How-To and Tips

Music software tutorials, advice and tips for music teachers

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 1

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 July 11th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

“Hidden” features and ninja tricks Last year I was asked by Avid - the company behind Sibelius notation - to create a series of videos for educators.  Educators and their students have specific needs which are at times different to those of the composers and arrangers that use the software.  The video series delves into [...]

The Guide To Composing Music For Video Games

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 June 9th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Exploring the art of video game scoring One of my favourite workshops to run over the years is on the topic of film scoring. Lately I’ve had an interest in adding video game music composing into my workshop “repertoire” so I’ve been doing some research into how to break it down and make it work [...]

Why Won’t That Music Website Load?

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 April 21st, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

  It's not you, it's your browser (usually) If you are having trouble loading an interactive music website - such as the Chrome Music Lab, or this 808 Drum Machine - or using cloud-based music software like Soundation, you might just need to change your choice of browser in order to make it work. Many of [...]

Which iPad model should I buy for my music classes?

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 April 12th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

iPads for music teachers and their students “Which iPad model should I purchase?” This is a question I'm asked quite frequently, so here are my thoughts. The most recent model when possible My advice is to purchase the most recent iPad possible with the largest capacity you can afford. I would recommend 64GB as a [...]

Back to basics – how to plug a microphone into your computer

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 November 5th, 2015|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Improve sound quality of student projects In a recent video I answered a frequently asked question about plugging a MIDI keyboard into a computer  to speed up creativity and productivity.  Today’s video is all about plugging in a microphone to improve the sound quality of audio projects that your students are creating.  An external mic [...]

Back to basics – how to plug a MIDI keyboard into your computer

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 October 30th, 2015|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Speed up creativity and productivity Using a MIDI keyboard with your music software really does aid the creative process and enhances productivity by making it simply faster to “get the notes in” to your digital compositions whether they be in notation software or in a sequencing program or digital audio workstation. If you’ve never used [...]

How To Record Students In A Noisy Classroom

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 August 27th, 2015|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

So, you want your students to create music projects that require them to record narration, sound effects, singing or playing of instruments, but you don’t have a professional recording studio and hours of studio time?  It’s more likely that your students are all in one classroom together and you need to use your time wisely. [...]

3 Ways To Create Graphic Notation on the iPad

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 July 15th, 2015|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Graphic Notation Apps Graphic notation - a visual representation of what you hear - can be an excellent stepping stone to more traditional notation methods. Naturally, graphic notation exercises can be done simply with pencil and paper, but there are a number of iPad apps which can help you take graphic notation to the next [...]

Reader question: How do I get videos off my iPad? And what do I do with them next?

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 February 23rd, 2015|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

How do I get videos off my iPad? A few weeks ago I asked you all what you were struggling with and some fantastic questions came through (and not one of them was "dumb"!). I'm going to start answering each one as best I can in a blog post. (You can still add your questions [...]

The Quick Guide To Recording Vocals In Any Software Application [downloadable checklist]

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:35+00:00 November 13th, 2014|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Simple steps No matter which software program you're using to record vocals - whether it's GarageBand, Mixcraft, Acid, Logic, Pro Tools, Cubase or the free audio editor Audacity - the basic steps are the same. Over time, it's likely that you and your students will work in more than one software application and a familiarity [...]