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Teaching Improvisation in the Classroom & Ensemble Using the iPad

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Teaching Improvisation in the
Classroom & Ensemble
Using the iPad

ONLINE
February 3May 4, 2020

This course is designed for elementary and secondary general music teachers and ensemble directors (vocal, strings, band and jazz ensemble) who want to enhance improvisation skills in their students and who have access to an iPad (iPad 2 or later, iPad Air, iPad Mini or iPad Pro) for use in the classroom/rehearsal as well as teachers who are working in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Participants will use GarageBand for iOS, iReal Pro and SmartMusic to create custom improvisation materials and discover existing resources, as well as how to share these materials with students via YouTube, Dropbox and/or Google Drive. Participants will learn the basic mechanics of improvising and the essential music theory elements needed to teach improvisation, including modal improvisation, the blues and simplifying chord progressions. No previous experience with improvisation is required.

Instructor: Michael Fein

Fein,_Michael_headshot Michael Fein earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in jazz saxophone performance from Rowan University. He released his debut jazz album, Four Flights Up, in April 2005 (available on iTunes). Fein has presented numerous sessions at music and technology conferences including the 2005 National Education Computing Conference and the 2009 and 2010 TI:ME National Conferences. He was awarded the TI:ME Teacher of the Year in 2007. In 2010, Fein co-authored Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, a music production curriculum text, and recently authored Teaching Music Improvisation with Technology, published in February 2017. Fein currently teaches graduate music technology courses at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and music technology electives and jazz ensemble at Haverford High School in Haverford Township, PA.

Course Details

Teaching Improvisation in the Classroom & Ensemble Using the iPad

Course Code 7710
 
Instructor: Michael Fein

3 Graduate Credits
 
Tuition
Special Promotions!
Register between Nov. 18 and Dec. 23 for $995!
 
Register between Dec. 24 and Jan. 15 for $1,025!
 
Full tuition of $1,050 resumes January 16, 2020.
 
Tuition is due in full with registration regardless of promotion.
 
Online Chat Sessions
TBD
 
Required Text(s)
None
 
Required Devices
An iPad2 or later, iPad Air, iPad Mini or iPad Pro, and the ability to connect the iPad to a Mac or Windows computer as well as internet access.
 
Required Apps
GarageBand for iOS (free)

iReal Pro ($12.99)

Classic SmartMusic (free; 30-day subscription provided during the last 3 weeks of the course)

Google Drive (free)

Dropbox (free)
 
Optional Materials
Teaching Music Improvisation with Technology by Michael Fein
(Oxford University Press)
ISBN 978-0190628260
 

MECA Online Course Details

VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.
 
Spring 2020 MECA courses officially begin on Monday, February 3. Soon after you register, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of February 3, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.
 
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You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy school schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!
 
Online grades will be reported by mid-May. If you are in need of a transcript please visit the online transcript request page. If you are in need a quick turn around time for your transcript please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).
 

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