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Gettin’ creative: Twenty teachers trying tunes!

August 17, 2011

One of the four raps written during today's course.

Today was the third day of Simply Music‘s teacher training course in the NCH, and we’re finally getting to be creative! In groups of four or five, we had to knock up a rap. Four lines or thereabouts… seems a bit daunting, but as soon as one of us starts a rhythm, we try out different words to go with it, and soon enough come up with a few lines that will do. We throw in a few percussion effects, and wow the others with our efforts. Just as the others wow us – four groups, four very different results, and all of them really enjoyable. We all agree – we want to try this in the classroom!

Later, we put simple melodies to our texts and sang them to the group. Again, much fun and surprisingly good results, given that each song took a total of 10 minutes to make.

More hands-on percussion, textures, Síle told us the story of the oboe, fairy-tale style… and I’m sure I’m not the only one who tried blowing through a piece of paper that had a hole in it! More about the music side of things tomorrow, I hope.

On the technology side, we saw some more Audacity and GarageBand, and we learned about Creative Commons.

“Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally

Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that develops, supports, and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation.”

Trying it out today, I saw that you can search for pictures, videos, and – using Jamendo – for music. Worth looking into in more detail – some other time!

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