NJMEA/TI:ME 2010 – No Passport Required!

The Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) National Conference is at the NJMEA Conference in New Brunswick, NJ February 18 – 20, 2010. That’s right, New Jersey and for all of us New Yorkers, there is still no passport required to get to New Jersey!

I’ll be making two presentations this year. One will be Teaching Music Through Composition With Technology: Beginning Lessons That Work and the other will be a performance by a group of my students, nanoBands: Live Performance And Demonstration By Greenwich High School Students Sponsored by SoundTree.  The band’s name is “Total Kaoss” and they will be performing on hand-held devices including Korg’s Kaossilator.

A  pdf file of NJMEA and TI:ME offerings at the conference can be downloaded here: TI:MEconfinfo

For more information about the NJMEA Conference, go to their conference website:

http://www.njmea.org/conference/

For more information about TI:ME, please visit their website:

http://www.ti-me.org/

Don’t forget to visit the CT Chapter website:

http://www.ti-me.org/CT/

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Student Music New CD Avaiable on iTunes

FINALLY! The 2008-2009 GHS Student Music CD is available on iTunes. Just go to the iTunes Store search box and type “Greenwich High School”. The CD includes Emily’s piece “Gothic Memory Land” that was the First Place winner in the NSBA/MENC Electronic Music Competition. Enjoy!

GHS student wins second place in MENC/NSBA Electronic Music Composition Contest

Congratulations to junior, Kenny, on his second place/runner up award in the MENC/NSBA Electronic Music Composition Contest. Kenny’s piece, Translation, was one of 18 submissions from Greenwich High School alone in this annual contest sponsored by MENC and the NSBA (National School Boards Association). Here’s a sample of Kenny’s piece. The full version is now available on the GHS Electronic Music CD and soon available through iTunes, Lala.com, Amazon MP3 and other aggregators

THIS MUSIC IS NOT PART OF THE CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE. ALL MUSIC IS PROPERTY OF THE COMPOSER AND SUBJECT TO ALL APPLICABLE LAWS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE IT ALL OR IN PART, PLEASE CONTACT ME SO I CAN PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH THE COMPOSER.

Translation

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Speed Composing:Latin

In my last two blogs, I explained the new game/contest we are playing in my most advanced class called “Speed Composing”. Basically kids have 30 minutes to write a minimum of 16 measures of music in a specific style. For more information on this game/contest, see my blogs Speed Composing and Speed Composing 2. The kids wanted to add “Latin” as a genre for the competition. I gave them three days to pick a specific Latin style and do the research on that style.

For the last three days, students who never come to the Lab any time but during class were showing up and asking for help. “Miss, is this Mambo”? “Can you play that samba bell pattern for me”? “How slow is Cha Cha Cha”? When it was time for class, they came running in to get a head start on the contest. Hey, I had a $15 iTunes gift card going to the winner! We had nine kids participate but not all of them did the research and used authentic beats. You know, add a shaker and a conga part then call that “Latin”. So, those were disqualified. This time, instead of the “applause meter” as a means of voting, the kids cast their votes for the winner on slips of paper.

Did they learn something? You decide. Hold your cursor on a name below and click to hear the music!

THIS MUSIC IS NOT PART OF THE CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE. ALL MUSIC IS PROPERTY OF THE COMPOSER AND SUBJECT TO ALL APPLICABLE LAWS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE IT ALL OR IN PART, PLEASE CONTACT ME SO I CAN PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH THE COMPOSER.

Mike: Flamenco

Kenny: Tango

Zach: Cha Cha Cha

Evan: Samba/Danzon

Chris: Samba

Gia: Samba

Speed Composing 2

We just completed session three of “Speed Composing” in my advanced class. This is going really great! It’s very interesting to hear what they consider a particular genre. Yesterday was “Classic Rock” and today was”Industrial”. For more information, see my first blog on Speed Composing.

Here are some pieces from today’s competition:

THIS MUSIC IS NOT PART OF THE CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE. ALL MUSIC IS PROPERTY OF THE COMPOSER AND SUBJECT TO ALL APPLICABLE LAWS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE IT ALL OR IN PART, PLEASE CONTACT ME SO I CAN PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH THE COMPOSER.

Mike’s Industrial

Karol’s Industrial

Zach’s Industrial

Chris’s Industrial

Common! Add a comment and let me know

which one you liked the best!

I decided to slip some authenticity into our next contest. The kids wanted to add “Latin” as a genre for the competition. I just can’t have them add a shaker and a timbale solo and let them call that “Latin” (I studied congas in Spanish Harlem with Frank Malabe)! Do you think at this point in the semester they want me to teach a lesson on the different styles of Latin music? So,I decided to trick them into doing a little research and learning something on their own. To prepare for our next class, “Speed Composing: Latin”, we listed a whole bunch of “Latin” styles on the board; Mambo, Samba, Rhumba, Tango, Cumbia, etc. and the kids have a couple of days to research the style of their choice and have some idea of what they might compose when they get here. The parameters are that they can’t bring in a file composed outside of class, they MUST use authentic rhythms of the genre they choose but they can “update” the style with contemporary instruments available in Logic Pro (we use version 8/Studio). In other words, it must be authentic in the rhythms used for the specific genre but it doesn’t have to sound like Rick Ricardo’s band is playing it! To sweeten the pot (to encourage them to actually do the research), I am throwing in a $10 iTunes gift card to the winner! I can’t wait to see what they come up with.

Speed Composing

It’s the end of the school year and my most advanced class, Electronic Music 3, is getting a little restless. I made their final exam the submission to MENC Electronic Music Talent Search and that was submitted a few of weeks ago. Yesterday, a couple of students came in and told me they challenged each other to a match. They wanted to see who could compose the best Reggaeton piece in one class. Other students heard this and wanted in. So began our first “Speed Composing” contest.

We came up with a bunch of different genres and I wrote them down on slips of paper. We pull a genre out of the hat and they have 30 minutes to compose 16 measure in that genre. At the end of the 30 minutes, we play each students piece and they vote on the best one. Yesterday was Reggaeton and today is Classic Rock. Other genres include Country, Reggae, Big Band Swing, Bluegrass, New Age (OK, they said “head music”!), Techno, Ballad, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop, Industrial, Authentic Latin (Samba, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, etc) and Blues.

Students participate if they want and if they don’t they are working on their own music. Some of those that do participate may not come close to the “authentic” style but they sure do give it a shot! It’s really interesting to hear what they hear about a particular genre. I am looking forward to the next few weeks to see what they come up with.

MusicEdTech presents Robin Batteau broadcast LIVE on Ustream.tv

MusicEdTech will present it’s first live broadcast on Ustream.tv on Wednesday, April 2, 2008 at 10:45 AM EST. Our guest will be Grammy/Emmy/Clio Award winner and Gold Record recording artist Robin Batteau. Robin will give a talk on his life and approach to being a professional composer. He’ll also listen to music by students in Greenwich High School’s Electronic Music classes and give some feedback to the kids.

Please join us on our new Ustream.tv channel for this live broadcast:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/musicedtech

Robin Batteau

Robin Batteau

Robin Batteau is a great guy and a fantastic musician; composer, violinist & guitarist.  He has won every major award from Grammys to Clios to Gold Records and his songs have been performed by everyone from Whitney Houston to Judy Collins to Bette Midler.  He has created songs for charitites and causes from Save the Wales to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign to Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for kids with such things as cancer, sickle-cell, AIDS and thalassemia.  He’s heard nice words from the Boston Globe (“Accoustic heaven…”), Time Magazine, People Magazine, the New York Times, Washinton Post, Entertainment Tonight, Mary Hart, Oprah Winfrey, Bonmnie Raitt (“Here comes the Love God”), and helped advertizing campaigns win nearly 1,000 awards with jingles like “I’m Lovin’ It” for Mc Donalds, “This is Beer” for Budweiser and “The Heartbeat of America” for Chevrolet.