Chrome Music Lab & Video Conferencing

Tonight you have three short assignments. Yay.  1.1, 1.2, 1.3    Triple yay. 



screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amYou will create Lesson 2 for your final project. Write the steps, under instructional activities, that you or I would take to facilitate learning in the lesson. Think through how the lesson will begin, transitions between activities. Would this be fun/appropriate/of value for your students?  Do not make a lesson where you talk and they listen. Look up techniques for teaching listening lessons.  Read all the words I write. Thank you.


screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amPut the following link and graphic on a new post.  

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amAfter exploring the site we will write Behavioral Objectives together.  

The student will ______________________________________________.

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amAdd these to your site under the Chrome Music Lab graphic.


screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amChoose a format for video chatting.  

                     Zoom  or  Skype   or  FaceTime   or  ooVoo  or …

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amChat with a friend from class for 5 – 10 minutes. 

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amNote the lag or delay time for audio and video.

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amWould it be possible to practice, jam, or compose together or give a lesson? 

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amInclude a screenshot of your chat with a classmate.

screen-shot-2016-10-14-at-11-17-05-amWrite/describe how this technology could fill a need of a public school music teacher.

LIFE ADVICE:  Avoid anonymous chat rooms. Yuck.

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.

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

Recording Studio Tour – Begin Final Project

Dr. Lybarger is going to give us a tour of the new Recording Studio! Yippee!

Create a post for today AFTER you have come up with a project.

Final project checklist.      finalprojectchecklist

Discuss your choice of topic and how it will fit into your instructional plan for a course/grade level.  YOUR TOPIC MUST BE APPROVED BY DR. BARBER!

1. Create a title slide in PowerPoint for your final unit.

2. Use a photo or graphic plus the title of the unit. Take a screen shot and put it on your blog for today.

3. In a paragraph under the image, give rationale for the unit, what will be taught in general terms in each of the three lessons, grades for which the unit would work.

4. Finally write two behavioral objectives under your paragraph. This will show what the students will be able to do as a result of instruction.


“Jupiter” is an incredible piece from Gustav Holst’s suite The Planets. It shows great contrasts between the three sections. The students will identify the three sections and the transitions that connect them. We will investigate timbre and tempo and how they affect our perceptions of the composer’s purpose. The class will also create artwork that clearly reflects the three sections. This unit will be appropriate for grades 5-8.

The student will …

The student will…

Frameworks –

Common Core in Arkansas  – here

Noteflight & Listening Maps


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Part 1.

  1. Find a simple PDF of a tune you would like to teach.
  2. Print screen.  Edit image.
  3. Open your blog. New post: Noteflight
  4. Insert your screen print.
  5. Go to Noteflight. Create a login.  ____________  PW____________
  6. Make a one phrase example of your chosen piece.
  7. Save. Share. Insert the link into your post.
  8. Discuss in your post the advantages to your students of Noteflight over other known notation programs.

Part 2.

  1. Research listening maps.
  2. Find an example for elementary, middle school, and high school students.
  3. Take screenshots and write a sentence under each one with composer, title, and attractive/educational features.

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TaskStream & Choose an App


Your TaskStream lesson for your Jazz PowerPoint should be added to your blog by 8:00 PM September 21.  I think that is a gracious amount of time.  Post it. Send the link to friends have them look at it and make suggestions. Help each other. Look at lesson plans from previous classes. (Blogrolls)

Generate Link (URL) in TaskStream, do not copy the address in the browser address field.


This link (URL)  should be added to the same blogpost with your PowerPoint and its description.

Help with Objectives…

Examples of good behavioral objectives :

  1. The student will play a pattern  which incorporates at least two of the notes of a G major chord.
  2. When given the introduction of a tune/arrangement by Duke Ellington the student will describe the timbres, dynamics, and style of the piece.

The student will – action verb – 

– A BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVE contains an action verb describing OBSERVABLE, MEASURABLE behavior.

– A BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVE describes what the student should be able to DO at the end of the training.

Action verbs from Harvard Law School. (Change from PAST TENSE to future. Example: identified should be identify in a Behavioral Objective.





From the list below choose an app or site or a few to look at to determine if you are interested in further research.  If you already use an app or site choose something new. College is about growth, not comfort.  When you have decided then …

App or Site


Amazing Slow Downer



Boss Chromatic Tuner


Explain Everything


Hook Theory


Loopy HD





NodeBeat HD





SmartScore NOTEReader





World of Drumloops


follow this link    .  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.



Do research and find instructional uses for the app or site.

Put a screenshot (or two or three) to help readers understand the product.

Give your best description of two or three scenarios where the app or site would be best used in the music classroom or rehearsal.

Due by class time on Friday, September 23.  If you do not come to class your work should still be online. No wimps. Do it NOW. DO NOT WAIT!




Class 2 – PowerPoint & Print Screen

Arkansas Frameworks 

Tonight you will create a PowerPoint for a general music class.

  1. Go through PowerPoint demonstration with Dr. Barber.

  1. Create new PowerPoint (PPT) presentation. File name should be short. 

Use white background with very dark, large text.

As you research your topic, copy and paste URLs to a slide to be called Resources.


3.  Create title slide in PowerPoint. Use large text & photo or graphic. Shadow on text.

  • 2nd slide should tell a little history behind the piece or performer or composer of the music. Watch to see how this is done.
  • Insert MP3 or YouTube video on slide three. Make it play through the rest Save AS… to a memory device, the desktop, or U drive.
  • Create six more slides.


4.  Last slide is the Resources slide, where you will paste the URLs for the pages where you get information, sound, or graphics. Also list on the resources page the complete title and composer for your piece of music.


5.  Open PowerPoint title slide.  Hit PrntScrn or on Mac (Command+Shift+4). 

      Windows:  Open Paint.  Control+V.  Select. Trim the image. Control+C. Open

       new. Do not save old. Paste. Save As… Title.png  

       Insert this image on your blog post.


6.   Upload the PPT to your blog (Insert Media) on WordPress, then insert it. Watch Dr. Barber.


7.   Write a paragraph to describe the PPT and entice the

          student to learn more from your project.


SHORTCUTS:                                     Control+A = Select all

Control+S = Save                              Control+C = Copy                                     Control+V = Paste

Control+P = Print                               Control+Z = Undo                                    Control+Y = Do again

PPT = 10 points      Post = 10 points         20 points


Screen Shot 2015-09-04 at 1.10.25 PMExamples of PowerPoints:      NightInTunisia Example of screen print:Night-Dizzy 

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.”

FOLLOW this page and you will get text or e-mail when there is a new post. Cool.


I use SmartSeat for attendance.


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


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

2. Go to  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.