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!

Project 
Student(s) involved
URL(s)
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
[Website]
Zara Stanton
Piano Grade 1
[iBook]
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
Jazz
[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
Soundtrack
[Composed, sampled film soundtrack]
Gabby Hiu
Into the world of DJs and Electronic Musicians
[Documentary]
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
[Soundtrack]
Elyse Hardiman
EarSketch
[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 http://bit.ly/2h0A59g (PDF guide)

http://bit.ly/2h0mi2e (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 www.composerhome.com @JamesHumbers
Anonymous  https://musicedtechsite.wordpress.com/
 Holly  https://hollymusiceducationblog.wordpress.com/
 Willson Duong  https://willsonduongwordpress.wordpress.com/
 Sonia Sze  https://soniaszemusic.wordpress.com  @soniasze11
 Lilliane Kamel http://lillianekamel.wixsite.com/tech-in-music-ed
 James Walder  https://jameswaldermusic.wordpress.com/
 Natalie Gooneratne  https://natgoontech.wordpress.com/
 Matthew Colucci  https://coluccimusiced.wordpress.com  @Coluccimusic
 Anonymous student  https://prestoeducationblog.wordpress.com 
 Sara Nguyen  https://saranewin.wordpress.com/
 Ellen Pauperis  https://ellenpauperis.wordpress.com/
 Gabrielle Hiu  https://musicalhiu.wordpress.com/
 Sasha Stocken  http://sashastocken.wixsite.com/plntechinmused
 Anonymous student  https://musiceducationreflections.wordpress.com/
 Michelle Young  https://myoungmusictech.wordpress.com/
 Aleksandar Stojanovic  https://alektrotech.wordpress.com/
 Amber Johnson  https://ambermareemusic.wordpress.com/  @ambermareemusic
 Emma Dunn  https://emmajanemusicblog.wordpress.com/  
 Cassandra Cordero  https://keysandcassettes.co.vu
 Anonymous student  https://yoshimued.wordpress.com/
 Panagiotis Karamanos  https://pkaramanosblog.wordpress.com/
 Elyse Hardiman  https://elysehardiman.wordpress.com/
 Alex Hone  http://honealex.wixsite.com/appollosplaylist
 Michael Paton https://michaelpatonmusic.wordpress.com/  @mpaton94
 Paolo Torresan  https://paolotorresanmusic.wordpress.com/

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  http://meutech.tumblr.com/  @MacMusicAus
 William Melevo  https://williammelevotme.wordpress.com/  @WillMelevo
 Emily Chapman http://techmusiced2015.tumblr.com
@lilg_1995
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
@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.

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