6. Copyright, Word, Excel, Online apps

  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.  Word.  Create a poster for a concert.  Who, what, when, where, …  Extend margins.  Graphics, text, should be readable from 8’.  Take a screenshot and put on tonight’s post.

3.   Excel.  Create a spreadsheet for a small ensemble of eight students.

Header row:  Last name, first, part, folder #, cell#, guardian name, cell#

Watch to see how to sort leaving the header row in place.


Online music creation tools can be used by students to make music to use in projects like podcasts and videos. Students can also use online music creation tools to experiment with rhythms and sounds to learn how music is made. The following free tools can be used for either of those purposes.

Soundtrap is a fantastic tool for creating music online. The cool thing about Soundtrap is that students can use virtual instruments to create music or they can record themselves playing music on an instrument and then use that recording in conjunction with the virtual instruments in the Soundtrap environment. What makes Soundtrap stand-out from the crowd is its collaboration options. Click the “collaborate” tab in the Soundtrap editor to invite others to create music with you. Soundtrap will work in the Chrome web browser on a laptop, iPad, Chromebook, and Android tablet. Think of Soundtrap as Google Docs for music.
BandLab is a free service that enables you to create music in your web browser or through free Android and iOS apps. In BandLab’s you can create soundtracks using any of the virtual instruments that are provided. You can also speak or sing to record a track. Within the BandLab editor you can mix your tracks together to create a song. If you have existing audio files on your computer, you can upload those to incorporate into your BandLab creations.

Beat Lab is a free service through which you can experiment with thousands of sound and rhythm combinations. Using Beat Lab is easy. Beat Lab provides a grid on which you select the sounds you want to have played. You can specify how often you want each sound played and how quickly you want the sounds played. There are twelve default sounds provided in the Beat Lab grid. You can add more sounds by selecting “add more sounds” and choosing from the huge catalog of sounds. If the sound you want isn’t available in the Beat Lab catalog you can upload your own sounds. NOT iPad?
Monkey Machine is a web-based program that allows students to experiment with drum set sounds and rhythms. Using Monkey Machine students can customize the selection of drums and cymbals in their virtual drum set. Monkey Machine also allows students to customize the tempo in their drum tracks and the frequency with which each drum or cymbal is played. All tracks created using Monkey Machine can be downloaded as MIDI files. NOT iPad.


4. Frameworks, Students Present

The student will research _____________________________ and identify three influences on his/her/their music and style.

Link to General Music K-8 Frameworks (Standards).


3. Photography & ChromeMusicLab

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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.

Consider the Background

Do not have things growing out of people’s heads.  Sense of place?  Patterns?  Distractions?

“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 1:  Choose a photo buddy. Go out into the world and take serious and silly photos. NOT in the bathrooms. Yuck. DO NOT disturb others.

NEW POST:  Photography at ATU

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.

DURING the week you will add to this post. We need really good photos for our All-State booth, and you can make that happen!  

  1. Portrait of a student – not looking at the camera!
  2. Close-up of an instrument or logo
  3. Group of friends smiling
  4. Ensemble or studio photo
  5. Your choice

You may post as many as you want. FIVE is minimum.

PART 2   Chrome Music Lab


 ASSIGNMENT 2:    Chrome Music Lab

pastedGraphic.pngPut the following link on a new post. Chrome MusicLab.   Write a blurb about the site. 


pastedGraphic.pngAfter exploring the site we will write objectives together.  

The student will _____________________________________. Add2site.

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COMPLETE: Your Jazz PowerPoint before the next class. Upload it to your TaskStream lesson.  AND add it to your JAZZ:   post from last week.

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.  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!

📝.  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: http://www.yourclassical.org   

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.