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  • Technology: DAW Bundles

    Mike Lawson | October 18, 2014

    Hardware & software kits for school music educators

    The term “Digital Audio Workstation” (DAW) refers to an electronic setup for recording, editing, and producing audio files. You might think of it as a complete recording studio connected to a computer or tablet. These workstations often bundle hardware with software that may have a published curriculum including lesson plans designed to work right out of the box. Here’s what a basic DAW might include:

    • DAW Software (Magix Music Maker, Studio One, Pro Tools, Logic, and so on)
    • Notation Software (such as Notion, Sibelius, Finale, or Encore)
    • Audio Interface (AudioBox USB, M-Box, MicU Solo, Scarlett) Read More...
    • Technology: Ear Training

      Mike Lawson | August 14, 2014

      Six ear training programs for classroom and at-home use

      "Garbage in, garbage out” is a guiding mantra for building computers and apps. It’s also true for our students’ brains. We are in the business of empowering young minds with healthy, useful information. Thanks to significant new developments, music educators can effectively combine music theory and aural training to empower students with ownership of their music creating experiences.

      Ear training can cover a broad spectrum of useful music tools. These include pitch recognition, intonation, rhythmic drills, harmonic understanding of how music fits together vertically, better understanding of triads, complex chords, intervals, scale recognition, and how chord progressions are linked together.

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    • Technology: Drill Prep Apps

      Mike Lawson | June 18, 2014

      The secrets to OSU’s paperless marching band rehearsals, increased efficiency, and much more

      Have you ever dreamt of a paperless marching band rehearsal, perhaps during a windy day that had printouts flying across the field? Or thought about a way to decrease the time and expense of printing and coordinating sheets for every step and set of a drill design for each student? Fortunately, technology can now make these dreams a reality. New apps for iPads and Androids make paperless instruction easy, so you can funnel all of your creative energy directly into the marching band show.

      The marching band at The Ohio State University took the world by storm when their extraordinary marching routines of Michael Jackson’s moonwalk and T-Rex walking across the field were featured on national TV news spotlights. Their innovative introduction of iPads on the rehearsal field paid off. The band’s Oct. 26 performance of “Hollywood Blockbusters,” including Jurassic Park, has received more than 15 million views on YouTube:

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