In a stunning feat of Irony, songwriting fits into the Language Arts curriculum more easily than the Instrumental Music curriculum. I mean, weird, right? Isn't it? Anyway, I recently facilitated a unit on songwriting and poetry with a focus on figurative language in a Grade 9 Language Arts class. The culminating activity for this unit has … Continue reading Figurative Language Through Song for Language Arts and Music Teachers (Pt. 1)
8 Technology and Online Learning Resources from Steve's Music Room. To help with your tech or remote learning needs, I've compiled a list of blog posts from the website to help you in your endeavors. 3 Awesome Online Drum Machines 9 Ways to Use Google's Blob Opera MIDI for Music Teachers: Using MIDI in the … Continue reading 8 Technology and Online Learning Resources from Steve’s Music Room
Drum machines are a type of step sequencer that emulate sounds of a drummer. Some iconic drum machines, like the Roland TR-808, with their signature electronic drum sound, became the foundation of much of hip-hop and modern music production. A sequencer is a piece of hardware or software that can be programmed to make a certain sound at a certain time. With a step sequencer, the instructions happen one "step" at a time. There are a multitude of different sequencers, but some of the most common are step sequencers. They function much like modern score: they read left to right, one block at a time in steps (after this happens, this happens, then this happens, etc). Here are a few different drum machines and step sequencers you can use with learners to explore beatmaking that can be used for various other creative activities.
This tech stuff can be intimidating, I know. I wrote an blog post earlier this month called "6 Ideas for Teaching Music Online," presenting you with some easy ways to engage with your learners in an online environment. This post will give you 5 more ways to engage with your learners to help you teach online. These software pieces don't necessarily give you real-time access to your kids but they do give you ideas for your kids to interact with music at home, asynchronously.
We are in unprecedented times. Schools are being asked to go online as soon as possible due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Music is inherently social so learning online is not necessarily something that is overly intuitive for music-making. Here are some amazing apps, websites, and softwares to get you and your learners creating and performing music online together using these social music making platforms.