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Imprinting the

Concepts of Music with music technology

Content Introduction


Session Breakdown


Session One


Session Two


Session Three


Why change teaching to use technology? 1. Everything leads onto another, learning becomes circular therefore reflective and progressive. 2. Students grasp concepts, interact with concepts and when asked about the concepts they have a concrete understanding of them 3. As educators we stay active, we stay engaged and we model the importance of continual learning

Introduction Music educators face a changing landscape in the classroom. The way our students engage with music at home has exposed them to a broader range of artists, styles and composition techniques than ever before. Technology has allowed our students to learn what they want to learn at a very fast rate - faster than our classroom lessons allow - but with little understanding. Educators can combine pedagogy with technology (and their own expertise) to support 21st century learners in and out of the classroom. This session will focus on project based learning as a 21st Century 'learning environment.' Musical Concepts & Musicianship skills can be imparted through pedagogical frameworks (such as Orff or Kodaly) using technology to engage and extend students. Interactive Whiteboards, iPads and real instruments will be demonstrated alongside software such as Logic, Sibelius 7, Pro Tools, Reason & GarageBand with lesson ideas as well as opportunities for brainstorming and curriculum planning.

Problem How to imprint the concepts of music so that students understand and know them? Technology Is it a stumbling block or an extensively creative tool for all students to be creative and musical? Project Based Learning Can lessons be scaffolded for longevity, extension opportunities, authentic assessment and engaging classrooms opportunities?

Bio Samuel is a music educator certified with the NSW Institute of Teachers and is the creator of, a site for music education & technology. Having attained a Bachelor of Music and Music Education in 2005 Samuel has worked as a classroom Music & Maths teacher, instrumental tutor & ensembles manager, as well as a presenter for integrating technology into the classroom. Samuel has recently finished a Masters in Music Technology through the University of Newcastle, completed Orff Teacher Certification level 3 & has been appointed Composer in Residence for the International Grammar School, Sydney.

Session Breakdown 9:00

Setup & Tour


Session One


Break 30 mins


Session Two


Break 45 mins


Session Three



Points to Reflect on • Project Based Learning is the central idea for each session • You need to take each idea & make it fit to your classroom/studio • Through each activity think to yourself, ‘what concepts are students engaging with here?’

Session One • Lesson plan ideas with active involvement • Pop Goes The Weasel & iPad • Dorian Mode & Halo 3 Game Scoring • Technology integration tangents Session Two • • • • •

Using Logic Pro in the classroom Logic for MIDI Orchestration Stems, Pirates of the Caribbean & Dies Irae Orff approach for improvising & Indaba Opportunities Reason PBL Creations

Session Three • iPads in the classroom • IWB resources • Web 2.0 resources (Noteflight, Youtube, ISSUU)

Session One Breakdown Questions to ask: Imprinting the concepts of music through tasks that: involve students in musical analysis, i.e. interpreting the concepts of music and utilising them with understanding.

• How to extend any activity with technology, purposefully?

Blooms Taxonomy according to Pirates of the Caribbean Orff Blog Post about Music Learning

• Do we have place for student planning? brainstorming? collaboration?

The Orff Approach - singing, solfa, instruments, improvising and putting sounds in ears

• What ideas do you have that could be used to reinforce student comprehension of the concepts?

The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore - adapting technological resources to build on class activities; with harmony, analysis and more Dorian Mode in today’s music - continue to develop musical skills in solfa, improvisation and putting sounds in ears - This can be expanded on with computer game compositions and film scoring - Don’t stop there, what else uses Dorian or Aeolian?


Session Two Breakdown Imprinting the concepts of music through tasks that: involve students in musical analysis, interpreting the concepts of music and utilising them with understanding.

IK Multimedia Guitar Cable • Stealthplug to record into Logic

Concepts of Music Booklet Kung Fu Panda Film Scoring in Garageband

Booklets to support your ideas

Logic Pro in the Classroom - General MIDI setup & scoring (Thunderbirds) - Film scoring with VST (Halo 3) + Sibelius 7 - Morris Flying Books Orff arrangement in Logic Stems, Pirates, Orff & Improvising - Indaba Opportunities - Real World Remixed - Remixing Techniques in Logic article - The Dies Irae in Film Music Podcast • Pirates Caribbean • TRON • AWOLNATION Sail • Bayside Guitar Solo

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Creative Commons for Music Educators Reason PBL Creations Orff Orchestration in Sibelius & Finale Pro Tools in Music Education


Session Three Breakdown iPads in Music Education Booklet Noteflight Web 2.0 Tool MTEC2011 Presentations for IWB’s iPad Blooms Taxonomy iPad in Education Blog iPads in Music - singing, solfa, instruments, improvising and putting sounds in ears - theory, demonstrations, engagement, planning - recording, documenting, reporting

IWB Resources - music app folder - macprovideo, groove3 - Web 2.0 - Noteflight - Links at wrightstuffmusic Graphic Scoring - in Keynote

Actual Apps Notes


Logic Key Commands

~ logic users

Imprinting the Concepts of Music  

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