Music Education and Technology

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A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Today's students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets and e-readers.<p>Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in …

Education

Mind Music Labs wants to make every instrument ‘smart’

“What we’re working on is not just the performance. What we believe is that the next revolution is to have every instrument smart and …

Education

Eventide and Newfangled Audio are letting you download their $99 EQuivocate ‘human ear’ EQ plugin for free

<b>Presented by Eventide but developed by Newfangled Audio, EQuivocate is an EQ plugin with a difference that you can download for free until the end of</b> …

Guitar

Some Good Music Apps for High School Students

September , 2017 For those of you asking about music apps to use with high school students, the visual below features some good options to start …

Education

Mapping the Sounds of Greek Byzantine Churches: How Researchers Are Creating “Museums of Lost Sound”

Unless you’re an audio engineer, you’ll have little reason to know what the term “convolution reverb” means. But it’s a fascinating concept …

The Web Site “Centuries of Sound” is Making a Mixtape for Every Year of Recorded Sound from 1860 to Present

The vibrations of the Metropolitan Elevated Railroad in Manhattan, a recitation of "Mary Had a Little Lamb," the announcements issuing forth from an …

Ampify Novation brings MIDI in to their Groovebox app for iOS

Ampify Novation are on a mission to make creating music a mobile first experience, and I have to say that they’re doing a good job of it. In the …

iOS

Ableton Push 2 Demo - 10 Reasons To Own it

Popular YouTube artist uses AI to record new album

A popular YouTube artist has an unusual collaborator on her new album -- artificial intelligence.<p>Pop artistTaryn Southern, who appeared on American Idol in 2004, created the lyrics and melodies for "I AM AI" but left most of the other work to software programs.<p>The album's first song "Break Free," …

Artificial Intelligence

Audiobus keeps your music creations in perfect time

Audiobus, the iOS app that lets you route audio between apps on your iPad or iPhone, just got an update. The version number is 3.0.5, which belies the fact that Audiobus 3 just got one huge new feature: support for Ableton Link, which means that it will now keep tempo with all the other music apps …

iOS

Some Top U.S. Educators Went to Finland. Their Big Takeaway: Empower Teachers

Five state teachers of the year traveled to Finland to learn about the country's new national curriculum and the Finns' ways of teaching and learning.

Education

COULD THE DJ REPLACE THE COLLEGE MARCHING BAND? Don’t Laugh So Quickly At The Thought…

I recently wrote an article called, THE MUSIC BUSINESS, MUSIC EDUCATION, AND THE MIDDLEMAN: Copyrights, Your Rights, Their Rights & Tresona. In it, I …

College & University

New research shows “digital natives” are no better at technology than the rest of us

Marketers and social theorists love to talk about digital natives. This group is supposedly a generation of early adopters under the age of about 35, uniquely adept at technology compared to their older counterparts. But according to a recent editorial in <i>Nature</i>, these digital natives are a figment …

Millennials

Arguments for Keeping Music in School

When school districts struggle financially, cutting fine arts programs like music education is often the first response. Advocates cite several …

This iOS app makes creating and editing guitar tabs a breeze

One of the more tedious tasks of playing in a cover band is managing lyric and chord sheets. When you play a typical four-hour gig in a local bar, memorizing all that music is not always going to happen. You've got to study each song and learn your particular parts, sure, but having a cheat sheet …

Guitar

Turn your old Mac into a Google Chromebook

If you have an old MacBook, MacBook Air or MacBook Pro laying around collecting dust, and you’re tech-geek, you can experiment with Google’s …

Chromebook

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the …

Education

JBL Teams With Quincy Jones To Give Artists And Audiophiles Creative Advice

There’s no shortage of brand content featuring famous faces, but for its newest campaign JBL is aiming to make Quincy Jones as a resource for young artists and creative people to learn from.<p>For its “Legendary Vibes” series, to promote its line of signature Quincy Jones headphones, JBL enlisted …

Creativity

Come for the Computers, Stay for the Books

Traci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, is all done with shushing. “When my library is quiet, that’s a red …

Education

iOS 11 allows you to play FLAC files, albeit in a clunky way

Audiophiles who keep their music in FLAC format will be pleased to find that you can now play these on an iPhone or iPad. FLAC is a completely lossless compressed audio format that works in a similar way to Zipped files, meaning that you get the full quality of the original recording.<p>A <i>Redditor</i> …

iOS

GarageBand for Mac update adds Touch Bar support, more virtual drummers

Apple on Monday released an update for GarageBand on Mac, adding Touch Bar support to the music creation software, with other additions including a …

Mac App Store

The Best Unannounced Feature on iOS 11 Is Screen Recording

Apple packed a bunch of cool new features into the new iOS 11 update coming later this year, but it’s possible none of those are cooler than a simple …

iOS

Everything about iOS11 and what Apple took from android – Again !!

Apple unveiled On WWDC their iOS update today (6th June 2017) – iOS 11, new iPad, Watch OS update, TVOS update and a bunch of updates for Mac …

IOS 11

The iPad takes a big step toward being the computer for everyone

As the MacBook Pro loses features and ports, the iPad Pro gains versatility and power<p>The iPad has never been a full-fledged <i>computer</i>. At its launch back in 2010, it was mocked for having a large screen without a typical large-screen operating system like macOS or Windows, and it was dismissed as …

iOS

iOS 11 lets you play FLAC audio files straight from your iPad and iPhone

Yesterday, Apple announced the latest reiteration of its mobile operating system and while regular consumers will have to wait until autumn to try out the new iOS 11 on their iPhone and iPad devices, developers are already taking advantage of their early access to the beta version.<p>Redditors who …

iOS

Ableton Co-Founder: “We Need a Revolution in Music Education”

Technology must be accessible to the next generation of artists, Gerhard Behles says.<p>When it comes to the future of music technology, there's perhaps no one better qualified to make predictions than Gerhard Behles. As a co-founder of Ableton, he helped develop software that revolutionized how …

Flute

The history of technology in education

Yep, someone has made music from a fidget spinner

You might be already very familiar with the work of YouTuber Andrew Huang.<p>He's attained quite a following for making music out of unconventional …

Fidget Spinner

How to use Music Memos like a cut-down GarageBand

Apple’s Music Memos app is just about about the best way to record musical ideas before they evaporate into the ether. For years, musicians used the built-in Voice Memos app to record snippets, but Music Memos, as you’d expect, is much better suited to the task. It can listen to you and record only …