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.

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

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Happy Birthday Synergy Percussion. Timothy Constable speaks about what Synergy means to him at the celebration tonight. – at 107 Projects

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Nothing like finishing a 15 min work for orch & choir the night before penultimate rehearsal! @thankyoukaren – at Sydney Conservatorium of Music

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Jam

Photo of me jamming in GarageBand courtesy of Jonathan Nalder

I’m having fun at the Slide2Learn conference on mLearning in Sydney. Did a presentation this morning – the deck below was created in Apple Keynote and has been converted (and the many videos removed!). Here’s the session description:
Reflecting on the uptake of music technology in schools in the 1980s, teacher, researcher and programmer Andrew Brown (Griffith University) wrote “These experiences clarified the motivational aspects of electronic technologies, even though they were largely used to replicate, rather than innovate, musical practices” (2012). This session looks at the emerging trend of the “iPad band” and proposes that in most cases Brown’s observation again rings true. How can mobile technology offer truly innovative opportunities for musical performance? This session explores, hands-on, ideas from the bleeding edge.
We started off by looking at the strengths and weaknesses of GarageBand’s built-in jam session and doing a class-wide performance. We then moved toward the experience I described in my blog last month where participants were Jamming in a single Ableton Live session with Lemur and TouchAble on iPads.

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