Da capo

Am super excited to share the inaugural episode of Da capo.

This is my foray into podcasting, which has turned out to be a lot of fun! Friend and colleague Stephen Keys and I kept running into each other out on the conference circuit in the spring of 2019. We thought, instead of limiting our conversations to each other out on the road, let’s invite others into our musings and perspectives around Music Education in the 21st century.

Will certainly cross list each episode here, but feel free to follow us and the shows at our Transistor site.

Ubiquitous Learning

“Today’s students will be a knowledge producer, drawing together a range of available knowledge resources – instead of a knowledge consumer, fed just one source, the old textbook. They will work effectively in pairs or groups on collaborative knowledge projects, creating knowledge to be shared with peers. They will continue to learn beyond the classroom, using the social media to learn anywhere and anytime – a phenomenon called ‘ubiquitous learning’.”¹

Here in the first quarter of the 21st century, Education must consider and wrestle with the notion of learning anywhere, at anytime and ask ourselves: how do I fit into my students learning experiences?

¹Kalantzis, Mary, and Bill Cope. “The Teacher as Designer: Pedagogy in the New Media Age.”E-Learning and Digital Media, vol. 7, no. 3, 2010, pp. 200–222.


Apps I can use in my Elementary Music Classroom

At the 2018 CMEA Bay Section Winter Conference I presented a couple of sessions around music and technology, along with colleagues here in the Bay Area. A subject that I feel is somewhat less represented in our community are Apps that Elementary music teachers can use in their classrooms with their students.

So… why not do some digging and offer a conference session that: a) curates a list of Apps to share/offer and b) share the google slides with attendees so they can contribute to the list.

Here is the slide deck from the session, that as of this posting, attendees are continually adding and sharing what they find and use with their students. Need more ideas? Head down to slide 9 for links and a neat way to find ideas on Instagram!

A former student still teaching at my Conference Sessions

At one of my first Music Education Conference Sessions, I wanted to espouse the benefits of a really cool, new web 2.0 piece of software called Noteflight as a cost effective alternative to Finale and/or Sibelius. At that time, I had already implemented and was using with my students and thought: why not have my students share their experiences using the software with the session attendees?

Carlo Izzo ’12 was game! He made this video and successfully supplied the ingredients for me to use at my session(s) on Innovative Technology Strategies for Music Educators. Fast forward to my work in 2018, as well as countless upgrades to Noteflight later, Carlo’s message of ease, practicality, and resourcefulness still resonates with audiences. And, isn’t it an amazing idea when we cultivate a learning community with our students?

Delaware Choral Academy Documentary

In the summer of 2016 I traveled to the south of France to coordinate several projects for the Delaware Choral Academy. While on the ground in Aix-en-Provence I managed several photographers, a principal videographer, brought a portable recording rig with me and produced a documentary film about the Summer Symposium in France.

The Summer Symposium is an idea that my then graduate teacher Paul Head and I were discussing back in the early 2000s when I was pursing my masters degree in choral conducting as a way to re-imagine the Robert Shaw Choral Institutes of the 1980s. That … is quite an undertaking, and one that deserves the respect and honor that those now famous institutes deserve. Fast forward to the early 2010s and the first Summer Symposium located in Aix-en-Provence makes it’s debut in the summer of 2014.

We really wanted to capture the symposium both from the vision of the Artistic Director, but also through the eyes and experiences of the Choral Scholar participants. All audio recordings were engineered by yours truly from selected repertoire of the 2016 Symposium. When I returned home in early July, then began the days and weeks of sifting through hours of content to arrive at the video above we published in the fall of the same year. In addition to this documentary, I developed the branding, content and architecture of the current Delaware Choral Academy website.

It would appear that my career in Digital Media, graphic design and technology was beginning to take shape in these early works. Several weeks later, I would accept my first position as technology director, and teach digital media classes to students at St. John the Baptist School.