Group photo

The Sydney Conservatorium Technology in Music Education cohort, 2016, and some old grey-haired lecturer. Photo by Sonia Sze.

Last Friday my students in the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Technology in Music Education course (from which my MOOC Music in 21st Century Education came) gave their Presentation of Learning. If you go to the Con’s Facebook page and scroll down to 18th November, you’ll see a series of “was Live” videos and can re-live the event!

In the course all students develop an online professional presence, and publish their thoughts and work to that website. Their major project is entirely student-negotiated, with the open task that they should explore a new technology or philosophy/pedagogy that was introduced in the course. In the following table I’ve listed every one of those projects, and links to their blogs on how they made them and what their thinking was. Many of them have shared these resources, so don’t just read – download and give them some feedback … they’d love that!

Student(s) involved
The MESS Project
(Music Education in Sydney Schools) – [What to expect in Australian Music Education when you’re from another culture.]
Yoshi Oshiro
Aleksandar Stojanovic
Paolo Torresan
Freeware Music Technology
Sara Nguyen
Cassandra Cordeo
Loving what you do
Conversations with inspiring conductors (documentary)
Natalie Gooneratne
Lilliane Kamel
Microsoft Sway and Office Mix in Music Education
Michael Paton
Smash through your exam with Sash!
[Interactive iBook teaching flute.]
Sasha Stocken
Aussie Rock
Zara Stanton
Piano Grade 1
Willson Duong
Rest in you
[Composed, recorded & produced song with music video]
Sonia Sze
Trumpet stuff
[iOS app programmed in Xcode & a video]
Panayioti Karamanos
[Interactive iBook]
Michelle Young
OMEGGIO Music Creation Lab
[Bespoke webapp]
Matt Colucci
Sarah Prestwidge
Castaway – three soundtracks
[Composition of 3 soundtracks to the same film excerpt to change the mood]
Matthew Cartwright
Creating your own music business
[iBook and documentary]
Holly Smith
[Composed, sampled film soundtrack]
Gabby Hiu
Into the world of DJs and Electronic Musicians
Flo Le
Ellen Pauperis
Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas
[iBook and unit of work (which she actually taught!)]
Emma Dunn
(blog that includes teaching)
Animation project
Elyse Hardiman
[Amber taught herself how to write music by coding]
Amber Johnson
The Blues
[A website on teaching the blues, but written by an actual Jazz major, so it’s about what the blues really is!]
Alex Hone
His blog —>
 The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and Mixcraft in Music Education

[PDF, video guides and a model singer-songwrite project]

James Walder (PDF guide) (Reflections)

A couple of weeks ago I was fortunate enough to be asked to speak at one of the Unversity of Sydney’s Raising The Bar events – an opportunity for “leading academics” (their words, not mine!) to give a potted (30 minute) lecture in a bar to anyone who wanted to listen. My lecture was at Venue 505 on their Old School Funk and RnB night, and I decided it seemed like a good night to rant on both the importance of properly provisioned music education for all children, but also a hobby horse I’ve been on a lot recently … that high school music teachers need to invest time understanding the sophistication of all musics, especially those of their students’ own cultures.

What you miss out on without visuals is the props I had – British newspapers and a screen with the instructions to “applaud”, “laugh”, and “oooo at intellectual rigour” … and yes, it does sound more like a stand-up act than a lecture! You can check out the other 19 talks here.

For obvious reasons, one of my favourite subjects to teach at the Sydney Conservatorium is “Technology in Music Education”. In fact, it’s the course that lead to my development of the first of five MOOCs on the Coursera platform, The place of music in 21st century education.

As in 2013 and 2015, I’m pleased to present to you the 2016 cohort. The course divides fairly evenly into theory and practice, so on their blogs you’ll find lecture notes about using technology in the music classroom but also about current issues, philosophies, pedagogies and the latest research in the field. Some students prefer to remain anonymous which is their choice.

Name URL (website address) Twitter handle
James Humberstone @JamesHumbers
 Willson Duong
 Sonia Sze  @soniasze11
 Lilliane Kamel
 James Walder
 Natalie Gooneratne
 Matthew Colucci  @Coluccimusic
 Anonymous student 
 Sara Nguyen
 Ellen Pauperis
 Gabrielle Hiu
 Sasha Stocken
 Anonymous student
 Michelle Young
 Aleksandar Stojanovic
 Amber Johnson  @ambermareemusic
 Emma Dunn  
 Cassandra Cordero
 Anonymous student
 Panagiotis Karamanos
 Elyse Hardiman
 Alex Hone
 Michael Paton  @mpaton94
 Paolo Torresan

Students are now all (well, most) on prac, but I’m sure they’d love comments on their blogs. Expect the action to hot up later in the month as they start work toward their negotiated project… and you can see where all this thinking goes, creatively!

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  @MacMusicAus
 William Melevo  @WillMelevo
 Emily Chapman
Camilla Corbett @camillamaymusic
 Jane Meney  @Jane_austnot
 Jean Lee  @jeanl94
 Rachel Lee  @RachDaeun
 Jessica Lawless  @LawlessLessons
 Jonno Morrison @morrisonjonno
 Shiwen Liu  @coronnaface
 Claire Chia-Yu Hu  @clairehumusic
 Jess Brown  @JessBrownie22
 Chantal Balman  @Eclectus17
 Anna Shishikura   @AnnaShishikura
 Carla van der Wallen  @carlavdwallen
 Katherine Moses  @kmosays
 Abigail Posthuma  @post_abi
Anonymous student  @trombophonic
 Isabel Cullen  @_IsabelCullen_
 David Krebs  @davidkrebs10
 Heyland Cheung  @HeylandCheung
 Gaby Fahy   @fabygahy
 Simon Wong  @syn_wong
 Maggie Lin  @MLin82819124
 Fiona Chan  @_ochafiona_
Andrew McNeil  @andrew_mcneil_
 Rebecca Ly  @pianolessonswr
 Will Yaxley  @willyaxley
Leslie Khang
 Alicia Lee  @alicialee104
 Nickalai Fedotov  @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.

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