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Reflection on the last semester for #SCMTME

It would be great if we could take this course as the only course in the semester to have the time to engage and explore so many of the things presented, test more ideas out and become even better #techmasters! But then that wouldn’t reflect the reality of real life either! Our final lecture summarised […]

Bit more on screen editing

Throughout this course I have been using many different types of film editing software. Testing Screenflow, Camtasia and by default using a lot of iMovie. I did a quick review in a previous blog Recording and Editing 101, but without doubt I have found Screenflow to offer the greatest amount of flexibility and design options […]

Step sequencing technology and why we should consider electronic music as part of music education

Thanks to two technology lectures in week 12, I have been introduced to an amazing DJ who seems to have the same taste in music as me! This young French guy Madeon is an exemplar for modern DJ skills. Using Ableton he is mixing, composing and performing all at once (Hein, 2013) and making some […]

The Maker process that outweighed the project! (Almost!)

I have just completed my music technology project that I have been working on this last semester. All my content, process & unit outline and lesson resources are here. Please click and explore my video experiments and outcomes! But to really experience it as it is hands on come to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Technology Public […]

New Scratch Project

Just finished my new scratch project – go and have a play! https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/186259147/

My latest composition journey

I’ve been on a composition journey learning how to teach students the art of composition, while also composing myself. Something that can be a scary process for most, including myself and many teachers. But I made it! As in I made it to the end and also created a 2 minute composition for 5 instruments. […]

Enabling Creativity – bringing makers into the classroom

The Maker Movement as Time Magazine states “moving from passive users to active creators” (Bajarin, 2014). This SBS article introducing Leila who is one of three female bladesmiths in Australia (at 14) is a perfect demonstration of the movement and how “arts meets technology” (Costello, 2017). The Maker movement is evolving in creative community maker […]

What’s in a mixed bag?

You know after you’ve been listening to a piece, pulled it apart, put it back together again and still like it, that it is rich in content to include in your teaching cannon.  I’ve been working on a classroom arrangement of Philip Gass’ “Closing”. This piece and arrangement has provided much flexibility, extension opportunities and […]

The whole is greater than the sum of parts

Consideration to designing resources and online education. In a previous blog I looked at various online/offline software resources for designing resources for students. Not only is it important to look at what method you choose to communicate your content, but also how you design it.   In design, there is a set of guiding principles […]

Customisable Drills for Skills

We were fortunate in our last lecture to have a discussion with one of the developers/owner of Rising Software who developed Musition and Auralia. These are music skills programs designed with an enormous level of exercises to practice and drill your music skills. Auralia is targeted to help your aural ear training and sight singing […]

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