Popular Music & Technology in the General Music Classroom

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Making musical connections through popular music can unlock students’ understanding of music fundamentals, provide avenues for deep listening and analysis, and create direct connections to creating and performing. This course explores different approaches to incorporating popular music in the classroom, and looks at a variety of computer- and cloud-based music creation applications that can be used to facilitate listening and responding, creating, and performing. This course is designed for middle school and high school general music, but all grade levels are welcome.
  • At the conclusion of this course you’ll be able to:
  • Describe current popular music education theories and models
  • Describe songwriting strategies and approaches that incorporate the use of technology
  • Use YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, and myriad online music creation tools and resources for inspiration, song analysis, songwriting/composition
  • Develop a plan for an ensemble that combines acoustic and tablet/mobile devices
  • Develop lesson resources and strategies for immediate use in your teaching 


Stefani Langol is a music educator, clinician, author and education technology consultant. She is Associate Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music and also 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 masters of music education 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 as technology editor for the Massachusetts Music Educators Journal from 2004-2012. For over 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, including New York, Pennsylvania, California, Ohio, Rhode Island, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Texas, Illinois and Toronto.
Langol is a co-author of the Alfred Music Tech Series, which includes Playing Keyboard, Music Production and MIDI Sequencing, Composing with Notation Software, and the accompanying Teacher’s Guide: Book 1. In addition, she has published several articles on music technology that have appeared in the Music Educators Journal, Music Education Technology Magazine, Music and Computers, Artists House, and Massachusetts Music Educators Journal.

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Popular Music & Technology In The General Music Classroom

Instructor: Stefani Langol

3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $1.020, due in full with registration    
Course Code: 6268
Dates: June 11-15
Required text(s):
Online reading materials will be provided in class. 
This course will be held in the VanderCook Mac Lab. Beyond the resources in the lab, an iPad or iPhone that can run the current version of GarageBand iOS is necessary to participate fully in some of the course activities. Other devices, such as the Chromebook, will be discussed and demonstrated. Basic computer skills are required such as setting up accounts & usernames/passwords, basic typing skills, uploading/downloading files, and familiarity using the Internet. 
Additional Required Technology
This course will rely primarily on iPads and online tools and resources. Throughout the course, other software and hardware tools and resources will be mentioned.
An iPad that can run the current version of GarageBand iOS
Noteflight Learn (free access provided during class)
Soundtrap (free access provided during class)
YouTube and Spotify
Wide variety of online resources (links provided in class)

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