Technology and Music

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Taking Powerful Photos of Musicians

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(Technology, Digital Media (photography), Music)

Recommended Audience: 3rd – 8th grade

Class size: About 30 students

Offered: In-school, or after school

Duration: One 45 minute class

Prerequisites: None

Taking Powerful Photos of Musicians course gives the student a better understanding of how to develop solid fundamentals to make quality still photos of musicians and bands. The course focuses on getting things right in the beginning, so the student can start perfecting their technique immediately. The course covers the following subjects:

  • What, exactly, is a smartphone/tablet?
  • When to use Portrait vs Landscape
  • Capturing emotion in your shot
  • Getting a stable shot
  • Keys to taking quality photos
  • Checking your photos
  • Getting photos off your smartphone/tablet and storing them
  • How to interface with musicians
  • Giving the finished product back to the musicians
  • Family-friendly venues with live music

 

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How to Make a Quality Music Video

(Technology, Digital Media (videography), Music)

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Recommended Audience: 5th – 8th grade

Class size: About 30 students

Offered: In-school, or after school

Duration: One 45 minute class

Prerequisites: None

 

Making a Quality Music Video course gives the student a better understanding of how to use solid techniques to make a good single-camera video, without having to rely on editing. The course focuses on getting things right in the beginning, so the student can get started immediately and begin perfecting their technique. The course covers the following subjects:

  • What, exactly, is a smartphone/tablet?
  • How to hold the smartphone/tablet?
  • Having a plan vs. just shooting the video
  • Getting a stable shot
  • Zooming and panning
  • Keys to taking good videos
  • Checking your video
  • Getting the video off your smartphone/tablet and storing it
  • How to interface with musicians
  • Giving the finished product back to the musicians
  • Family-friendly venues with live music

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Intro to Editing Photographs

(Technology, Digital Media – photography)

Recommended Audience: 4th – 6th grade

Class size: About 15 students

Offered: In-school, or after school

Duration: Eight 45-60 minute sessions (twice a week for 4 weeks)

Prerequisites: Taking Powerful Photos of Musicians

 

 

 

In this course, students will learn the basics of photo editing techniques using a smartphone/tablet.  This course is to let students explore how to edit photographs, see the before and after results and start getting them interested in photographing and editing photos of musicians, which is the focus of our next course.

 

In this course the student will learn:

  • A brief history of photography
  • Cropping photos
  • Rotate a photo
  • Lighten and darken photos
  • Adding text to photos
  • Changing a color photo to black & white
  • Saving your work

 

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Digital Photography and Editing Photos of  Musicians – I

(Technology, Digital Media (photography), Music)

Recommended Audience: 7th – 12th grade

Class size: About 15 students

Offered: In-school, or after school

Duration: Eight 45-60 minute sessions (twice a week for 4 weeks)

Prerequisites: Taking Powerful Photos of Musicians

 

 

In this course, students will learn the basics of digital photography and photo editing techniques using a smartphone/tablet, with musicians as the subject.

 

In this course the student will learn:

  • A brief history of photography
  • Why take photos of musicians?
  • Capturing emotion
  • Tips for taking better photos
  • Lighting
  • Composition
  • Cropping
  • Tuning the image
  • Adjusting photo details
  •  Photo etiquette at a live performance

 

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Intro to Being a DJ Using a Smartphone/Tablet

(Technology, Music)

Recommended Audience: 4th – 6th grade

Class size: About 15 students

Offered: In-school, or after school

Duration: Eight 45-60 minute sessions (twice a week for 4 weeks)

Prerequisites: None

 

 

In this course, students learn to explore the different styles of music that DJs play, how to use a virtual DJ console and simple effects used by DJs.  This is an exploration course to get students interested in what DJs do and how they do it.

 

In this course the student will learn:

  • What is a DJ?
  • What kind of DJs are there?
  • Some Talented child DJs
  • Let’s explore popular songs and different styles of music
  • How to use DJ Studio 5 on a tablet
  • What is a Segue and learning how to do them
  • How to incorporate effects into your music

 

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Be a DJ Using a Smartphone/Tablet – I

(Technology, Music)

Recommended Audience: 7th – 12th grade

Class size: About 15 students

Offered: In-school, or after school

Duration: Eight 45-60 minute sessions (twice a week for 4 weeks)

Prerequisites: None

 

 

Want to learn to be a DJ?  Don’t know where to start?  This course will teach students the basics of becoming a DJ using a smartphone/tablet.

  • What is a segue?
  • Breaking down different types of segues
  • What does BPM mean?
  • Basic time signatures, rhythms, phrases and sections
  • What components do you need?
  • How does the console work?
  • How to drop mix
  • Where to get music

 

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Photo & Video Examples

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End of School Year Photo and Video Party

 

Teachers, for those of you who have partaken in our photo and video courses, we encourage you to have your students go out with their families and friends to hear live music and to take pictures and videos.  If you see any results with potential, we ask you to submit them to us.  We will post them on YouTube and if we have enough entries will host a party in May to present these entries to the public.  We need at least 30 photos, and 10 videos to make it worthwhile, so let’s get those projects started!

 

For those teachers who created an in-school project, feel free to submit those projects so others can see your, and your students’ creativity as well.