Designing Engaging Experiences using Music Technology

“I have this fancy computer lab. Now what?!”  This hands-on course will take you through a variety of engaging projects for the secondary general music classroom. While these projects utilize computers, the focus of the course will be on developing the skills required to create engaging projects for any general music class, regardless of available technology. Learn curricular design, practical applications of the open-source digital audio software Audacity, and how to choose affordable recording hardware for use with student projects. You’ll complete a series of projects, interspersed with technical and philosophical discussions that will inform future teaching.

Participants are required to bring a quality set of headphones (no earbuds, please) for use in the creation of their projects. It is also recommended to bring a flash drive (4GB capacity minimum) for saving your work.

Instructor: Nick Jaworski

jaworski_nickNick Jaworski, the author of the forthcoming book, "Teaching Music Appreciation," is a music educator, author, clinician, and editor who focuses on issues related to technology, popular music, identity, community, and relevancy. He currently serves as the statewide Secondary General Music representative on the Illinois Music Educators Association Board of Directors. Nick is also the Co-Founder and Co-Editor of Leading Notes (, an online magazine devoted to modern issues in music education. He has taught Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Rock and Roll Methods, and Band at the high school level, as well as introductory music education technology classes at the University of Illinois. In addition to speaking to teachers and pre-services teachers, Nick is a popular clinician and has presented at a variety of statewide and national conferences, most recently at the TI:ME National Conference and the Games, Learning, and Society Conference. As a writer, Nick has had his ideas on music education featured in USA Today and Teaching Music Magazine. He is also an educational consultant, helping teachers and districts develop new and engaging curricula for their students. His popular blog, “Moving Forward with Music,” can be found at For more information on Nick, his new book and his consultancy work, visit



Course Information

6953 Designing Engaging Experiences using Music Technology
1 graduate credit
Location: VCM MIDI Lab/Room 100
Tuition: $310
Tuition is due in full with registration
April 27 - 28
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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