Dr. Scott Watson has been incorporating technology into his music teaching for many years and takes a project-based learning approach when it comes to creative music assignments with his elective students. He also uses technology on a daily basis for his own composition work. Scott and I talk about how he got started with technology and how he accidentally ended up incorporating key education learning trends such as blended learning, flipped classrooms and project-based learning into his teaching.
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Resources and links mentioned
- Dr. Scott Watson: personal website
- WatsonMusic: Scott’s online University teaching resources
- Parkland High School wiki: the home of Scott’s music tech projects for his high school elective students
- Scott’s book: Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity
- Previous Music Tech Teacher episode mentioned on video creation: MTT35 Multiply The Teacher By Using Video
- Wikipedia article about composer Edgar Varèse who coined the term “organised sound”
- Diego Stocco – Music From A Dry Cleaner
- Andrew Huang – lots of great found sound videos (see “Song Challenges” on his channel such as this one featuring Tech Through The Ages)
- NPR podcast Planet Money episode How To Make It In The Music Business
- Samplebot app for iPad
- Tone Matrix – simple online pentatonic sequencer
- 18-year old music producer Steve Lacy uses GarageBand on his iPhone to compose
- Five Carols for Flute and Piano: listen on Soundcloud
- Scott’s published concert band pieces (including the piece Walkin’ Cool which we mentioned during the episode)
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