iPADS IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM - DEVELOPING MUSICIANSHIP THROUGH CREATIVITY - AUTUMN TERM COURSES 2014
This full day course combines the musical expertise of Ben Sellers director of Transformance Music, along with the cross-curricular approach to raising standards developed by Chris Williams, founder of Mr Andrews Online (recently recognised as one of the top 3 blogs in the UK in Education).
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Ben has kindly written a blog post describing his innovative work in music using iPads:
These three factors are also fundamental in effective music teaching, especially as pupils takes their first steps in songwriting and composition. The iPad provides a set of virtual instruments, recording facilities and ways to layer melodic, harmonic and rhythmic ideas that, if used thoughtfully, allow pupils to create great sounding music quickly whilst still learning fundamental musical principles and achieving the clear learning outcomes and progression at all levels.
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Loopseque allows pupils to make rhythms, basslines and simple melodies within an interface that emphasises the cyclical nature of rhythm, and makes editing rhythms and creating polyrhythms incredibly intuitive. Several contrasting rhythmic loops can be created and then moved between to create whole songs. Like all these apps, the initial ease of use belies the depth of the app, and in Loopseque it is possible to change soundsets, add effects such as delay, reverb and filters, and record 'performances' within the app.
All these apps can be used alone, or mixed with each other or acoustic instruments to great effect. I have found that once teachers - music specialists and non-specialists alike are confident with the technology, they quickly make the iPads an integral part of their work on composition and songwriting across KS1 and 2, with increased engagement and enthusiasm from pupils across the learning spectrum. So long as musical learning outcomes constantly being worked on and achieved, iPads really allow us to develop musicianship through creativity.