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#mfpilot2013 Our story so far

An archive of tweets using the #mfpilot2013

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Apps Reviews by #mfpilot2013 teacher

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Please use the comments box below to review apps for #mfpilot2013! Just click, put in an email addy and you are good to go! Comments do need to be authorised so please be patient and don’t worry if they don’t appear straight away!

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#mfpilot2013 map

View the reach of our new approaches to singing and technology, pilots and co pilots across the world!

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#mfpilot2013 Sharing links all on one page!

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Click to access all our opportunities to share

Twitter @musicalfutures

Feb 2013: Training Live blog

Facebook group

Music Teacher Network (Ning)

Sharing wall

Apps Suggestions

Vocal warm ups

4 Chord song bank

Results of tech audits of year 7 classes

Map showing all pilot and co pilot schools

Link to survey for students

Review apps for #mfpilot2013 here

Tweet Summary of hashtag #mfpilot2013

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Find Your Voice #mfpilot2013: Complete Project Overview

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Download a complete overview of the pilot plan for #mfpilot2013. This is work in progress and video from the training sessions and the session drafts will be updated regularly as the project kicks off in schools across the world! Please use the comments box below or one of our many sharing sites to feed back to us.

Find Your Voice Project Overview

Link to student survey (please ask them to complete this at the START of the project)

Apps starter list

The Musical Futures Singing and Technology co-pilot represents an experiment, but one in which we feel like we’re in good company. All over the world, people are recognising that learning and wisdom isn’t simply a case of transferring know-how from an expert to a novice. We’re all on the spectrum. We’ve all got something to learn, and we’ve all got something to share. The future of professional development isn’t (just) formal training – it’s mining the cognitive surplus in the room, or within our social networks.

For the first time, social media allows us to learn from each other, instantly. Not ‘just-in-case’, but ‘just-in-time.’

We were astounded by the number of schools and teachers that wanted to be part of our co-pilot. But we need you to be an active participant, not a passive recipient. The resources we put up will be sporadic and time-limited. Your enthusiasm and capacity to innovate is limitless. So, take our strap line literally: TAKE what we put out; USE it with your students; INNOVATE by developing your own variants, or (if  what we suggest doesn’t work for you) create your own solutions; SHARE, by blogging, tweeting, uploading and using all the social media tools we have at our disposal.

Don’t worry about relevance, or appropriateness – we’ll try to make sense of it all, and do the filing.

We want to see how little we need to do to support the community of practice you’ve joined. Not because we haven’t the capacity  – though we are pretty stretched – but because you have the potential to organise yourselves, just like a community of hackers produced open source software like Linux, without anyone telling them what to do.

Don’t expect us to lead – we won’t. But we will try to respond to your needs, if it will help you learn from each other more efficiently.

If we get this right, and if you create as much as you receive, we will be breaking new ground in social learning, and creating a model of professional development that is every bit as radical as Musical Futures itself.

So, remember: Take – Use – Innovate – Share!

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Find Your Voice #mfpilot2013: Creative Composing

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Session Aim

All students will compose their own material, bringing together vocals and technology into a new ‘sound’.

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Record

VIDEO TO FOLLOW

In groups, students use their phones (or other recording devices) to record each vocal line (melody, harmony, rhythm, bass) they performed in the previous task

Create

VIDEO TO FOLLOW

Using the recorded vocal lines, students use a variety of apps to manipulate the sounds into something new, to explore and play with sounds and to see what they can create

Compose

VIDEO TO FOLLOW

Students create a short composition as a group using their manipulated vocal and their voices. Their composition must combine sounds created via technology with live vocals

Perform

At the training for #mfpilot2013, we approached this slightly differently as it became apparent that recording and manipulating sound with the apps wasn’t quite right for this session. Instead we opened the task to become a free composition and here is what our teachers came up with!

Record the final performance

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Optional Extension Task

Record the compositions into a PC/Mac and students refine their compositions using for example Audacity, ACID Xpress, Ableton Live, GarageBand, Dance eJay, Magix Music Maker, Macsome Audio Editor, Ardour, Audio Chain

Links To Musical Futures Approaches

The Informal Learning Model: (http://bit.ly/12kBgFi)

Informal composing (http://bit.ly/WhBfNa)

Songwriting (http://bit.ly/11DDCu8)

Classroom Workshopping: Free Composition (http://bit.ly/X6F6vX)

Links to Musical Futures Pedagogy

  • Focuses on aural learning
  • Involves students working in friendship groups
  • Encourages independent learning
  • Integrates listening, performing and improvising
  • Teachers should offer advice, guidance, support and act as a musical model to support students with objectives they are setting for themselves

Session outline creative composing

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Find Your Voice #mfpilot2013: Recreating Vocals

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Session Aim

All students will recreate a vocalised version of a song, building on skills and techniques they have learnt so far.

4 Chord medley

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Break out

Students divide into friendship groups. Either provide students with one current song, a choice of current songs, or invite them to bring in a song of their choice.

Recreate

In small groups, students are tasked with recreating the song (or part of the song) entirely vocally (melody, harmony, rhythm, bass). The role of the teacher is to model the various parts the students are trying to recreate, and provide advice, guidance and support based on objectives student are setting for themselves.

Perform

Record the final performance

Share

Links to Musical Futures Approaches

The informal learning model (http://bit.ly/12kBgFi)

Links to Musical Futures pedagogy

  • Focuses on aural learning
  • Involves students working in friendship groups
  • Encourages independent learning
  • Integrates listening, performing and improvising
  • Teachers should offer advice, guidance, support and act as a musical model to support students with objectives they are setting for themselves
  • Starts with music students like and are familiar with

Session outline recreating vocals

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Find Your Voice #mfpilot2013: Explore vocals 2

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Don’t forget to get your students to complete the SURVEY if they haven’t already done so!

Session Aim

To provide students with a palette of vocal sounds focusing on recreating rhythm and bass lines vocally

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Warm Ups

Mississipi Mud Slap Warm Up

Use clapping rhythms as a starting point to call and response, and move around the body to end with warming up the voice. At this point, start layering up different vocal patterns with the group as an improvisation activity

Beatboxing activity where students:

      1. Use words as a starting point to beatboxing
      2. Exploring phonemes and mouth shapes
      3. Inwards and outwards breath to create sounds

Body percussion

Explore

Explore phonemes through workshopping a bass style based on a current musical genre that students will be familiar with.

Create our own beatboxing pieces using the names of composers!

Recreate

Bring the bassline and the beats together then bring back the four chord medley. Workshop this and  explore layering in different vocal percussion sounds and beats.

Perform and Share

Discussion from #mfpilot2013 training

Links to Musical futures Approaches

Classroom workshopping approach

Links to Musical Futures Pedagogy

      • Focuses on aural learning
      • Integrates listening, performing, composing and improvising
      • Uses music that students are familiar with

Session overview: explore vocals 2

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Find Your Voice #mfpilot2013: Explore Technology

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Don’t forget to get your students to complete the SURVEY if they haven’t already done so!

Session Aim:

To enable students to explore the creative potential and possibilities with mobile technology

The 4 chord medley

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Explore

Prior to the lesson students will need to have downloaded the recommended apps for this session. Click HERE to access the list, but don’t forget our sharing board where people have been sharing apps they have discovered, feel free to add to this by double clicking on the wall.

Recreate

      • Students divide into friendship groups for this task
      •  Using the same four-chord medley (I-V-VI-IV) they have explored with their voice, students now explore with ‘playing’ this on their phones/tablets using selected apps. They work in small groups to recreate each part (bass, guitar harmony, rhythm and melody), coming up with an entirely electronic version of the sequence. 

 Perform and Share

Review the apps used. Did students discover any different/new/better apps they could pin on our Apps Suggestion Board

Discussion from #mfpiot2013 training after teachers tried this task

Links to Musical Futures Approaches

 The informal learning model (http://bit.ly/12kBgFi)

Links to Musical Futures Pedagogy

  • Focuses on aural learning
  • Involves students working in friendship groups
  • Encourages independent learning
  • Integrates listening, performing and improvising
  • Teachers should offer advice, guidance, support and act as a musical model to support students with objectives they are setting for themselves

Session plan exploring tech

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