2024 Handouts

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Basics of Audio for the Music Educator

Topics discussed will include different types of microphones – dynamic, condenser, ribbon- and their uses, with specific examples and models of each from various companies, different types of recording devices, including portable, hand-held, and various computer audio interfaces. Tips for how to record in different environments, including the music classroom, rehearsal room, and concert halls will be included. Suggestions for specific equipment for different budgets will also be given.

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Teaching Contemporary Music Production

This session will provide practical tips, techniques, and lessons for teachers to use immediately with students. Teaching what students need to know so they can compose and produce their own contemporary music genres while learning music concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, accompaniment patterns, and form. We’ll touch upon some basic production concepts needed for creating contemporary music genres, including basic mixing, concepts of gain staging, panning, EQ, and some digital signal processing.

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Modern Band

Modern Band is the hot new way to teach music skills to those students who would not otherwise find themselves in traditional music ensembles. From Rock bands to funk bands, to electronic music groups (EMG), Modern Band in the K-12 environment opens a whole new world of possibility for our students we might not otherwise reach.

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Recording Techniques

Whether the spoken word, instruments, or singing, this presentation will address a variety of recording challenges for teachers and their students whether at home or in the classroom. We’ll look at the different computing devices, microphones, free and paid software, and good techniques for creating the best recording environment at home with what you have. The teacher and the student can transfer many of these techniques and technology in the classroom. Different applications of recording including solo and a variety of ensembles will be addressed.

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The Impact of Technology-Based Music Classes on Music Department Enrollment in Secondary Public High Schools in the Northeastern United States

The purpose of this study was to examine if the implementation of a technology-based music class in public high schools in the northeastern United States had any significant impact on the overall music department enrollment and on enrollment in traditional performance ensemble courses, such as band and chorus, as they are the courses most offered in high schools in the United States. The two phases of the study included identifying eligible schools and collecting data from schools. A six-year history of music department and school enrollment data was collected from participating schools (n = 12). Individual music classes in each school were categorized as Band, Chorus, Orchestra, Technology-based, or Other Music Classes. Results found a statistically significant increase in overall Music Department enrollment and no statistically significant change in enrollment in Band or Chorus after the implementation of a technology-based music class. Reductions in enrollment did occur in Other Music classes. No significant change to the number of teachers in music departments was found. This study suggests that implementing a technology-based music classes may help increase overall music department enrollment without negatively impacting enrollment in traditional performance ensembles and may not necessitate funding for additional faculty.