Music Technology

I came across this Youtube video on one of the blogs that I follow.  Brent Daniel’s is truly an inspiration!  Children are exposed to Live Music Sampling with electronic music.  What are the instruments for the composition- THEIR OWN VOICES!  As soon as I finished watching this video, I contacted the agency about getting Brent Daniel to present at my school!  The Music Industry has so many options!


Quote of the Day 10/30

“To stop the flow of music would be like stopping of time itself, incredible and inconceivable”

-Aaron Copland

What exactly does it mean to be an independent musician?

What exactly does it mean to be an independent musician? As an educator, we want children to think on their own. Therefore, as a music teacher, we want children to playmusic on their own! I came across a great article through Twitter about the life lesson of critical thinking through music. David Ahren states:

“Students should be encouraged and directed to think through their own process of learning and growth via musical performance. Being aware of how we think, how we learn, and how we understand the music we are performing clarifies and strengthens our musical thought processes.”

I am pleased when my students come up to me to share that they learned a pop song on their own. Are the notes and rhythms 100% correct? – No… but they are able to take what I taught them in band class and apply it to the “real world.” Students are so excited when they are able to go to the music store, pick up a book, and learn a piece all on their own. I know that a majority of my band students will not be music performance majors… but I want them to leave my classroom with skills that will help them in all subjects plus a new
appreciation for music.

For David Ahren’s article:

Virtual Choir

Technology is a great tool for our 21st Century Musicians! Music is truly a universal language and can connect so many people together. Mr. Whitacre’s virtual choir inspired me to create an “on-line” band ensemble at my school through a music computer program called Smart Music. Last Year, my on-line band rehearsed only on the computer and then competed at a music festival and received an Excellent Rating. Amazing how technology is shaping music education!

Jonathan Newey

Here’s an AMAZING example of technology bringing people together to create some amazing music. Eric Whitacre has combined thousands of voices and created some amazing recordings. It’s mostly done with youtube videos of people singing songs that he has composed with a modern sounding beat. It’s truly amazing stuff. This is his Ted Talk where he explains the process. Jump to 6:30 for the video he posted after combining all the voices for his first project.

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Quote of the Day 10/24


First Performance of the 2014-2015 School Year

Concerto For Triangle

Performed by Heritage Oak 2nd Year Band

Soloist- Mr. B, 5th Grade Teacher, Professional Triangle Player

“It’s easy to play any musical instrument:

all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself.”

-J.S. Bach

Want to see the whole performance…