August 27, 2020

Musicnet Summary to 28 August 2020


Kia ora tātou

Earlier this month, Roland celebrated 40 years of the TR-808 Drum Machine. What was a commercial flop on release and ended up in pawn shops. It was picked up by Hip Hop producers and now permeates many of the songs that feature on your students’ spotify playlists. Roland have made a great website with videos and history, and included a playlist of tracks that use the 808. You’d be surprised what’s in there that isn’t Hip Hop:  from Phil Collins, Marvin Gaye, The Pointer Sisters, Michael Jackson to the Pet Shop Boys.  A great diversion for a friday.

If you want another diversion, I’m doing a DJ Livestream with a DJ Controller with a 808 Drum Machine built into it this afternoon from 5pm.


Summary to 28 August 2020

General (for all Music Levels)

Serato Studio is a DAW aimed at beat-makers. You and your students can get free access.

Games for juniors in high school (which also applies to upper primary and intermediate) were shared.

Mike has been busy and made arrangements for voice, tuned percussion, recorder, ukulele for the 2020 Hook Line and Sing A Long winner “We Are One”. He’s done the same for 2019’s “For Today”.

A great thread of Sibelius worksheets. Thanks for all the contributions.

Peter is looking for Rhapsody in Blue mini scores to purchase.

Raewyn shared a video of the Power of Music. 


One place to get derived grade exams is Learning Ideas.

Belinda has made some more resources to help with teaching and preparation for Level 2 91276. 

Emma is looking for help moderating songwriting and composition standards.

Professional Development and Events

The Lewis Eady Tutors Concert has been rescheduled for 14th Nov.

The IRMTNZ Teacher Education Refresh program is taking new enrollments. It is for teachers needing to renew their provisional practising certificate and is fees free.

Compose Aotearoa! Competition details are now out.

Ngā mihi


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