Fall 2016

Yippee! MUS 3702!   Learning with friends. Getting ready to make the world a better place. Listening to Dr. Barber go on and on about this and that.  Discovering a love for card stock. What more could a two hour course offer?  No. We cannot eat in the library, so don’t say, “homemade cookies.”

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Multitasking: A Human Delusion?
– NPR 
“People can’t multitask very well, and when people say they can, they’re deluding themselves,” said neuroscientist Earl Miller. And, he said, “The brain is very good at deluding itself.”
Miller, a Picower professor of neuroscience at MIT, says that for the most part, we simply can’t focus on more than one thing at a time.
What we can do, he said, is shift our focus from one thing to the next with astonishing speed.
“Switching from task to task, you think you’re paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But you’re actually not,” Miller said.
“You’re not paying attention to one or two things simultaneously, but switching between them very rapidly.” 

SO!  Do not type when I am talking/teaching.  Eye contact is vital for me to gauge understanding.  No winking.
SYLLABUS –  Fall 2016
This class is PBL. What is that?
 Class 1 – Your MusicTech Blog
Vocabulary: Blog     Post.                     Page          Theme            Header

URL             Upload           Download         Media       Blogroll         Links

Look at https://atubarber.wordpress.com


1. In class.  handout 1 –  create  a blog, etc.

2. Go to TaskStream.com.  Sign up for an account. Pay.  You will use this during internship, so we are going to learn how to use it now.

3. Bring a folder or binder to keep handouts. I will deduct from participation grade if you don’t have it. 

April 18 – RiffStation, WIX, Work on Final

    Free.    Shows chords. Plays real version.  Tempo changing capabilities.


What is WIX and why bother.  WIX is a free webpage builder/storage site that lets you play MP3s.
You will creat a WIX page as your show statutes for your final project with links to your, Unit page, rubric,PowerPoint, etc.

Make it only one screen deep. Add graphic(s) to make the page attractive. Next week we will play with SMARTBoard in Roswell. 


APRIL 11 – Sharing APPS


Follow the link, sign up your choice of app to share, and present it on MONDAY night.   If it is taken, snooze=loose.

Prepare a five-minute demo on what it will do. Put all this on your blog and be brilliant about it.  After all. How often do we get to make choices in life? Other than the caf.


  1. Yippee!   I, __________________,  am first!   I want to share __________________ music or productivity app with the class on Monday April 11.  Mine will be the best so good luck to the rest.


  1. I find second place it the best. Who wants to be someone’s warm-up act? I, ________________________, will share _______________________ and ti will be the best and I will be even betterer.


  1. Good things come in threes.  I, ________________________, will share the awesome app ___________________________ and everyone else will be SOOOO jealous.


  1. Four. Fab four.  There were four Beatles.  Dr. Barber likes the Beatles, so my, ___________________________,  app _______________________________  will be groovy and my presentation the best.


  1. Five golden rings. Everyone’s favorite part of The Twelve Days of Christmas.  So I, _____________________________ will be everyone’s favorite presenter and my app ____________________________+ will also AUsome  (see AU is the sign for gold).


  1. Six.  A six pack is a good thing, right. So there.  I am ________________________  and my app is ________________________________.


  1. Seven, lucky seven. Rhymes with eleven AND heaven.  Lucky me.  My app is ___________________________   and my heavenly name is __________________________.


  1. Without eight very few songs could get off the ground. “5, 6, 7, 8,…”  So, see I start lots of really cool songs. My app is ______________________  My stage name is ____________________.

Please pass the word AGAIN that this is an assignment and should be taken seriously. Make it


April 4  – SmartMusic, AirTurn, forScore, acappella, Notion, Anytune

In between demonstrations today, work on your Final Project. Look at your checklist and see what needs work. Have a friend check your work. We have TWO more classes and one will be practice on the SMARTBoard!
SmartMusic – http://www.smartmusic.com
What would be three benefits of having Smart Music in two or three practice rooms?
Are there any disadvantages to this program?

AirTurn – http://www.airturn.com
What situation(s) can you see AirTurn being helpful?

forScore – What is the purpose of this app? Are there others that have similar functions? Find one you like and compare the two.




Class 9ish – Copyright, Virtual Instruments, MIE, Work on Lessons

  1. Copyright – Take the quiz, take a screenshot of your score and put on your blogpost for today.    http://www.csus.edu/indiv/p/peachj/edte230/copyright/

  2. Virtual Instruments – Find an example of a virtual instrument from each of the Five Instrument Families.  Put links, screenshots, and a short description and review of how each could be used in an instructional setting.

  3. Flesh out your lessons Instructional Activities sections.  In at least one lesson be sure the students have things to do, skills to learn, projects to complete, a way for students to assess their work or outcome.

Turn in Real World Problem worksheet after you complete it. Be thoughtful. Consider your students’ needs, budget, space, curriculum, etc.

5. Begin to collect videos for substitute teachers, lessons.  Here is one.


Add three.






“Class” 9. – Microphones & Data

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.  I have music technology catalogues for you to have and browse for the next time we are together. Who knows when that will be. We will makes choices and a purchase request for an average size band.  http://cdn.shure.com/publication/upload/401/us_pro_audiomusiceducators_ea.pdf


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!

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 Number.   Folder number.  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. Gush about what a wonderful boon to humanity and band 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.

Class 8 – Lessons 2 & 3 & Video chat

Due to a rehearsal tonight, we will work on a hybrid-type lesson: independent or small group work and I grade it remotely.

Part 1. You will complete lessons 2 & 3 for your final unit.  I should be able to access them from your previous post, but just for funsies please put a link to Class 8’s post to your TaskStream unit.

Look at the blogroll from last semester, look at the posts that address their final units. Also look at your checklist to see what needs to be done. These things (PPT, etc.) should be included in one or both of these lessons.

What I will look for will be appropriate behavioral objectives, logical steps for your learning activities, students doing and not just listening.

Part 2.  Choose a format for video chatting.   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. Avoid anonymous chat rooms. Yuck.

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

Zoom  or  Skype   or  FaceTime   or  ooVoo  or …

I will grade these after Thursday, 10 PM.  You are almost music education professionals. Your work ethic is very important to your success here and in the future.        Word.

Class 7 – Photography & Lesson 1 & Anytune

Rule of Thirds

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The Rule of Thirds is perhaps the most well known principle of photographic composition.

What is the Rule of Thirds?

The basic principle behind the rule of thirds is to imagine breaking an image down into thirds (both horizontally and vertically) so that you have 9 parts.

The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally. Studies have shown that when viewing images that people’s eyes usually go to one of the intersection points most naturally rather than the center of the shot – using the rule of thirds works with this natural way of viewing an image rather than working against it.  http://digital-photography-school.com/rule-of-thirds/

Consider Lighting

A backlit subject will just be an outline. Probably. Harsh shadow? Is that what you want? Be a super hero and take control of light.

“Where should I look?”

I like for subjects to look natural and involved in surroundings, so NOT at the lens. Take multiple shots so YOU can choose.

Low Light?  Options

  1. In low light you can hold really still and get your subject to do so as well. If you can.
  2. In low light you can try flash. Often looks artificial.
  3. You take take a movie and grab a frame. Takes longer, but you have more options.
  4. Soft light from lamps placed out of frame can be nice

Camera Options

  1. Do not get a camera that uses a non-rechargeable battery.
  2. The more zoom the better.
  3. If it will also take videos that is bang-for-the-buck.
  4. More megapixels, better light gathering, generally

ASSIGNMENT:  Choose a photo buddy. Go out into the library and take serious and silly photos. NOT in the bathrooms. Yuck. DO NOT disturb library patrons or employees.

When you return you will make a Photos post. You may wish to try posting in the Gallery format. Describe the weather, how you feel, what you are looking forward to this semester, etc.

And in Taskstream…

Create your first lesson and put in instructional activities. Number them.

Add a Behavioral Objective – action verb.   The student will…

Then add State Fine Arts Framework.  ONE

App of the week:  Anytune




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