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Music Technology in the Classroom with Katie Wardrobe

September 21, 2016 @ 9:00 am - September 22, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

Katie Wardrobe is recognised internationally as a music technology trainer and consultant with a passion for helping music teachers. She runs workshops, presentations and online training resources which focus on easy ways to incorporate technology – through a range of creative projects – into what teachers are already doing in their music curriculum.

In Christchurch she will run a series of workshops for both primary and secondary teachers. Teachers can attend a single workshop, a half day or a full day of workshops, whatever suits the best.

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Here’s a summary of the workshops Katie will be presenting:

Wednesday 21 September

9.00-10.30: Sibelius Basics: Get Started the Right Way

Learn how to use Sibelius quickly and effectively, the right way. This course assumes no prior knowledge, so it’s perfect for new Sibelius users or for those that have some holes in their knowledge, including teachers who want to brush up their skills (and stay a couple of steps ahead of students!), composers and arrangers who want to get started with creating their own digital scores and backing tracks and senior or tertiary level students who need to notate compositions or complete music assignments. You’ll learn how to set up a score, input notes without using the mouse (using the computer keyboard, or a MIDI keyboard), how to select music quickly, best ways to copy and paste, how to enter lyrics and chords, adding dynamics, articulations and repeat signs, score-sharing techniques and lots of other time-saving tips.

11.00-12.30: Sibelius Speedy Arranging: Scanning MDI files, Workflow and Other Tips

This workshop is all about learning tips and tricks for quickly arranging music with Sibelius by scanning music or opening PDF files, downloading and tweaking freely available MIDI files and using in-built Sibelius plugins and shortcuts. It’s ideal for music teachers that want to quickly create classroom arrangements for their students, studio instrumental teachers or ensemble leaders who need to re-arrange, transpose or simplify scores and parts and for composers. We’ll cover tips for successfully scanning printed music to make an editable score, how to make use of MIDI files to save you time (and how to clean up the notation once imported!) and we’ll discuss workflow tips.

1.30-3.00: Digital Portfolios

During this workshop we’ll look at some of the ways music teachers can adopt easy-to-use technology to transform their music classroom. The workshop will cover two main areas: assisting student learning through a flipped classroom model and the creation of student digital portfolios using online music tools. We’ll discuss solutions for a range of school setups: BYOD schools, schools with mixture of platforms and devices, and schools just wanting to delve more into digital portfolio options.

4.00-5.30: Flipping the Music Classroom

What is a flipped classroom, how does it work and why would I want it? By taking advantage of the shift in learning opportunities made available by technology, you can harness the “natural” communication methods of students – all while simultaneously catering for different learning styles and paces. Pause, rewind and fast forward the teacher! We’ll look at examples of real-life flipped music classrooms and teaching studios, how you can use this model to reinvent the boring stuff and get quickly to the good stuff. And you probably already have almost all the tools you need to do it!

Thursday 22 September

9.00-10.30: Notation on any device: Write Scores on your iPad, Chromebook, Mac or PC Laptop

An introduction to Noteflight – the online notation software solution that works on all platforms. During this session, you’ll learn how you can use Noteflight in the teaching studio and classroom. Discover how quick it is to set up a score, enter notes, copy and paste music and transpose. Learn some tips and tricks and explore lesson plans and activities that you can use with your students.

11.00-12.30: iPad Projects for the Music Classroom Hands On

iPads are a fantastic tool in the music classroom. They are highly portable, multi-functional and there are a wealth of inexpensive creative apps available. This workshop will show you a range of easy, adaptable projects for students of all ages. There will be ideas for the one-iPad classroom as well as for 1:1 iPad programs and everything in between. During the day we’ll focus on the learning outcomes that students can achieve with iPads in the music classroom. We’ll start with a series of creative projects using GarageBand including arranging, composing and storytelling. We’ll then explore sound, composition and performance with MadPad and finish with an app-smashing program music activity which combines storytelling, images, narration, and mood music. We’ll also look at iPad extras and accessories such as equipment needed to plug in MIDI keyboards, microphones and guitars and have an open apps question-time.

Cost of workshops:

SIngle workshop $30

Half day $50

Full day $100


September 21, 2016 @ 9:00 am
September 22, 2016 @ 12:30 pm
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Celia Stewart


Chisnallwood Intermediate
90 Breezes Road, Avondale
Christchurch, 8061 New Zealand