MTT16: Creative composition projects using music technology

MTT16: Creative composition projects using music technology

In this episode:

What types of creative music tech projects can I do with my middle or senior school students? I share my favourites which include film scoring, video game composition, the science of sound, digital storytelling, song writing, recording covers and more.

 

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Resources and links mentioned

Episode sponsor:

A big thank you to this episode’s sponsor SmartMusic – the learning platform that allows teachers to connect with students as they practice. The new SmartMusic is in the cloud so it works with the devices your students have today.  Best of all you can use it for free.

Learn more about SmartMusic here.

Resources and links mentioned:

1. Software options for the lessons mentioned include the following (not all were mentioned in the episode, but would work well, so go with what you have!)

 

2. For a description of many of the lessons I talk about in this episode, see my earlier post: 10 Music Tech Ideas for the Middle School article

3. Boom Snap Clap videos on Youtube: this is the one I’ve based my unit of work on; here’s another more simple version

4. Rap My Name lesson plan 

5. Groove Pizza online app 

6. Transform the Blues iPad lesson plan (could be adapted for other software)

7. Guide to Composing Music for Video Games article

8. Case Study: Video Game Compositions with Grade 8

9. Intro To Film Scoring: Same Scene 5 Ways

10. Film Scoring Reources

11. Sources of Free Music for Your Film Scoring, Video Game and Podcasting Projects

12. Live Film Scoring Activity with Elementary Students

13. Scary Mary video  

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Music technology courses for teachers

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By | 2017-05-10T18:49:18+00:00 May 10th, 2017|Chromebooks and BYOD, Lesson plans and ideas, Podcast|4 Comments

About the Author:

I love to simplify technology for music teachers. I help teachers from all around the world through the Midnight Music Community - an online professional development community where teachers can take online courses, ask questions and receive personalised help for the music tech goals.

4 Comments

  1. Red Drum Music Studios May 12, 2017 at 12:06 am - Reply

    Awesome podcast. Thank you for this

    • Katie May 16, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Thanks so much! If you have a moment, I’d love it if you could leave a review on iTunes. It really helps the podcast. There’s some info about how to do that here if you need it 🙂

  2. Jacqueline Wong May 16, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Hi Katie,

    Tried to sign up to the SmartMusic portal and apparently it is only available in the US and Canada? Any idea when it will be available in Australia?

    Thanks,
    Jacqueline

    • Katie May 16, 2017 at 9:50 am - Reply

      Hi Jacqueline – SmartMusic will be available to teachers outside the US in the coming months. They don’t have a firm date yet, but it shouldn’t be too long.

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