How-To and Tips

Music software tutorials, advice and tips for music teachers

How To Import Audio Files Into GarageBand for iPad

By | 2017-02-23T15:19:32+00:00 October 4th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Music Tech Tips|

Importing audio files in GarageBand: why do that? Let's say you or your students have created an audio file in another app or software program - maybe on a laptop even - and now you want to import that audio file into GarageBand because you'd like to use the Smart Drums to add a backing. [...]

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 | 2017-06-14T15:39:55+00:00 July 15th, 2016|How-To and Tips, Lesson plans and ideas, 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 [...]

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 [...]