Easy Computer Music Programming with Scratch

This presentation was given at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference on December 5, 2015. These slides, along with examples of student work, were presented to an audience of public and private music teachers from around New York State. The presentation walked the attendees through basic operation of Scratch, including how to create a working drumset and keyboard. I also demonstrated the use of a MakeyMakey in collaboration with Scratch to expand on the concepts covered. The session included examples of student work created with Scratch in my 6th grade general music class.

Music Education

Incorporating Technology in Your Middle School Music Curriculum

This presentation was given at the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Winter Conference on December 4, 2015. These slides, along with examples of student work, were presented to an audience of public and private music teachers from around New York State. The presentation highlighted different ways to incorporate technology into a middle school music curriculum. I spoke about examples of technology that I have used and plan to use in my middle school music classroom. This session was a 60-minute version of the session I gave at the PASIC Technology Day 2.0 in 2014.

Music Education

Electronic March Max Patch

I’ve been working on a piece for my middle school band with interactive electronics. The music is mostly written and the band workshopped it with me in June. They had a great time being part of the composition process and offered great feedback.

I had used Logic and Mainstage to create the electronic component, but a standalone Max patch would be much easier to use for performance and distribution. I had a little fun and decided to incorporate some OSC control using the TouchOSC app for iPhone to manipulate parameters of the comb filter and then, for extra craziness, some video manipulation. When I get a clean recording of the piece next school year, I will be sure to post it. In the meantime, here is a demo of the Max patch.

Compositions