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21st Century Technology Resources for Music Educators

An Act 48 In-Service Presentation for the PMEA District 12 In-Service - Tuesday, November 8, 2011
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PMEA District 12 In-Service Presentation 21st Century Technology Resources for Music Educators Thomas J. West, Clinician How can you incorporate technology into a traditional school music program? Why is technology integration important? http://www.personalizemedia.com/garys-social-media-count/ Our students have never known life without it
They will learn how to use it despite us
There is no longer such a thing as job security for our students
Businesses are looking for original, creative thinkers, not another drone Digital manipulation of music is the new art form, and social media is the new distribution system Teach music - the technology will follow Finally, there is common ground between "academic" music and "commercial" music Blended Learning Synchronous Learning Music Teaching
Software Online Music
Teaching Tools Using website resources to deliver instructional content to students
in an asynchronous format (students work at their own pace). http://wordpress.com Blog sites like Word Press have a great deal of flexibility for
displaying content, password-controlled subscriptions for
students, and can be made unsearchable by search engines
like Google. Blogs also allow students to interact directly, writing comments and even adding their own content.

Using blog sites in conjunction with embeddable resources
like YouTube and NoteFlight can easily create a very dynamic and effective way to give students additional opportunities to hear model recordings, practice music theory, and more. http://buddypress.com Buddy Press turns a Word Press site into an interactive community. A Buddy Press site functions similarly to Facebook, but can be kept private and invisible to search engines. Montoring the site will take a bit more work than just creating a blog site, but students will be able to add content and assist in maintaining the site. Great for making announcements, keeping parents informed, and providing additional music content. Example site: http://blog.davidhthomas.net An amazing
gold mine of
educational
resources http://edublogs.org Blogging platform specifically designed for teachers and students. Use it for extended assignments, or special projects like this fundraising effort from Dr. Scott Watson's Music Production classes: http://season4giving.edublogs.org/ http://moodle.org Moodle is not a blog site. It is an open-source (meaning free and editable by anyone) Content Management System and Virtual Learning Environment. Moodle is rapidly becoming the CMS that is being used by traditional public schools to offer web-based classes for students to take from home. Moodle is also the CMS of choice for some of the most successful and progressive cyber charter schools.

Moodle must be installed on your district's servers by your IT department. example: http://moodle.palcs.org Using the internet for real-time interaction between
teachers, students, classrooms, composers, performers,
clinicians, or events. http://skype.com The world's leading streaming video communication software. Skype allows free audio and video calling, as well as free VOIP conference calling to anyone on the skype network. Skype premium also offers video conferencing for a monthly subscription.

Skype has become a great way to bring professional composers, clinicians, and performers into your classroom, or even do online exchange performances. http://mustech.net/2008/08/10/out-of-the-box-connecting-the-audience Skype has a beta version of a new free directory service designed to connect teachers who are interested in connecting with other teachers via skype. The service is called Skype in the Classroom. Hopefully, this will grow into a great resource for teachers of all disciplines desiring to connect and share in real-time. http://education.skype.com http://oovoo.com ooVoo offers video conferencing for up to 3 people in their free version. Paid versions offer up to 6 videos at a time, plus screen sharing and other tools.

ooVoo is good for online group instrument lessons, project collaboration, etc. http://docs.google.com One of the single most useful and versatile online resources today, Google Documents provides online word and data processing applications that can be shared with anyone and can be collaborated on in real time. Think of it as Microsoft Office in "the cloud".

Create a document that students can annotate & edit
Invite your music parents organization members to view and edit spreadsheets for organizing events and fundraisers
Create a survey form that anyone with the link can complete - data from the form goes directly into a spreadsheet
Get a summary of data in graphs with a few clicks.
Print out, or export into Microsoft Office or Open Office http://ustream.com http://livestream.com Create a channel instantly and broadcast what's going on in the music room via webcam. Technical setup is minimal. Limit access, run live chat rooms, archive recordings, and more. Note: School district student privacy policies and mechanical licenses for recording music must be addressed if you are going to do any kind of live broadcasting of student performances of published works. Paying for a mechanical license is not expensive and very easy to do via http://harryfox.com http://smartmusic.com Over the past 10 years, Smart Music has grown to become an extremely valuable learning tool for performing musicians on band and orchestra instruments. Recent revisions have included more applications for vocal and percussion as well. The online library of accompaniment music features over 50,000 exercises and 30,000 published titles. Many concert band recordings are of The President's Own Marine Band. Students can practice their part at any tempo, loop sections, and hear the articulation and expressive style of professional performers.

The Smart Music library also contains the most popular band and orchestra beginner method books, the Suzuki strings methods, many of the solo repertoire pieces used for honors ensemble and college auditions, and the best-selling volumes of Jamey Aebersold's jazz play-along series.

Smart Music is most valuable as a student assessment and accountability tool. Students develop much higher standards for their own performance when they hear the quality of the recordings they make of themselves on Smart Music. Being forced to play at a steady tempo through the assigned material gives them a brutally honest picture of their level of proficiency. Using Smart Music To Create Graduated Tonal/Rhythm Literacy Goals http://bit.ly/cAMnjZ http://finalemusic.com http://sibelius.com The two premiere music notation software programs are still the best tools for everyone
from amateur musicians to professional composers. Less expensive versions of Finale such as Allegro and Print Music are more accessible for classrooms. Finale's flagship program has the capability to create custom assignments and accompaniments for Smart Music.

Sibelius has many comparable features and includes Scorch, which allows you to create music scores that can be embedded and played online.

Finale and Sibelius are both very mature products and have obtained a loyal following. It is similar to the old Mac vs. PC debate - it really comes down to personal preference and what you have grown accustomed to. http://www.apple.com/ilife/garageband/ http://www.acoustica.com/mixcraft/ Garage Band (Mac) and MixCraft (PC) are music sequencing software packages. Rather than a notational approach to music composition, musical sounds appear on a timeline. A pre-recorded library of musical ostinati (know as loops) can be used to quickly construct pieces of music in a variety of popular styles. Both programs also offer a wide selection of virtual instruments, enabling the user to compose original music without recording the sounds live. Sound recording and editing, and even scoring for video are possible with these inexpensive, yet powerful programs.

Garage Band and MixCraft are valuable tools to get "the other 80%" of students in your school district who do not play in a performing ensemble to learn the art of music. An increasing number of public schools are offering multiple levels of music technology, music production, or digital music composition courses. http://www.risingsoftware.com Auralia (ear training) and Musition (theory) are the most accessible software programs for middle school and high school available. Both offer lessons and assessments for multiple levels of audiation and theoretical concepts. Students must pass the assessments on each level before gaining access to the next one.

Both of these programs create opportunities for asynchronous learning in a traditional performance-based classroom. http://noteflight.com Noteflight is to music notation software what Google Docs is to office production software. Noteflight is relatively young as a service in comparison to Finale and Sibelius, but it already has far-reaching implications for K-12 music education. Imagine being able to have students compose music from any internet-ready computer and freely share it, embed it on websites, play it back in a web browser, and print a hard copy off the web.

You can also embed Noteflight on class blogs, etc. to use as examples for music concepts (see the earlier video of the chord inversions assignment).

Noteflight recently created a new program for K-12 Education called Noteflight Classroom that gives your school a private Noteflight site with 250 premium accounts for $295/yr. No IT Department involvement needed! http://www.noteflight.com/info/learn_more_k12 http://www.aviary.com/ Aviary offers a whole suite of online creation tools. Their Music Creator is relatively new and is basically an online version of Garage Band's loop capabilities.

Jam Studio is similar. They both cater to a rock band audience and do not have the full capabilities of Garage Band or MixCraft, but they are free and are a good starting point for programs with low budgets. http://jamstudio.com http://thomasjwestmusic.com/thetamusictrainer.htm Theta Music Trainer is a new website, founded in October of 2010. It features some great free lessons on basic music theory and a series of engaging online games designed for ear training. Scales, intervals, chord progressions, rhythm, even texture are all addressed in these games. Teachers can also track the progress and results of their students.

Theta Music is planning on expanding the service with new games, new lessons, and a new pricing schedule for public school music programs. Follow my blog for updates on their developments. http://thomasjwestmusic.com/apps/blog a great "cheat sheet"
for Noteflight commands available on the resource page for this presentation http://thomasjwestmusic.com/21stcenturyresources.htm http://musictheory.net Quite simply, one of the best web 2.0 music education websites ever created. Lessons, exercises, and online tools for the exploration and practice of music theory studies. Great for asynchronous assignments. Totally free. Online Professional Development 90% of the resources in this presentation were made known to me by other music teachers using online Professional Learning Networks (PLN's) to share, collaborate, and learn. Professional Development on Twitter? If you're like me, you probably looked at Twitter and thought, "What a phenomenal waste of time!" The truth is, Twitter is social networking on adrenaline. All you have to do is open an account and start talking about your profession, and you will quickly meet people who share your interests. This has become even easier with the growing Professional Learning Networks available on Twitter. http://musicpln.org http://musicedmajor.net/musedchat/ Founded by a pre-service music education major, every Monday night from 8 to 9 PM EST, music educators from all over the globe meet on Twitter for round-table "shop talk" on a new topic voted on by online poll. Teachers participate by adding the #musedchat hashtag to the ends of their tweets. The group of teachers that met regularly for this chat became the foundation of the Music PLN. The Music PLN was founded in July of 2010. It is a Buddy Press site with some of the most advanced integrations available in any social network. Now approaching 1500 members, the professional discussions on the site are dynamic, full of excellent content, and positively electrifying. And it is all for free. The Music PLN steering committee is made up entirely of volunteers and has new and greater things in the works. Facebook PLNs Facebook PLNs are growing rapidly for one very simple reason: the Facebook audience is immense. Professional Learning Networks only work when the membership of the group is actively engaged in dialogue and sharing. Some Facebook PLNs of note: http://www.menc.org/forums/ There are also great professional discussions going on at the MENC forums. Downside: you have to be an MENC member to post. http://facebook.com/banddirectors 6000+ members Band Director New since December 2010. Membership has EXPLODED since June. Now up to 7000+ I Teach Jazz Following in the footsteps
of I'm a Band Director This all sounds great, but... There is so much available to us now that it can be overwhelming. How can you possibly make time for all of this technology when you barely have enough time with your students to adequately rehearse to put on your marching band show, concerts, parades, and festivals? Take Dr. Pisano's "Ten Minute Challenge" - choose just one online Professional Development tool and spend ten minutes a day on it.
Consider programming one less song for your winter and spring concert, or consider programming music that is technically less difficult - make time for technology, improvisation, and composition for ALL of your students
Choose just one of the resources mentioned in this presentation to develop for your program for the upcoming school year - your students will take to it faster than you will - you can learn as they do Remember, digial media and social networking is here to stay, no matter how much we resist the change! A few more notable sites: Dr. Pisano's Blog http://mustech.net http://musicedmagic.net http://soundtree.com/web-training Online file sync and storage: http://dropbox.com Power Point on steroids: http://prezi.com Private Social Network for School Ensembles: http://ischoolmusic.org Teaching Jazz Improv. To The Absolute Beginner: http://bit.ly/hBpEr9 My links page: http://thomasjwestmusic.com/apps/links This presentation: http://thomasjwestmusic.com/21stcenturyresources.htm http://thomasjwestmusic.com http://musescore.org/ Open-source music notation software with similar features similar to
Finale and Sibelius. A cost-effective alternative to programs and individual
students on tight budgets. I Teach Music Technology School Orchestra and String Teachers, v. 2.0 Vocal Jazz Educators
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