Yesterday an iPad app (soon to be released for iPhone and iPod Touch as well as Droid platforms) was released that will change the way music teachers teach. With the release of this App comes a more simplified (and much less cluttered) way of organizing all of the tools needed to teach music, all in one App! As a summer instrumental lessons and drumline instructor, I am very excited to be able to utilize such a handy tool in my teaching. Check out all of the features below! [Read more...]
METOS 2010 was a groundbreaking event for music education and music teachers everywhere. It was a great example of how teachers can easily attend professional development sessions and collaborate with other music educators. – @Zweibz7
Innovations in music education and technology are great and have helped to make great strides in music education, but we cannot forget that we teach hi-touch art. Hi-tech comes only after the fact. -@travisjweller
It’s that time again! Welcome to the November 1, 2010 edition of music education blog carnival. This edition features some of the top posts in the Music Education blogosphere from the month of October. Special thanks, as always, go to Dr. Joseph Pisano of MusTech.net for founding/overseeing the monthly Music Education Blog Carnival!
This carnival is a bit thin, understandably so; many teachers are in the thick of their semesters right now. Don’t forget, however, that submissions for the Blog Carnival are always open! Read to the bottom of this post to find out more information about the December edition! Now, without further adieu, enjoy!
Did you like a particular post? Leave a comment here or on the specific post telling the author how much you enjoyed their work! [Read more...]
Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (Monday, October 11th), from noon to 5:00 pm EST, you can follow along with all the action from the SoundTree room of the first METOS (Music Edcuation Technology Online Summit) here at MusicEdMajor.net! I will be splitting live-blogging duties with Lindsay Morelli (@LindsayMorelli), so be sure to check it out! Also, if you are tweeting, be sure to use the hashtag #METOS2010 for any general discussion, and #metosst for discussion specific to the SoundTree room. Any tweets tagged #metosst will be pulled into the live-blog automatically. [Read more...]
We have posted extensively here about the effect that attending conferences can have on both our preparation/development and our enthusiasm/attitude. We have also extensively covered conferences online through live-blogging over the course of the last year. However, on Monday, October 11, thanks to SoundTree, the online world and the world of conferences combine! [Read more...]
“Technology is everywhere – kids will have their iPods in their pockets anyway. Let’s get them using them in a positive way.” – @funmusicco
The topic of the #MusEdChat held on May 3rd, 2010 focused on reasons to incorporate Music Technology into music curriculum.
Music Tech: What is it and why should we use it?
We began by discussing what the term music technology means. Many good examples were given. Here are a couple of them:
“To me anything tech that can be used to consume or create music can be included” – @justine_robin
“Music Tech is any tool that enhances how we learn & process the music. More integral today.” – @rizzrazz
After the term was defined the chat participants began giving reasons why to include technology into the music classroom. The reasons spanned a couple of planes. Some believed that music technology should be incorporated to reach the students who are not enrolled in band, orchestra or chorus. As @MusicEdTech pointed out, “80% of students in a school DO NOT take Band Orch or Chorus.” Some other chat participants felt that technology should be incorporated into music curriculum because of the increasing influence of technology on everyday life. Because of this, students need to know how to use and apply it to whatever they are doing, including music. @katiesw1 pointed out that technology ,” helps to address different learning styles. You can present the same information in different ways.”
#MusEdChat participants shared great ways to both incorporate technology in the general music class, and develop a music technology class. Many educators warned not to try to make over your entire department all at once with technology. Instead, start with one piece of software, and expand from that. Multiple participants also cautioned against teaching technology for the sake of technology. Music educators should teach music using technology as an extremely important tool.
Ideas for setting up technology in the music classroom varied. @MusicEdTech suggested reformatting general music using MIDI keyboards and notation software, and teaching through composition. Many educators cited the convenience of YouTube as well. It can help to explain multiple aspects of the lesson including historical context and videos related to what they are learning. Most participants felt that recording was an important aspect as well. Educators suggested recording performances and rehearsals and having students assess themselves. Some even suggested using the recorded rehearsals and performances to show administrators the progress your students are making.
Be sure to join a fantastic group of music educators in the next #MusEdChat this Monday, June 7th at 8:00 PM EST!