Like many other teachers, I have been exposed to learning management systems (LMSs) through professional development, online courses and even some face-to-face coursework. Early LMSs were a neat new technology and they certainly piqued our interest, but they were also fairly clunky and difficult to use in the early stages. A new LMS called MusicFirst is about to change that!
When I began teaching in 1982, everything from lesson planning to grading was done by hand with paper and pencil. I was part of the transitional generation of teachers that started when classroom technology consisted of overhead projectors, records, cassettes, and mimeograph machines, and then moved to the plethora of digital devices and services that are now available to fulfill all of those needs and more.
School is back in session, and as teachers we all know that means stocking up on hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and tissues, and scheduling the annual flu shot. While these are all very important, there are several other areas that all teachers – but in particular music teachers – need to be concerned about: our voices and our hearing.
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.
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.
There are many ways teachers can turn to technology to inspire creativity and improve upon the quality of their music programs. And, there’s no shortage of equipment to get the job done, including music notation software, MIDI keyboards, recording equipment, as well as sight singing and ear training programs.