Anyway, today I ran across this video of an ISU student playing the University Carrilon but it isn't some boring old bell piece. Just watch the students walking by when they realize what they are actually hearing.
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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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.
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.
All of my Kindle format sheet music is free to download from the Amazon Kindle store this weekend only. Grab a songbook of free Christmas carols, the Star Spangled Banner, and many others for your favorite concert band instrument.
Parts are available for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, tuba, and voice. They are all arranged as solo melodies but can be played as a unison duet with another instrument if you want to.
Please consider grabbing a copy and doing a quick review if you like it. The primary audience for these ebooks is beginning band students but anyone with a year or two of practice on an instrument can play them. Let me know what you think!
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- MENC Teaching Music MagazineMusic Ed Technology Writer, 2007 - present
- SE Polk Community SchoolsProfessional Music Educator, 2006 - present
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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 has been asked to present sessions on various music technology related topics at conferences in Iowa and was recently asked to be a presenter at the 2009 National MENC Conference in Washington, D.C.
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