Are you a music teacher who struggles to find teaching resources, network with colleagues, and keep up with the latest developments in integrating music technology with classroom pedagogy?
That’s why I’ve created this blog. My name is Gabrielle Deschamps. Having experienced being the only classroom music teacher in a regional secondary school, I know what it’s like to feel a touch isolated from others in my field. I’m writing this blog to bridge the gap, to offer my knowledge and support to my colleagues where I can, and to do my bit to make finding stuff a little easier for all of us.
My background is mainly singing, especially choral, and I also play guitar and a variety of woodwind instruments. I studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, and these days I like to compose music when I get the time. I have a strong interest in learning about music technologies and how they can be implemented in classroom teaching. My software of choice is mainly Sibelius, but I’m currently stretching out into ProTools, GarageBand, and O Generator at the moment. I have also used an interactive whiteboard with Interwrite Workspace software, which I have also found very useful for lesson delivery.
I search for ways to maximize the resources I have at my disposal and try to get the most efficient and effective use out of them, in terms of both value for money and educational outcomes. This is an ongoing process for me, which I don’t yet have happening to my satisfaction, so this blog will also be a way of sharing the journey and maybe helping out some others who face the same dilemma along the way.