It’s the end of the school year and my most advanced class, Electronic Music 3, is getting a little restless. I made their final exam the submission to MENC Electronic Music Talent Search and that was submitted a few of weeks ago. Yesterday, a couple of students came in and told me they challenged each other to a match. They wanted to see who could compose the best Reggaeton piece in one class. Other students heard this and wanted in. So began our first “Speed Composing” contest.
MusicEdTech will present it’s first live broadcast on Ustream.tv on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 10:45 AM EST. Our guest will be Grammy/Emmy/Clio Award winner and Gold Record recording artist Robin Batteau. Robin will give a talk on his life and approach to being a professional composer. He’ll also listen to music by students in Greenwich High School’s Electronic Music … Read More
I am happy to now have screencasts on TeacherTube. I developed these short videos for a series of classes I taught for the Greenwich Public Schools Professional Learning Program (In Service classes). They can be viewed by anyone on TeacherTube. The first series of thirteen, 1 – 4 minute videos, is on GarageBand. Logic Pro and iTunes to follow. Click … Read More
I got an email from a friend who is on the orchestra committee of a regional orchestra here in CT. He asked me if I knew anything about royalties or extra/recording pay for orchestra musicians, as the Board of Directors of the orchestra wants to do podcasts. There are two separate issues here; payment to performers for the recording and … Read More
Podcasting is a great way to introduce students to the basics of recording, editing and mixing audio. By the time my students get to podcasting, year 2 or 3 of my class, they have had a lot of experience composing and mixing MIDI sequences created in GarageBand and Logic. Recording, editing and processing audio is a whole new ball game. … Read More
A little over two years ago, a friend showed me her iPod. I just couldn’t understand why she would listen to an MP3 instead of audio (more on that another time). She explained that she was listening to various NPR shows as she did on her daily bus commute to and from work. That was the first time I ever … Read More