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  • Juilliard String Quartet App Released by The Juilliard School

    Naomi Crews | June 25, 2015

    Juilliard String Quartet appThe new Juilliard String Quartet App has been released by The Juilliard School. The app offers an exclusive look at the quartet's performance of "Death and the Maiden" Quartet by Franz Shubert.

  • Seamless Classroom Integration of National Standards & Cutting-Edge Music Technology

    John Kuzmlch, Jr. Ph.D. | June 11, 2015

    Breezin' Thru ComposingAccountability is the new watchword in education.  Music educators are on the front lines of this movement because our work with students is regularly on display for public scrutiny.  But things are changing and we can’t sit on our laurels.  This new era requires more justifications and qualifications for academic accreditation and excellence. Mike Blakeslee, deputy executive director of NAfME stated:  “With the increasing emphasis on core standards as drivers for our education system in areas, ranging from curriculum development to teacher assessment, we need music standards that match current and future policy needs. 

  • Your Band: Part 3 – Splicing Together Takes and Adding Effects

    John Mlynczak | May 19, 2015

    Figure 1: Getting OrganizedOur first two installments in this series covered proper ensemble recording and EQ, which like any musical skill will improve with practice. For the brave and/or crazy folks out there, this article will discuss editing a stereo recording by combining multiple recording takes. This is valuable not only for recording, but for editing together songs (with permission) for color guard or dance routines.

  • Sampling the Sampler in GarageBand on Your iPad

    Dr. Floyd Richmond | May 19, 2015

    Garage Band Chapter header artEditor’s Note: GarageBand is a powerful tool for teaching musical composition and ideas to all levels of students. With the availability of GarageBand on the iPad and even iPhones, it has become a nearly-ubiquitous tool available to educators and students alike. Packing in multiple features such as MIDI, virtual instruments, multi-track recording, effects, and an array of signal processors, GarageBand hosts a wide variety of options available for shaping your sounds, and crafting fun and interesting projects for your students.

  • MusicFirst and MatchmySound Release PracticeFirst Online Practice and Assessment Tool

    Naomi Crews | April 24, 2015

    PraciceFirst Screenshot - Valley SongPracticeFirst, the new online practice and assessment tool from MusicFirst and MatchmySound is now available.

  • Prime Project-Based Resources

    John Kuzmich, Jr., Ph.D. | April 7, 2015

    Using and Mastering V.I.P. Software Publications

  • After the Recording

    John Mlynczak | April 7, 2015

    Easy post-production tips for the music educator 

  • Recording and Listening in the Digital Age

    John Mlynczak | March 9, 2015

    Shutterstock PhotoAs we approach festival season, recording your ensemble is essential for many reasons.

    1.) We can’t catch everything in class.

    As directors, we cannot hear and address every detail during a run through of a piece, so a quality recording will allow us to listen back later and plan for the next rehearsal.

  • DAW Bundles: Bundle Up With Creative Curriculum and Lesson Plan Options

    John Kuzmich, Jr., Ph.D. | February 19, 2015

    Jumping into the Digital-Audio Workstation (DAW) experience with students is exhilarating, whether fresh out-of-the box or components successfully toggled together. But this hardware and software are merely essential tools that represent only half of the equation. Successfully linking them to a creative, comprehensive curriculum that excites the student’s imagination is a winning combination. Fortunately, there are excellent project-oriented sources available with well-defined, detailed lesson plans to maximize your instruction with every possible interface from desktop, to tablets, and smartphones.

  • Sound Equipment For Studios and Concerts

    Brian Laakso | January 26, 2015

    Sound Equipment for Studios and ConcertsThis exciting lesson plan in understanding and using sound equipment for your concerts and studio projects is excerpted from Music Tech 101 - A Group Study Course in Modern Music Production using Audio Technology, by Brian Laakso, a new curriculum for teaching music technology programs in high school, available January 2015 from Alfred Publishing, published in cooperation with TI:ME - The Technology Institute for Music Educators.

  • Technology: DAW Workstations

    John Kuzmich, Jr. | December 9, 2014

    Customizing Beyond the Bundles

    While the idea of buying a new digital audio workstation (DAW) bundle may be appealing, for many educators it might be more feasible to incorporate existing pieces of hardware and software into a customized solution. Fortunately, there are many different ways to accomplish this, as well as numerous resources available to help educators choose how to customize these workstations for their specific needs.

  • Technology: Percussion Practice Software

    Dr. Marc Jacoby | November 23, 2014

    ​​Did you know that there are over one million apps each on Apple’s App Store and Google’s Google Play store? And it’s not just that there’s a boat-load of apps to chose from, it’s that there seems to always be something being released that does the “it” better (or differently) than the others. Take drumming, for example. There are many apps that you can use to learn how to play rudiments, drum set, world percussion, and even mallet keyboards. Their goals may be similar, but different app developers harness unique features of the device and provide creative interaction that can make it seem engaging and useful for specific needs and learning styles. This month we’ll look at some apps that are geared toward learning rudimental and drum set performance.

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