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Music Technology Presentations


Description of Music Technology Presentations
Meeting Room W180, McCormick Place West

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

11:00AM – Presented by MakeMusic
SmartMusic: Standards, Assessment and Documentation
Evaluating and documenting student growth and achievement related to the State or National Core Standards can be achieved by using SmartMusic. Easily associate state standards when creating SmartMusic assignments and evaluate submitted assignments using your own rubrics or grading scale. Documentation of student work that includes both a screenshot and recording is automatically sent to the SmartMusic grade book.

12:00PM – Presented by Breezin’ Thru Inc.
NEW Auto-Assessed Music Theory Online: Easy to Use, Fun to Do with Breezin’ Thru Theory
Awarded ‘Best Tools for Schools’ 2014 by SBO at NAMM: Breezin’ Thru Theory offers a highly effective and fun solution for teaching music theory. The new Auto Assessment Student Tracker gets measurable and shareable results instantly saving hours of class and marking time. Hear about the phenomenal results teachers get and the student engagement as they race against themselves and the clock building mastery with fun 2-minute drills. Aligned to National Standards, perfect for grades 5-12 and AP prep, its online access makes it easy to work at home or school.

1:00 PM – Presented by Charms
The Charms Mobile App – Communication Features for both Parents/Students and Directors/Boosters
Sit in on a guided tour of the features of the (free!) Charms Mobile App, from both the Parent/Student side as well as the Director/Booster side, to help keep your organization in the know when you’re on the go!

2:00PM – Presented by eMedia Music
Integrating eMedia into your Piano, Guitar or Choral Program
Integrating eMedia's interactive learning and assessment technology into your guitar, piano or choral program can greatly enhance your student’s learning experience. Students learn quicker and are encouraged to advance at his or her own pace, thus individual needs are met. The presenter will show how eMedia's music software can be implemented in an existing MIDI lab and other ways into your music program.

3:00PM – Presented by Avid Education
Introduction to Pro Tools, the Industry Standard Audio Production Platform
This clinic will focus on the basics of recording your ensemble with Pro Tools software. We will also take a look at the different options/packages available for your music lab.

4:00PM – Presented by PreSonus
Field Audio for All!
Sound reinforcement has quickly become a necessity for marching band; however, there is very little audio training available for outdoor field-specific needs. PreSonus has partnered with Audio-Technica and the Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps to provide a comprehensive training for music educators on field audio. This session will provide a need-to-know explanation of field audio techniques as well as access to free tutorials. 

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

9:00AM – Presented by Avid Education
Introduction to Sibelius
Sibelius is the powerful, easy-to-use notation and songwriting tool for composers, educators and students. This clinic will focus on getting you up and running fast with Sibelius. We will also discuss the benefits of using Sibelius in the classroom environment.

10:00AM – Presented by Breezin’ Thru Inc.
Award-Winning, Cool New Composition Lessons App for the iPad and Computer
Bring the thrill of making music to your students with NEW Breezin' Thru Composing. Use on any device: iPads/tablets, computers, smart phones. Fun interactive lessons, musical models and videos get students listening/analyzing as they prepare to compose music using notation or sequencing tools. Each chapter includes a compositional concept, a theory link, historical or cultural points and a written reflection to address important common core standards. Grades 5-12, access online at home or school. See why it was awarded ‘Best Tools for Schools’ 2014 by SBO at NAMM!

11:00AM – Presented by MakeMusic
How to Implement SmartMusic in your Band and Orchestra Program: Panel Discussion
Participate in a panel discussion of educators discussing the best practices of how they integrated SmartMusic into their programs. Topics include: How to use SmartMusic in class. How did SmartMusic’s assessment capabilities aid in evaluating your students? Do students learn more quickly with SmartMusic? How did you train your students? Did you present SmartMusic to the parents? And more… 

12:00PM – Presented by Charms
Volunteers, Events, Email and Text Reminders – Oh My!
Learn how the 24/7 cloud-based communications features of the Charms Office Assistant system all tie together to keep your parent volunteers and students in the know and up to date -- through email/text messaging, documents, file uploads, recording studio, calendar events, volunteer signups, automated reminders, and more!

1:00PM – Presented by Pygraphics (Pyware)
I Bought Pyware This Year – Now What?
An introduction into the world of Pyware 3D, the world’s premiere drill design software. Join the discussion on how to utilize the robust features of Pyware 3D to create shows for halftime to world championships, and everything in between.

2:00PM – Presented by Pygraphics (Pyware)
Simplify Your Summer: How to Save Time (and Sanity) Teaching Drill
Lessen the learning curve of your marching show with Pyware 3D’s design and teaching aids. We’ll expand upon the various printing and visuals options, as well as how to best implement the Pyware 3D Viewer mobile app.

3:00 PM – Presented by MakeMusic
Scanning Sheet Music with Finale
This in-depth clinic gives essential tips for the successful scanning of sheet music into notation programs in general and Finale in particular. A variety of sheet music will be scanned and re-arranged using Finale’s abilities to change key, re-orchestrate, assign playback sounds, etc. Presented in a non-technical and entertaining way, this clinic is a must for anyone wanting a faster way to enter notation.

4:00PM – Presented by Yamaha Corporation
Marching PA Systems: The Most Popular Configurations of Sound Reinforcement Systems for Marching
Let’s have a look at the most popular configurations of Sound Reinforcement systems for the marching activity. John Schauer from Yamaha will take you through a system and help you understand what to look for (and avoid) in your system. You will come away with ideas and tips that will help you improve your performances. 

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Friday, December 19, 2014

9:00AM – Presented by MakeMusic
Finale 101: Essential Tips to Get Started!
This clinic focuses on Finale’s essentials: How to set-up a score; the fastest, easiest way to enter notes, articulations, dynamics, slurs, parts, lyrics, scanning, creating SmartMusic files and more. Finale also has over 1,000 worksheets and repertoire ready to use “as is” or to customize for your own needs. All are welcome but beginners with Finale will feel especially comfortable in this straightforward session about the basics of Finale.

10:00AM – Presented by My Music Office
Saving Time, Saving Money and Saving Your Sanity by Organizing with My Music Office
We will show how using My Music Office will allow you stay organized both online and off.  Not only can you store all of your information online and accessible from anywhere, but you can take your online data and utilize offline to make your life easier at every turn.

11:00AM – Presented by Music First
Online Performance Assessment for Your Band and Orchestra Students, 24/7 on Any Device
Robin Hodson presents revolutionary recording and assessment tools (including a digital portfolio option) from MusicFirst, as well as world class and affordable practice, testing and sight-reading resources suitable for every ensemble director.

12:00PM – Presented by Solutions for Teachers
Real-Time Assessment, Real World Data
School districts are relying more and more on data to validate teaching. Ten years ago we began searching for a way to track student success and use the data to guide instruction. After several unsuccessful attempts to purchase systems, we created our own. We call it the "AIM" system or Achievement in Music. Teacher evaluations are becoming closely tied to improvement. With weekly assessments being entered, we can show student improvement. Our software generates growth charts for individuals through entire programs for evaluations and parent conferences.

1:00PM – Presented by Avid Education
Explore Sibelius 7.5’s New Features
This clinic will take a look at the new features added in Sibelius 7.5. We will go over upgrade options and pricing. And finally we’ll take a look at some more advanced options available within the software, such as utilizing 3rd Party Sound Libraries and much more.

2:00PM – Presented by Naxos of America
Recorded Music in the Classroom Makes a Difference
Naxos, the world’s leader in classical music, discusses the important issues associated with using recorded media, no matter the format, in your classroom.  Learn about exciting changes and advancements to the technology that you can use to continue your great conversations from the Clinic, in your daily teaching!

3:00PM – Presented by Yamaha Corporation
Choosing the Right Sound System for the Right Situation, Indoors or Out
Let us take the mystery out of getting the most from your sound gear, and help you avoid pitfalls and mistakes when choosing new gear. Learn with Yamaha’s Live Sound expert, John Schauer. He’ll cover the basics of a sound system, how to best use the gear you may already have, and show you some new products Yamaha has to help solve sound issues in your classroom. John has more than 30 years of experience in audio, so chances are excellent that he’s been through the same things you’re facing to improve your system.

4:00PM – Presented by PreSonus
The Efficient iPad: How to Make Life Easier and What to Avoid
The iPad can be used in many ways, but which tasks are realistic and which ones actually make life more difficult? This session will focus on workflow efficiency when using the iPad in rehearsal and examine the most efficient uses, specifically notation, reading and recording.