Digital Hybrid Lab Week #7 Blog: PROJECT

It has been a really interesting learning experience working on the cover project with the junior high kids, as it has really flourished new thoughts and skills that I need to consider while preparing to be a future educator. One of the biggest setbacks that I can state on my group’s behalf is level at which each group member is starting at, troubles with prior knowledge regarding music theory and technology (Ableton), etc. I know in our DHL class many have shared these same concerns, and this project has taken longer than expected to get the ball rolling. Roger posed this question – “If you would do this in your future classroom, how would you do it? How would you allow for variety of interests in skill levels while keeping it manageable?” I’ve thought about this a lot recently, especially in many of my other classes that I am enrolled in this semester in regards to the classroom setting; as future music educators, each student is not going to be a cookie cutter musician that are all at the same level of skill, performance, and technique. With that said, ultimately I think it is our job to guide these students into educational experiences that will unlock the doors, of creativity, vulnerability, and a setting where they can flourish from their initial starting point. In response to his question, I think I would keep a flexible mindset with my students, but would realistically push my students towards a unified goal that they could all achieve. I think over anything, instilling the overarching objective that the point is not to check the assignment off the list, but be able to add to the list the skill sets and experiences that the student has learned and gained from the assignment is key. Ultimately, the perfect classroom scenario will always change, and will be a continual work in progress to strive towards, but I hope to give my students the opportunity to stretch themselves as a musician and human in my own classroom one day.



Digital Hybrid Lab Week #6 Blog

It has been a very interesting experience working on the DAW project, but from where I started to now finishing the project, I have learned so much! This project focused intently on PRN, or Piano Roll Notation. Using a DAW platform, such as Garage Band, Soundtrap, or Ableton, PRN is a great tool to graphically display MIDI note data. Especially with the three DAW’s listed above, there are several creative and unique features that can be utilized along with PRN. Going into this project, I was extremely overwhelmed with the formats of the DAW’s, but soon came to learn how easy and fun PRN can be! I created a cover of “I’m Yours” by Jason Meraz through GarageBand.┬áThis was done through recording a couple vocal and piano tracks, then putting them all together! Knowing the direction that our society is heading with technology, I can only see the benefits of incorporating tools like PRN into a classroom. PRN not only tests one’s musical abilities, but their use of compilation and use of technology. A teacher could utilize a DAW and PRN to help teach students musical skills, and allow their musical creativity to take off in new ways. I hope when I have a future classroom, that I will be able to provide this same opportunity for my students, where they can experience music making through a newer foundation. I would not want to take away from the core fundamentals already implemented in the classroom, but this technology that is sitting in our laps is the new frontier of where our society is headed, and so why not dive into music any way that we can!


Digital Hybrid Lab Week #5 Blog

The last three weeks I have been working on the DAWs section of the Build my Chops project. Before enrolling in this class, I would say the level of knowledge or experience that I had with technology, especially these workstations was little to nothing. With that said, it has been a little bit frustrating trying to dive into these programs, because it has taken more time to become acquainted and comfortable with that I am doing. Nevertheless,┬áthe internet has been my best resource, with videos, tutorials, and instructions on how to use DAWs such as Ableton, Garage Band, and Soundtrap. To this day I still do not fully understand how to use these to their max capacity, and know it’ll come with practice, but I have taken it upon myself to watch as many videos and tutorials as I need in order to work my way through them! These past couple of Fridays have been used to explore and absorb all the information that I could; moving forward, with this last Friday that I have, I plan to apply all that I have learned to start and finish my projects! I know my skills will not be perfected, but I am excited to expand my abilities and experience with technology and music.


Digital Hybrid Lab Week #4 Blog

These past two weeks I decided to research and play around with Soundtrap as one of my DAWs (Digital Audio Workstation). Although I was not too familiar with this DAW, and all the features it had to offer, I am intrigued with the creativity and access that can be explored through Soundtrap! The biggest thing that I’ve learned so far ties into an article or review I found by Small Edtech. They stated how Soundtrap “is minimalistic without being overbearing but screams easy to use.” I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little overwhelmed at first when exploring this workstation, and not knowing how to utilize all of its features correctly, but I have come to learn how simplistic and straightforward it is! I also found Soundtrap’s video tutorials useful when it comes to PRN. They walk a beginner like me step by step on how to use their features, and provide a lot of information on where to locate certain features, how to use them, etc. Ultimately, I am excited to learn more about this DAW, and become very familiar with it so I can one day incorporate it into my own classroom!