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Chad Criswell
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It's finally here! The first episode of the Music Ed Monthly with Chad Criswell and guest host Chris Russell!
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Today, Soldiers from the U.S. Army Field Band greeted and issued instruments to the members of the 2014 All-American Marching Band.  Army Field Band Soldiers will spend the week with the All-American Marching Band, serving as mentors, instructors, and educators. 
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Find out how to get your music ed classroom connected via social networking sites.  Tips, tricks, and current best practices for using social media in the classroom as a communication device with students, parents, and other teachers.
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MusOpen.org is pressing forward with a campaign to professionally record over 240 of Chopin’s works.  When it is done you’ll be able to download all of them from their site, possibly for free!  Read on to find out more about this unique project and why it is so important to the music education community.

I have mentioned Musopen.org in the past on several occasions regarding their free online collection of sheet music and audio music recordings.  Their site even made it into my High Tech-Low Budget presentation at the Midwest Clinic last December.  Until recently the majority of MusOpen’s recordings have come from good quality high school ensembles, college ensembles, or dedicated individuals.  Although many of them have the normal background noises one would expect from a live performance they are still usually good enough to be used as teaching tools in a music ed classroom.     

Now MusOpen is in the process of securing funding for another big recording project that will dwarf the success of their first one which added dozens of titles to their free recording catalog.  This time they plan to make available all the collected works of Chopin.  I’ve Tweeted or blogged a few times in the past when the Big Chopin Box went on sale over at Amazon for 99 cents, but this project looks to go far beyond that and at an even better price point.  Plus, all of the recordings will be made available as public domain materials, allowing teachers and others to do with them as they please without fear of breaking copyright laws.

According to the project’s Set Chopin Free KickStarter page.   They intend to hire professional performers and record all of Chopin’s pieces (over 240 of them) in full 1080p video and 24bit/192khz audio.  With so many teachers realizing the benefit of using video clips in addition to plain audio listening in class the video recording thing has me quite excited.  No word if they intend to host the video themselves or post it on a YouTube channel or a similar site.

The project has a goal of $75,000, over $55,000 of which has already been pledged.  The project still has over a month left before the deadline so there is still time for individuals to contribute and help them meet this lofty goal.  They even have special incentives set up for those who donate ranging from early access to the recordings, DVD’s of the music, MusOpen Pro memberships (which provides unlimited access to lossless higher quality recordings), and several more.  

Hopefully they will make their goal and push forward with similar projects as well.  It’s a cool idea that deserves to be supported and encouraged.
 
Help us free the life's work of Frédéric Chopin.
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Musical Instrument Crafts
Why not have a go at making some musical instruments with your kids (could even keep you busy if you are counting down to New Year with them tonight) http://www.redtedart.com/2012/10/15/musical-instrument-crafts-for-kids/

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A new app from Neuratron provides handwritten music recognition, photo based score scanning and transcription, and audio transcription of music all in ONE iPad (or Android) app.  Very cool and useful for musicians as well as for music education classrooms.  The price is a little high for my taste but if it does everything it says it is going to do then it will be worth it!
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I have the app now. It does exactly what is says and does it well. But for a classroom I would agree with Adam Erdos above that it is still buggy and needs development. Better menus and options and views. 
It is a great way to notate by hand (or finger) but Penultimate does it better, sending it to Evernote for me. And with iPad notation apps you need to be able to hear the music in your head anyway because you cannot get a full picture from just one line of hand written note-heads.
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Music Educator and Freelance Technology Writer
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  • MusicEdMagic.com
    Owner and Webmaster, 2005 - present
  • MENC Teaching Music Magazine
    Music Ed Technology Writer, 2007 - present
  • SE Polk Community Schools
    Professional Music Educator, 2006 - present
  • InTune Monthly Magazine
    Marching Band Writer, 2008 - 2010
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    USB Accessories Writer, 2010 - 2010
  • Mid Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America
    Cub Scout Summer Camp Program Director, 2011 - 2011
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Chad Criswell is a veteran music educator and freelance author, residing in central Iowa.  He has taught all levels of music instruction, including nine years teaching high school band before recently venturing into the land of elementary instrumental music.  He is a well respected resource person for many teachers and has been a contributing writer to other professional publications such as the MENC's Teaching Music Magazine, InTune Monthly Magazine, and Technology and Learning Magazine.

While his passions focus on instrumental music he is also a very vocal advocate of educational technology issues, having earned his Master's degree in educational technology from the University of Northern Iowa.   He is a regular presenter at various state and local music education conferences as well as national events such as the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic.

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