Music Tech Tips

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 3

By |July 25th, 2016|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued)
This is the third part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post.
Part 3: Creating Quality Audio Files and Backing Tracks
In this third episode, we focus on creating audio files […]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 2

By |July 20th, 2016|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued)
This is the second part in a series of posts that feature Sibelius tutorial videos that I created especially for educators.  You can links to the other parts at the bottom of this post.
Part 2: The Automatic Compositional Diary
The second video in the series looks at how you can use the […]

How to programme your own drum patterns – a beginner’s guide for students (part 1)

By |July 15th, 2016|

Encourage students creativity: record drum patterns from scratch
When using music software to put a song together, it’s easy for students to head straight to the loop library to find a drum pattern.  It’s a quick solution, but once you become familiar with the loop library of your school’s chosen software package, you start to hear […]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 1

By |July 11th, 2016|

“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 some […]

Inspiring and Fascinating TED Talks for music educators (part 2)

By |June 17th, 2016|

So it seems like you love TED too
A couple of weeks ago I shared 8 of my favourite TED talks.  Lots of you let me know how much you love TED talks in general, many of you let me know I had chosen one of your favourite talks and you also let me know of […]

The Guide To Composing Music For Video Games

By |June 9th, 2016|

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 effectively […]

4 Engaging ways to tech-i-fy assessment in music education

By |June 2nd, 2016|

Fun formative assessment?
All music teachers need to gauge student learning at some time or another.  You may test at the beginning of a school year to determine the level of knowledge of a new group of students, or halfway through a class to find out whether students are on track with the lesson.  At the […]

Inspiring and Fascinating TED Talks for music educators (part 1)

By |May 19th, 2016|

Dear TED…I love you
Like many of you I have been intrigued, fascinated, amused and enthralled by countless TED talks over the past few years.  They have opened my mind to new ideas, moved me to tears and inspired me to take action.

I was surprised to read that the first TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) event took […]

Best Music Software for Chromebooks & BYOD Schools

By |May 12th, 2016|

Help! Which software can I use with mixed devices or Chromebooks?
In the past few years, a large number of schools worldwide have decided to adopt a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) approach to technology for students meaning that students can choose to use a Mac laptop, a Windows laptop, an iPad or an Android […]

Why Won’t That Music Website Load?

By |April 21st, 2016|

 
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 these creative music […]