The Orchestra: The most beautiful music app I have ever seen
Dec11

The Orchestra: The most beautiful music app I have ever seen

This is my first iOS App review for MusTech.net, and I have started with what I think is the most beautiful music app I have ever seen, The Orchestra.  Created by an amazing team of partners including TouchPress, The Philharmonia Orchestra under the direction of Esa-Pekka Salonen, The Music Sales Group, and Rite Digital; The Orchestra is an absolutely beautiful app that takes the user into the world of the symphony orchestra in a new,...

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Online Best Practices: Celebrating Britten with Friday Afternoons
Dec03

Online Best Practices: Celebrating Britten with Friday Afternoons

  Every once in a while, I stumble upon an online resource that truly exemplifies best practice in terms of the intersection of music, education, and technology.  It is pretty rare for me these days to find anything new, but when I do I feel like shouting from the rooftops to fellow music educators.  I’m glad that I am able to do so here at MusTech.net.  When I find examples of these best practices, I often find myself...

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The Future of Band Music Publishing?
Nov12

The Future of Band Music Publishing?

In my humble opinion, if there is any aspect of music education that remains firmly footed in the traditional model, it’s band.  That’s not a bad thing.  As a former band director myself, I believe that we are creating some incredible performing ensembles, and band directing at all levels has become a position with very high expectations.  Just visit the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic in December and you’ll see...

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The iPad in the Music Classroom: Useful Tool or Expensive Toy?
Oct22

The iPad in the Music Classroom: Useful Tool or Expensive Toy?

Let me preface this post by stating that I have never taught in the K-12 music classroom with iPads and that I am not trying to be inflammatory by asking this question.  As much as I love the device for my own personal use and music making, I simply do not know the answer to the question I’ve posed above.  I don’t fall on either side or even in the middle; I’m simply baffled.  It is my sincere hope that many readers...

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Get Your Head In The Clouds!
Oct01

Get Your Head In The Clouds!

Cloud computing still seems to be a mysterious word in education – specifically music education.  I’m not sure why.  All cloud computing means is that instead of the old-fashioned method of purchasing software in a box and installing it on your personal computer, the software instead lives online and you access it and utilize it online, instead of locally on your machine.  An example of the difference is if you remember...

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