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Equipping the Music Tech Lab: Bare Bones, Value and Deluxe Models

In this article, I outline three potential music tech labs and the estimated expense for each one. While having the resources and funds available to outfit a “deluxe” package lab is wonderful, you do not have to have all of those bells and whistles to provide a legitimate music technology experience for students. For me the key is to create a spark to ignite the creative nature inherent in young students. Once that creativity is unleashed, they will discover ways to express it!

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Christopher JonesComment
Make Time For Cross-Curricular

What I saw from the students next was really remarkable.  They were really listening to the speeches--unlike hearing them in a social studies class, as some of the students had already mentioned.  They were listening for words that meant something to them!  They were looking for ownership!  They were also trying to see what styles and emotions their musical additions could bring to their selected speech samples.

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David DoverComment
Publish or Perish

How many teachers of the fine arts devote significant time to the production of artwork? I don’t mean how many of us play regularly enough to keep our chops up or even how many of us maintain a gig schedule. I’m talking about creating art and sharing it with an audience.

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Wayne LangfordComment
Education is Waiting For A MIDI Moment (The Elusive Win-Win)

We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. Presumably the plans for our employment were being changed. I was to learn later in life that, perhaps because we are so good at organizing, we tend as a nation to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralization.

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Wayne LangfordComment
Meaningful Assessment and Technology

We can't measure the quality of learning and teaching with a test anymore than a coroner can judge the quality of a life by examining the corpse. There is a record of the day my students started their class with me. Its called the pretest. And there's a record of one of the last days that they spent with me called the post-test. And there is so little relevance in either of those numbers. What's really important is what happened to that student in between. 

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Christopher JonesComment
Meet Me At the Cross-Roads: Cross-Curricular Lesson Plans

Project Suggestions for Language Art:

  • Our Principal has asked the Music Tech classes to produce a song to be used for our morning announcements broadcast. Collaborate as a group to write the lyrics. The form should have at least 3 verses with a chorus in between each verse. Include an Intro and tasty fadeout.
  • Create a audio/visual comic strip with 8-10 panels. Include dialog, six and foley fx as well as background music and/or ambient sounds.
  • Create an audio book from a short story or narrative essay. Record yourself reading the story and add sfx, foley fx and background music appropriate for the mood and tone of the narrative.
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Christopher JonesComment
Great Online Digital Tools & Apps, and they're FREE!

Are you ready to branch out from your stale sounds found inside your DAWs?  Do you want to be free to create your own patches to make your compositions pop.  Do you have a limited budget for plugins and hardware instruments?  Do you want to learn about simple sound synthesis?  Or do you just want to mess around with some free online music gadgets that may open up your mind to further explorations down the road.  Then, look no further than this small list I’ve compiled for you folks at MuTechTeacherNet.com.  

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David DoverComment