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two free resources
Two Free Resources


  • From Phonographs to iPods: A rationale for the use of technology across the music curriculum.
  • Make It Transparent!
why technology
Why Technology?
  • Used as a teaching tool, technology provides opportunities for students which would be difficult using traditional teaching materials.
  • Used effectively, technology can make certain aspects of the music curriculum more exciting for students.
  • Parents & Administrators love seeing their often huge investment in technology being used as frequently as possible.
technology as a teacher
Technology as a Teacher?
  • At the moment, technology is useless without an effective and creative teacher. Other inventions promising huge improvements in education have come and gone.
  • Technology is a tool, not a panacea.
  • “Computers and synthesizers are the crayons of music education.” - Tom Rudolph
technology in the music curriculum where does it belong
Technology in the Music Curriculum: Where does it belong?
  • General Music
    • Student use in Grades 3 and up.
    • Teacher use in all Grades.
  • Instrumental Music
    • Get your piano players in the band and orchestra!
    • Building Ear Training and Music Theory skills.
    • Monitoring Student Practice.
    • Archiving performances.
Vocal Music
    • Building Ear Training and Music Theory skills.
    • Archiving performances.
  • Alternative Performance Ensembles?
    • School of Rock
    • Electronic Music/Synthesizer Ensemble
  • Music Technology Class
    • Digital Audio
    • Composition
    • Film Scoring
    • Multimedia Lab
make it transparent
Make It Transparent!
  • Use technology as a tool to help you deliver instruction, not just for the sake of using technology.
  • Videos, CD’s, and instruments are all examples of technologies that are available to teachers. Use computers and other technologies in the same way.

Practical Applications for the Music Classroom

  • Teacher Use Exclusively
  • The One-Computer Classroom
  • Individual Practice Stations
  • Using the School Computer Lab Effectively
  • Purchasing a Music Technology Lab
what do you need

What Do You Need?

What are the practicalities of technology in the music classroom?

the basics
The Basics
  • At least one Computer with at the very minimum:
    • 2 gHz, 2 GB RAM, 80 GB Hard Drive, Cable/DSL/T1 Modem, CD ROM.
  • Software
  • MIDI Synthesizer (w/General MIDI) or USB Keyboard Controller
  • MIDI USB Interface
  • Digital Audio Interface
  • Lab Controller - GEC3
  • Speakers
what did i have
What Did I Have?
  • 12 Macs minis
  • 12 Korg X5D GM synthesizers
  • 12 Midiman MIDI interfaces
  • GEC3 Group Controller from SoundTree
  • 24 MIDI cables
  • 24 pairs of headphones
  • Software
  • Internet access
  • File Server
finding funds
Finding Funds
  • School Level Administrators
  • District Level Administrators
  • School Board
  • PTA/Foundation
  • Grants
    • It’s not how much you ask for, it’s how you ask for it.
    • Don’t ask for gear, ask for and idea.