Music Tech Tips

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 5

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 August 8th, 2016|Music Tech Tips|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued) This is the fifth 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 5: The Digital Notation Scrapbook The fifth episode covers the Sibelius Ideas feature in which [...]

9 Musically Creative Youtube Channels To Inspire Your Students

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Music Tech Tips|

So many videos, so little time I have a few go-to Youtube channels that I visit when I’m seeking a little inspiration and a few days ago I wondered whether other music teachers had their own favourites too.  So I asked Facebook-land.  It turns out many of us love the same ones! There were too [...]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 4

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 August 1st, 2016|Music Tech Tips|

Sibelius tutorials for educators (continued) This is the fourth 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 4: All About Graphics In this fourth episode, we focus on how to create musical [...]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 3

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 July 25th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

Get Started Fast With Sibelius for Educators Part 2

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 July 20th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

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

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 July 15th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 June 17th, 2016|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|Music Tech Tips, Music Technology Resources|

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 [...]