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Kids' first composition on REAPER

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2016 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Special Saturday

Posted by [email protected] on June 19, 2016 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday was memorable and worthy of a post. It started with french press robusta and playing Bach on the guitar, on some ancestor worship trip ;). This psyches me up and places me squarly inside a winner frame of mind: blissed out, yet with lots of positive and highly caffeinated energy. I biked my way to Hanoi's National Convention Centre to my school's end of the year performance on my old but trusty Honda Dream. The place is just MASSIVE and the event is mega for our school. Two wee...

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Electribe Bribe

Posted by [email protected] on June 2, 2016 at 3:10 AM Comments comments (0)

One my classical guitar students is not enjoying his learning experience as much as I hope. He struggles to stay on task and seems a little overwhelmed at the amount of effort that goes into even the simplest of pieces. I've started bribing him with having a a go on the electribe. It's a quick fix and would prefer a more intrinsic approach, but it is what it is. In fairness, sequencers such as the electribe ...

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My Manifesto

Posted by [email protected] on May 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

My Manifesto




The Fringes of Turned On and switched Orff


All fields of education are on shakey sands and every one is adapting differently to the profound changes that technology is bringing to school. In music education we find different schools of thought dealing with it in different ways.


Alternative schools such as

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Brainstroming ideas for a Pluralist approach to Music Ed

Posted by [email protected] on May 6, 2016 at 4:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Here are some links to my classroom in primary school classroom in Vietnam. Apart from learning western and contemporary approaches, we explore the music of different cultures. I strive to offer my students a wide variety of music experiences in which they are actively engaged.


Using the tools at hand:



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More Tech in Music Ed

Posted by [email protected] on April 29, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In this entry I want to briefly address some technology applied to music education. DAWs and music Production Coming from a background in audio engineering I am quite familiar with DAW music production. Later on as a teacher been acquainted with notation software, which I use frequency to produce my own worksheets.

I have recently introduced DAW music creation to my grade 5 students as an after school activity. I initially resisted the idea of teaching computer...

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Are Teachers Obsolete?

Posted by [email protected] on April 19, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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Posted by [email protected] on April 12, 2016 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Where is the balance?

In this entry I consider the importance of teaching not just popular music, but the popular music which is your students' own musical culture against teaching traditional music skills, literacy, and western art music.

Chosing appropriate music to teach is challenging, particularly for teens who have already developed, not only a specific taste in music, but who also have found music to occupy a central part in their identity. Richard Gill points out how educa...

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Digital Technologies and Learning Music

Posted by [email protected] on April 11, 2016 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Before delving into my career in music production, I was a guitar player. Everybody who picks a up guitar struggles enormously before what they play is identifiable as music. This is not the case in electronic music production. In my case computer music learning was immediately exhilerating, empowering and soon after, once an awereness of how little effort goes into commercial sounding music, dissenchanting. In the

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