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From Albinoni to Animoto: Use of Web 2.0 in the Music Classroom and beyond

"From Albinoni to Animoto: Use of Web 2.0 in the Music Classroom and beyond "

Web 2.0 technologies in the music classroom offer powerful and diverse options for learners to interact, create content, and assess the outcomes of the learning process. Blended learning environments which combine online as well as face-to-face instructional settings can provide more differentiated learning opportunities as well as rich options for assessment and performance.

This workshop will introduce participants to a number web 2.0 technologies that can be used in music classrooms, ensembles or in the general promotion of your music department within the school and wider community.

The tools to be covered over the two sessions include:

Animoto, Aviary, Awesome Highlighter,Blank stave, CC Mixter, Classtoolsnet, Random name picker, Countdown timer, Online alarm clock, Bomb Timer, Diigo, Dropbox, Flickr, Fodey, Free Sheet Music Downloads, Grooveshark, Incredibox, Internet Archive, Inudge, Keepvid,Music Theory sites, - Professional Learning Network for Music Teachers, Muscore, Notefligh, P-Plate Piano, Prezi, Seaquence, Free SFX, Skype, Stavenotes, Survey Monkey, Tagxedo, TEDTalks, Twitter, Useful Music Technology Web pages, Virtual Instrument Museum, Voki, Wordle, Yarp,,YouTube, Zamzar.

This presentation was given at MTEC2011: Music Technology in Education Conference
11 - 13 April 2011
MLC School, Sydney, NSW Australia

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From Albinoni to Animoto: Use of Web 2.0 in the Music Classroom and beyond

  1. 1. MTEC2011 : From Albinoni to Animoto Use of Web 2.0 in the Music Classroom and Beyond Web 2.0 technologies in the music classroom offer powerful and diverse options for learners to interact, create content, and assess the outcomes of the learning process. Blended learning environments which combine online as well as face-to-face instructional settings can provide more differentiated learning opportunities as well as rich options for assessment and performance. This workshop will introduce you to a number web 2.0 technologies and websites that can be used for your teaching, learning and promotion of your music program. Nicholas Cowall: Director of Music Marcellin College [email_address] TWITTER: @nicholascowall
  2. 2. Introducing web 2.0
  3. 3. “ These tools allow us to see the start of a radical evolution in education that will bring such dramatic changes that we’ll soon be at a point where we won’t be able to imagine education without them.” Steve Hargadon Educational-Networking- The Important Role-Web 2.0-Will Play in Education Introducing web 2.0
  4. 4. Animoto: Follow these easy steps to create an animoto video once you have signed up to a free educator account ( ): 1. Upload your pics/video - or you choose from their collection 2. Choose music or upload your own (check your copyrights!) 3. Select a "theme" 4. Create and title the video
  5. 5. Aviary <ul><li>online Music Creator (Roc) and Audio Editor (Myna) . </li></ul><ul><li>Roc is a loop based program that has an extensive library to help your students create backing tracks or soundscapes to accompany podcasts. </li></ul><ul><li>Myna is an easy program to use and allows you to create podcasts. The Audio editor also allows you to add musical breaks using the included Quantum Tracks library, integrate your personalized Roc (music creator) beats, and record your own voice or instrument. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Aviary AUDIO EDITOR (MYNA): creating a podcast (taken from the aviary web site) <ul><li>Choose the Audio Editor (Myna) </li></ul><ul><li>from the Create menu </li></ul><ul><li>SCREEN OVERVIEW: You'll be presented with the Myna workspace. In the center are ten tracks that will hold your sound clips. Across the top are the file commands, containing all the options for manipulating your audio clips and the file. Right below that is the track overview bar for fast navigation of a file. Along the bottom is the library button that will open the available sound clips on Aviary. The import button will show all the clips loaded into the application. Next are the tempo and play controls, used to set the timing of your creation. And finally, the Record button will open the recording module. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Aviary <ul><li>RECORD YOUR VOICE: To record your voice using Myna, all you need is a microphone on your computer (most come with built-in microphones, so you should be all set). Start by clicking on the Record button in the lower right corner of the application. This will open the recording module. First, set-up and test your microphone. When you speak into it, the meter bar should go up and down; if you don't see that, double check that your microphone is turned on and plugged in. You can also increase the volume of the microphone input and reduce echo. When you're ready, click the Record button and you'll be recording! The progress bar will start filling up, showing you the time you have remaining in that recording. There is currently a two minute time limit on recordings, so if you have a longer podcast you will have to break them up into multiple recording sessions. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Aviary <ul><li>ADD THE CLIP: Once the recording is finished importing into the file, it'll show up in the Imported sidebar on the right side of the application. Now all you have to do is drag it onto one of the tracks to add it into the file. To follow this example, drag the clip to Track 1. </li></ul><ul><li>FINE TUNING : If your recording turns out less than perfect, you can use the built in Parametric EQ to tune up the clip. Open the Effects module by double clicking on the clip that's on the track. Next, from the first dropdown, choose the Parametric EQ effect. Seven new control dials will appear, which you can adjust to change the parameters for this effect. If you start the clip playing (just press play in the module), you can adjust the effect in real time. In my sample recording, my voice needed the lower frequencies boosted and the higher ones lowered; play around with the parameters until you find the settings that work best for you. When you're done making the adjustments, press the apply button to commit the effect to your clip. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Aviary <ul><li>TRIMMING: You may have to cut the ends of your recording off to remove the pauses that inevitably occur between starting a recording and your talking. To do this, start playing the clip and determine where you want to trim the beginning of the clip. Once that's determined, hover your mouse over the top corner of the clip and you'll see a little triangle icon appear. This is the trim handle. Drag the handle to the location you want the clip to be trimmed. Do the same for the end of your clip. </li></ul><ul><li>ADDING AN INTRO: Open the Quantum Tracks library (or your Roc beats library) using the library button. Now search through the thousands of sound clips to find a good intro for your podcast. To add your clip, simply drag it to the track below the voice track, track 2. </li></ul><ul><li>ADJUSTING AND FADING: We want the intro to start playing, then fade out right as the voiceover comes in. To do this, make sure the intro clip is all the way over to the left so it will start first. Then drag the voiceover clip to the right so that it is beginning a little before the intro clip ends. On track 2 (the one that contains the intro clip) click the Auto button in the track controls. This will open the automation controls directly below the track, allowing you to make changes to volume and panning during the playback of the clip. Choose the Fades option and you will see that there are now two square control handles in the automation track. Click and drag the second one to fade out the intro clip. Dragging up or down will change the curve of the fade out. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Aviary <ul><li>ADDING BACKGROUND MUSIC: For my podcast, I might want a very quiet background track to play while my voiceover is going. Find another clip in Myna's library. I would suggest that you use another clip from the same group as the chosen intro. This will tie the entire podcast into a common theme. Drag your clip to track 2 and make sure it's pushed all the way against the intro clip. Using the end trim handle, stretch the clip so that it's almost as long as the voiceover clip. When you use the trim handles to lengthen a clip, it'll be looped to fill the entire length. To lower the volume of the background music, click on the auto button again. This time, choose the Gain control and you'll see a yellow line on the automation track. Simply click and drag this line until it's about halfway down the track. This will reduce the volume of the background music by half, so as not to obscure the voiceover. You can play the track while doing this to hear the volumes in real time. </li></ul><ul><li>ADDING A CODA: Choose another clip from the Myna library if you'd like to add an outro to your podcast. Drag your cilp onto track 2 and line it up against the end of the background music clip (if you have one). Open the automation controls, choose fade and fade out the end of your clip </li></ul>
  11. 11. Aviary <ul><li>SAVE AND MIXDOWN: Save your file when you're done by using the &quot;Save As&quot; button in the upper right corner of the app. After the file is saved, a little dialog will pop up asking you to mixdown your file. You will want to do this if you want listen to the file outside of the application (it will &quot;flatten&quot; your podcast so you can play it as a normal .mp3 instead of as a layered .egg file for editing on Aviary). Press the Mixdown button and the process will begin. Depending on how long your podcast is, the amount of tracks you used, and your imported clips, this can take up to a few minutes. Once the process is done, you can download your file as an .mp3 or .wav! </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson Ideas- This Day in History- one of the many lesson plan on podcasts: </li></ul>
  12. 12. Awesome Highlighter: Awesome Highlighter: an extremely convenient tool to highlight important parts of a webpage that is quite simple to use.
  13. 13. Blank Stave: CC Mixter: Blank Stave : As the url suggests this is exactly what you will get there! CC Mixter: If you are looking for copyright free (Creative Commons ) music for a video, school project, game you’re developing, or a podcast this site offers some great options.
  14. 14. Classtools: Random name picker: Is a fun way of choosing who is going to go first when it comes to solo performance. There are two options of generation: using a pokie-machine or old fashioned type writer. Countdown timer: Choose your music and activate the timer. Other similar sites include the Online Alarm Clock: and Bomb Timer
  15. 15. Diigo: Diigo is a cloud based information management system that helps you organize relevant facts you find online. With Diigo you can keep track of those favourite websites and revisit them from any computer at any time. student learning with DIIGO
  16. 16. Dropbox: Video demo:
  17. 17. Flickr: A great Photo Sharing site. You can promote past events and achievements as well as sourcing copyright free pics for inclusion in your presentations (see advanced search for commons material) A great flickr site for music worksheets is:
  18. 18. Fodey: A tool for posting notices or messages to students on blogs, websites, student online daily bulletins etc. You can create a newspaper clipping, animated ninja, a clapper board, animated wizard, talking: squirrels, flowers, tomatoes, cats and owls.
  19. 19. Free Sheet Music Downloads Both Petrucci Music Library and The Choral Public Domain Library aim to create a virtual library containing all royalty free music , as well as music from composers who are willing to share their work with the world without charge.
  20. 20. Grooveshark: Grooveshark is an online music search engine, music streaming service and music recommendation web software application, allowing users to search for, stream, and upload music free of charge that can be played immediately or added to a playlist. Not only does it have an extensive contemporary music play list but it’s classical and jazz lists are also quite good.
  21. 21. Incredibox: Fun interactive Flash toy that lets you control a beat-box &quot;band&quot; or &quot;a capella group.&quot;
  22. 22. Internet Archive : The Internet Archive which boasts a massive collection of material which spans video, text, web sites and audio. It is a useful place to find film footage for student film composition projects.
  23. 23. Inudge Loop based creation tool well suited to junior levels or just for a bit of fun
  24. 24. Keepvid: Music Theory sites: Keepvid is an easy way to convert youtube clips into files that you can post on your schools intranet. Especially useful for those schools who block youtube. Music Theory sites There are many sites out there to help your students with theory and aural skills. These are two of my favorites both designed by Ricci Adams and the second link has a particularly useful trainer for beginner trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium and French horn students:
  25. 25. - Professional Learning Network for Music Teachers: This site is my most useful port of call when it comes to PD, lesson plans, links and classroom inspiration. The site is a freely available public site that is designed specifically for Music Teachers and pre-service Music Teachers interested in continual professional development in their field of music education. While this site is free to use, all users must register for an account -for all non-logged users, clicking any of the links will take you back to this page. The mission of the MusicPLN is: “… to generate better, more accessible, information about music, education, and technology as well as encourage dialogs from Music Educators through freely-accessible social media outlets”
  26. 26. Muscore: A free notation program for students
  27. 27. Noteflight: Blogpost about Noteflight:
  28. 28. P-Plate Piano: The Australian Music Examinations Board P Plate Program includes access to a website which provides a range of teaching resources including an online practice diary for beginner piano students and activities for students to reinforce their learning. There are videos demonstrating teaching techniques and tips for presenting the program to students. A forum is also available for teachers and parents to share ideas and experiences. A Hall of Fame showcasing student performances and an online student journal will also feature on this website.
  29. 29. Prezi: Example of a prezi musical analysis done by one of my students:
  30. 30. Seaquence: Free SFX: Seaquence is an interesting sequencer, where you create musical &quot;creatures&quot;. Great for junior music classes Free SFX is a UK-based site that invites users to upload their own sound effects, as well as download effects from their large library.
  31. 31. Skype: <ul><li>Promoting Music Education </li></ul><ul><li>These great ideas are all about teaching students in dynamic ways: </li></ul><ul><li>Video conferencing in the Classroom/Ensemble with Skype. Make conections through twitter, facebook with prominent composers or performers, or invite your old uni lecturer into your classroom via skype. </li></ul><ul><li>If your school has a sister school or exchange program make connection with their music department and perform to each other. </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews. Whether you have students conducting interviews or your class is interviewed, Skype facilitates the interview process. Individual students can interview other teachers or school staff, sending the Skype feed to the classroom for all to watch. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Skype:
  33. 33. <ul><li>Promoting Music Community </li></ul><ul><li>Using Skype in the classroom can promote communities within a school or globally. </li></ul><ul><li>Learn about the way other students learn music in other culture. Skype allows students to see first hand what people’s homes, schools, clothing, weather, and more looks like. If a festival takes place, Skype can bring it to your classroom too. </li></ul><ul><li>Present a performance. Whether your class puts on a music performance, or presents the results of a class project, share the fruits of their works with other classes, parents, or other interested people. </li></ul>Skype:
  34. 34. <ul><li>Skype Ideas for Teachers and Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers and parents can benefit from Skype in the classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development. Teachers can use Skype to access professional development opportunities, such as watching conference presentations. Webinars with Skype are becoming a common occurrence. </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate with other teachers. Who says Skype has to be fun just for the kids? With Skype, teachers can collaborate on ideas, projects, and more. </li></ul><ul><li>Share travel experiences. If you or one of your students will be traveling during the school year, arrange a Skype call and share the experience with your classes. </li></ul><ul><li>Receive teaching feedback. Have an experienced or mentor teacher watch you teach via Skype and receive valuable feedback. </li></ul><ul><li>Be available to students. If your school is suddenly closed for a while or if you want to set up conference hours for students, use Skype to allow students to contact you. </li></ul>Skype:
  35. 35. <ul><li>Finding Others Using Skype </li></ul><ul><li>Here are a few ways to connect with others using Skype in classrooms and to promote education. </li></ul><ul><li>Skype in Schools. List yourself or find others in this directory just for educators seeking Skype collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Skype in the Classroom – The EduSkypers Phonebook. Scroll through these comments to find other teachers from around the world looking to connect through Skype. The most recent are at the very end of the list. </li></ul><ul><li>Skype in the Classroom . Join this community to find other teachers seeking Skype connections. </li></ul><ul><li>Join or twitter </li></ul>Skype:
  36. 36. Stavenotes: Survey Monkey: Another useful site for both printing blank staves and guitar tab. This is a tool that enables users to create their own Web-based surveys
  37. 37. Tagxedo: A tool that turns your word clouds into various shapes.
  38. 38. TEDTalks: The TED website contains an incredible collection of inspiring lectures from a wide variety of speakers on a wide variety of subjects. Truly MUST SEE web content. Many of you may have seen Sir Ken Robinsons talk on the need for Creativity in Schools. There are also many inspiring contemporary and classical music performances to show your students. I would like to share a short excerpt from the conductor of the Boston Symphony Ben Zander on Music and Passion:
  39. 39. Twitter: MYTH: Twitter is NOT a service to let you tell your friends what you’re eating for breakfast! “  Music educators and advocates everywhere are wisely taking advantage of the many opportunities to learn from and connect with each other through social media. Educational social media is not a new phenomenon, but rather something that has “newly” bloomed into an incredibly organized set of resources. Social media networks offer another way to deepen and share the impact of quality music programs on students everywhere.” Dr. Joseph Pisano (@pisanojm) and Andy Zweibel (@zweibz7)
  40. 40. Twitter: <ul><li>How to join up to twitter: </li></ul><ul><li>Create an account on </li></ul><ul><li>Follow a list of music educators on Twitter: </li></ul><ul><li>Set up searches for popular hashtags (keywords used to share resources that start with a (#) sign) </li></ul><ul><li>Join #MusEdChat - the weekly Twitter chat for music educators on a Tuesday morning Australian EST 10am. To follow chats such as this with sometimes over 500 educators all tweeting at once it may be good to get a twitter organiser like tweetdeck or twirl. The great thing about these chat sessions is that you can access the transcripts for all tweets made during the session: </li></ul>
  41. 41. Twitter: Some important concepts/terms to know about Twitter that will help you navigate the site: Tweet: This is a Twitter update. You can send a Tweet by posting in the “What’s Happening?” box on your Twitter homepage, by text message (if you set up Mobile in your settings), or from an external application. Follow: Unlike Facebook, following on Twitter does not have to be confirmed by the person being followed. You can follow anyone with a Twitter account, without needing their approval. Tweets from anyone you follow will be displayed in chronological order on your homepage, with the most recent tweets appearing at the top. Mention: When you want to refer specifically to or about a Twitter user, you can include a mention in your tweet. To do this, simply put the @ sign before their username. For example: You can also view all mentions about you by clicking the “@ Username” link in the sidebar of your homepage.
  42. 42. Twitter: Reply: This is a specific type of mention in which you are replying to an individual tweet by someone else. Retweet : If someone posts a tweet you feel is worth sharing with your followers, you can Retweet it! Profile : Your profile is located at Your profile will only show tweets by you, and RT’s that you have published Direct Messages: These are private one-way messages from one user to another. Nobody else can see these messages. In order to DM someone, they must be following you, although you don’t necessarily have to be following them. Favorite: If you mark a tweet as a Favorite (hover over the Tweet and click on the star), it will be stored under the “Favorites” tab on the Twitter link. This can be great for Tweets containing links to articles you want to read eventually, or particularly inspiring tweets you want fast access to. Hashtag: A hashtag begins with a # sign, and helps categorize a Tweet for searching purposes. For example, many people post content on the #mtec2011 hashtag over the course of the week– this allows all the users to search for one common phrase (“#mtec2011”) and gather the information.
  43. 43. More info about joining twitter for music educators can be found at: And Soundtree webinar: Twitter:
  44. 44. Useful Music Ed Websites: Virtual Instrument Museum: Joseph Pisano UK School music site Soundtree James Frankel Katie Wardrobe: / A blog for college students of Music Education: Heaps of Resources Virtual Instrument Museum: A great site hosted by Wesleyan University which has one of the largest and most diverse collections of world musical instruments in the world. A great site for studies in World Music
  45. 45. Voki: Wordle: Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them in your blogs, profiles, and emails. Other uses are listed here: Wordle is a word cloud generator that allows the user to input their own text, or import text from a website. The text that appears most often in the text will be selected and displayed in various sizes based on how often it occurs in the text.
  46. 46. Yarp: Another survey tool that offers only two options YES or NO.
  47. 47. YouTube: <ul><li>Benefits: </li></ul><ul><li>Show YouTube videos on interactive whiteboards or even project them onto screens. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have a classroom wiki or blog you can embed the video that you have found or uploaded. </li></ul><ul><li>Student performances can be shared with their instrumental teachers for comments. </li></ul><ul><li>Students can share their work with overseas relatives. </li></ul><ul><li>You can promote your Music department to the world!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Drawbacks: </li></ul><ul><li>YouTube is perceived to be not very secure due to advertising and occasional comments below videos that may be unsavoury. There are ways around this perception! </li></ul>
  48. 48. YouTube: Information concerning setting up a YouTube account/channel and other examples of how YouTube can enhance your music program can be accessed in greater detail all over the www (eg. Tutorial by Melbourne Music Educator- Michael White: ) or from Rudolph and Frankel’s book: You Tube in Music Education . I strongly recommend you get your hands on this great resource.
  49. 49. MusicMarcellin channel: YouTube:
  50. 50. <ul><li>Gaining Permission from the School and Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Of course each school is different in regards policy on starting up a YouTube channel so the first thing you need to do is: </li></ul><ul><li>Have a meeting with the Principal, Head of Curriculum and ICT stating what you are planning to do to in regards to student learning, and the promotion of your department and the school via YouTube. Be aware of Privacy Laws and your School Policies on using student images. </li></ul><ul><li>Send out a permission letter to students involved in your music program stating your aims and how you plan on engaging learning through the channel. This letter will give you approval to use footage of students on a publicly listed site. </li></ul>YouTube:
  51. 51. <ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what you want to show on your site. Playlists are a good way of organising your channel. The below list is an example of playlists that you might want to include: </li></ul><ul><li>Year Levels/Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Periods in Music History </li></ul><ul><li>Your Ensembles </li></ul><ul><li>Conductors in rehearsal </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Compositions </li></ul><ul><li>Music Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Music Humour </li></ul><ul><li>Music Tech </li></ul><ul><li>Cool Stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Once You have set up your playlist you can add your own or other people’s uploads into each category. </li></ul>YouTube:
  52. 52. Liven up your music history classes with videos from “History for Music Lovers”: YouTube:
  53. 53. YouTube: In B flat a collaborative composition using YouTube:
  54. 54. Hiding YouTube comments: Tutorial from Sites mentioned in the tutorial: Quietube YouTube Options for Google Chrome YouTube:
  55. 55. Zamzar: Zamzar is a handy File conversion tool for a wide variety of formats.
  56. 56. About Nicholas Cowall Nicholas Cowall is an experienced music educator, conductor, vocal coach, and vocalist. He has completed tertiary music study at Monash University, Melbourne University, the Moscow Conservatoire and the Victorian College of the Arts. Nicholas has conducted opera, orchestral and choral ensembles and is currently Director of Music at Marcellin College, the Vice president of the Association of Directors of Music in Independent Schools (Victoria), guest lecturer at the Monash University School of Music – Conservatorium and music director of the professional choral ensemble Melbourne Cappella. Nicholas has a keen interest in technology and how it can be applied to music pedagogy. This interest has taken him outside the music classroom and into the realm of writing and the implementation of netiquette, cyber-citizenship and e-learning policy in school environments. Contact: Nicholas Cowall Director of Music   Marcellin College 160 Bulleen Rd Bulleen Victoria, Australia, 3105 Tel: +613 98511517 [email_address]