SO, You’ve just found out that your principal wants you to teach a music technology class AGAIN. Last year was one thing, but it was never supposed to be permanent. Sure, you had a chance to try out some things, and some of them worked out okay, but the books you bought were WAY over your head. 


And then there was that time when half the class got lost and the time when some computers crashed...


SOUND FAMILIAR?


There IS a better way!



Back the 80s, we taught the old-fashioned way, step by step. It worked great for workshops, but for long-term learning, not so much. We had students return year after year to take the same class over again. The problem was that they were learning to follow directions, but not solve problems on their own. They never had to think about what they were doing! 


I realized that the way most of us "experts" learned was to jump into the deep end of the pool. We started with what we wanted to do and then figured out how to do it. And along the way, we’d learn a lot more and develop a deeper understanding of how things worked. 


So, I began experimenting with what would come to be called project-based learning. Gradually over the next 20 years, I developed The Musitex Method, a curriculum that is easy to teach, works online or in the classroom and can be used with any age from middle school and above. Best of all, my students learned better and deeper, and consistently produced projects that surpassed my expectations. 


One unexpected benefit was just how much more enjoyable it is for both students and teachers. No more exams, or endless grading at the end of the term. Students are never told to do their own work, instead collaboration and teamwork are at the heart of the project. Just like in the real world. Student problems don’t disrupt the whole class as they do with group tutorials. 



Benefits

  • Little to no prep required. - all instructional materials included

  • Works in the classroom or online - No disruption

  • Grow your music program to the other 80%

  • Formative assessments require less grading

  • Teach music, not tech - Makes teaching tech fun.

A Guided Curriculum That You Can Teach, Today

You'll be provided with all of the instructional materials you need to teach the course along with expert support throughout the course 

 

Project-based learning keeps students engaged and learning, easily accommodates differentiation and produces a paper trail for admins. 

 

Some of the features of PBL include

  • Authentic project

  • Truly Student-centered

  • Formative Assessment methods

  • Teamwork that works

What You Get

  • Complete Curriculum

    The complete lesson plans for a collaborative music production project from conception to master.

  • Instructional Videos

    Videos for your students that explain concepts and model solutions. Videos for you demonstrating teaching method and techniques

  • Worksheets and Quizzes

    Worksheets and quizzes to use as formative assessment tools to guide you and your students.

FAQ

  • I’m not good with computers

    You're better than you think, but with this method, your role it to be the music expert and the learning expert. You'll stay one step ahead of your students and often learn with them.

  • I don't know how to teach popular music

    We provide you with all you need, but you'll also learn about music your students like. It's part of the fun

  • I don’t have the time

    We provide all of the instructional materials and show you how to teach them. With PBL, there are no lectures or demonstrations to prepare

  • What do I do when something goes wrong

    You'll have access to our private Discord server where you can post questions. We'll respond in 12 hours or less, but don't be surprised if one of your cohort responds first.

Your Instructor

Professor

Dr. George Hess

George Hess is an award-winning educator, author, performer, and composer with over 40 years of professional experience with 30 years as a professor of music at major universities.

  • Author of Create Music with Notion: Notation for the Busy Musician
  • Producer of MuseScore in Minutes video series
  • Groove 3 video library producer
  • TI:ME Board of Directors
  • Apple Distinguished Educator
  • Over 100 clinics and workshops presented on four continents.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Course Information

    • Welcome Message

    • Course Outline (for teachers)

  • 2

    Course Information for Students

    • Course Description for Students

    • Assessment (Grading)

    • Documenting Your Work

    • Project 1 Description

  • 3

    Listening and Analysis

    • Songwriting Analysis: The Reference Song

    • Activity: The Reference Song Analysis

    • Analysis Example

  • 4

    Create Your Blueprint

    • Constructing the Song Model

    • The Song Model

  • 5

    Songwriting

    • Setting Up the Demo in the DAW

    • Activity: Creating the Blueprint.

    • Songwriting Processes

    • Writing a Song

  • 6

    Learning the DAW

    • MIDI Basics

    • Setting Up Your Project

    • Essential Question #1: Quantization

    • Technical Terms

    • Essential Question #2: Arpeggiators

    • Audio File Formats

  • 7

    Arranging and Production

    • The Art of Production

    • The Elements of the Arrangement

    • Introductions

    • Vocal Recording

    • Vocal Editing

    • Microphone Types

    • Reverb Overview

    • Reverb Parameters

  • 8

    Mixing

    • Mixing Overview

    • Preparing for the Mixing Sesssion

    • Learning Compressors and EQs

    • Intro to Compressors

    • Equalizers (EQ)

    • Setting up the Auxiliary Tracks

    • Setting a Rough Mix

    • Drum Mixing

    • Creating the Drum Mix

    • Sculpting the Lead Guitar Sound

  • 9

    Project Model

    • Demo Project, Part 1: Basic Ideas, setting up the arrangement

    • Demo Project, Part 2: Building the groove

    • Demo Project Part 3: Complete song minus lead

    • Demo Project, Part 4: The Melody

    • Demo Project, Part 5: Vocal Processing

    • Demo Project, Part 6: Complete pre-mix project

    • Demo Project, Part 6: Complete pre-mix project

    • Demo Project, Part 7: Mixing

    • Questions or Comments on the Demo Project

  • 10

    Resources

  • 11

    Teacher's Guide

    • Flipped Learning Defined

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