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Blog posts April 2013

Tech Tools in Action—Examples from the Studio #1

April 30, 2013

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

Last week one of my students emailed me to say that she'd like to do a youth orchestra audition in June. This year the audition requirements include a big cello excerpt from Shostakovich Symphony No. 5. Realizing that the prep time is relatively short, I …

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Book Review: Learning Sequences in Music

April 29, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Learning Sequences in Music by Edwin E. Gordon is a great summer reading book.  Not a "sit on the beach and feverishly turn pages" book or the new Grisham, but more like "I finally have time to seriously devote to this huge book."  Gordon is a music ed res…

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Idea Exchange coming up!

April 28, 2013
by David Birrow   Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

"Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal." - T.S. Eliot

There is an Idea Exchange that I'm looking forward to this week. It's on Tuesday, April 30th from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in room 607 and will be an open forum. I'm excited to hear what other…

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Friday Round Up

April 26, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

  • Here is a link to all of MacPhail's posts about the iPad
  • Psychology of Music journal publishes article showi…

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Turn your iPad into an Excellent Audio Recorder & Editor!

April 25, 2013

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

Ever since I got my MacPhail iPad I've been searching for a way to replicate on the iPad what I had previously been doing with the Audacity software installed on my studio desktop and my Blue Snowball microphone. I wanted high-quality audio, an app that a…

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Improvisation and Music Therapy

April 24, 2013

by Tiana Malone Malone.Tiana@MacPhail.org

When one thinks of musical improvisation, one undoubtedly thinks of jazz piano fingersand/or blues. My father played drums in an amateur blues band, so for me improvisation meant that moment in the song when everyone got a turn to "solo"; to shine and create their own i…

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iPad, How I Love Thee: An Alphabet of Delights for the Itinerant MacPhail Teaching Artist

April 23, 2013

by Emily Greenleaf Greenleaf.Emily@MacPhail.org

Are you thinking of requesting an iPad for using in your MacPhail teaching? Here’s a list of ideas:

A     is for Amplification. Suppose it’s April Fool’s day, and you want to play Haydn’s Surprise Symphony for your students. With nothing …

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Book Review: The Tropical Recorder

April 22, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

The Tropical Recorder is a book of recorder tunes with Orff instrument (hand drum, xylophones, shakers et. al) accompaniments by Jim Solomon and Mary Helen Solomon.  This book is available in the Community Partnership Resource Library on the 3rd floor and i…

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Phala's iPad

April 20, 2013

by Phala Tracy Tracy.Phala@MacPhail.org

I have been using my iPad to make little videos for my harp students to use in their home practice, following up from the lesson. This has been really successful and I was amazed at how easy it was! I don't have an iPhone, so this technology was all new to m…

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Friday Round Up

April 19, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Happy Winter Break...I mean Spring Break...I mean did Summer get canceled this year? While we wait to find out, here is some interesting stuff from the interwebs.

  • BBC article about the guy who selects trees for violins

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Working with Resistance

April 18, 2013

by Emily Greenleaf Greenleaf.Emily@MacPhail.org

Here is a very common portrait of resistance in a MacPhail Music for Life™ class:

Nick Johnson has brought a bowed psaltry to today’s session. He gives a demonstration of the instrument, talking about its origins, as well as this particular instr…

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I <3 my iPad

April 17, 2013

By Cathy Smetana Smetana.Cathy@MacPhail.org

Yes, it’s true.  I LOVE my iPad.

OK, it isn’t really mine—it’s MacPhail’s, and they are letting me use it as part of a school-wide technology initiative.  I got my hands on it right before Christmas, and have hardly set it down since then.  Here is…

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Spotify now has Aebersold Play Alongs

April 16, 2013

By David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

This will be quick, but I am so excited about it I thought it warranted a post.  Spotify now has all (at least 100) of the Jamey Aebersold play along albums available, free.  Aebersold is a jazz saxophone player  and jazz educator. Over the past 4o years or…

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Book Review: Jump Right In Grade 4

April 15, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

One of the great books in the Community Partnerships Resource Library is Jump Right In: The Music Curriculum Level 4 by Cynthia Taggart, Beth Bolton, Alison Reynolds, Wendy Valerio, and Edwin Gordon. MacPhail owns the Teacher's Guide along with the four CDs…

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Friday Round Up

April 12, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

This week's stuff:

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Teaching Composition with Electronic Music

April 11, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

I'm often surprised by my student's musical interests. A couple of years ago, all my middle school students in partnerships would talk about was dub step.  When I finally got around to checking out this style of music, I discovered it was simply a type of

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Mistakes I frequently make when using Audacity (and some solutions)

April 9, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

I love to use audio recording when teaching. It addresses a bunch of good teaching practices at once and students usually get motivated when they hear themselves performing. I tend to use Audacity if I'm doing a simple recording without any frills and us…

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Turn your iDevice into a PDF Scanner!

April 8, 2013

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

In my quest to ditch paper in as many areas of my life as possible, I've become a daily (sometimes hourly!) user of TurboScan, an app that (for $1.99) has turned my iPhone into an excellent scanner. The app uses the iPhone's onboard camera to capture the …

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Tips for Grantwriting

April 6, 2013

by Noah Keesecker

“I love writing grants! It’s so much more fun and easier than playing music...”

… said no musician, ever.  

During a recent presentation on grantwriting I gave at MacPhail Center for Music, I acknowledged that for many artists, regardless of discipline (even writers!), …

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Friday Round Up

April 5, 2013

by David Birrow Birrow.David@MacPhail.org

Jazz stuff for Jazz Appreciation Month.

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