Using timelines in a music classroom can be very beneficial when teaching about many things. As a teacher, it would be easy to simply map the progression of a style of music or a simple history of music, so that a student in a general music class can easily follow along without having to worry about where things happen in time. It can also benefit the students by allowing them to remember things chronologically, so that they can understand how things happened, and what caused them to happen.
Two great online timeline creators are Capzles and Timetoast, and even though one might think that they do the same thing, they actually are very different. I’ve noticed that in Timetoast, that it is very good about having a general overview of the different points in time by having many dots that, when you place your mouse over them, they will give you information.
You can add photos to the timeline to help describe that moment in time, but as far as I have seen you can only add one. Timetoast also comes with two separate views to see the timeline and the information in it, the timeline view and the list view. Personally I enjoyed the list view more because it gave all of the information in one sitting, rather than having to wait and move your mouse over each section. Timetoast can help both students who are visual learners and informative learners by having two separate views. The only downside to Timetoast is that it is not a free service.
Capzles is a completely different monster entirely. This is a very descriptive and vivid timeline that uses music, photos, and videos. This website also has an iPhone app that you can use as well as an online website!
Capzles would be very good to use if you are overviewing a country or a trip that involves a lot of first hand experience or photos. The Capzles creator flows seamlessly from one point in time to the other, although I have only found one simple view. It does however still have a place for information to be added next to the photos, and you can also download the photos and use the information from the timeline. Capzles and Timetoast both are very good and both have many already created timelines to browse through.
The use of both Capzles and Timetoast would be beneficial in my future classroom. In my opinion it would depend on the subject or the part of music that I would be teaching over. In more of a history setting where there is a larger amount of information I would probably use Timetoast, but if I were to be using different scores or maybe comparing writing styles of composers where I could have more media I may use Capzles. In the end though, they are both very useful and easy to create with.
Here are the two timelines that I used as examples in my review:
My brief timeline of Broadway: