Course Detail: MTEC-725 - Lights, Camera, Learning! Video Projects in Music Education

Lights, Camera, Learning! Video Projects in Music Education. Let's face it: from YouTube to Netflix to a host of other services, today's learners are immersed in and respond to video! This timely course for music educators of all levels/areas will be divided between two significant uses for video in music education today: 1) Producing compelling videos for students such as video lecturettes, tutorials, and performances, etc. Maybe you want to make clear for students the motions to a classroom song, the choreography to a concert selection, or the recorder fingerings used in class. Perhaps you want to explain how to assemble a clarinet mouthpiece, oil one's trumpet valves, or illustrate several key marching band fundamentals. Maybe you want to show students the basic features of an app, how to build major and minor scales, or the steps for a class project. All these and much more can be accomplished with today's simple, intuitive video tools. 2) Using engaging video scoring activities with students to teach many important musical concepts. The lessons that can be conveyed through both simple and more sophisticated video scoring projects are myriad. Students of all levels can explore musical creativity and the interaction of drama and music/sound when they begin with a short video clip and add/edit either pre-recorded music and sound effects, loop-based multi-track arrangements, or more traditional notation-based underscoring. All of the above and much more can be accomplished with just a few accessible, intuitive apps/websites and some fairly ubiquitous hardware (i.e. computer/laptop, smartphone, iPad). The educational value of video projects in music education is so high and the tools to do so have never been more within the reach of even a novice.

1. Video Production App: It is preferred that you acquire Camtasia* (Mac/Win) for this course. If you can afford it, Camtasia will deliver for you, hands-down, the best experience in this class. It is the standard for creating video content for education and is the perfect compromise between ease-of-use and function. If you believe creation of videos for your teaching is in your future, please strongly consider making this investment. You can acquire Camtasia TWO ways:
a) APP STORE - A full version of Camtasia, with some limitations for longer-term use, for only $100. But you have to download it from the Apple App Store to get this price. A great way to start with Camtasia. 
b) WEB - The single-license education price is $169. This has some extra benefits for longer-term use (i.e. allows install on multiple computers, special pricing on upgrades, etc.). *Camtasia tutorials

However, there are other options if necessary:
c) iMovie* and QuickTime - Mac users may use a combination of iMovie and QuickTime apps on their Mac computers if they like. iMovie will perform the video editing/annotating, and QuickTime will allow you to record your computer's screen or built-in video camera. The PROs are that this solution is free for Mac users and you will be able to accomplish the basic, required tasks for the class. The CON is that you won't be able to perform some of the cool things you've seen in education videos (i.e. screen-in-screen video, animated objects and annotations, etc.). 
*iMovie Guide - Apple's official online guide for iMovie 10. There are many other online helps (youTube vids, etc.) for which you might search. iMovie Keyboard Shortcuts. Tutorial: Adding titles and transitions.
d) Screencastify UNLIMITED* - This is the paid version of the web app that runs in the Chrome browser on Mac or PC computers. The UNLIMITED version, which costs $49/year, is still basic compared to Camtasia, but it will allow you to do all required tasks for the class (such as editing, adding titles, etc.)...but not in nearly as elegant a way. Please remember: the FREE version of Screencastify will not suffice for this class. 
*To learn more about Screencastify (it's features and limitations), CLICK HERE
e) Other Video Production Apps: There are other apps - such as Final Cut Pro or ScreenFlow - that would work wonderfully for the class. Final Cut (Mac OS only) is way more than you need, and ScreenFlow (Mac OS only) is comparable to Camtasia. IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: I cannot offer tech support/help for apps other than Camtasia, iMovie/QuickTime, or Screencastify. If you are confident you can negotiate the key features of an alternative app, you will do fine in this course. If you are depending on help figuring out an alternative app, just "bite the bullet" and get Camtasia.

2. Music Production App: There are times when you will need to record and/or edit audio. I recommend GarageBand (Mac OS only, not iOS) and/or Audacity (or any multi-track music production software approved by the instructor). Soundtrap, a web-based music production app, would also suffice.

3. Google Drive* (and Google Docs) and YouTube**. If you don't already have both accounts set-up, do so before the start of class. 

4. Device: A desktop or laptop computer.

5. Video/Audio Input: Your computer's built-in camera and microphone, OR optionally any of the following: external USB mic (such as the Blue Microphones Snowball USB Mic), video camera and microphone on a mobile device, QuickTime (Mac OS only). 

6. OPTIONAL Extras: 
Virtual whiteboard app for iPad (Educreations or Explain Everything), video-conferencing app (Zoom, Google Hangout/Meet, Skype), music notation app (Finale, Sibelius or Noteflight, etc.).

Available Sessions