Do you incorporate music theory into your classroom? Ever thought about using a digital audio workstation? Regardless of your previous experience, programs such as Ableton Live are a wonderful way to teach music and music theory. Ableton Live specifically can be used to show students how scales are constructed, how to build chords, and to highlight differences in rhythmic patterns that students will encounter in music. Used widely in the music industry for genres ranging from electronic to hip hop, jazz to experimental, Ableton Live (or more commonly Live) is a powerful digital audio workstation that can easily be used with all music students, regardless of previous musical experience
Conference Session and Professional Development that focuses on pedagogical approaches for using Ableton Live in your music classroom and the ways it can be used to teach theory concepts and composition. It will center around beat duration, constructing scales and modes and building triads and chords. Attendees will walk away with numerous examples of composition projects that can be used in their classrooms.
This session will discuss pedagogical approaches for incorporating the use of popular music, primarily rock and rhythm & blues, to reach new student populations, create relevant music making experiences, and ultimately, bridge the disconnect between in and out of school music. Using high school rock band class as a template, session will explore how assignments and units are structured, methods of student engagement, how to cater instruction to individual student needs, and some of the technologies that makes a rock band class possible.
Wisconsin Music Education Association (WMEA) Conference
October 28th, 2016
NAfME National In-Service Conference
Personlized Learning Through Project Based Learning
Project Based Learning (PBL) encourages students to be independent thinkers and lifelong learners in a classroom environment that is student driven, personalized, and inquiry based. Students in project based classes build 21st century learning skills that are invaluable in today’s world. With the seemingly endless amount of educational/music technologies available, it is easier than ever to transform the traditional music classroom into a project based learning environment. This session will focus on how music projects and activities are structured as well as the various technology solutions that can help enhance this student driven, inquiry based learning environment.
NAfME National In-Service Conference
October 26th, 2015
Bring new students to music education with an exciting “non-semble” course. Start a digital music course for your students with a minimal budget and without the need to master a multitude of new software applications.
With the rise in mobile technology, students in increasing numbers are becoming more interested in using portable electronic devices in the classroom. Everything from iPads to iPods, Nooks to Kindles, and nearly all smart phones, have the ability to be utilized successfully in the music classroom. This session will be an interactive show and tell on the high quality apps that are available for music educators.
Technology has become a central part in the life of a student. Many will have a mp3 player, cell phone, tablet, laptop, or ultra mobile with them at most points during the school day, all of which have the capability to store, create, and play music. Additionally, there are numerous types of recording software available that allow for the creation of loop and non-looped based digital music compositions. The session on Teaching Digital Music Production will focus on how to effectively design, integrate, and teach units where students use computers (including other portable electronics) paired with some of the latest recording/sequencing software to create unique composition projects. Additionally, a variety of software and hardware configurations, including Digital Audio Workstations, audio editors, iPad applications, and web-based looping software, will be highlighted.
Wisconsin Music Education Assoication Conference
Iowa Music Education Association Conference
Colorado Music Education Association Conference
Colorado Springs, CO
Classroom Technology Integration
March 16, 2013
Students are coming into our schools with more and more background knowledge and interest in the different types of computer and portable device technology that is available to the them. With the advances in such technology and relatively low price tag, especially when you compare to that of some of the first personal computers, students and their families are expressing interest in utilizing some of the home technologies authentically during the school day. Students themselves, perhaps due to the large amount of computer, TV,
video game, and other types of digital stimulation are thirsty to have their educational experience be equally as engaging, entertaining, and interactive as their outside of school digital environment.
The role of the educator will be to find ways to use and incorporate these available and new technologies into their classrooms in an authentic and relevant manner so that it will continue to make quality, long lasting, vibrant educational experiences. Items such as interactive whiteboards, computers, laptops, tablets, portable devices such as phones and iPods, and the internet, the availability of such as large amount of potentially transformative educational tools are never been greater or more relevant to our student population.