Notes and Stuff

March 3, 2014

Alternate MIDI Controller Videos

In the world of synthesizers keyboards were at first the least expensive and in many ways the easiest way to implement a full-featured MIDI controller. But, technology progresses and things change.

Here are some videos of alternate MIDI controllers:

  1. Wind
  2. Strings (a bluetooth bow!)
  3. Guitar (Stanley Jordan)
  4. Percussion
  5. Unusual
  6. Beatjazz
  7. EWI Wind Controller (Michael Brecker)
  8. MIDI Bass Interface (Richard Bona)
  9. Orchestrion (Pat Metheny)

Imagine what the future will bring!

(The last four links were submitted by Charles Jourdan. Thank you!)

April 24, 2013

Find Out More About SmartMusic

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp13 — jmeschi @ 8:43 pm

Thank you Samantha for giving us a look at SmartMusic last class.

If you want to explore this application further, visit the SmartMusic web site, click the Educators, Students, Parents and Administrator buttons and watch the videos on each of the linked pages.

After viewing them you should have a much better idea of what the application can do and why it is such a powerful teaching and performing tool.

April 2, 2013

I Got Rhythm, You Got Rhythm, Who Got Rhythm?

Filed under: General, Tech in Music Ed, Sp13 — jmeschi @ 10:14 pm

Ok, I HAD to post this one.

March 28, 2013

iOS Apps for Music Education

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp13 — jmeschi @ 10:12 am

Here’s a page you should visit to see a listing of some music apps, with a focus on iOS and MACs.

Look through the list to see what apps are available and in a more general way, what programmers are developing. If you’re using another platform, the list should give you an idea of what you should look for in your App store.

Thank you Kayla for sending me the link.

Using Notation Software

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp13 — jmeschi @ 9:36 am

As found in Chapter 7 of our textbook here are some uses of notation software:

For teachers:

  • Rewrite parts to meet the demands of an ensemble
  • Further listening skills via immediate feedback (formative assessment)
  • Write out exercises or create a complete method book
  • Develop composing and arranging skills (meet standard 4)
  • Create lead sheets with lyrics and chords

Some possible uses for students include:

  • Create original music
  • Transcribe melodies, perhaps parts they are playing in ensembles
  • Create ledgible theory class assignments

Look through Chapter 7 again for further uses. And, of course, use your own imagination :-)

March 5, 2013

I Want One… I Want One

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp13 — jmeschi @ 8:33 pm

I must learn how to play this!!

February 18, 2013

Types of Computers

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp13 — jmeschi @ 1:15 pm

In your Chap. 3 reading you might have seen that the textbook lists three basic types of computers. To that list we could add netbooks, which are basically ultra-portable laptops, and tablets which are relatively new. One might even argue that we could include smartphones in the list.

Here’s an expanded list of the types of computers. Some fall into the three types mentioned in the book and some show how technology keeps expanding and changing.

The one thing that never changes is that things always change :-)

February 14, 2013

Just What Does “kbps” Mean?

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp13 — jmeschi @ 12:12 pm

In the Editing Voice exercise you were asked to create two mp3 versions of your finished project - 128kbps and 64kbps.

So, just what does “kbps” mean?

January 29, 2013

Define “Technology”

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp13 — jmeschi @ 12:07 pm

In class we said that we would define “technology” in “Music Technology” as “the use of computers.” However we should broaden that definition to what is found in our textbook - anything that uses science to achieve a desired result.

From a recent homework assignment: “Technology is anything that uses science to achieve a result. Some historic examples that have made a positive impact on music are computers, keyboards, and speakers. Computers give us a world of information and applications to access new ways to teach, compose and play music. Keyboards can now plug into computers and the computer can pick up what is being played. It is also more convenient to bring with you when needed. A speaker can share music through out an entire room.” (Thank you, Jennifer.)

To see more definitions of the word, go to Google and search “define technology” (without the quotes.)

Remember the “define” search at Google. It’s a very handy tool. Here are other Google Search Features you might find useful.

January 26, 2013

After Class » Videos from January 22

Filed under: Tech in Music Ed, Sp13 — jmeschi @ 4:50 pm

Here are links to the videos I previewed during our first class:

The terrific version of Moves Like Jagger. Find out more about the IPad app used in the production.

The Vocaloids: Hatsune Miku and Prima.

Here is another song from Hatsune Miku which from the lyrics seems to indicate she is very self-aware anime hologram. :-)

And, of course anime vocaloids get endorsement deals.

If you’re interested in finding out more about vocaloids and perhaps experimenting with the software, here’s where you can buy Prima. Scroll down on the page to listen to more musical examples.

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