Professional Development Opportunities
Push The Sound provides professional development opportunities for educators throughout the year. We offer applied music production courses geared towards music educators who would like to grow their music technology skills, but also want to explore how music technology allows for more inclusion in the classroom. Furthermore, we focus on how to reach non-traditional music students (the other 80%) through music technology, appealing to students where they are in their musical journeys.
This year we have two course options, a one week intensive workshop format as well as a longer, more traditional course format. We're happy to discuss which format and medium might be best for your professional development needs.
There are federal funding opportunities for professional development in music technology that you can potentially utilize over the coming few years, and more information is available on our funding page.
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Summer Courses 2021
Modern Music Production for the Inclusive Classroom
University Partner: Castleton University (VT)
Graduate Credits: 3
Dates: August 1 - October 31, 2021
Delivery Model: 85% Asynchronous with periodic live sessions and check-ins
Course Description: Music production can be leveraged in any instructional delivery model to ensure a modern, fun and robust curriculum can be accessed and enjoyed by music students, wherever they are in their musical journey. In particular, music technology can appeal to non-traditional music students. In this course we’ll discuss how music production positively addresses the issues of equity and inclusion in music education. We’ll explore how applied music production forms young composers and provides an open world of music exploration and license for complete creativity for students, whether they have a background in music theory or not. Strategies for teaching music production, lessons and resources will be provided pre- and post- course.
As music production is inherently an applied subject, the majority of the course will
focus on applied production. The use of various digital audio workstations (Soundtrap, Bandlab, Bitwig, Garageband), sound design techniques (it’s synth time!) and modern production techniques will build confidence in participants to lead the instruction of music production principles in the classroom. Additionally, we will explore modern music genres from cultural and production standpoints.
This course will run into the academic school year and allow participants the ability to leverage work done into lesson plans and curriculum development straight away, although the majority of work can be done before the start of the school year.Register @ Castleton Univ.