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.

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

View on Path

The 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.

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