Archive for the ‘Do and Due’ category

Brief Reminder: Homework!

February 12, 2008

We have homework due this Thursday. You will only have 10 minutes at the beginning of class for finalizing things you couldn’t figure out outside of class and for printing.

If you have you piece finished before class, please bring the printed copy with you so that the printer cue isn’t too full.

Coming Attractions: Tchaik 5…


Homework for next Thursday and Lessig for fun

February 7, 2008

You have a notation assignment due next Thursday! You will be proofreading a piece for digital publication.

If you missed class, email Matt for a description and tune assignment!

And now for something completely different:

Haven’t had enough about creative rights yet? An amazing 20-minute presentation by Lawrence Lessig was recently forwarded to me, entitled “How creativity is being strangled by the law”:

Quick read and comment

February 6, 2008

The New York Times has an interesting summary of a research study on the content of popular music as it relates to drugs:

Please give it a quick read and comment. What do you think? Has music influenced your own behavior or those around you in negative or positive ways?

Here’s the actual study if you’re interested:

Homework: Read Alex Ruthmann’s piece for next Tuesday

February 5, 2008

Alex Ruthmann, Professor of Music Education at the University of Indiana (Terra Haute) will be presenting in class next week. We’ll be hearing about digital technologies in class, and there will be a presentation (with food!) at 5 p.m. in room 1172 where he’ll discuss his approach to the musical adaptation of the Writers Workshop model. Please read the pdf, which can be found in our “Classes” directory for next Tuesday.

You can also download the pdf yourself through JStor (although this can be tricky from off campus unless you have a web proxy installed):

Readings/Watchings for next Tuesday: Lessig and Sibelius

January 29, 2008

Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture

One aspect of music education and culture today that does not receive enough attention is intellectual property. Broadly speaking, I believ that there are nearly insurmountable tensions between intellectual property/content holders, and educators.

To begin our work in this area, you have a big reading assignment for Tuesday. Luckily, what you will read is by one of the deepest thinkers and best writers in this space. Lawrence Lessig is a lawyer and law professor, and also a great writer on the intersection of law and technology. He is also one of the creators of the Creative Commons, which we’ll talk about more in the future.

For now, we begin with parts of one of his best books, Free Culture. This book is freely available as a download (or you can buy a hard copy):

Here’s your assignment (read for Tuesday):
“Piracy” (page 15 through 21)
Chapters 1, 4, and 5

 Sibelius Tutorial Videos

‘Reading’ isn’t exactly the right term, but to prepare for our more in-depth exploration of Sibelius, watch these six short videos before class on Tuesday. You can choose to watch them in the lab, where you’ll have access to the program, or at home (you don’t need to have the program to benefit).

The goal here is for you to become comfortable with, in general, what Sibelius can do. We’ll have three sources for understanding Sibelius (these videos, my presentations, and the complete reference which is built into the program).

Here’s a link to the videos.

We will jump right into notation, and these videos, while perhaps too charming with their accents, will give you a good concept for how Sibelius operates.

Ringtone survey

January 24, 2008

We will be listening to our ringtones in class, and to give us just a bit of feedback, I’ve created a survey where we’ll respond to each ringtone: 2 p.m. section 3 p.m. section 

Homework for Thursday

January 15, 2008
1. Read the article on Ringtones, “Ring My Bell,” which can be accessed here:
Once you have read it, leave a comment on this blog posting. Note: the first time you comment, you’ll need to set up an account. Also, I have the blog set so that I review first comments from each account, so your comment will not appear immediately. 
2. Download and install the following required software:
Finale NotePad (2006 version for compatibility with our lab):
Sibelius Scorch Plugin:
Visit this site to see if Scorch is working (Click search the collection and view a score, which should load in the browser): or click this to choose from the whole collection.
Open Office or NeoOffice (Neo for Mac OS X): Open Office,; NeoOffice:

If you have any problems, email Matt or Adam (see the handout for our email).