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15 Nov: STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO CHEAP, EFFECTIVE VIDEO AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC AND VOICE (Part 1)

In this three part series, I provide a guide that helps you do an effective video audition for post-secondary music programs, on a budget. I’ll dive in to the differences in sound quality between premium recording equipment, dirt cheap audio recording, and the mic that’s on your iPhone. You will be guided through the step by step procedures of how to set up this equipment, buy or borrow it cheaply, and edit it quickly with great results. Part 1: Overview + Audio Recording video auditions can be a super stressful affair for senior students. The seemingly endless array of options when it comes to recording equipment or the uncertainty of…

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14 Nov: STEP BY STEP GUIDE TO CHEAP, EFFECTIVE VIDEO AUDITIONS FOR MUSIC AND VOICE (Part 2)

Part 2: Video Best Practices and Audio-Video Synchronization In this three part series, we guide you to do an effective video audition for post secondary music programs, on a budget. We’ll dive in to the differences in sound quality between premium recording equipment, dirt cheap audio recording, and the mic that’s on your iPhone. You will be guided through the step by step procedures of how to set up this equipment, buy it cheaply, and edit it with speed. In this guide, we’ll show you how to record your audio and video simultaneously through separate equipment. We’ll show you how to…

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27 Sep: Next-Generation Video Tools for Music Instruction

Video recordings have been an important tool in music education for a long time. But now, video-based practice and feedback, sewn tightly together, are becoming a vital part of applied music instruction and learning. There are a variety of reasons why hearing and seeing oneself perform daily can make a big difference in musicians’ development. And there’s the practical side too: video-practice using the right technology allows teachers to teach with detailed feedback even when student and teacher aren’t in the same place at the same time! Video for Self-reflection and Self-critique Recording Improves Musicianship Recording yourself allows you to listen…

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14 Jul: How and Why Educators are Including Video Assignments in their Courses

Educators from theatre to architecture to food science have discovered the big gains in student engagement and learning when students make videos and podcasts or just film themselves practicing the skills they’re learning. Even literacy organizations formerly concerned exclusively with text, such as the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English, have added standards emphasizing the need to foster creativity by going beyond text to have students us alternative media as a form of student production (Morgan, 2012). As the technology gets more accessible and easier to use, more and more instructors have been turning toward…

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12 Jun: Feedback – We Can’t Learn Without It

A simple feedback loop, applied in school zones in a small Californian suburb, “cut fatal injuries by about half.” (WIRED) By revealing speeding drivers’ speed to them via a giant on-street speedometer, “drivers slowed an average of 14 percent.” This effectively unraveled decades of law-enforcement dogma by proving the superior efficacy of feedback loops over punitive police surveillance, the traditional approach. Modern education has been moving slowly in this direction, but perhaps it lacks some of the tools that would enable this kind of feedback. So what are feedback loops, what makes them so powerful, and how can they be applied…