The following is a list of sessions and workshops that have been presented to schools, districts, universities, state, & national conferences. Sessions and workshops can be customized for content and length to meet the needs of your school, district, or association. Please contact me at: barb(at)musicedtech(dot)com for more information.

Music Fluency: How Technology Refocuses Music Creation and Composition in Education

This keynote presentation challenges teacher to focus less on having students become readers and writers of standard music notation (i.e., literacy) and more on teaching whatever music “language skills” will allow them to freely communicate their ideas in music—that is, to have them become fluent in the language of music. The presentation also demonstrates how, when using software to facilitate music creation teaching, the piano keyboard and various graphical visualizations of sound help to teach and understand chord progressions, accompaniment patterns, bass lines from chords, melody writing, and music theory in ways more meaningful than traditional instruction. Through the intelligent use of technology, students who have never played piano or studied another instrument suddenly create, of their own volition, music of increasing sophistication.

Teaching Contemporary Music Production: Building Music and Technology Skills

As educators, we may find great value in allowing students to create contemporary music but we may not know where to begin. Maybe we have a good start with some contemporary music genres but our students might want to branch out to other genres that we might not be familiar with. We might also have concerns about how to incorporate sophisticated music concepts while keeping students engaged with genres they like. All students can have meaningful hands-on applied learning experiences that will impact not only their music experience and learning but also their understanding and comfort with 21st century technology.

This session will provide practical tips, techniques, and lessons for teachers to use immediately in their classroom to get started on teaching what students need to know so they can compose and produce their own Hip Hop, Trap, Dance Music, Rock, and other contemporary music genres all while students learn music concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, accompaniment patterns, and form. We’ll also 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. This is a taste of what is possible inside the secondary music classroom. No specific software will be addressed since these composition and production techniques can be accomplished in a variety of ways using either software or hardware. Free and paid options will be explored in this session.

Utilizing Centers in the Secondary Music Classroom To Teach Contemporary Popular Music Performance and Composition

Elementary teachers know well the value of creating learning centers; separate spaces inside the classroom where students engage in either independent or group activities. Each learning center provides variety of learning materials and media and each focus on a variety of subject content areas. An assortment of centers creates several activities inside the classroom allowing for self-paced or personalized learning. Students can rotate through centers during one class period to learn and reinforce different concepts over time. Setting up this type of learning environment is daunting and time consuming especially for the secondary classroom but once it’s done and the students are up and running, there is no stopping the learning and music making!

This session explores some possibilities of utilizing centers in the secondary music classroom to teach students contemporary music using both digital and traditional methods of delivering learning materials and monitoring student progress. Students rotate through a variety of activities including independently learning rock band instruments guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, and vocals and then put it all together in their bands. Other activities include music theory, piano, composition, and audio processing skills as it relates to producing a variety of contemporary popular music genres.

Basics of Audio Recording for the Music Educator

This session will cover the different types of microphones, dynamic, condenser, ribbon, and their uses, with specific examples and models of each from various companies. Suggestions for specific recording equipment for different budgets will also be given. You’ll get tips for how to record in different environments including the music classroom, rehearsal room, and concert halls for various ensembles. We’ll touch on the basics of what you need to know about sound, EQ, audio files, and other audio engineering mysteries.

Composition and Multimedia in the Music Classroom

It’s a YouTube era! Engage student with composition projects that incorporates video, pictures, and prerecorded or student-recorded audio. Projects can be tailored for most beginning students’ grades 4 – 12 to the more advanced musicians and composers. Multimedia is now essential in the music classroom.

Free Technology for the Music Educator

Almost everything that you could possibly need or use as a musician or music educator is available to you over the Internet absolutely FREE. You just need to know where to look. Freedman will look at Interactive websites, video, audio, screen-capture software, music notation software, music theory, recording software, and music creation/composition tools, music sharing, downloading tools, music tools available on the web or for download. Freedman will provide a look at the enormous amount of free technology waiting for you and your students to grab and use off the Internet. Participants will be provided with a detailed list of website URLs and other locations to access the free, no-strings-attached technology.

Teaching Music with Technology: Lessons That Work

All students can have meaningful hands-on applied learning experiences that will impact not only their music experience and learning but also their understanding and comfort with 21st century technology. This presentation will explore lessons and curriculum to teach composition and theory skills for beginning students to be successful creators of music. Techniques on use of the software, lesson plans on composition and theory skills will be discussed. All highlighted with examples of student compositions.