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ProTools Project 

As I have mentioned before, I had the toughest figuring out how to start with Pro Tools.  Not because of the complexity of the program, but because I approached as a creative device like Garageband or Ableton.  I think Pro Tools is probably better suited to edit an existing piece after it has been recorded, …

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No Longer a Standard of Excellence 

Since becoming the high school band director I have made an effort to visit the three middle schools that send students to our music program.  All of the teachers have been welcoming, friendly and have even allowed me to meet and work with their students.  After visiting one eighth grade class, I asked what method …

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Web 2.0 Project 

My web 2.0 project has been a work in progress throughout the semester.  It turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated.  Not because creating a site is difficult but actually because it is so easy and there are so many options.  My goals is to create resources for my students that they will …

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Ableton Live Project! 

I had so much fun with the Ableton Live project.  With this software I will be able to show (or prove to) colleagues and administrators that students can be creative in a live performance with the loops they create in Garageband, Reason, and other software. My song is quite long, because (I think) of the …

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Reason Experiment 

itsnotanexcuse Have a listen if you like to my composition using Reason software.  I was in a very mellow, contemplative mood when I created it. I really liked using Reason, but after a while it felt more and more overwhelming.  Sort of like someone giving you every possible color and telling you to 'paint.'  Students …

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Ride to the Farm 

I recently took my Boston friend to live on a farm in upstate New York.  While driving along I-90, I realized how sparse the population is when you travel away from the big city. It's out there that I think school performing ensembles mean a lot more than they do in the cities and suburbs. …

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Met my match in Pro Tools 

I have learned much about using Pro Tools today.  First and foremost, I have discovered that Pro Tools is great for editing.  What it lacks are the loops, sounds, and instruments that make Garageband, Reason, and Ableton Live so exciting.  In other words, there's no place to start and explore with Pro Tools like you …

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Pro Tools in a classroom? 

I received our student enrollment numbers the other day and found that I had over 120 students signed up to be in my intro piano course:  a course designed to take students through a course of such popular hits as Jingle Bells (with only one chord), happy birthday (melody-only played with two hands), and the …

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Musical Ownership 

I asked my friend during our Boston trip what music is to him.  I didn't mean for him to tell me how he thinks or feels about music, I wanted to know what immediately comes to mind when he thinks of music.  As with most of us, the first thing we tend to think of …

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A View from the Summit 

I am happy and fortunate to have several friends who have little to do with the world of professional music teaching.  Aside from the usual work-related politics stories, I can usually count on (and do count on) our conversations having either little or nothing to do with my professional life.  Recently, however I spent the weekend …

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Sousa’s Lament 

John Philip Sousa called the invention of the phonograph “the death of the American voice.”  While the American voice hasn’t silenced just yet, music technology created and continues to create profound changes to music as an art, a medium, and an intelligence.  Sousa might call these changes ‘bad.’  I hold that they are good, bad, and in …

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