The influx of technology into our lives and into our classrooms has had a profound influence on the way many music educators approach the way they teach and sometimes what they teach.
Concert season is right around the corner and, chances are, you have been preparing for it since your last concert ended. You spent the summer looking at repertoire and the fall teaching it to your students. Now, it is time to prepare for the big night. At Pepper, we pride ourselves on helping our customers in any way we can. With that in mind, we have compiled three blogs aimed at helping you with your final concert preparations.
Look around your music room. Is anything missing? If your students are sitting cross-legged on the floor amidst piles of music, there might be some things you need. Even if they’re not, every music room needs furniture items like chairs, music cabinets, podiums and more.
In this installment of Capturing Your Concert: Simple Tips for Recording, we are going take a look at handheld recorders which are designed specifically for recording audio. This blog picks up where the last installment left off, so if you aren’t sure what we’re talking about, I would recommend that you take a few moments and check out the previous installment here.
Have you ever found yourself at the end of a performance wishing you had made a recording of it? Sometimes you hear the audio someone in the audience captured on their smartphone and it’s not bad, but it’s a bit of a letdown sonically.
Any director, music teacher, or private instructor can tell you that it is impossible to get everything done during rehearsal time. Especially with larger groups, picking up on every small mistake or weakness is far too tall an order. Once that short rehearsal time is over, you are left wracking your brain trying to remember every important point your group needs to practice. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.
It is almost time for the long-awaited reveal of Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Youth Choir. The wildly popular Virtual Choir project has a new flavor this time around, focusing completely on the voices of those 18 and under.
The process of planning and executing a marching band field show can take an incredibly long time, but since 1994, marching band directors have had Pyware to help them. Pyware is an advanced tool for constructing and visualizing both formations and movements for field shows, drum line competitions, and color guard productions.
Pepper customers tend to be pretty tech savvy. Not a single clinic or convention goes by where we’re not introduced to some new amazing app that a teacher or director is using to make what they do a little bit easier, or at least more fun.
Whether you love him, hate him, or merely respect the technological advancements he was responsible for, there is no denying that the world as we know it has been greatly affected by the work of Steve Jobs.