Virtual Drum Lesson with Garage Band

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With Quicktime Player Screen Recording mode, Garage Band, Google Slide (lesson powerpoint) and Spotify, I created a playlist of Virtual Drum Lessons for my Secondary class.

Kids were quite impressed especially when they get to play along simple drum beats with pop songs.

There are 10 videos in the playlist including the a quick setup video at the beginning. You may skip to the last two videos to hear some surprise pop music.

This videos are not perfectly made they give a strong idea of how you can teach music tech in class for lack of real instruments.

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Ed Tech Tools: Music Fonts

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Recently, a friend whom I met through my Orff Levels in Singapore shared how she could now use consistent images for Kodaly and Orff learning with music fonts. I discovered the following paid resource:

Note-able Font – http://mymusicalmagic.blogspot.my/2014/07/music-notation-solutions-note-able-font.html

TpT link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Note-able-Font-Package-Essential-Music-Teacher-Self-Publisher-Tool-PCMac-804893

I think that it’s actually very cool!

I’ve been using Sibelius for my music works and also classroom related materials and I think this is another good improvement and development towards how music teachers can present their work.

I also took the liberty of Googling for free music fonts that we might be able to use without paying. [If you are as resource-weak as me, free stuff is a joy!]

Free Music Fonts downloads:

http://www.fontspace.com/dvm-publications/metdemo

http://www.fontspace.com/robert-allgeyer/musisync

http://www.fontspace.com/renny-murray/dtnoted [I used this font to create the image for this post’s feature image]

I like to DIY in some ways and I wondered how these people came up with their own fonts.

Lo and behold…

How to create your own font video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjPOOBu2x2E

There are many resource or videos like that.

One of these days…. I will make my own fonts!!!!

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[The above font is made with this: http://www.fontspace.com/beeline/alphamusicman]

Edu Tech Tools: Canva

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Pushing boundaries in the area of technology has always been a thing for me.

I’ve been Windows user for almost my entire life up until I was introduced to OS in the early 2000s. I got to know more about iOS when I was studying my degree in 2013 ’cause I started using iPad’s Garage Band for my coursework.

Currently, I’m using OS/iOS at my workplace and Windows home.

It’s a PAIN

It has its pros and cons.

What I love to do on Windows, I can’t do it on OS —> specifically my love for Sibelius as a music notation software.

What I love to do on OS/iOS, I can’t do it on Windows —> this is very true when it comes to Garage Band. To me, it’s still the best software/app ever for recording and I have invested quite a bit of hardware for it too.

Note: The Airdrop function by Apple is a real game changer in tech tools and it’s SO useful in my field of work. I can transfer files I did on iOS to OS so easily and so painlessly. All you need is a good Wifi connection.

Among all things, the invention of cloud storage, e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox has made it very easy to work on documents on either platforms.

To cut my grandmother story short, I have learned to live with both. It has not been easy but I try to make things work.

Currently, I’m tasked to create the school’s yearbook. It’s one year responsibility but okay, I’ll do it. I needed something that would really help ease the process of editing, designing and data compilation. Most of all, something that doesn’t make me crack in the design area; I can be musical but I’m no visual artist.

Google search led me to this very neat online platform called Canva

I can’t say I’ve done a lot of searching but hands down, I think it’s one of the best publishing and editing sites ever.


Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

I have to say though, the interface is pretty. It’s very simple to use and the editing tools are the icing for me; they’re so fun!!!


Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Photo of the Remarkables mountain range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

I wish I can share some of my initial work but it’s WORK.

Perhaps I’ll create a photo album of some sort. It would be really nice!

Canva exports files in pdf form. Perhaps it’s a down side. I’m not too sure myself but there are online converters for pdf to jpeg if the need ever arises.