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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.

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2 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 Hartford, CT

3 iPad Exploration Can you play Row Row Row, Hot Cross Buns, Or Twinkle on this app?

4 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

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 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

9 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

10 iPad Scavenger Hunt

11 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

12 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 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

13 QUESTIONS?

14 THANK YOU!  iPad Scavenger Hunt Handout f  Presentation Handout ermarshall.ppsx


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