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Summer 2024 MECA

Continuing Education Courses

Online

Harnessing the Power of Generative AI in Music Education: Tools, Techniques and Ethics (Cohort 2)

Date

July 8-August 2, 2024

Course Code

7884B

Credits

2 Graduate Credits

Tuition

$750 is due in full with registration. A $15 Early Bird Discount will be applied until May 6, 2024.

Overview

The evolution of generative AI is unfolding at a fast and furious pace! While unprecedented opportunities abound for innovation in teaching and learning using generative AI, there are also ethical  and copyright issues that need to be examined and evaluated. Throughout this 4-week course,  participants will explore the fundamentals of generative AI, its capabilities in creating text, images,  audio, and video content, and ways that music educators can effectively integrate a variety of AI-based tools into their teaching practices to enhance productivity, creativity, and student engagement alongside strategies for implementing these technologies effectively and ethically in the classroom. 

By the end of the course, participants will not only gain a solid foundation in the operational aspects of  generative AI and how to use it creatively and successfully, but also develop a keen understanding of its  ethical implications. Come and join the conversation! 

Course Agenda 

Week 1 – Overview: AI in Education 

  • How are you using technology in your teaching? 
  • What is Generative AI? 
  • Benefits for Education  
  • Risks for Education 

o AI Bias and Discrimination 

o Ethical Considerations 

o Copyright Issues 

  • School Policies 
  • Teacher Use vs Student Use 
  • Personalized Learning 
  • LLMs and Text Generators 

o Intro to OpenAI and ChatGPT 

o Other Text Generators: Gemini, Claude, Bing  

  • What is a Prompt? 
  • Creating Effective Prompts 

Week 2 – Using AI Tools for Lesson Planning and Other Administrative Tasks 

  • AI Tools for Lesson Planning 

o ChatGPT vs MagicSchool.ai 

o MagicSchool.ai Toolset: 

Lesson Planning  

Summarizing

Assessment: Rubrics and Quizzes 

Many Other Admin Tasks 

o Some Other tools: 

Diffit.me 

SchoolAI.com 

QuestionWell 

Week 3 – Using AI Tools for Media Creation 

  • Role of AI in media content creation 
  • Canva for Education vs Adobe Express 
  • Introduction to Canva’s AI capabilities 

o Magic Edit 

o Magic Media: text-to-image; text-to video 

o Magic Write 

o Magic Design 

o Integrated AI Apps 

  • Other Image Generators 
  • Other Video Generators 
  • Creating Teaching Resources 

Week 4 – Using AI Tools for Creativity, Music Creation, and Learning 

  • The role of AI in Music Education 
  • What We’re Already Using 
  • AI vs/and Human Artistry 
  • AI as a Creative Partner 
  • Exploration and Evaluation 

o AI-Powered Songwriting Tools 

o AI-Powered Music Production Tools 

o AI-Powered Music Generation Tools 

  • Ideas and Strategies for Application 

Creating Teaching Resources

Requirements

Chat Session

This course is asynchronous. Please contact the instructor to request a meeting. ([email protected])

Prerequisites

None.

Required Text(s)

None.

Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at www.schoology.com

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).

Instructor

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Stefani Langol

Stefani Langol is a music educator, clinician, author and education technology consultant. She is an associate professor of music education at Berklee College of Music and serves as the technology coordinator for the music education department. In addition, Langol is an adjunct assistant professor at the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she teaches music technology classes for the Master of Music Education degree program. Langol is a certified instructor for the Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) and offers graduate credit and TI:ME national certification courses at numerous sites throughout the Northeast. In addition, Langol served as editor-in-chief of the TI:MEs newsletter from 1997-2004 and the technology editor for the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal from 2004-2012. For more than 20 years, Langol has designed and delivered technology training to K-12 and higher education music educators, and has been a featured presenter at numerous state, national and international music educator conferences in New York, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Rhode Island, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois, Toronto and Nelson (Canada). Langol is a co-author of the Alfred Music Tech Series, which includes Playing Keyboard, Music Production and MIDI Sequencing; and Composing with Notation Software as well as the accompanying Teacher’s Guide: Book 1. In addition, she has published several articles on music technology in the Music Educators Journal, Music Education Technology Magazine, Music and Computers, Artists House, and the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal.
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