On Friday of last week I had the pleasure of visiting one of our feeder primary schools, Baden Powell. The school were holding their summer music concert for pupils and parents. I can honestly say it made my day; the pupils were just fantastic from their behaviour to their performing. I stood at the back of the hall and watched these youngsters perform with great confidence and musicality.
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These videos and audio tracks support my entry for the NGFL Cymru VCT. The pupils studied the musical elements using the free resources on the NGFL website and then composed their own melody and used Microsoft Songsmith to create a backing track to accompany the melody they created.
Visible Tweets is a Flash-based tool that takes the simplicity of Twitter but gives it a fresh new spin with elegant text-based animations. Simply enter a word, a name, or something you’re interested in, and the application will buffer all Tweets based on the subject you typed, and animate them in, one by one, in a creative way only Flash can successfully achieve.
Photosynth is a software application from Microsoft Live Labs and the University of Washington that analyzes digital photographs and generates a three-dimensional model of the photos and a point cloud of photographed object. Pattern recognition components compare portions of images to create points, which are then compared to convert the image into a model. Users are able to view and generate their own models using a software tool available for download at the Photosynth website.
It has been an ambition of mine for some time to have a dedicated website to the use of technology in the music curriculum. I am pleased to be able to write this post as the first for my new website.
Some of the features of the website include:
Video tutorials made by pupils for pupils
A dedicated page on my VCT entry for the Microsoft European Forum in Moscow.
Regular tweets pointing you in the direction of some great online resources and ideas.
Please feel free to request a tutorial and it would be great if you could leave a comment about the pupils work.
Our year 11 pupils created video tutorials and demonstrations in our recording studio. The group also produced tutorials on how to use the software using Camtasia and photostory. These tutorials show best practice of how to record vocals, drums and guitars. These videos have been added to the school network, our youtube channel and department website. The purpose of this activity is not only to help with pupils work but also supporting a long term project ‘Willows Waves’ – our school podcast station. Each year 10 music technology pupil takes on the responsibility of running Willows Waves and these new and fun resources will help the pupils learn the required skills to produce the shows. The videos and sound bites have also been added to a PowerPoint plex presentation which can be shown and navigated thorough an interactive whiteboard using wii controller managed by the pupils.