Oh for the days when videogames would rot your mind and turn you into a homicidal killer. No longer shall that be as the Wii has finally conquered the unconquerable videogame frontier; it is now being used in schools. More specifically, Wii Music is being used by music teachers to help educate and excite young people about the wonders of music. Nintendo has begun to collaborate with select schools, educators and MENC: The National Association for Music Education to bring Wii into the classroom through suggested lesson plans and teacher involvement.
MENC is helping teachers in 51 cities across America incorporate Wii Music into their educational plans. “Wii Music has brought a renewed excitement to music class for students from first grade to fifth, myself and even some of the classroom teachers,” said Helen A. Krofchick, a music teacher at Doby’s Mill Elementary School in Lugoff, S.C. “I love how many music standards can be covered in such a short time.” With my brief time with the game I’d have to say that this is exactly what Wii Music does. Crappy game, low quality music, but a great way for younger kids to explore what music is and “create” some for themselves.
I suppose this really seals the deal. The Wii is in fact the greatest console ever. How do you top “It helps educate young children about the wonders of music?” Coming back with “The 360 and PS3 have better graphics!” just seems to fall a little short.