Why Implement Music TechnologyPresentation Transcript
An Overview of Music Technology Fairﬁeld UniversityMusic Tech for EducatorsThursday January 19, 2012
Why are we using Technology anyways?Students today of every age are using technology inevery aspect of their daily lives. Cell Phone, IPOD,Laptops, iTunes, etcReach students anyway we canThe other 80%! - "Other 80%" of students in ourschools who do not participate in the traditionalperforming ensembles and music classes.www.musicCreativity.org)Any student can have success with MusicTechnology!
What is a good teacher?Think about your favorite teacher.What made them special?All good teachers are.......Their classes allow for the following:creativity, students feel safe, teacher cares about theirwell-being, etc.Teaching is personality ﬁrst.
Differentiated Learning At its most basic level, differentiation consists of the efforts of teachers to respond to variance among learners in the classroom. All-State, Special Ed, Can’t Read Music, Don’t know anything!
All-State, Special Ed, Can’t Read Music,Don’t know anything! Most general elective Music Technology courses will include students that have a wide range of ability levels and musical backgrounds...WHAT DO I DO!!! As educators you must be able to create different assignments within assignments Any student can have success with technology!
The Other 80%The Non-Traditional Music Student may be described as:1. in the 6th-12th grades,2. a non-participant in the traditional performing ensembles,3. having a music life completely independent of school music,4. may or may not played an instrument (if so, likely drums, guitar orsing),5. may or may not able to read traditional music notation ,6. possibly unmotivated academically or having a history of disciplineproblems,7. may be a special needs students, and8. may aspire to a career in music recording or music industry.Non-Traditional Music (NTM) Survey Results from Teachers of Technology-based Music Classes
Eight Principles of Creativity1. Allow Students to share themselves.2. Offer compelling examples to imitate and inspire – preferably by other students.3. Employ parameters, limitations, and tools that remove distractions, help students focus,and allow for authentic creativity.4. Remove parameters, limitations, and tools that stifle creativity, cause confusion, and leadto contrived expression.5. Facilitate Improvisation.6. Engage in coaching interaction7. Foster opportunities for feedback and critique8. Employ performance and recital.Scott Watson “Eight Principles of Creativity Podcasthttp://whatmusicmeans.podomatic.com/entry/2012-01-13T23_13_09-08_00
1. Allow students to share themselves Share what they like and who they are. Kids love to share things about themselves. Examples of Lessons allowing students to share. 1. Make a podcast about themselves. What other examples can you think of?
2. Offer Compelling Examples To Imitateand Inspire Listening to exemplary models by students and professional artists to prepare students for what they need to do in a project. What are the Pros and Cons of this?
3. Employ parameters, limitations, and tools thatremove distractions, help students focus, andallow for authentic creativity. Thought out guidelines foster creativity. Remove distractions? What does this mean? “Authentic”
4. Remove parameters, limitations, and tools that stiﬂecreativity, cause confusion, and lead to contrivedexpression “Here is where technology shines most brightly, particularly for those with little conventional music training, sometimes called “nontraditional music students” “The other 80%” Garagband, Mixcraft and other creative software.
5. Facilitate Improvisation When kids are just “fooling around” on instruments they are improvising. They just don’t realize it. All kids can improvise given the tools!
6. Engage in Coaching Interaction One on one or small group interactions built into instructional time. Large Group Instruction Students Working Independently How do I ﬁnd time for coaching?
7. Foster Opportunities forFeedback and Critque First you have to create a safe environment If kids do not feel comfortable in class this principle will not work. (What makes a good teacher.) This can be a tremendous tool in your class no matter what the age level. Some students may not have ﬁlter on what is appropriate in class. How do you handle this. (What makes a good teacher)
8. Employ Performance and Recital One of the best ways to ensure that students are motivated to work earnestly towards a good end product is to include an end of project sharing element into the plan. In class recital, post online, mini school performance, etc.
Implementing Technology Keep in mind it is just a tool. It will enhance your teaching not replace it. Implement in small steps. Teach what you are comfortable with. What do you want to teach? This will dictate the technology “Teach Music. The Technology will follow” Barbara Freedman Greenwich HS Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Even your students! Know your students and school! - Urban, Rural Surround yourself with resources!! Have fun! Your students will!
Web 2.0 Music Applications1. They’re free.2. They’re everywhere kids can get online.3. They’re generally easy/intuitive to use, hiding thecomplicated part of music technology.4. They tend to foster creative expression5. They foster collaboration.6. Easier to use in a general-purpose computer lab than aspecialized “music tech” lab.7. You don’t have to worry about loading programs or storingﬁles