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Ollie Tunmer, Director of Beat Goes On reflects on being part of The Big Gig, Melbourne June 2018
My recent trip to Melbourne could have been a little shaky - I’d been working at a school in South Korea the week prior, then headed back to the UK for the launch of www.sambaoke.com (promo video on the way!), before the 26 hour journey down under.
Despite the slight disorientation, I could feel the warm and energy of the conference delegates from the word go.
One of STOMP’s first big bookings was the 1992 Melbourne Comedy Festival, so it was nice to kick things off here with some body percussion, inspired in no small part by my time in that show. I love how body percussion is initially highly accessible, but then as with any art-form, offers scope for more complex material.
The MF conference delegates proved themselves to be a highly rhythmic and up for it bunch, happy to step well outside of their comfort zones, a useful experience for all teachers!
I then led the first of several Afro Brazilian percussion workshops. Although African drumming is common in Australia, Afro-Brazilian percussion, including samba, is yet to become the staple that it is in UK schools. It was great fun exploring a range of styles from Rio-style ‘samba batucada’ to ‘drum’n’bass’, nodding to the Musical Futures ethos of incorporating students’ own musical preferences into lessons. Delegates seemed to enjoy these sessions and I’m looking forward to returning for a school workshop / PD tour - watch this space!
longside a range of fascinating workshops, talks and warm up ideas (Hadley’s ‘Chord Aerobics’ springs to mind!), the conference finished with a fantastic opportunity for teachers to play together. Some seriously impressive performances - Michelle Lewis excelled herself as my mic stand whilst delivering some superb vocals!
Session notes from my body percussion and Afro-Brazilian sessions are on the way and there are free downloadable resources at www.beatgoeson.co.uk
Huge thanks to all involved, I look forward to seeing you again soon!
"Music makes life better" The National Music Education Conference, Bejing
The National Music Education Conference in Bejing ran in partnership with the China Music Instrument Association and was supported by the National Music Education Service Alliance, in collaboration with the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) and the Confederation of European Music Industries (CAFIM).
As invited guests of the China Music Instrument Association, Anna and Ken led an introductory informal learning workshops with nearly 100 teachers at the conference, followed by workshops with teachers at Roland Digital Education Centre and with children and their parents at Hua Dong Music City.
Highlights of the trip included some fantastic musical performances showcasing exquisite performances of traditional Chinese music as well as a celebration concert from the Make Music Day China 2018 event that involved over 3000 musical events across China.
We are very much looking forward to returning to China in October for another round of 2-day teacher workshops and to as guests at Music China in Shanghai.
With just 3 weeks to go until Musical Futures teachers from across the world arrive in Melbourne for The Big Gig 2018, the final schedule and details of the fantastic international team of presenters has been announced.
Presenters will be flying in from the UK, Asia, USA and from across Australia and the sessions will explore (in typical Musical Futures style) everything from body percussion and Samba to Electronic Dance Music and Hip Hop. There will also be an opportunity to debate and explore what it means to be a creative music teacher and what it means to 'go beyond the notes' with Mandy Stefanakis, Nick Beach and Tim Patson as guests for our panel session.
To read the full line up, browse through the conference schedule and grab your ticket, visit The Big Gig web page or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
MF International Directors Ken and Ian will be in Sydney this week as part of EduTECH 2018 where they will be launching our latest partnership with Soundtrap.
Soundtrap is the first cloud-based audio recording platform to work across all operating systems, enabling users to co-create music anywhere in the world. We are looking forward to exploring how we can integrate Soundtrap with Musical Futures approaches through our forthcoming workshops and at our teacher conference in Melbourne in June where Musical Futures Asia co-ordinator Steve Jackman will be leading workshops exploring Electronic Dance Music through Soundtrap.
As part of the partnership, everyone who attends a Musical Futures International or Australia workshop will be offered a free 3 month trial of Soundtrap Edu and the opportunity to help us to develop resources and workshops that will enable more students to engage with creative and collaborative approaches to music making via our workshops and Musical Futures teacher communities.
You can read the full press release below and for more information please email email@example.com
Australian Teachers Get Inspirational Boost from Musical Futures and Soundtrap, a Collaborative, Cloud-based Music Education Solution
Partnership Combines Individualised Learning Approaches and Game-Changing Music Technology to Deliver Student-Centered Classroom Experiences
EduTech, Sydney, Australia – June 5, 2018 – Announced today in Sydney, Musical Futures Australia, a music education movement reshaping the way students learn and create music, and Soundtrap, the innovative online collaborative music and podcast recording studio, are partnering to deliver collaborative, hands-on musical workshops that will be accessible to teachers in Sydney, Australia and to music educators around the world. It’s a revolutionary approach that provides teachers with new and innovative ways to engage their students in hands-on electronic music as part of their overall curriculum. The partnership officially launches at the EduTech conference scheduled for June 6-8 in Australia.
“We’ve been looking for a number of years for a music technology integration that works best for our workshops. Soundtrap has huge appeal to us because it’s cloud-based and enables the kind of collaborative work we’re already doing,” said Anna Gower, head of Training and Development, Musical Futures International. “We know that kids really engage with music tech, but some teachers do not. Until Soundtrap, we were unable to find a platform that didn’t cost a lot of money, didn’t require a large amount of expertise, and did not result in barriers between the teachers and students.”
The diverse community of students at Doveton P-9 College in Melbourne is finding a common language through Music Futures Australia (MFA). Recognized for its innovative curriculum, Doveton is one of MFA’s 12 Champion Schools. These Champion Schools are developing new ways of teaching children and teachers about music through technology. With the help of Soundtrap and a Roland HS-5 Session Mixer, Doveton’s music students recently created, recorded, and later performed, a song they titled “Memory Lane.” https://www.musicalfuturesaustralia.org/mf-videos.html. The process exposed the students to music composing techniques and processes they would not have experienced otherwise.
“Technology gives us new ways to reach kids where they are. By combining Musical Futures and Soundtrap, the students had this unique opportunity to create something special—a composition that they could take ownership of,” said Jason Holmes, music teacher at Doveton.
Musical Futures equips teachers with the training, support and resources to give students informal, engaging ways to learn music. An international program with global reach, Musical Futures’ Australia affiliate is partnering with Soundtrap to provide workshops to 1,500 educators in Australia and New Zealand. From this base, the solution will be rolled out internationally. The goal is to give kids, mainly in the primary and secondary schools (ages 6-18), individualised ways to experience and create music.
Soundtrap, the first cloud-based audio recording platform to work across iOS, Android, Chromebooks, Linux, Mac and Windows platforms, enables more than 1M users to co-create music, podcasts and other audio projects with others anywhere in the world. The platform is being used in thousands of schools around the world for music, technology, math, science and a host of other core subjects.
Soundtrap is especially suited for today’s mobile-intense generation of students because all projects are saved in a safe, protected environment, and can be accessed at any time, from any device. (See video: https://youtu.be/2ViLQD_2RK4)
Per Emanuelsson, CEO of Soundtrap, commented, “Music technology excites and engages school-age kids, and Soundtrap gives music teachers the ability to truly harness that excitement and make those connections, regardless of their geography or the type of personal device they own. This partnership with Musical Futures shines an even brighter spotlight on Soundtrap’s mission to provide a worldwide learning experience to every student with access to a computer or mobile device.”
Soundtrap is the first cloud-based audio recording platform to work across all operating systems, enabling users to co-create music anywhere in the world. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, the company also has an office in Silicon Valley, California, US. Soundtrap provides an easy-to-use music and audio creation platform for all levels of musical interest and abilities, and is being used by the K-12 through higher-education markets. For more information, visit: http://www.soundtrap.com.
About Musical Futures
Musical Futures provides teachers with training, support, networks and resources to deliver practical, engaging, developmental music programs in the classroom. Rather than limiting students to specific musical styles or genres, Musical Futures believes music learning works best when young people are making music based on their musical culture, and when their existing passion for music is reflected and built upon in the classroom.
Musical Futures was recently recognised as one of the leading innovations in global education by HundrED (https://hundred.org/en) and its efforts are supported by a growing bank of research. For more information visit: https://www.musicalfuturesaustralia.org/ or www.musicalfuturesinternational.org
What is Soundtrap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xheoUkbyhE4
Soundtrap in Education: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcMbVeTaD0xQZfUimscIhrw
How Soundtrap works -Collaboration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAPrEB07aFA
.We are excited to announce that we will be offering 2 new workshops in Asia in January 2019, a 2 day introductory workshop in Shanghai and a we will be returning with new approaches and resources to Shrewsbury International School Bangkok
Our Shanghai workshops will explore the introductory approaches of Musical Futures across 2 days and you can read more about the content we have planned for those days by clicking here
Our return to Bangkok will include plenty of new material for teachers who have been to one of our workshops before! So you can choose the option that works for you....
New to Musical Futures? Our 2 day introductory workshop consists of:
Day One : Introduction to Musical Futures the approaches and foundation units of Musical Futures Informal Learning, Find Your Voice, Just Play, Songwriting and Day Two: Getting Further into Musical Futures is packed full of new content including Electronic Dance Music and music tech, Musical Futures Styles, Hooks and riffs (a riff a day), Everyone Can Play, Assessment and planning
Been to an international workshop before? Our *new* 2 day workshops will include:
Day One: Musical Futures RECHARGE which will refresh and enhance your current Musical Futures work with NEW content and resources for informal learning, songwriting, Find Your Voice, Classroom workshopping, Everyone Can Play, and more. and Day Two: Getting Further into Musical Futures is packed full of new content including Electronic Dance Music and music tech, Musical Futures Styles, Hooks and riffs (a riff a day), Everyone Can Play, Assessment and planning .
Can't come to us? We will come to you...We are also able to offer some in-school consultancy to schools in Hong Kong and KL during our November visits. If you would like more details please drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more here
A few years ago, Anna Gower and her students at Monks Walk School in Herts, UK, opened the doors of the music department on a typical Monday to share the realities of embracing Musical Futures across all their lessons. Not a text book or desk in sight, just students, instruments and a willingness to expect the unexpected!
If you would like to share a day in the life of your music department, why not drop us an email and we will include it in our #talklessplaymore shares and feature you and your students on our blog!
We are pleased to announce that we will be returning to Asia in November 2018 and January 2019 with new 2 day intensive Musical Futures workshops in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai and Bangkok. Whether you are new to Musical Futures or you have been to one of our workshops before, there is an option to suit you. Please note that our Shanghai workshop is a 2 day introduction to Musical Futures without the recharge options.
And there's more! Book before October and you'll be eligible for our early bird rates.
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