May 27, 2014

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Heads Up: Virtual Youth Choir!

Last year I was able to participate in Virtual Choir 4: Fly to Paradise, which was fantastic. So I got really excited when I was able to share it recently with my school and then tell them about the world’s first Virtual Youth Choir which has recently been launched.

Singers aged 18 and under can take part in this choir, which will be premiered at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Children need to sign up and submit a parent’s/guardian’s email so they can confirm their child’s participation. The learning tools are all publicly available so parents and teachers can help singers to learn the song.

Once they’ve got the song down, singers can video themselves singing the song and upload it to the website. All the videos are brought together in a mind-boggling feat of editing to form one massive online choir.

The dealine to submit videos is June 8 (midnight, UTC-11), so if you haven’t visited the Virtual Youth Choir already, click on the image below to get started!

 

 

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October 6, 2013

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A Story of Music and Healing

Elizabeth J. Campbell is a singer/musician and music therapist, who is passionate about music and its ability to heal people and change lives. A few weeks ago she asked me if she could share a story of healing through music with all my readers. I was intrigued as I’ve never done “guest posts” before. I […]

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July 22, 2013

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Singing with Virtual Choir 4

A little over a week ago, Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4: “Fly to Paradise” premiered in London for the Queen’s Coronation Festival. I was especially looking forward to this one, because I got to join in! The History: If you’ve never heard of Virtual Choir before, here’s a bit of a rundown. After hearing a […]

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April 14, 2013

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Reflecting on MTEC 2013

I’ve been trying for the last couple of days, with some difficulty, to write about this month’s MTEC 2013 Music Technology in Education Conference in Melbourne. There was just so much going on that I’m not sure I can really do justice to it all. Halfway through day one, even though I’d registered for all […]

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September 9, 2012

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New stuff on my Resources page

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve noticed a sharp increase in the number of downloads for my Vivaldi analysis and Elements of Music packages. I thought I’d upload a few more resources from my collection in case they might also be of use. I don’t tend to do a lot of PowerPoint these days, […]

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July 20, 2012

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Have I found a missing link?

My maths students really struggled in semester one this year. Whether it was to do with a new curriculum we’ve recently implemented, or maybe it was some aspect of my teaching, or their feelings about maths as a subject in general, or just life events happening outside the classroom. For whatever reason, things just didn’t […]

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July 19, 2012

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The Secondary Schools Choral Festival…and counting sleeps!

Why am I counting sleeps? Because come August 13, my other half and I are on long-service leave and we’re heading off to France! This has been a life-long dream for me, so I’m very excited that it’s finally happening. In the meantime, I apologize for altogether disappearing from the radar for the last few […]

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February 29, 2012

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Stars are spinning around my head

That’s the image of me which you should have in your head right now. We’re just over halfway through the first term, and the workload has been massive. This has been my first opportunity to poke my head out of the water and say “hi”. So, hi.🙂 It has been an exhausting first half of […]

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January 20, 2012

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And we’re back!

Just completed two student-free days at school, and next week they all come back again for another year. Yaaaaay! 🙂 I’m teaching maths as well as music this year, so I may have some maths-based thoughts, reflections, and resources stashed into this blog as the year goes on. Also, thinking of taking my Master degree […]

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December 6, 2011

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Evaluating and Planning

It’s the last week of the school year. I’m in the middle of taking stock of everything I’ve done (or tried to do) this year, and making plans for next year. Lots went on for me in the first two thirds of the year. In the last third, innovation was put on the back-burner for […]

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August 6, 2011

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My Library of Links: updates and rearrangements

My main aim in setting up this website was to create a resource for music teachers, through which lots of other useful stuff could be found easily. To that end, I created the LINKS library (top menu). This library is the main raison d’être of MusicTeachnTech.com. If you haven’t yet checked it out, please do […]

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August 5, 2011

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Teaching students to read music notation: Some strategies

For some reason, I always struggled with teaching students how to read music notation. I think one of the reasons is because there’s usually a huge knowledge gap between beginning students and those who have been doing music for a while. Since junior students (years 8-10) choose new electives every semester, that gap gets wider […]

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July 29, 2011

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Exploring a Practical Approach to Teaching Music Theory

First, a small update. My year 9 and 10 classes, such a challenge for me last semester, have changed. I now have an almost entirely new set of students, and these ones seem to be much more motivated so far. I’m also seeing some year 10s who have the potential to do particularly well in senior […]

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July 25, 2011

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Secondary School Choral Festival and Workshop

Last Friday, my choir (very small, very new, and very quiet) had the opportunity to work with UK choral director David Lawrence during a one-hour workshop, followed by a three-hour combined choir rehearsal. The combined choirs were from secondary schools all over Mackay, and they gave a concert for the Choral Festival that evening. I […]

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July 22, 2011

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ASME Conference, Day Four

All you had to do was look at everyone’s faces to know that this was the last day of the conference. People were drifting around in a kind of exhausted daze, including me. Thankfully the workshop selection was nice and light: only two hours. I only did one workshop session that day, with Katie Wardrobe. […]

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July 21, 2011

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ASME Conference, Day Three (That’s right, I’m back!)

My apologies to everyone for not getting this out earlier. Life took a turn for the busier just after the conference, and then the new term started. I’m just about back on board now, so here’s the rest of the ASME conference that you’ve all been waiting for with baited breath! On day three, my first […]

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July 3, 2011

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Day Two of the ASME Conference

Another massive and awesome day at the ASME Conference. I saw quite a lot today, and I probably won’t get it all down in one sitting. There are a few things that I’ll need to sit down with for a while and mentally digest before I can write too much, but here are some brief […]

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July 2, 2011

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ASME Conference: Day One

It’s official: I’m addicted to conferences. I attended Day One of the ASME (Australian Society for Music Education) conference at the Gold Coast Convention Centre today. I’m knackered, but I really want to get this written before I see too much more cool stuff, otherwise I’ll never get it all down. Unfortunately, I missed the […]

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June 19, 2011

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Reflections after attending the Central Qld Region e-Learning Conference

The Central Queensland Region e-Learning Conference was held yesterday and today at Mackay North State High School. They had hands-on workshops and seminars, and I saw some very cool stuff. It’s going to take a little while for me to mentally digest it all, but here’s a few initial thoughts and reflections: Web Conferencing: Something […]

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June 11, 2011

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Two months since MTEC 2011: An Update

Two months ago, I attended MTEC 2011 in Sydney. Two months later, so many things have changed for me professionally, that I barely recognise myself. So I’m taking a moment to pause and reflect on all the changes, and how well they’re working so far. The first thing, and probably the biggest thing, has really been this […]

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