Eastman Music Summer Camp

23 03 2017


Your students belong at
@Keuka summer music camp

  • Scholarships are available – video auditions are due by April 1st
  • Returning students who are accepted back into the program will receive a 10% Legacy Camper discount off tuition.

Take a peek at all the activities our students participate in each day:

New ‘Cups’ Instrument resource for EL

22 03 2017

Boomwackers have been widely successful as a very affordable and useable set of instruments for Elementary music. If you are looking for a different take on the boomwacker try ‘Rhythm Cups.  They look quite interesting and would be very portable for teachers having to move from school to school frequently. Rhythm-Cup-Explorations-1-3D-Square-Tilt-Small.png‘.

StaffPad Music Notation App – Awesome

28 04 2016

StaffPad is a wonderful looking new music notation application for Windows. Unfortunately it is not available for Apple. Although I haven’t tried it out since I am an Apple guy it sure does look incredible. So clean and quick. You can notate your ideas before forgetting them!  It cost a modest US$69.95  Check it out at StaffPad.net

Great Virtual Online DJ Mixer

12 06 2015

Screen Shot 2015-06-10 at 11.50.56 AM Looking for a fun activity for your music class?  How about getting students trying out some online Mixing and DJing using the FREE Online Virtual DJ Mixer PartyCloud.  Students can present their favorite songs.  Advanced classes might delve into the world of mixing different genres together.  Once you get the hang of it you realize just how creative this process can be.

Explore The Famous Abbey Road Music Studios

12 06 2015

Google has just released a wonderful online site that allows you to visit the famous Abbey Road recording studios where the Beatles were so active.  You can visit the 3 main studios and even learn about mixing and mastering recordings. Give it a go and have some fun!  Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 11.12.42 AM

Extend Reusable Battery Life

12 06 2015

Part of my school music budget is eaten up every year for all the batteries we use in our auditorium in wireless microphones. I am very hopeful a new gizmo called ‘Batteriser’ will change all that. This very cool invention will apparently extend reusable battery life by a boasted 800% and should be available this fall according to a recent article in MacWorld online magazine. Check it out. For approx. $2.50 you can buy the ‘Batteriser’ that will hopefully make a difference.

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New Music Composition Contest for Japanese Instruments – a great IB Music Project!

19 09 2014

There has just started an new music composition contest that would be a great chance for IB Music students and others around the world to create new music for their course work that focuses on specific world instruments and new forms of music.

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International Center for Japanese Culture of ICJC for short and Yokohama International School has started an exciting new competition to promote the creation of new music compositions written for a traditional Japanese instrument and one Western instrument.

The composition submitted must be written for two to five performers including up to three 13-string kotos and one 17-string bass koto.  One western instrument must be included in the composition (flute, clarinet, violin or cello).

Composition length should be between 6 to 12 minutes and scored using western music notation.

The goal of this mission is to:

  • promote and raise awareness of traditional Japanese instruments and music by encouraging new compositions on an international scale
  • expand the repertory of quality compositions that successfully utilize Japanese and western traditional instruments
  • support young koto musicians and encourage their participation in the contemporary music scene

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top two compositions.  First place is worth ¥500,000 (approx. US$5,000) and Second place is worth ¥100,000 (approx. US$1,000)  Additional awards are: Performances in Japan and the USA, Composer Invitation to Yokohama Japan, and Music Publication of the work.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, May 31, 2015 (6:00 local time in Japan)

Please GO HERE to read more about contest rules.

Easy YouTube Looping Trick

30 01 2014

If you use YouTubes in the classroom and want to put one on continuous repeat mode just change the URL. I am teaching a film soundtrack unit and asking students to create their own soundtrack for a film. To practice as a group I was replaying the YouTube without sound and getting students to try out different concepts. One of my students suggested I use an easy trick to put the YouTube on loop.

Here is a screen shot of the URL on the original YouTube page.

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All you have to do is replace the word “tube” of “youtube” in the URL with the word “repeat” so it looks like this and you will be taken to another page where when played the YouTube repeats itself in a loop.  Pretty easy and useful!

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IB Music Prescribed Work: Xian’s, Yellow River – Chinese Instruments

10 11 2013
Great resource for investigating Chinese and Western instruments.

Great resource for investigating Chinese and Western instruments.

Those who are studying Chinese music and want to learn more about Chinese Instruments, such as this years IB Music grade 12 students, will find the Musical Instruments E-book site very useful.  IB Music students are studying Xian’s “Yellow River” as one of their prescribed works for their final listening exam.  One of the interesting features of this music is that it was originally composed for Chinese traditional instruments and then later rearranged for Western instruments.  For those not familiar with the Chinese traditional instruments the Musical Instruments E-book is a great resource. It is also a good site for investigating Western instruments as well.  Check it out and learn more.

Here are a couple more useful resources: 1.  Chinese Music Resource from NPR online on the Chinese “Erhu” instrument.  2.  Chinese Music online Radio

Report Card Comments

16 11 2012

It’s that time of the year for reports.  Like many arts teachers I have a mountain of them to write comments on.  I find it a great time to reflect on my student’s progress this year.  I usually spend hours trying to find the right words.  A friend showed me a couple of apps to help.  At first I wasn’t interested because I thought it was cheating as a teacher to stoop so low as to use an app to fill out reports.  However, I gave “School Report Writer a look and I must say they are both quite helpful in cataloging all of those great comments you have spent so much time creating and that you might want to use again next on the same of similar project or other assessment.


Another interesting app is called “Report Comments Bank“.  It is also very useful.  You can start with several comments appropriate to your subject and then fill in your our comments.  Everything is checked for spelling and grammar to boot.  No more typing errors.

Quote from their site,

“Welcome to a massive, online school report comments bank which will save teachers many hours when reporting pupil progress to parents.  If you are a busy school teacher then this report writer is for you.  Just point and click on comments to start writing. We have recently added some great new features which we are sure will make your job much easier.”