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1 By Gary Heimbauer, PS317Q, Waterside Children’s Studio School, Queens, NY Email:


3 -Tips, not tutorials. -Sharing possibilities so that you might see some value and invest afterwards. -At the end, we will have a more open discussion, at which time we can go deeper into topics that you are interested in! - Take notes on anything you want to know more about later. Email me any questions, at any time, to

4  Students are often sitting in groups  Students are working collaboratively  Students are working independently  Each student or group of students are working on something different, and may rotate around the room (centers).  Students are often noisy, partaking in exciting discussions with their peers!

5  No longer is it, teacher leads, children follow for more than only brief instances of a mini-lesson and a demonstration of how to successfully complete a task.  Now, teacher facilitates student-centered project/task based learning for all learners on an individual or small group basis.  Factors include learning style, interest, strengths, weaknesses, personality, etc.  Teachers are often circulating the room, offering their help 1 on 1 or to small groups.  Teachers are observing and taking notes.




9 1.Promote your project by making student videos and sharing them with the whole community, who will also share. Try to catch on to a trend or something popular.trend 2.Do a few small projects instead of one huge one. 3.Donate to other projects within your field or location. 4.Try to find special projects, and make yours fit.

10  Your school may very well have old (OR NEW) iPads, MacBooks, and other useful technology not being used.  Last year I got 5 teachers to each loan me 1 ipad from their classroom, and I borrowed 4 iPad 2s that were in the main office, collecting dust.  Do not be afraid to petition your friends on facebook too!

11 In the following few slides you will see a list of items that will be discussed in this presentation. Just dream for now, but with some creative strategy, your dreams can come true!

12  Keyboards, Electric Guitars, *ELECTRIC drum kits, electric basses, microphones, cables, amplifiers with aux in, and headphone out (most LKR ones have this feature such as the Fender Mustang) A great economical option that is easily stored and fits on a snare stand - Yamaha DD-45, plus any keyboard sustain pedal for kick drum feature: Drum Kit Vid


14 Lots of 3.5mm to 1/4 in adapters (more info in next slide)3.5mm to 1/4 in adapters A few mono to stereo 1/4 inch adaptersmono to stereo 1/4 inch adapter Lots of Auxiliary Cables, both 3.5 on both ends, and.RCA/3.5mmAuxiliary Cables.RCA/3.5mm Lots of Instrument CablesInstrument Cables Lots of batteries for all your gadgets and keyboards!

15  Headphones and splitters.  Recommended: Belkin Rockstar 5 way (12.50), and any well reviewed 2 Way (Y cable, $2-6)Belkin Rockstar2 Way  Headphones: (search EBay HOSA Headphone Lot) – Seller has warehouse full at up to 90% off retail price.EBay


17 You’ve got 30 band kids in your room. All of the following is happening simultaneously, in the same room:



20 5 of your singers are learning the lower harmony and 5 are learning the upper harmony of the song” Royals”. Royals Harmony Video Materials Needed: 2 ipads/ipods/laptops, 2 five way splitters, 10 pairs of headphones, a video explaining/demonstrating/teaching the harmony for them to watch.


22 IMovie Demo 1 Selecting file Overlaying words creating title editing start and end time Note to self: use kids dancing in Movies folder..

23 One of your drummers is having a really hard time with “Thank You For Being a Friend” and is working on it alone. MATERIALS NEEDED: electric drum kit (DD-45 or better), double AA batteries or power supply, auxiliary cable, sustain pedal, headphones, iPad/iPod/laptop/tablet with previously made instructional video using rubberBand, Audacity and iMovie, ( Build a Beat Vid ), music stand, drum sticksBuild a Beat Vid



26 Steps 1.Change pitch of song with Rubberband or Amazing Slow Downer 2.Rearrange song to make one minute long in Audacity. 3.Take screen shots of drum beats in Build a BeatBuild a Beat 4.Combine screen shots and audio in IMovie 5.Overlay my own voice as a guide to following the beat 6.Overlay text

27 This girl spent many hours with this video, and only about 1 hour with me, to help her along. Here is the result: Thank You Contest Video

28 There’s a kid on keys and a kid on electric guitar trying to lock up with each other on the bridge to the same song. MATERIALS NEEDED: electric keyboard, electric guitar, amplifier with auxiliary, and headphone jack (ex: LKR’s Fender Mustang amp) OR Joyo Pocket Amp (think back to Scenario 2).


30 To The NEXT LEVEL… What if they say they want to play along to the record? What if they say they want to just play along to the bridge part over and over and, slow it down?

31 Joyo Pocket amp Amazing Slow Downer

32 Another kid is learning the famous keys solo on “Green Onions” by Booker T and the MGs, in the key of E (instead of F). MATERIALS NEEDED: keyboard, charts, Joyo pocket amp, Ipad/Ipod/Tablet/laptop with instructional video as well as the program Amazing Slow Downer to control speed and pitch of song, and to loop a section. instructional video


34 I might have spent a total of 10 minutes helping Linda with this part. She learned independently through the video and the silent music workstation. The result: Green OnionsGreen Onions

35 3 other kids are working on guitar improv phrasing for “Green Onions” by doing call and response, follow the leader, etc. MATERIALS NEEDED: JamHub or mixer setup, 3 mono to stereo converters, ipad/ipod/mp3 player with song, 3 instrument cables, 3 guitars, 3 pairs of headphones, 3 3.5mm to ¼ in converters, optional mini amps or effects processors, maybe spotify for jamtrack


37 Victor Wooten Jam Hub Video

38 5 others are working on their guitar chords for “Crazy”. MATERIALS NEEDED: Acoustic guitars and charts, video source with splitters if requested or needed Justin’s Crazy Video My Crazy Video with no major 7 chords

39 Guitar: Justinguitar Mahalodotcom Piano: For3v3faithful BobGmbH3000 Drums: Drumlessonscom Please share your own favorites! More Great Youtube channels

40 3 kids are recording their original song in Garage Band using real keys, guitar, vocals and drums, along with the programs virtual instruments. MATERIALS: keyboard, guitar, microphone,electric drum kit, Irig pro, midi cable, guitar cable, mic cable, iPad/iPhone, GarageBand

41 Show process live.. Show videos… Geneva Final Product Olivia Final Product -upload to soundcloud or youtube from ipad! Recording Examples

42 Kids are practicing their harmony parts on their horns. Materials: A ROOM FOR THEM TO GO IN OR TIME IN MY DAY TO DO SECTIONALS! Last Scenario


44 Irig or Apogee Jam IPAD AS AMPLIFIER

45 Zoom H2n 2 separate stereo tracks.. -Overlay onto video Field Recorder



48 1.Idoceo 2.Class Dojo 3.Doceri

49 Looping is a great way to show how parts are put together, and also to practice and demonstrate harmony. It is a way for people to witness the process of composition in real time, and it also invites creativity. Ostinato projects are a great way for students to begin composing.

50 In the same group of 5, please discuss the following for the next 5 -10 minutes, and share: 1.What in this presentation did you see that you would like to begin implementing right away? 2.What kinds of challenges do you think you’ll face, trying to implement this and how will you meet those challenges? 3.Was there anything not covered that you’d like to discuss?

51 Contact me anytime

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