On Sunday last we premiered Odysseus : Live at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A collaboration between poet and hip hop artist Luka Lesson, producer Jordan Thomas Mitchell and I, Odysseus : Live was a cross-genre exploration of Homer’s The Odyssey from a metamodern humanitarian worldview.

I couldn’t be more proud of this project, nor of my Conservatorium students who took part. I must write more about their roles and the learning that came out of it, but since my blogging has been hopeless the past couple of years, I just wanted to post the above short videos (there are four in the playlist) so you can see what the project was about.

This Friday evening my Technology in Music Education students are going to share all of their work at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. You can read more by clicking here.

Poster for event

If you can’t get to Sydney, though, you don’t need to miss out. The students have been blogging about the process (and even their lecture notes!) on their public websites (part of the course outcome is to create a professional online presence), and also tweeting with the hashtag #SCMTME.

There follows a list of their websites and Twitter accounts, and we’ll consider running a Periscope of the evening’s celebrations on Friday, so keep an eye out!

Please do interact with these wonderful preservice music educators by commenting on their blogs or Tweeting to them. It makes the whole experience so much more meaningful.

Anonymous student  http://meutech.tumblr.com/  @MacMusicAus
 William Melevo  https://williammelevotme.wordpress.com/  @WillMelevo
 Emily Chapman http://techmusiced2015.tumblr.com
Camilla Corbett http://camillacorbett.wix.com/musiceducation @camillamaymusic
 Jane Meney http://janemeney.wix.com/janesjabbers  @Jane_austnot
 Jean Lee https://jhjlee.wordpress.com  @jeanl94
 Rachel Lee racheldaeunlee.wordpress.com  @RachDaeun
 Jessica Lawless https://lawlesscomposition.wordpress.com  @LawlessLessons
 Jonno Morrison https://jonnomorrison.wordpress.com/ @morrisonjonno
 Shiwen Liu https://shiwenliu.wordpress.com/  @coronnaface
 Claire Chia-Yu Hu https://bloggingaboutmued4002.wordpress.com/  @clairehumusic
 Jess Brown  https://jessbrownie22.wordpress.com/  @JessBrownie22
 Chantal Balman https://chantalbalman.wordpress.com/  @Eclectus17
 Anna Shishikura http://annashishikura.wix.com/index   @AnnaShishikura
 Carla van der Wallen https://carlavw.wordpress.com/  @carlavdwallen
 Katherine Moses https://katherinemoses.wordpress.com/  @kmosays
 Abigail Posthuma https://abigailfpmused.wordpress.com/  @post_abi
Anonymous student https://bmusedconvict.wordpress.com/  @trombophonic
 Isabel Cullen http://isabelcullen.wix.com/isabelcullen  @_IsabelCullen_
 David Krebs http://unikrebz.wordpress.com  @davidkrebs10
 Heyland Cheung http://heylandc.wix.com/a-blog  @HeylandCheung
 Gaby Fahy http://fahyg0112.wix.com/gabysmusiceducation   @fabygahy
 Simon Wong https://musiceducation3828.wordpress.com  @syn_wong
 Maggie Lin https://mlinmusiceducation.wordpress.com  @MLin82819124
 Fiona Chan http://fionamusicstudio.com  @_ochafiona_
Andrew McNeil http://andrewmcneilrs.wordpress.com  @andrew_mcneil_
 Rebecca Ly  http://gamesinmusiced.wordpress.com  @pianolessonswr
 Will Yaxley  https://willyaxley.wordpress.com  @willyaxley
Leslie Khang http://lesliekhang.wix.com/lesliekhang
 Alicia Lee http://alicialee104.wordpress.com  @alicialee104
 Nickalai Fedotov  https://nickalaimusictech.wordpress.com/  @nickalaifedotov

My new work Waterside Adventures is part of a larger scale work titled say not men for we know they are boys and was composed for the 2015 AMIS Asian Honor Boys’ Choir Festival in Beijing, from where I write. The text was written by my dear friend, the incredible Robertson Fox.

2015 AMIS Asian Honor Boys’ Choir

The amazing Elisha Keen created a mock-up to help the boys learn it. Waterside Adventures has a quite different meaning when performed on its own – a naive, innocent adventure – without the context of the outer sections (which I will definitely finish setting in 2016!), a commentary on boys’ involvement in war. 2015 seemed a good year to be thinking about that.

Dad he lent me his pen knife

(I’ve promised it back).

Whet on cobbles with spit

we carve from old driftwood,

guns and rifles and staves

to play red tunic’d soldiers

down here by The Rocks.

It was an honour to be asked to give a public lecture in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s About Music series recently. While I’ve given dozens of keynotes on this topic (just a small one – the future of education), I felt very nervous speaking to my still relatively new colleagues. I hope you’ll enjoy some of what I had to say. I’ll slideshare my slides soon, too.

Woo! MIDI in for my Little Bits synth! – at Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. What does it make me realise? That I should blog more!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

We take assessment very seriously at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – at Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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