AUDIO & ANIMATION / VIDEO EDITING
Students have the opportunity to make recordings and multitracks of their work, and then add visuals to their sound and make animations or music video clips. Apart from being fun, this has a range of positive effects on music learning.
A major advantage for musicians who have the opportunity to record and listen back to their work is the self appraisal feedback loop. When we play music many cognitive processes are taking place that make objective listening difficult. It is only after many record & listen events that we begin to hear music as others do while we are playing, and so we can edit or effect our playing in real time.
As well, creating these fantastic and interesting projects that students can show off to friends and relatives definitely fulfills the goal effect, and students clearly have more fun challenging themselves and are happier throughout the process of achievement. As a rule of thumb it relates to S.M.A.R.T goals ( specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted ). Please note that all children at all ages levels will be able to make creative and rewarding audio/video projects, just as they do art work at school. Technology allows them to explore these areas without limitation. We have worked with countless tiny children and also students with ADHD, spectrum disorders, and various learning disadvantages, and who have all created beautiful and incredible work.
In a more career minded sense, musicians these days are usually involved in audio and video as a function of their capacity, so just as a business person will use spreadsheets, a modern musician in jazz, classical or pop will benefit greatly from knowledge in multi media editing. For older and more serious students, recordings can be used for their portfolio and for their record, and as a future study motivation.
Audio, video and animation can be taken by itself or in conjunction with any other music study you are doing at Maroubra Music School and is available to singles and groups.
CUT A CD & MAKE A MUSIC VIDEO
This is the system we use in some of our clubs like Jazz & Rock Band and Glee Club etc. We developed the system to fast track music learning for young beginner musicians. It has been used in over 50 NSW public and private schools and also at the Maroubra Music School.
First we learn a song, then we record the song with audio editing equipment, then we turn the song into a film clip. Students get a complete music basics course through our colourful engaging AVSS (Audio-Visual Study System), a step by step 'how to' designed to teach musical principles and sections quickly. Students will learn their instruments and then play and/or sing sections of a song. They then get to really evaluate their work when they record & mix their material to CD and in doing so also learn audio editing. They then turn their audio recording into a music video film clip or animation. The final product of a music video film clip is naturally then something that will in many cases inspire the musicians involved to continue learning and playing music.
Students will learn digital audio, recording cues and protocol, microphones & audio & recording equipment, green screen chroma keying, cameras, special effects, lighting, computers, audio & video editing, story boarding, acting and direction. Of course some students may be more interested in performing, or playing the music, or the technical aspects, so they can specialise in any of these areas.
Being a system we use in NSW schools there are many overlaps with the NSW school curriculum, naturally from music, but also from all the arts sectors (drama, dance and visual arts), and also from maths, English and science & technology. This is a very comprehensive cross curriculum opportunity for students and also produces very tangible results in the form of the audio and video recordings which students genuinely value, and which can also be given to friends or relatives for a wider appraisal that tends to enhance a student's self approval.