Yes, it’s that time of year again, when I share my students’ websites with the world! We’re 11 weeks into my course MUED4002 Technology in Music Education at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and as usual we’ve learned lots of simple techy skills (audio and MIDI recording and editing, graphic creation, creative commons and notation software), and we’ve also explored the modern music tech world and thought about what it might mean for music education (the maker movement, programming, remixes and mash-ups (with an Ableton Live theme), BYOD, online learning post-pandemic, and more!).
Each of my students must blog about their learning each week, and hopefully show some evidence of critical thinking along the way. These blog posts, including drafts of work they produce in class (recordings, photos, videos, etc.), are worth 50% of the course! They then get to pick any kind of music-tech-education theme, and design a project that they’d like to do to learn more: they will share these projects in our public Presentation of Learning on Thursday 16th June from 5pm (Sydney time), in person at the Con, and also streamed live to Facebook! More to come about that soon.
In addition, this year I’ve again included students who are taking my course EDMT5701 Music Curriculum 1 Extension, too. This is a Masters of Teaching course looking at classroom music teaching in the 21st Century, so has a lot of crossover philosophically with “TME”. This year I’ve completely rewritten it to draw on Will Kuhn and Ethan Hein’s new book, Electronic Music School, which has been fabulous! Some students are actually doing both courses!