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Making Music With Computers and Apps

An Overview for Music Teachers

When people talk about creating music using a computer, it can mean a few different things: composing music or producing music, or both.  In this article, I’m going to give you an overview of the types of software used in creating music. There’s another category of software for editing sound and music, but I’ll leave that for another article.

The Two Mindsets of Music Creation Software

There are two mindsets of using software to help in the creation of music:

1) Producer mindset, in that you are capturing recorded music – a song or demo for perfecting or even as a final mix.  

2) Composer’s mindset,

Inspiring Video of the 5 Browns Playing Star Wars

My students still love Star Wars.  It wasn’t just because of the new movie either.  For years, both boys and girls have been asking to learn either the Star Wars Theme or the Imperial March or both.

I’ve made simplified versions of both over the years which is part of a bonus library for my Teaching Fellows in the Musicolor Method training program.

But this video is what really gets my juices flowing – and my students!  Check out the 5 Browns (they’re all siblings!) play this incredible arrangement for 5 Steinway pianos.  My son got to see them at Carnegie Hall and what a show!

What Kind Of Smart Are Your Students?

Truly Scrumptious:  “Haven’t you noticed?  There aren’t any children. Not one.”

In the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, based on a novel by Ian Fleming (with a script co-written by Roald Dahl), there is a land where children are banished.  They are evil and are meant to be shut away and captured by the Child Catcher – the subject of many a nightmare for me!

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The Child Catcher from the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

It’s astounding to realize that developmental psychology and the modern practices of child-centered education are really only in their infancy.  It was only a little over 100 years ago that Dickens was writing of horrific conditions that faced children on an everyday basis.  There was little consciousness of the stages of human development and what was appropriate and possible for a child at each age.