Free Moog

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Heads-up to all synth lovers.  Today, June 21st, 2012, Arturia are giving a way a free VST version of their MiniMoog soft synth.  You can get it via their Facebook page or from the Arturia web site.  The offer is only valid today, so procrastination is not allowed!  You just have to register, and wait for a download link in your email.  Be patient – this is a hugely popular giveaway, and I’m sure the Arturia servers are going to be very busy.

Bob Moog is hugely important in the history of synthesizers, and you should definitely include a lesson about him if you teach Music Technology.  This VST plug-in would enable you to demonstrate the Moog synth for your classes without having to hunt down and buy the original physical instrument.  Also, consider using the recent documentary movie about Bob Moog by Hans Fjellestad, and check out’s teachers’ unit on Electronic Music History.

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Richard McCready is a composer, musician, and the Director of Music Technology at River Hill High School in Columbia, Maryland.  He was born in Northern Ireland and studied tuba performance, piano, and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England.  Since emigrating to the US in 1992, he has held teaching positions at The Park School of Baltimore, Towson University, and Mayfield Woods Middle School, Elkridge, MD; he has also played professionally with the Monumental Brass Quintet, the Lexington Brass Quintet, and the Denhard/McCready Duo.  He has earned two Masters degrees from Towson University, one in tuba performance and one in vocal performance.  He plays many musical instruments, but the focus of his teaching is Music Technology in which he is widely regarded as one of the outstanding innovators in the US.  His book, Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, was published in 2010. Richard was awarded the TI:ME 2013 Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award and also the Howard County 2013 Music Educator of the Year.