When composing and improvising, students often struggle to come up with inspiration. As teachers, we look for new ways to spark our students’ creativity. It is especially important that the students can connect with this inspiration. Students today are constantly engaged with mobile technology and the culture associated with it. Part of that culture is the use of Emojis to communicate.
Emojis are a great tool for inspiration. The icons suggest very strong emotions, but also leave a lot to interpretation. Some emojis are straightforward while others are much more complex. By sorting through them, a teacher can sequence an activity to improve students’ improvisational skills.
I teach my 6th grade general music classes in non-music classrooms. As such, I don’t have access to pianos or keyboards. We had been using online virtual keyboards, but I wasn’t happy with the quality or features of the ones that were available. So, I made one in Max. The piano samples are from the Steinway Room samples available in Logic Pro 9.
If you are interested in downloading this patch, feel free to contact me.
These slides, along with examples of student work, were presented at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention Technology Day last month. The presentation highlighted different ways to incorporate technology into a middle school music curriculum. I spoke about examples of technology that I have used, plan to use, and hope to use in my new position at Nanuet Public Schools.
One of the featured pieces of technology was the Exploration Patch for General Music.