I’m an advocate of electronic music in education. Yesterday was an awesome day spent with educators and students.
Guest Judge at DU
For Part 1 of my day, I was invited by Darwin Grosse to be a "guest judge" (can you say Simon Cowell?) to help evaluate final projects for his "Advanced Digital Audio Production" class at the University of Denver Digital Media Studies program http://dms.du.edu/. Man I wish there were courses like this when I was in college! Students presented some very creative ideas – and Darwin is of course awesome :^). Thanks to Darwin for inviting me. It's always great to connect with students at the University Level.
Workshop for Educators
For Part 2 of my yesterday, I gave a 2 hour Music & Science Educators Workshop "Intro to Ableton Live as a Lab Platform for Schools" which was attended by educators ranging from K-University. In the photo we were doing a group live looping exercise with Ableton's Looper. Two teachers in attendance had built their own Theremins btw :^)
I offered an overview of Live and how controllers turn computers int into a hands-on instruments and a lab. We had some great discussions on connecting music and science curriculum with electronic music. Teachers got some hands on with Launchpad, keyboard controllers, Theremin, and AudioCubes.
I want to thank Sweetwater Sound for sponsoring the event, teacher Gregg Cannady for organizing the event, and the teachers for their curiosity and their passion for learning new things to enrich their student's lives!!!