. Doing so will enable you to toggle off and on the display of the keyboard pedals.

How do I change the background color?
Hold down the Command key on a Mac or the Control key on a PC and then press any of the number keys from 0 to 9. Doing so will enable you to cycle through 10 different background colors.

How do I keep the notes displayed without holding the keys down on my MIDI instrument?
You can freeze the display by engaging the Caps Lock key on your computer keyboard. You can also hold down the Shift key or you can press and old a pedal on your MIDI keyboard that has been designated for this purpose. To use a foot pedal, select Display Options… from the Options menu, check the box next to “Freeze Display with this Pedal,” and then choose the pedal that you would like to use from the drop-down menu. If you are using an interactive whiteboard, double-tap the whiteboard to bring up the floating Tools palette. This palette has a button for freezing the display. NOTE: If you are in chord progression mode, the simplest way to freeze chords on the display is to designate the sustain pedal for this purpose. Then, you can simply play chords and pedal in the normal fashion. With each depression of the pedal, the currently notated chord will be frozen onto the display. Don’t use the sustain pedal simultaneously with the Caps Lock key.

Can I use Classroom Maestro with a Smart Board or similar touchscreen display?
Yes. Double-tap the display to show or hide the floating Tools palette. This palette gives you access to the various functions that are normally engaged by pressing a key on your computer keyboard.

Position the on-screen keyboard above or below the staff as desired (where you can reach it), and use the on-screen keyboard to enter notes. The Tools palette has a button for freezing the notes onto the display.

Why aren’t my chords spelled the way I expect them?
Classroom Maestro uses two different methods for spelling notes. You can determine which method is used by checking or unchecking “Use Bass Note to Determine Chord Spelling: in the Display Options window. (You can access the Display Options window by pressing the Command key on a Mac or the Control key on a PC and then pressing the D key.)

If this box is unchecked, Classroom Maestro will spell the notes according to the key signature and the current major/minor modality. If you play a note that is not included in the current major or minor scale, Classroom Maestro will choose a particular note spelling based on the likelihood that the note in question is an alteration of a particular scale degree.

If you check this box, Classroom Maestro will use the rule mentioned above to spell the bass note and will then look for common chord intervals above the bass, and will spell the notes accordingly.

Most users get the results that they are looking for by checking this box.

NOTE: After entering a chord, you can cycle through all possible spellings of the chord by repeatedly pressing the E key. Alternatively, in Chord mode, you can enter a chord and then target a particular note by playing it again. After that, you can repeatedly press the E key to cycle through various spellings of that one particular note

How do I hide the "answers?"
You can press the A key on your computer keyboard to toggle off and on the analysis feature.

How do I switch between jazz/pop chord notation and Roman numeral analysis?
You can press the J key on your computer keyboard to switch between jazz/pop chord notation and Roman numeral analysis.

What kind of keyboards work with Classroom Maestro?
You can use any MIDI keyboard with Classroom Maestro.

How can I use Classroom Maestro during a long distance lesson?
Classroom Maestro works inside of TimeWarp’s Internet MIDI program. If you and a long distance student both have Internet MIDI and Classroom Maestro installed on your respective computers, you can use Internet MIDI to establish an Internet connection between your computer and your student’s computer.

Once you have established an Internet connection between your computers (and therefore between the keyboards that are connected to your computers), both you and the long distance student can access Classroom Maestro from within Internet MIDI. Either of you can play notes and thus control the display. The same information will be displayed on the staff and on-screen keyboard at both ends of the connection.

How can I use Classroom Maestro to conduct an examination – in person or over the Internet?
As mentioned above, Classroom Maestro can be used interactively over the Internet when combined with TimeWarp’s Internet MIDI program.

In either a local or long distance situation, you can ask a student to illustrate his/her understanding of note names, intervals, scales, and chords by playing the appropriate notes on the MIDI keyboard. The analysis feature can be turned on to confirm whether the student’s answer was right or wrong.

How can I use Classroom Maestro with a college piano pedagogy class?
Locate and download the Piano Pedagogy Technology Project Guide from the TimeWarp website. It contains 16 term projects for piano pedagogy students..