Presentation on theme: "iPads,Teens, and a College Music Methods Class: What’s the App for That? Gena R. Greher Savannah Marshall UMass Lowell 53 rd NAfME Eastern Biennial Conference."— Presentation transcript:
iPads,Teens, and a College Music Methods Class: What’s the App for That? Gena R. Greher Savannah Marshall UMass Lowell 53 rd NAfME Eastern Biennial Conference April 4-6 2013 Hartford, CT
iPad Exploration Can you play Row Row Row, Hot Cross Buns, Or Twinkle on this app?
Soundscape:A Bit of Background Learn more about music Play with and explore sound and various musical instruments Learn how to produce music using technology Enhance creativity and self-reflection Interact and work with other adolescents and young adults on the autism spectrum
Gena’s iPad “A-HA” Moment Sixth Grade class Activity without iPad vs. same activity with iPad Democratic User-Friendly interface Winning over Holly - Reflections from a skeptical Music Ed major
Winning Over Savannah: And All the SoundScape Students Computers Challenges Benefits AND THE WINNER IS... Compared to working on similar projects with traditional computers, the iPad interface proved to be more user friendly. Fewer control issues than sharing on a computer More open to collaborative participation iPads Challenges Benefits
Musical Beginnings Introductory Listening Activity as catalyst for creative music making activities Musical Sharing as Icebreaker Paired students in Intro to Technology in Music Ed Class with students from the SoundScape Project “Overall I learned a lot about everyone though his or her specific music choices.” Music TA ‘08
SoundScape Project for Teens with ASD Tech students explored iPad Apps Came up with a list of Apps they felt would interest the students SoundScape students explored iPad Apps Developed projects for 6 of the 8 weeks of the project iPad Jam – Free improvisation iPad Jam – Guided musical improvisation Create soundtrack to story – Where the Wild Things Are
School University Partnership - iPads in the Music Classroom Background Year 1 - Music Ed Student resistance Not perceived as a“real musical Instrument” Year 2- Learning From Experience Method students explored iPad Apps Class wide iBand Jams
Two Middle School General Music Classrooms – Learning with iPads Semester 1 – 8 th grade Final Project: iPad Cover Song Introduction of a cover song Composing with the iPad iPad Scavenger hunt Form Semester 2 – 5 th grade Final Project: Discovering the connection between music and story Intro - connecting music and story Musical Mad Libs iPad Scavenger hunt
A Comparison of the Two Groups While the two populations being investigated were varied, they shared similar experiences and had similar outcomes as a result of interacting musically with iPads including... 1. Innovative problem solving strategies 2.Increased musical awareness, appreciation, and enjoyment 3.Better understanding of a technology which is present in daily life 4.Music making becomes more approachable
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