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Different modes of learning with technology

What do three Sydney schools with hugely different approaches to technology integration have in common? This was what the first section of University of Sydney’s MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) The Place of Music in 21st Century Education set out to investigate. It reviewed three very different Sydney schools, two independents and one public school […]

Composition 101

I’ve begun a composition journey in three stages. 1. Designing resources on how to teach composition, 2. Arranging a piece to use in the classroom as an exemplar and 3. Creating my own composition using the composition structure I design. It sounds complicated enough to me, but here is a link to my reflection blog on […]

Interactive Learning – Important questions to ask for creating resources

How do we build great resources to communicate to students? This was the main title of my fourth music Technology lecture…and the answer is…it’s complicated. But not so complicated that it can’t be done. The first complication comes from Australian copyright law. Unless you have the full license for any music, image, score, it would […]

Further exploration into Soundtrap

My recent practicum experience involved teaching Stage 4 (year 7 & 8) students who had just been introduced to Soundation. This is another free online sequencing DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) that is cloud based so students can work on their projects at home and at school. Like most it includes the option to use pre-made […]

Recording and Editing 101

Our third technology lecture taught some very essential and practical skills I’ve already put to good use. Firstly, what are some of the key ingredients to capturing quality sound and video. We were fortunate enough to have a high quality DSLR camera, video camera with two condenser microphone inputs and lights to really aid visual […]

Music Education – what comes first…philosophy or technology?

What do three Sydney schools with hugely different approaches to technology integration have in common? This is one aspect of the of what the first section of University of Sydney’s MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) The Place of Music in 21st Century Education investigates. It reviewed three very different Sydney schools, two independents and one public […]

28 kids, 3 computers, 1 Makey Makey…What could go wrong?!

Yesterday I was provided the amazing opportunity of teaching a great year 10 class that has been learning about 20th Century composition techniques, from chance music to phasing, from minimalism to pendulum microphones. So I wanted to plan a lesson that somehow brought together the various elements they have been working on while tapping into […]

Sibelius…it’s the little things

It’s always the little things that can make a big difference, like learning all the little tricks in notation software to make your life easier. I’m very fortunate to be learning from James Humberstone, not only a great educator but actually a creator of Sibelius who knows all the secret clues to unlock your mastery. […]

Reliving my childhood with PulseBoy

It’s not perfect but it was fun trying it out. This is a step sequencer whereby the user can easily enough click on various sounds and squares to make into a sequence and essentially make some music. I was particularly interested in trying out as it has been designed as a throw back, both in […]

It’s arrived!

My first Makey Makey kit arrived and what better way to test it out than with my 5yo. After setting things up through the very helpful Makey Makey website and a few YouTube demonstrations we were off.

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