Well, I’m starting to get excited about the next bi-annual mtec2013. This unique conference focusses solely on the use of technology in music education. It’s convened by the Soundhouse Music Alliance, an Australian not-for-profit organisation that specifically supports the music education technology community: teachers, students, trainers, wholesalers and retailers.
This time, the 3-day conference will be taking place from 8-10 April, 2013 at Yarra Valley Grammar, south-east of Melbourne and it will include lots of practical hands-on sessions using PCs, Macs, iPads, Jamhubs, mixing desks, microphones and more.
That’s me – on the right – presenting at the last conference in 2011.
Keynotes and Sessions
Our three distinguished keynote speakers include Dr Scott Watson (USA, composer, music teacher and author of Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity), James Humberstone (AUS, composer, music teacher and author of Sibelius 7 Music Notation Essentials) and Barbara Freedman (USA, music teacher, performer and author of Teaching Music Through Composition – A Curriculum Using Technology)
I’ve had a peek at the other session proposals and I can let you know that there are some different and innovative sessions in store including one that involves Dr Who, another featuring a Nintendo games console, an appearance by Kung Fu Panda, a remix of top-selling artist Gotye, the flipped music classroom, notation projects, Web 2.0 music tools, a breakfast club iPad band and lots more. Session details will be published soon on the mtec2013 website.
Gala Dinner Performers
Lastly, I’m also looking forward to hearing dynamic Australian a cappella vocal group Suade (right) who will be showing off their special VocalTronics looping techniques at the conference gala dinner and doing a follow-up workshop during the conference itself.
Registrations for the conference are now open and the Super Early-Bird rate ends on 17 December 2012.
You can head over to the conference website for more information:
- mtec2013 registration details and the sign-up form
- the Soundhouse Music Alliance and how to join their community
- discover more about the keynote speakers
Interested in presenting?
We’re still seeking a few more sessions for the conference. Visit the Call For Papers page for information and the official submission form. Submissions must be received by Friday 9 November 2012.