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You Might Be Teaching the First Week of Elementary General Music If…

You Might Be Teaching the First Week of Elementary General Music If…

When the school year begins, there are those experiences that bring you back to the daily life of a teacher. During the summer, our schedule changes and loses some of its structure. Even though we work over the summer and most likely teach, it is not quite the same as teaching everyday in our school systems.

Here are some items that remind me that, “You might be teaching the first week of elementary general music if…”

  • Though you had a “rock star” singing voice all summer, you lose it within the first week of school.

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This App Will Not Work With iOS11…

This App Will Not Work With iOS11…

The launch of iPhone8 is slated for next week. This will bring along the new iOS11 for download as well. Although it has been in its beta version since earlier in the summer, when iOS11 officially launches, it will impact those who have grown to love some of their favorite elementary music apps.

“This app will not work with iOS11…”

Earlier this year, the following message appeared when launching certain apps on the iPad and/or iPhone: “ This app will not work with iOS11.

Continue reading This App Will Not Work With iOS11… at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

Webinar: Using Technology as an Ice Breaker in Your Elementary Music Classroom

Webinar: Using Technology as an Ice Breaker in Your Elementary Music Classroom

In this webinar, I utilize two technological tools to create ice breakers for my younger and older elementary music students. I will also be using music chants, performing on instruments, creating music, and playing a music game as well to create successful ice breakers for the first few days of music classes. However, I choose to use technology because technology is a way to relate to young students. Our students are ones who are growing up in a world where they have access to a lot of technology.

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Cleaning: That time of year…

Cleaning: That time of year…

It is that time of year. It is the time of year when I see elementary music educators posting amazing photos of their classrooms. The time of year when we are posting to each other questions about curriculum, how to store boomwhackers and ukeleles, compare schedules, ask about classroom management, favorite teaching tools, and so much more!

It is the time of year when we giggle at these types of memes:

 

 

 

And when we need great reminders from this great man, Gerry Brooks:

Cleaning the Orff Instruments:

For me, it is that time of year that I need to clean the instruments.

Continue reading Cleaning: That time of year… at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

NJAIS Innovation Symposium 2017 Part 2: Innovation and Iteration in Education

NJAIS Innovation Symposium 2017 Part 2: Innovation and Iteration in Education

The second day of the NJAIS Symposium 2017: Transforming Education with Technology, proved to be as great as the first day.

Breakout Sessions

The day began with breakout sessions. I had the privilege to attend STEAM Integration across the curriculum with presenter, Samantha Morra, Technology Integrator, from the Elisabeth Morrow School. She showed us and had us interacting with the coding app, Scratch, and the 3D printing app, tinkercard.

One of the items that I loved about Samantha’s presentation was that the focus was not on the apps, but on the students’ projects.

Continue reading NJAIS Innovation Symposium 2017 Part 2: Innovation and Iteration in Education at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

NJAIS Innovation Symposium 2017: Transforming Education with Technology

NJAIS Innovation Symposium 2017: Transforming Education with Technology

Today I attended the first day of the NJAIS Innovation Symposium 2017: Transforming Education with Technology. The day was filled with excellent presenters, inspiring keynotes, and wonderful breakout sessions. It finished with a plethora of technology resources. As an elementary music educator, one would question if this conference would be applicable to the elementary music classroom. I feel that it was because the goal of this conference is universal:  How do we create learning environments that will develop the knowledge, skills and mindsets for the future?

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Integrating Technology into the Elementary Music Classroom: FAQ

Integrating Technology into the Elementary Music Classroom: FAQ

Recently, I had the pleasure to be zoomed into a NC Orff Level 3 class taught by the amazing Maribeth Yoder-White. She asked me to showcase some of technology tools used to integrate into an elementary music classroom. I showed tools that could assist with Orff ensembles (Tim Purdum’s Orff xylophone app), recorders (Staff Wars and Staff Wars Live), flipping the classroom (Explain Everything), creating music (Incredibox, Noteflight, SoundTrap), and digital student portfolios (Seesaw). Her students asked very thought-provoking questions.

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Elementary Music Class: Tech Integration with iPads and Chromebooks

Elementary Music Class: Tech Integration with iPads and Chromebooks

This past week, I taught a course at Central Connecticut State University’s (CCSU) Summer Music Institute titled, “Technology Integration in the Elemnetary Music Classroom: A Focus on iPads and Chromebooks.” The participants in the course, who were elementary music educators (or about to be), were excellent! I had a wonderful time teaching and proudly displaying my own students’ works to show as examples.

A Focus on Integration:

Though the course was about technology in the elementary music classroom, due to the fact that the teachers in the course (and many of us who teach elementary) were using one or both platforms in their classroom, I focused on the integration aspect along with focusing on the iPad or Chromebook.

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Band Music Technology and the M4All Summer Symposium

Band Music Technology and the M4All Summer Symposium

Each year, I’m humbled to part of the great team that works with middle-school band directors at the Music for All Summer Symposium.  The team consists of Robert W. Smith, Cyndee Hawkins, Dr. Edwin Arnold, Dr. Charles Jackson, and myself. This year we had a special guest, Dr. Keith Dye give a couple of amazing guest presentations about the, equally amazing, MusicFirst products.

For two of the past years, I have opened the music technology sessions, with an overview of new technology and things that I have found amazing.

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Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board

Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a SMART Board

Back in 2014, I released the first in a Help! Series for elementary music teachers that would assist them with integrating technology into their music classrooms. This series includes Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with a Smart Board!, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher with One or more iPads, and the next in the series, Help! I am an Elementary Music Teacher that needs Free Technology Resources!, which will include lesson plans using free resources for iPads and Chromebooks.

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Course Information


Broad General Education S1 - S3

S4/5/6 Courses

 


Course Info

 

S1- S3 Broad General Education

 

Through music, learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Performing and creating music will be the prominent activities for all learners. Pupils will be given the opportunity to develop solo and group skills using a variety of different instruments including Keyboard, Tuned Percussion, Voice, Guitar, Bass Guitar and Drum kit. Through these activities they explore sound and musical concepts, and use their imagination and skills to create musical ideas and compositions. Pupils will be exposed to music from a range of styles and cultures and will be encouraged to perform their chosen music confidently using performance directions, musical notation and/ or playing by ear. They can further develop their understanding and capacity to enjoy music through listening to musical performances and commenting on them. They use ICT to realise or enhance their composition and performances and to promote their understanding of how music works.

 

 

Topics covered: S1 Scottish Music, World Music and Classical Music
  S2 Film Music, Scottish Music, Rock and Pop and World Music
  S3 Scottish Music, Classical Music, World Music, Vocal Music, Blues, Jazz and Ragtime

 

 

The subjects contained in each topic are delivered in a progressive way so that each year group builds upon prior learning.

 

 

 

Course Info

 

S4/5/6 Music

 

Music: Higher

 

 

Purpose

 

To provide experience in:

 

 

Recommended Entry

 

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained:

 

 

Course Code

 

There are two routes and two entry codes in the Higher Music Course, distinguished by candidate choice of optional Units:

 

Music with Performing

For candidates opting for the Unit: Performing (Higher)

           

Music with Technology

For candidates opting for the Unit: Performing with Technology (Higher)

 

 

Course Structure

This Course consists of three 40 hour Units.

 

All candidates must take the two mandatory Units

Music: Composing (Higher), 1 credit (40 hours)

Music: Listening (Higher), 1 credit (40 hours)

 

and one of the following optional Units:

Music: Performing (Higher), 1 credit (40 hours)

Music: Performing with Technology (Higher), 1 credit (40 hours)

 

All Courses include 40 hours of flexible time.

 

 

Progression

 

Students who achieve Higher Music might progress to:

 

 

 

The course or its component units may form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards.

 

 

Music: Performing (Higher)

 

As at previous levels candidates will have the opportunity to develop performance skills solo and/or in group in one of the combinations below:

 

Performances will be of longer duration than at previous levels and will include works which make increased technical and musical demands.

 

 

Music: Performing with Technology (Higher)

 

As at previous levels, candidates will have the opportunity to develop performance skills solo and/or in group on one instrument/voice.  Performances will be of longer duration than at previous levels and will include works which make increased technical and/or musical demands.  Additionally, candidates will develop their knowledge, understanding and practical application of MIDI Sequencing or sound engineering as instruments of music technology in order to produce a folio of recordings.

 

In addition to studying either Music: Performing (Higher) or Music: Performing with Technology (Higher), all candidates will take the mandatory Units in Composing and Listening.

 

 

Music: Composing (Higher)

 

Candidates at this level will have the opportunity to build competence in handling a wide range of compositional techniques which they will use to produce a folio of original work.  Their broad experience of Music as performers, music technologists and listeners will help inform their use of compositional techniques.  This area of the course presents candidates with a unique opportunity to explore musical ideas, to solve problems and to make personal decisions about style, the selection and deployment of performance forces, and the use of compositional devices.  By engaging in this process they will both develop their creativity and express their individuality.

 

 

Music: Listening (Higher)

 

The Course provides scope to listen to a variety of music and to develop discriminatory awareness of an increasing range of musical and stylistic concepts.  In this, as in other units of the course, candidates have the opportunity to develop musical literacy, demonstrating their ability to relate music heard to notated scores.

 


 

 

Music: Intermediate 2

 

 

Purpose

 

To provide experience in:

 

 

Recommended Entry

 

While entry is at the discretion of the centre, students would normally be expected to have attained:

 

 

Course Code

There are two routes and two entry codes in the Intermediate 2 Music Course, distinguished by candidate choice of optional Units:

           

Music with Performing

For candidates opting for the Unit: Performing (Intermediate 2)

           

Music with Technology

For candidates opting for the Unit: Performing with Technology (Intermediate 2)

 

 

Course Structure

 

This Course consists of three 40 hour Units.

 

All candidates must take the two mandatory Units:

 

Music: Composing (Intermediate 2), 1 credit (40 hours)

Music: Listening (Intermediate 2), 1 credit (40 hours)

 

and one of the following optional Units:

 

Music: Performing (Intermediate 2), 1 credit (40 hours)

Music: Performing with Technology (Intermediate 2), 1 credit (40 hours)

           

 

All Courses include 40 hours of flexible time.

 

Progression

 

Students who achieve Intermediate 2 Music might progress to:

 

 

The course or its component units may form part of one or more Scottish Group Awards.

 

 

Music: Performing (Intermediate 2)

 

As at previous levels candidates will have the opportunity to develop performance skills solo and/or in group in one of the combinations below:

 

Performances will be of longer duration than at previous levels and will include works which make increased technical and musical demands.

 

 

Music: Performing with Technology (Intermediate 2)

 

As at previous levels, candidates will have the opportunity to develop performance skills solo and/or in group on one instrument/voice.  Performances will be of longer duration than at previous levels and will include works which make increased technical and/or musical demands.  Additionally, candidates will develop their knowledge, understanding and practical application of MIDI Sequencing or sound engineering as instruments of music technology in order to produce a folio of recordings.

 

In addition to studying either Music: Performing (Int 2) or Music: Performing with Technology (Int 2), all candidates will take the mandatory Units in Composing and Listening.

 

 

 

Music: Composing (Intermediate 2)

 

Candidates at this level will have the opportunity to build competence in handling a wide range of compositional techniques which they will use to produce a folio of original work.  Their broad experience of Music as performers, music technologists and listeners will help inform their use of compositional techniques.  This area of the course presents candidates with a unique opportunity to explore musical ideas, to solve problems and to make personal decisions about style, the selection and deployment of performance forces, and the use of compositional devices.  By engaging in this process they will both develop their creativity and express their individuality.

 

 

Music: Listening (Intermediate 2)

 

The Course provides scope to listen to a variety of music and to develop discriminatory awareness of an increasing range of musical and stylistic concepts.  In this, as in other units of the course, candidates have the opportunity to develop musical literacy, demonstrating their ability to relate music heard to notated scores.