Baby stepping project- Sampling on Ableton

This educational series is intended for high school students with developing aural skills to sample music and lay a drum line on top using Ableton live and the push. It will be a first step into the world of electronic music production, with a spin towards mash-ups and groove making.

Learning while teaching

Teachers teach as they are taught (Blume 1971.) Teachers are active learners who construct their own understandings (Putnam & Borko 1991.) At any given time there is a need to be learning what is being taught while at the same time questioning, examining and learning about the nature of teaching (Hoban 1997.) I think part…

Tech Project – Baby stepping producing

The word always baffled me: Producer I was always assumed directors directed cinema and composers composed pieces of music – nevertheless, producing music is so FUN! Having been a very low tech classical pianist before starting my Masters at the Con, and very fortunate to meet technological whizzes like James Humberstone and Brad Fuller, I…

Rubik’s Cube and Ableton

A couple of years ago I wanted to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube without help. It took me about 40 hours. 5 days, 8 hours a day and my fingers were raw because it was trial and error, process of elimination and memorising how faces moved when I input an algorithm. It was…

Improvisation, indeterminacy, inhibition.

Our discussions about teaching music has led me to think a lot about creating safe learning and teaching environments, catering for both musically trained and untrained students, promoting self expression and creativity. Having been kind of obsessed with Malcom Gladwell since late last year, I came across an episode in his podcast about public speaking…

Rant – on learning

I don’t think I am a good musician. I’m not making a show of being humble at all but if it comes down to performance and technical prowess and showmanship, there are others. I genuinely love music and performing and making music but I do feel inadequate and out of practice – maybe I am…

Technology

The weeks seem to fly by as it feels so soon since I last wrote my blog post. Week 3 learning has revolved around cultural interpersonal relationships as we have many assignments coming up for inclusive and special education as well as education in Aboriginal peoples’ context, both areas that I am very interested in,…

Music Education

Today marks the end to my second week of masters, wow! The energetic vibes and demands of university plus meeting new people has been both exhilarating and exhausting. Uni’s such a cauldron of diverse people that I would never meet otherwise, since over time I had gradually isolated myself to work, friends and family –…


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