Recording. Can You Hear Like a Producer?

I was amazed at the depth of the skills and precision discussed in this interview.

Sir George Martin and son Giles Martin.


Scanning and Organizing

As a music teacher you will be inundated with paper. Until everyone has a tablet, anyway. So tonight we will talk about scanning (scanners, apps, cameras) and organizing (apps) your personal and group files. You will not believe the amount of forms you have to keep at hand as a teacher!

I am envisioning you with an iPad Pro on your director’s stand.  You can project the image and draw big angry circles where you just heard something atrocious.

Or you can, like I try to do, keep your director’s copies on your tablet and organize your playlist. (Do not laugh Brian.)

For scanning I use Scanner Pro. Take photo with the app in good light. Crop, enhance as needed. Share with photo stream to insert in presentation or blog.


To organize I use forScore. img_0512 I can create multiple playlists/setlists.

No need for a stand light.

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Turning pages…

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After tonight’s discussion we will work on our Final Projects.  Well, you will,

11. Microphones & Data, & WIX

Almost every Praxis 2 (5113) exam asks about microphones and placement thereof.  Read this document from Shure about microphones, recording, and sound reinforcement.  Do this for yourself and for your future. Cardioid or condenser mic. If that is a foreign language then spend some quality time with this article.

Handling All That Data!

Band directors, choir directors, music educators have lots of names, equipment, phone numbers, etc. to keep up with on a regular basis.  A little work on the front end of the school year will make all things better for you.  ALL THINGS!

📝.  1.  Open Excel and create a new document.  Put the following titles as headers for the nine columns you will create.

Last.   First.   Chair.    Instrument.   Instrument Serial #.   Folder #.  Student phone.  Adult #1.  Adult phone.

Now, make up names and data for eight students.  Select All and practice sorting data.  Control Z undoes the last action, if you need it.

Sort according to Folder Number, take a screenshot for your post and list a few other items you might need to eventually include.  Write a paragraph about what a wonderful boon to humanity and band/choir directors this particular assignment will prove to be in your future chosen field. Gush.

NOTE: After you enter this data you can in the future Save As… for example, BUS ASSIGNMENTS and delete columns and add new ones to fit your needs without entering names, etc. again.

📝. 2.  What is WIX and why bother. WIX is a free webpage builder/storage site that lets you play MP3s.

You will create a WIX page for your final project with links to your, Unit page, rubric,PowerPoint, etc.  This type page is often called a portal.  It is a one-screen page with main links that are easy to find. To unify your WIX and WordPress pages use your main image (graphic + text) on your WIX page.  LINK to WIX page from today’s blog post.  Write a sentence telling the reader about where the link will go and what they will find there.

Make it only one screen deep. Add graphic(s) to make the page attractive.

May 1  we will play with SMARTBoard in Roswell. Room # ?

10. GarageBand, AR Frameworks

GarageBand.  Find a bass or drum beat you like.  8 measures and loop.

Add a track.  Record.  

Add a track.  Record. 

Add a track.  Record.

You can export to iMovie and put a picture with it.  I used two.

Exported to YouTube.  Embedded link in post. Voila! 🍾

Need help?  Look for tutorials.  



When you are writing and editing your three lessons for your final project be sure to consider Marzano’s strategies in order to make your lessons effective.
Arkansas Fine Arts Frameworks: Music Technology class for high school age students

ASSIGNMENT:  1.  Post your GarageWorks piece on a new post and describe the process.  What grades could do what you did? What AR Framework describes your process/ product?

2.  In TaskStream, add a MusicTech content standard and Student Learning Expectations (SLE) to each of your lessons. Write Instructional Activities for Lesson 3.

9. SmartMusic, Marzano, AR MusicTech Frameworks

SmartMusic has a blog.  Click on Blog link.  subscribe to get a monthly e-mail. Do this. It will remind you to try to keep current with technology.

Streamline Your End-of-Year Auditions with SmartMusic. Webinar. 



When you are writing and editing your three lessons for your final project be sure to consider these strategies in order to make your lessons effective.

Arkansas Fine Arts Frameworks:  Music Technology class for high school age students

ASSIGNMENT:  In TaskStream, add a MusicTech content standard and Student Learning Expectations (SLE) to each of your lessons.  Write Instructional Activities for Lesson 3.

In a new post write a paragraph about SmartMusic and insert/embed a tutorial on using the service in a situation you might use it.



8. Video Conferencing, Apps, Lesson 2

New post: Apps  for  Music Education 

1.  Video conferencing. Choose a format for video chatting. Choose one you have NOT used before.

                     Zoom or Skype or FaceTime or ooVoo or …

Chat with a friend from class for 5 – 10 minutes. 

Note the lag or delay time for audio and video.

Would it be possible to practice, jam, or compose together or give a lesson? 

Include a screenshot of your chat with a classmate.

Write/describe how this technology could fill a need of a public school music teacher.

Fun Link:   

Free MP3 every day and programs on cool pieces you might not know.

2.  Using your handout, find and recommend an app for each educational use. Use some screenshots to illustrate your favorite apps. You may choose more than one for any area of need.

Follow the link above.  Use your first name as Participant on the collaboration box. Choose an app or site by putting your name under Student. Put the date when you entered your choice.  If you choose you may add an app to the iCloud document.  Choose at least one from each of the FIVE categories.  

3.   Write lesson 2 of your final unit. 

7. Copyright, Final Project Lesson 1, ChromeMusicLab

1.  Copyright – Take the quiz, take a screenshot of your score and put on your blogpost for today.


2.  Lesson 1. In TaskStream construct your first lesson of the three for your final project. You will share your Behavioral Objective with the class.  Be sure to use an action verb that can be observed and evaluated.

         The student will write a rhyming couplet to be used in a twelve-bar blues exercise.


3.  ChromeMusicLab.  Put   the following link and graphic on a new post.

After exploring the site we will write Behavioral Objectives together.  

The student will ______________________________________________.

Add one to your site under the Chrome Music Lab graphic.


LIFE ADVICE: Avoid anonymous chat rooms. Yuck.